One of the biggest attractions near Black Mountain, NC is the luxurious and world-renowned Biltmore Estate. A short 15-minute drive from the Red Rocker Inn, many of our guests frequent this notable landmark during their vacation. The large estate and its grounds offer a full days-worth of discovery and activity. To help you make the most of your time, we want to offer you a quick peek inside the Biltmore Estate.
But first a brief history lesson…
The historic house museum was originally built for George Washington Vanderbilt in the late 1800s. As the largest privately-owned residence in the U.S., this Chateauesque-style mansion is a meager 178,926 sq. ft. compound that remains today as one of the most distinguished examples of mansions in the Gilded Age. The 250-room chateau was the largest residential venture of its kind, that took six years to build and complete.
In 1930 the Vanderbilt family opened the estate to the public, in hopes that the home’s popularity would increase tourism during the depression. Ever since then the estate has been open to for public viewing and is now one of the biggest attractions in North Carolina.
The shining star of the estate is the Biltmore House. A beautiful example of elegance and sophistication, visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour throughout the home’s three floors and basement. Vintage clothes, art, furniture, and accessories are on display, showcasing the lives of the Vanderbilt family and their friends.
Marvel at art pieces that adorn the walls, a library with 10,000 volumes, 65 fireplaces, and elaborate hanging tapestries dating back to the 16th century. Fine art pieces include original work from Pierre-Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent are just some of the priceless pieces from the original Vanderbilt art collection. Entrance to the home is included in your admission, with an additional cost for an upgraded audio-tour.
Gardens and grounds
Step outside and explore the gardens and grounds inside the Biltmore Estate. The well-manicured landscape includes an Italian Garden, Spring Garden, Rose Garden, and an Azalea Garden – just to name a few. Take a walk along the French Road River or stroll along the 2.5 miles of paths amongst the well-kept gardens. With an extensive network of trails and paths, there is something new to discover at every turn.
For the kids
Discover what life was like for the families who lived on the estate at the Antler Hill Village. The original barn, located inside the village, was once the center of work for the families and is now a hub for blacksmith, woodworking, and other craft demonstrations. Fun for the entire family can be enjoyed with turn-of-the-century games, a chance to experience farm animals up close, and a playground filled with a variety of outdoor activities. Entrance to the Antler Hill Village is included in your estate admission.
For the adults
Be sure to squeeze in time to visit the historic Biltmore Winery. Enjoy daily complimentary wine tastings, indoor/outdoor wine bar, plus specialty wine experience tours. For a behind the scenes look at the winery, guided tours of the estate wine production are offered along with other specialty tours such as wine and cheese hour, premium wine tasting, and a red wine and chocolate tasting.
Bonus: If you purchase one of Red Rocker Inn’s discounted tickets to the Biltmore, they are good for two consecutive days. A perfect amount of time to explore all of what the Biltmore Estate has to offer.
Stay at Red Rocker Inn
Make the most of your trip to the Biltmore Estate with a stay at Red Rocker Inn. Just 15 minutes from the Biltmore Estate, our comfortable rooms make for a great home-base for exploring all local area attractions. Relax in the comfortable surroundings of our cozy bed and breakfast with a complimentary breakfast buffet, luxurious amenities and award-winning casual-fine dining at our on-site restaurant.