Upon arrival in Asheville, lunch is included at the Deerpark Restaurant. This charming, rustic restaurant was originally a historic barn designed by Richard Morris Hunt. Now transformed into a courtyard restaurant with walls of windows, Deerpark restaurant serves a generous array of Southern, family-style dishes and Appalachian specialties. Then, we’ll visit Biltmore Estate during their Festival of Flowers. Biltmore’s gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, are alive with color as spring arrives. Enjoy special events and the beauty of tulips, azaleas, and countless other flowers. This Grand European estate was built by George Vanderbilt. Completed in 1895, it took a thousand workers five years to build. Inside are art treasures from Europe and outside acres of formal gardens and miles of landscape roadways. The grounds and gardens of this European-style estate are most beautiful at this time of the year. The house will be decorated throughout with flowers, plants, and greenery representing the entire spectrum of the growing season. Included in the estate admission is the Antler Hill Village. The Village encompasses the Winery and Farm. Enjoy exhibits at The Biltmore Legacy, delicious dining options, and a revitalized Winery tour. Explore farm life in the early 1900s with knowledgeable interpreters and exhibits in the historic Barn. Step into the everyday life of families who lived on the estate raising livestock, tending crops, and working at Biltmore Dairy. The Barn is alive with blacksmiths, woodworkers, and other craft demonstrations. An old-fashioned Mercantile shop offers Appalachian crafts, dry goods, old-fashioned candy, and more. Also included is an exciting new exhibition: The first large-scale exhibition of fashions from “Titanic,” the Oscar-winning film that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Titled “Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie”, see 45 costumes inside Biltmore House. The dress worn by Kate Winslet in “Titanic” is on display now as a preview. The exhibition represents the extensive wardrobes preferred by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900’s. Learn more about the Vanderbilts’ extensive travels while viewing these award-winning costumes. The blockbuster “Titanic” movie starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, winning a record 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Costume Design. The costumes evoke the lifestyle of the era, when voyages on great ocean liners of the early 20th century offered luxury on ships known as “floating palaces.” First class passengers took every opportunity to see and be seen in the fashions of the time, including strolling the promenade deck and dining at elegant formal dinners. Returning this evening, arriving back approximately 10:00 PM. (L)
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Deluxe motorcoach transportation; ticket to Biltmore Estate including the Antler Hill Village and the special exhibition - Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie; and lunch at Deerpark Restaurant.