Do you ever just want to get away? AVLtoday City Editor Brook here, and I managed to experience that revitalized feeling without venturing far during a recent visit to Biltmore (~1-hour drive from Greenville). Maybe best of all, I discovered all the perks of being an Annual Passholder — just in time for the holidays.
What we tried (with pricing):
The Walled Garden was full of thousands of multi-hued mums that practically glowed. One perk of being an Annual Passholder is access to the estate before and after regular opening hours, so I didn’t feel rushed while exploring.
The Conservatory brimmed with lush plants + flowers, and I was positively enthralled. As an Annual Passholder, I get unlimited daytime visits to the estate year-round, so I can return anytime I want without paying the $66 daytime admission fee. Pro tip: Annual Passes (normally $249) are on sale for $199 through Dec. 21. (Hint: These make a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift.)
What not to miss:
Antler Hill Village and its restaurants + shopping options. Oh, and, of course, the Winery. In addition to being picturesque, this literal village boasts a hotel (with spa access), shopping, and seven different spots to eat.
Annual Passholders can bring guests to Antler Hill Village without estate admission after 5 p.m. (just in time for happy hour). Bonus: Passholders also receive discounts on wine, spa services + other purchases.
What we’re still talking about:
The Bass Pond. Perfect for a leisurely stroll, a picnic, or just to watch the brilliant surroundings dance atop the water, this secluded little spot is gloriously peaceful. Plus, there’s wildlife galore (I saw many birds frolicking while I was there) — and a waterfall nearby with trickling sounds that are just delightful. Bonus: Annual Passholders have free access to estate biking + hiking trails to see even more nature throughout the estate.
How you can experience this:
Sign up to become an Annual Passholder.
Things to know if you go:
- Experience: Perks of being a Biltmore Annual Passholder
- Price: $199 through Dec. 21, 2021; $249 regularly
- Website: https://www.biltmore.com/visit/tickets-pricing/annual-pass/
- Address: One Lodge St., Asheville, NC 28803
- Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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