This 3 day/2 night trip features Spring at Biltmore, one of the estate’s most glorious seasons. Immerse yourself in the colorful blooms that transform the gardens, grounds, and the elegant rooms of Biltmore. The day offers a self guided audio tour of the House, a self guided tour of magnificent gardens and conservatory, a one hour Premium guided Legacy of the Land tour of the estate grounds in our motorcoach and admission to the Dale Chihuly Exhibit. Chihuly at Biltmore includes pedestal works, Drawings, and large-scale installations of Chandeliers, Towers, Mille Fiori, and Neon.
Other trip highlights include a Welcome Dinner on night one and a stop in Kernersville on the return trip for a discovery of American Ingenuity. Eccentric Architecture. Victorian Culture.
We visit Körner’s Folly or the "Folly" as it is referred to by locals. It is the architectural wonder and home of artist and designer Jule Gilmer Körner. Built in 1880 in Kernersville, North Carolina, the house originally served to display his interior design portfolio. Visitors can now explore the 22 room house museum and its unique original furnishings and artwork, cast-plaster details, carved woodwork, and elaborate hand laid tile.
Be sure to scroll down to the itinerary for complete details of this special spring trip!
This trip is best enjoyed if guests are comfortable with walking and standing for extended periods of time. There are steps in the Biltmore House and in the terraced Gardens.
A $300 deposit is required to book this trip. Should your plans change, the deposit is fully refundable up until 45 days prior to the departure date. At this time, full payment is due and refunds are only possible if the trip organizer can resell the trip. Trip insurance can also be purchased through this website.
There will be one departure location in Wilmington and one in Leland, exact locations TBA.
Day One - April 29
8:30am & 9am - Departures from Leland and Wilmington. Times will be announced as we get closer to departure date and I monitor traffic flow with the "bridge" repair project. The bus has a bathroom but there will be rest stop breaks and a lunch break en route.
Approx. 4pm - Hotel check-in
6pm - Welcome Dinner at Tupelo Honey
Day Two - April 30
9am - Depart hotel for our day at Biltmore Estate. It's a short drive to the Biltmore House where we begin with our audio tour at 9:45am. Spend the morning touring the House and Gardens at your own pace. There will also be time to enjoy lunch on your own. At 1pm, we board the bus for our one hour Legacy of the Land tour followed by a 2pm reservation at the Chihuly at Biltmore Exhibit. There will also be time to visit the Biltmore Winery and Antler Hill Village before returning to the hotel.
In the evening, board the bus for a trip into Downtown Asheville where you have many, many choices for dinner on your own. Suggestions will be offered in advance.
Day Three - May 1
8:15am -Depart hotel for Kernersville
11am - Guided tour of Korners Folly followed by time for lunch on your own in Kernersville.
1:30pm - Depart Kernersville and return to Brunswick Forest with an approximate return of 6pm.