Take a Road Trip to Visit the Biltmore Blooms and "Designed for Drama" 8

Designed for Drama

George Vanderbilt’s home – Biltmore House – currently serves as the setting for Biltmore Estate’s latest costume exhibition, “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics.” Award-winning costumes worn by actors Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Robert Downey Jr., Nicole Kidman, Dustin Hoffman and more are from recent films based on favorite books in Vanderbilt’s 22,000-volume collection. The exhibition runs through July 4, 2017.

The costumes come from 14 films and bring literary characters to life, from the entertaining detective duo of Holmes and Watson in “Sherlock Holmes” to the creation of the Peter Pan story in “Finding Neverland.” The grand fashions of 19th century Russia are portrayed inAnna Karenina,” while the simpler attire of Jane Austen’s characters in “Pride and Prejudice” portrays one of the BBC miniseries’ most memorable scenes.

Admission to “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics” is included with a visit to Biltmore.

The Inn on Biltmore Estate is hosting a special Tea Series in conjunction with “Designed for Drama.” Each tea features a themed menu, lively entertainment, and imaginative décor designed to bring the literary classics to life. The theme for April 15 is “Far from the Maddening Crowd.” On May 13, the theme is “Twelfth Night.” Additional cost is required to attend.

Springtime on display with Biltmore Blooms

In addition to seeing “Designed for Drama,” Biltmore’s manicured gardens are just steps away from Biltmore House. The estate’s annual springtime celebration, Biltmore Blooms, runs through late May and honors landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision for Biltmore’s grounds and gardens. April and May promise irises, roses, acres of azaleas, with mountain laurels and rhododendrons close behind. Biltmore’s horticulture experts will be on hand during Biltmore Blooms weekends, manning “Ask a Gardener” stations in the Walled Garden. Guests can ask questions and gather information to inform their own gardening pursuits.

Special events during Biltmore Blooms

  • A Gardener’s Place Demonstrations: Daily free demonstrations are offered on creating spring floral arrangements. “Orchids for Everyone” takes place at 1 p.m. and “Creating a Butterfly Garden” takes place at 2 p.m.
  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Sunday, April 16:  The Easter Rabbit makes his annual appearance on Biltmore’s front lawn Easter Sunday. Grand Easter egg hunts are at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.  Children 9 and younger may attend the hunt for free when accompanied by an Annual Passholder or a ticketed adult.
  • Easter Sunday Brunch, April 16: Served at three estate restaurants: The Dining Room at The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Deerpark and Bistro.
  • Mother’s Day Brunch, May 14:  Served at the same three estate restaurants. Bring your camera for estate photo opportunities, and if dining at The Inn, capture the day in front of a floral photo display embellished with roses and peonies in various shades of pink.

Biltmore Legacy

The Biltmore Legacy houses a small exhibition of Vanderbilt family wedding fashion. A highlight is the display of the Lee family wedding veil worn by Mary Lee Ryan at her marriage to George Vanderbilt’s grandson in 1957, and also worn by her cousin Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at her 1953 marriage to future president John F. Kennedy.

Outdoor Center and Antler Hill Farm

The Outdoor Center is where guests may register for a session of sport clay shooting, Segway tours, horseback riding, carriage rides, fly-fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking and biking trails, float trips along the French Broad River and the Land Rover Driving Experience.

Visit Antler Hill Farm and Farmyard to see the animals that call Biltmore home. Each spring many of them welcome cuddly youngsters including baby goats, lambs and chicks.

Dining at Biltmore

Biltmore’s seven restaurants offer a variety of cuisines, with menus that feature fresh produce and meats from the estate itself, as well as award-winning Biltmore Wines and seasonal items.

Spring savings for daytime visits

  • Purchase estate admission tickets seven days in advance of a visit and receive $10 off.
  • On Mother’s Day, May 14, mom can visit for $25 with the purchase of an adult or youth ticket. Biltmore Annual Passholders may bring mom for free.

Stay overnight

To extend your Biltmore visit, choose from two distinctive hotels to reap exclusive benefits like waking up on George Vanderbilt’s mountain estate. Experience gracious hospitality with a luxurious stay at The Inn on Biltmore Estate, or relax with a more casual stay at the new Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, located in the middle of Antler Hill Village’s activities.

More information about visiting Biltmore is available at Biltmore.com