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Review: The Inn on Biltmore Estate Candlelight Christmas
Last year I had the opportunity to go to the Biltmore Estate with my family the week after Thanksgiving. Seeing it done up for Christmas is a real treat, and if you haven’t been, I would highly recommend going during this time. The grounds of the estate are breathtaking and their beauty is amplified during this time. On top of visiting the estate, having dinner in the stables, and taking a night tour, we were very lucky to stay and enjoy The Inn on Biltmore Estate Candlelight Christmas. If you’re looking for a beautiful, intimate, and luxuriously private place within the grounds, this is it.
AHHHH Christmas Time at The Inn on Biltmore Estate.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Biltmore Estate it’s located in Asheville, North Carolina and it’s America’s largest home. It’s a remnant of a bygone era that has been magically maintained and exemplifies the insane wealth that was created during the Industrial revolution. America is young and unlike the castles of Europe we basically have two: The Hearst Castle and The Biltmore Estate. If you’re looking to capture the closest experience to what past guests of the Biltmore may have experienced…it’s staying at The Inn on Biltmore Estate.
- When: November 2015
- Where: The Biltmore Estate Asheville, North Carolina
- Package: Candlelight Christmas Evenings Package
Here is the current version of the package we booked.
We were checked in swiftly.
Our room was on the fourth floor and overlooked the grounds.
As you can see the view was fantastic and overlooked the village.
The grounds of the Biltmore Estate are incredible
The Inn sits overlooking the entirety of the property. As you can see below, the estate has built a Village with a winery, shops, and dining options that the hotel overlooks.
The Village and Estate Map
A courtesy shuttle will take you down to the village. There is another hotel that was having its soft opening while we were there called the Village hotel on Biltmore Estate. It looked very nice and was considerably cheaper so that looks to be a great option as well. The Inn, however, is a special place to stay if it’s within budget.
And an Estate Map
The Winery is located next to the Village.
We also grabbed afternoon tea back at the hotel
I have to say that the high tea wasn’t exactly worth it. While the ambience, setting, and view was incredible, I wouldn’t say that it was the best high tea I’ve ever had. Was I happy we did it and got to share all in the experience? Yes. But, if I were to go back, I’m not so sure I wouldn’t just grab drinks near the fireplace and enjoy the view and ambience that way.
The view from High Tea.
Our package also included breakfast which was a floor below the main floor.
As you can see below, the hotel really spared no expense in decorating the hotel for the holidays. In the background of the photo you can see people enjoying the fireplace and common areas of the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Just off to the left of the fireplace is where we were seated for our high tea and why I think you could replicate a similar experience without the tea.
The omelette bar at the buffet is incredible.
I wouldn’t ordinarily advocate getting a breakfast package, but this isn’t an ordinary hotel. Guests come here to have an experience, and in this instance, getting the buffet breakfast and enjoying the views and ambience is worth it.
More pics of the grounds and exterior
The one downside of touring the estate in the winter is the temperature. We were lucky and it was pretty mild and hit the mid 50s while were there, but I can imagine this would be spectacular to visit in the summer. Imagine touring the winery, grabbing some sippy sips, and coming back to the hotel to relax on the veranda with some wine and cheese. B to the YAH!
Touring the Biltmore Estate in all of its magnificence is very special.
It’s been a year since we stayed at the Inn on the Biltmore Estate and I can remember it like yesterday. Not many places have the ability to make a lasting impression and truly create an experience. The Biltmore does just that.