Getting on/off a motorcoach; on/off shuttles from parking lot to Biltmore House. Walking according to personal preference at Biltmore House (178,926 square feet) and gardens.
At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet with choices such as eggs, breakfast meat, grits, fruit, cereals, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
After transfer from the hotel via motor coach, we will arrive for a field trip to Biltmore Estate and Gardens. Biltmore House, as it is modestly called, today comprises 8,000 acres outside Asheville. George Washington Vanderbilt II (1862-1914) conceived the idea for his country house during a visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1888. A year later, construction began on what would become the largest privately owned home in America, a French Renaissance chateau with 250 rooms covering four acres of floor space. Vanderbilt opened the finished house to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895. The acres of beautiful gardens and grounds were designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. We’ll enter the mansion for a self-directed exploration along a marked route, using audio guides that will tell the story of Biltmore, the Vanderbilts, their guests and servants, and the amazing architecture and interior decoration. The Biltmore Gardens are approximately 50 yards from the mansion. You are welcome to stroll and explore on your own.
At a restaurant on the Biltmore estate, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Next, at the Antler Hill Farm and Winery on the estate, we’ll step back into the 1890s and lives of the families who lived on the estate. Then at the wine bar, we’ll enjoy some complimentary tastings and more as part of our experience at one of America’s most-visited wineries, located in the heart of Antler Hill Village. We'll also be able to view an exhibit that hosts 60 years of Vanderbilt family wedding fashion including Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil’s 1924 wedding gown and veil recreated by noted costume designers Cosprop, Ltd. of London, as well as the first-ever display of the Lee family veil that was worn by Mary Lee Ryan for her marriage to George Vanderbilt’s grandson, William A.V. Cecil, and also by her first cousin Jacqueline Lee Bouvier for her marriage to future U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
At a restaurant in downtown Asheville, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
At the hotel in the conference room, we’ll enjoy a performance by a notable musician-vocalist. Our Cherokee and Southern Appalachians expert will play several instruments, including the fretless five-string banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, Cherokee flute, rattle, and water drum, in addition to the guitar and mouth bow. He plays traditional Appalachian and Adirondack mountain music, but he often sings the traditional songs a cappella. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and has earned a reputation among folk music performers for his authentic style and traditional rhythms.