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 are acres of formal gardens and miles of landscaped 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 Biltmore’s fifth annual costume exhibition, A Vanderbilt House Party: Guests, Grandeur & Galas, displayed throughout the grand rooms inside Biltmore House! You’ll imagine yourself as a cherished guest at one of George and Edith Vanderbilt’s grand turn-of-the-century house parties. Through audio storytelling and elegant clothing meticulously recreated from archival Vanderbilt photos, hear and see fascinating stories of how they entertained their guests. They definitely knew how to do it in style! Returning this evening, arriving back approximately 10:00 PM. (L)
Deluxe motorcoach transportation; ticket to Biltmore Estate including the Antler Hill Village and lunch at Deerpark Restaurant.