Christmas at Biltmore

      Asheville, NC, USA

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      Patty
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      323 reviews
      Dec 4 - 6, 2022
      Group size: 30 - 45
      Christmas at Biltmore
      Asheville, NC, USA

      Patty
      • Email address verified
      323 reviews

      Dec 4 - 6, 2022
      Group size: 30 - 45

      About this trip

      The 2022 Holiday trip features the two star attractions of a visit to Asheville during December. 

       The first experience is a day immersing yourself into the time honored tradition of Christmas at Biltmore.   No other residence in America offers a more authentic, original, and inspiring view of life during the Guided Age at Christmas than the Biltmore House.  George Vanderbilt first welcomed guests to Biltmore Estate on Christmas Eve in 1895 and today his legacy and love of entertaining are shared with you in a self-guided audio tour hosted by Estate Curators.    During the day, there will also be time to visit the Conservatory bedecked with hundreds of blooming poinsettias and Antler Hill Village & Winery.  

      Later in the day, we enjoy a visit to one of the most iconic Historic Hotels of American, The Omni Grove Park Inn, for dinner and the 30th National Gingerbread House Competition.  Following dinner, a stroll through the hotel celebrates the design, innovation and tradition of this amazing competition.  Each year contestants travel from 30 states and Canada and spend more than 500 hours constructing their entries.  Last year the 2nd placed winner was from Cary, NC!  

      One last Asheville experience is offered on our departure morning with a stop at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Established in 1895, the Center is nationally recognized as the oldest craft shop in America. Explore artisan-made jewelry, textiles, pottery, glass, and much more, crafted by the members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, over 400 artists and craftspeople of Southern Appalachia.   

      Covid Policy

      Please follow CDC current guidelines and stay up to date on vaccines to protect yourself from variants during travel and exposure to crowds.  


      Activity Level

      Not all rooms of the Biltmore House are accessible.  Anyone limited to visiting all the public rooms can view them from the video lounge on the second floor.  

      What’s included

      • Accommodations
        At the Hampton Inn Biltmore Village
      • Coach transportation
        Enjoy a comfortable trip on a 56 passenger luxury motorcoach
      • Welcome Dinner
        Enjoy a Mingle & Jingle Welcome Reception and Dinner on the first night
      • Breakfast
        Included at the hotel each morning
      • Water & Snacks
        Water & Snacks are provided on the bus
      • Dinner at the Grove Park
        Farm to Table Artisanal Buffet Dinner before viewing the Gingerbread House Competition
      • Admission
        Admission and audio headsets for the Christmas Day Time Celebration at Biltmore
      • Admission
        To the Annual Gingerbread House Competition

      What’s not included

      • Cash bar
        At dinner each evening
      • Lunch
        Lunch on your own at Biltmore Estate with plenty of options.

      Available Packages

      Double room rate

      This is a per person price for two people sharing a room in either a room with one king bed or two queen beds.  

      $585
      Single room rate

      Single person - no roommate

      $740


      Itinerary

      Christmas at Biltmore
      Two Nights/Three Days Trip to Asheville & Christmas at Biltmore

      Sunday, December 4

      8:30am - Departure from Compass Pointe

      Approx.  3:30pm- With leg stretch stops and a lunch stop along the way, ETA is 3:30pm.  Hotel check-in and time to stroll through the festive streets of Biltmore Village before dinner.  Biltmore Village is a couple of blocks from the hotel, filled with shops and charming early 19th century buildings.  

      6pm - Mingle and Jingle Reception and Dinner at the Hampton Inn's sister hotel property

       

      Monday, December 5

      Breakfast on own followed by 8:30am departure time for our Day Time Tour at Biltmore.   

      1:00pm - Depart the Biltmore House for time at Antler Hill Village - site of other exhibits, retail and the Winery

      2:15pm - Shuttle starts for guests that are booked at da Vinci Exhibit and return to hotel.  

      3:30pm - Shuttle makes pick-ups at Antler Hill Village and da Vinci Exhibit and returns to hotel

      4:45pm - Departure for the Omni Grove Park Inn for dinner and viewing the Gingerbread House Competition

      Approx. 8:30pm - return to hotel


      Tuesday, December 6

      Breakfast on own followed by a 9:30am departure for the Folk Art Center, a museum of Appalachian arts and crafts.


      11am - Departure for Leland with and approximate return time between 6-6:30pm.  


       








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      Patty
      323 reviews
      I love to travel so in my partially retired life I decided to adapt my passion for travel along with 25 years of experience in Travel & Tourism to create Trips by Patty. I received a BA in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Not knowing what I was going to do with that degree, I started working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Raleigh. I enjoyed the hotel business and the career path began. Hotel operations and sales, Convention Center operations and marketing, destination marketing with a Convention Visitors Bureau and even a stint as a tour guide. What happened to the history degree? Well, many times when I am escorting my trips I share the history of the destinations we visit. It's a great feeling to take your career skills and adapt them to your own small business. I love what I do and hope you'll join me on a trip one day!

      Reviews

      My wife and I both were very sick the day before the Compass Pointe trip to the Biltmore and we had to cancel. Patty tried to fill the slot but was unsuccessful with such little time to do so. We did not have insurance and I assumed the $1,200 we had paid was lost. But Patty diligently worked with the hotels and restaurants to cancel our portion of the reservations she had made for a bus load of travelers and was able to return over half the money to us. This is outstanding customer service and greatly appreciated.
      By Thomas M for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 25, 2024
      We had a great time…good food…good company…well organized. Thanks, will definitely use Patty again.
      By Donna M for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 24, 2024
      Another amazing trip with Patty. We had a great time.
      By Judy C for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 24, 2024
      Had a very nice time. Patty's trips are always so well organized. Fun group of people as usual. Biltmore and Chihuly were great. Only disappointment was one restaurant for dinner. I also enjoyed Reynolds. It's really nice that she organized that "extra" visit traveling back from Asheville. Very enjoyable trip
      By Karen M for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 24, 2024
      Great trip! Very organized and nice side trips!
      By Sandra S for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 17, 2024
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