About a month and a half ago, I moved back from Australia, spent a week at home, then headed off to my summer internship. After the nine hour drive from PA, I arrived in Asheville, North Carolina, at The Biltmore Estate. I accepted a position as the Revenue Management Intern, also working with the Lodging Events Coordinator at The Inn on Biltmore Estate.
Intern welcome package & PSU Interns in front of Biltmore House
The Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate is a huge attraction in Asheville, and has a reputation as “America’s Largest Home.” The main attraction is the House itself, although there are many other good reasons to visit Biltmore as well. The first three days of orientation for the summer here were filled with exploring the property and getting a taste of Southern Hospitality.
Aside from the main attraction of the Biltmore House itself, there are endless activities to explore the estate. There are multiple shopping outlets, The Spa at The Inn, and many options for recreational activities through the Outdoor Center. If you want to check out some cheaper or free outdoor activities, are are plenty of trails to explore on foot or a bike. The Winery on the estate is known for being “the most visited winery in the US,” and offers complimentary tours and fantastic tastings to anyone with estate admission. There is also a stable with gorgeous horses, where you can visit or enjoy a trail or carriage ride. Not to mention, you can also enjoy a luxury stay at The Inn on Biltmore Estate or the newly opened Village Hotel. Surrounding the hotel is Antler Hill Village, which is also a lovely area to walk through.
View by The Inn on Biltmore Estate
Dining at Biltmore
Aside from the above perks of Biltmore, there are many different dining options available on property, and they each have their own unique style. If you’re like me, you might appreciate this brief on all Biltmore food options. No I haven’t been to all of them, but yes I’ve been to most of them…
Basically amazing seafood-inspired dishes, with shareable plates created with regional farm ingredients that come in Southern style at Village Hotel
Amazing black bean burger at Village Social
Estate-raised game and regionally sourced ingredients in a European setting with an open kitchen by Village Hotel.
Quality pub-style food inspired by American classics, featuring a bar with craft beers, spirits, and Biltmore wines, and fantastic live music all evenings in Antler Hill Village.
The place to go for Saturday or Sunday brunch, offering a gourmet buffet of Southern regional cuisine with a lovely atmosphere in Deerpark.
The Dining Room
The place with the dress code, and they will not leave you disappointed with world-class service, white linens, china, crystal, and of course excellent gourmet plates at The Inn on Biltmore Estate.
Relaxed Elegance located in The Inn on Biltmore Estate
All all-day, all-occasion eatery with a small but delicious menu, comes with a beautiful view of the estate and mountains off the back balcony of The Inn on Biltmore Estate.
View off the back balcony
Good old Southern comfort food and meat-heavy favorites in the historic setting of the refurbished yet original horse stable with stalls converted to booths at the Biltmore House.
Small Bites & Treats:
- The Bake Shop (Biltmore House) for pastries, coffee, and tea
- The Conservatory Cafe (Biltmore Gardens) for wine, light snacks, small plates on the Conservatory’s back patio
- The Courtyard Market (Biltmore House) for gourmet hot dogs and sausages, snacks and cold beverages
- The Creamery (Antler Hill Village) for ice cream
- The Ice Cream Parlor (Biltmore House) for ice cream
- The Kitchen (Village Hotel) for coffee, snacks, and small to-go meals
- The Smokehouse (Antler Hill Barn) for quick sandwiches and Southern favorites
A visit to the Biltmore Estate comes with endless options for adventure and enjoyment, come check out the Southern hospitality!