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Two New Guest Experiences Coming to Biltmore Estates

biltmore_facade_2004CMYK America’s largest privately-owned home is growing.

Well, their guest experiences are, that is.

Beginning on May 20, Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., (map) will introduce the Antler Hill Village, and house tours that further delve into the lives of the Vanderbilt’s.

“We’re really excited about it,” says LeAnn Donnelly with Biltmore. “Both are a nice addition to the overall Biltmore experience.”

According to history, Antler Hill Village was the site where many Biltmore farm employees lived and socialized. When it opens to the public in May, it’ll feature exhibit space that highlights history about the Vanderbilts, a green village that’ll host live entertainment, an outdoor adventure center, as well restaurants and shops.

“It’s a great place to unwind,” she comments.

AntlerHill_WineryVillageCMYK Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the winery from the Antler Hill entrance that includes walking underground through the old dairy’s original tunnel. Over at Antler Hill Farm, there’ll be farming demonstrations, cooking demonstrations at the Kitchen Garden and of course, the farmyard animals.

The new house tours will focus more on the everyday life of the Vanderbilts.

“We kept hearing from guests that they wanted to learn more about who the Vanderbilts were, how they lived and who visited the estate.”

On the new self-guided tour, visitors will be able to meander through the first and second floor, and the basement to view clothing, props and more that will give them a sense of what it was like to live here.

“We were about to acquire period clothing that best represents the era from different museums around the country, “ says Donnelly. “Some pieces are absolutely beautiful.”

Guests will also be able to go into the bowling alley and view Mr. Vanderbilt’s fully furnished walk-in closet.

grand_staircaseCMYK In addition to the self-guided tour, there’s also a guided tour that takes a look at how the Vanderbilts received their guests. The Family and Friend Tour will take visitors through the Louis XVI Room, the Tower Suite, the Artists’ Suite and the Fourth Floor.

With these two new experiences, visitors should plan to spend a long weekend to fully take-in all that Biltmore has to offer.

“It’s a multi-facet experience,” says Donnelly. “We like people to visit and take their time exploring it all.”

photo credit: All photos are courtesy of Biltmore. (top left) Biltmore facade, (middle right) Antler Hill Village, (bottom left) Grand staircase

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