For most people, visiting the Biltmore Estate in spring is on their North Carolina must-do list. This historic property in Asheville, NC is surrounded by 125,000 acres of spectacular gardens and grounds! The Biltmore Estate Gardens were designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. From the beauty of the Italian Garden to the trees in America’s first managed forest, Biltmore’s lush landscape is sure to take your breath away. Here are some of the things you’ll find there.
Explore the Spectacular Biltmore Estate Gardens
Included in the Top Ten Botanical Gardens of the World by Travel + Leisure, the Biltmore Estate Gardens are a sight to behold. Enjoy a walk along the French Broad River, through lush green forests, or the open meadows of Deer Park. You can even visit the Rose Garden that boasts more than 250 varieties. The Conservatory is also a great example of a functional, beautiful space. Be sure to check out the exotic blooms and buds that thrive under its expansive glass roof.
The Biltmore property has over 2.5 miles of walking paths for visitors to explore. Feel free to download a trail map and venture off on your own, or sign up for the Legacy of the Land Tour. This guided tour takes you around the estate to areas not usually open to guests. You’ll learn about the history of the land, structures, and former residents. Tours are offered daily at 1 and 3:30 p.m. and reservations are recommended.
If you’re looking for the perfect souvenir, take a short stroll from the Conservatory to A Gardener’s Place. This unique shop offers both gifts and plants, many of which are exclusive to Biltmore. Complimentary “how-to” seminars are also available each day. The store is open from late March through December 31.
When Is the Best Time to Visit the Biltmore Gardens?
Whether you’re planning a trip in the spring, summer, or fall, there’s always something in bloom at the Biltmore. Spring brings tulips, magnolia, azaleas, and flowering cherries. Summer blooms begin in late May, when poppies, snapdragons, roses, and pansies dot the landscape. You’ll also see native rhododendron and perennials during this time of year. If visiting in the fall, head to the Walled Gardens where you’ll find hundreds of vibrant chrysanthemums and salvias. The fall foliage colors are just a bonus!
Book Your Stay at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant
After an unforgettable day at the Biltmore Estate Gardens, take a quick 30-minute drive back to our inn and relax! Our Chimney Rock bed and breakfast is the perfect place to unwind and offers wonderful accommodations and amenities. Rest up in one of our comfortable rooms or cabins, sink into the bubbling outdoor hot tub, or join us for dinner at our incredible onsite restaurant. Whatever you choose, we promise your getaway will be one for the books. We look forward to seeing you this spring!
Can’t make it to the gardens this season?
Read our blog about visiting the Biltmore at Christmas!
Photo courtesy of The Biltmore Company.