Late Afternoon in May at the Biltmore Estate Gardens

Most people think of Biltmore House when they think of Biltmore Estate, but the gardens are magnificent and well worth spending some time exploring. Acres and acres of gardens, including formal gardens, park-like gardens spaces, and a beautiful azalea garden are all part of the grounds.

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2015 Biltmore Blooms, March 20 – May 25

It’s Spring, which means it’s time for the annual celebration at Biltmore Estate known as Biltmore Blooms. Biltmore, located in Asheville, NC, is an 8,000-acre estate owned by descendents of George Washington Vanderbilt. And much of the estate grounds is like a big nature park, allowing for visitors to meander along different pathways, surrounded by spring-blooming shrubs and flowers.

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2014 Biltmore Christmas Candlelight Evening Upgrades and Discounted Biltmore Tickets

‘Tis the season for Biltmore Estate in Asheville to celebrate Christmas…and do they ever. This year, there are 56 trees decorated for the holidays, including a gorgeously decorated tree in the Banquet Hall that reaches high toward the seven-story barrel-vaulted ceiling.

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Taking the Garden Paths to the Bass Pond at Biltmore Estate

Exploring the outdoors at Biltmore

We know that most people who visit Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, can’t wait to go through the 175,000 square-foot, fully furnished and ornate, Downton Abbey-esque house, but we tend to recommend heading outdoors at Biltmore, especially in late summer/early fall.

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Early May Morning in the Biltmore Azalea Garden

Biltmore Azaleas, early May 2014

We headed over to Biltmore Estate on May 6, to walk through the Azalea Garden and were treated to a beautiful sight, and of course, we had to share it with you. The Azalea Garden at Biltmore is in a park-like setting and sits below the formal Walled Garden. If you visit Biltmore in springtime, we recommend walking through the Walled Garden to the Conservatory:

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Ten Reasons To Visit the North Carolina Mountains in Springtime

With Spring just a week away, we’re daydreaming of warm breezes, verdant mountain vistas, wildflowers galore, spring songbirds and…well, we thought we’d go ahead and make a list of ten reasons to visit the mountains of Western North Carolina in springtime. What is there to see and do in Spring in the NC mountains?

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2014 Biltmore Blooms is March 20 – May 23

Azaleas usher in spring

Springtime in the mountains of Western North Carolina… there’s nothing
quite like it. While we always suggest late April through the month of May as
the prime time in spring for maximizing your enjoyment of the area’s colorful flora and
fauna, the season really does magically kick off each year right around March
20, with daffodil and forsythia blooms, among some other early spring flowers.
And Biltmore helps out, too, with its Biltmore Blooms celebration.

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