The Biltmore Estate is an American version of Downton Abbey. The main house is a Châteauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States at over 175,000 square feet with over 250 rooms. The owners are still Vanderbilt descendants and today it stands out as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age, the time period after the Civil War, when the nation experienced huge economic growth.
Biltmore’s 28th Annual Festival of Flowers on begins on March 21. The festival continues through May 19. Stunning floral displays – featuring nearly 100,000 tulips – across the estate celebrate the majesty of Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy as Biltmore’s master horticulture planner. Biltmore’s restaurants will feature special menu items, with the Winery offering a commemorative Festival of Flowers wine and wine seminars.
Enjoy special events and the beauty of tulips, azaleas, and countless other flowers as Spring arrives at the estate.
For the first time, visitors will be able to step down into the Winter Garden to enjoy a display of exotic orchids intimately, just as George and Edith Vanderbilt would have brought their guests. Some of the plants will be the same species that were planned for the Biltmore Conservatory in 1894. Outdoors, enjoy a beautiful progression of blooms from tulips to pansies, azaleas, and much more.
Lodging in Asheville
If you come into town to see the Biltmore Festival of Flowers, please let us be your hosts. Our Asheville bed and breakfast is less than 10 minutes away from the Estate!