I’ve written numerous times about Biltmore. It’s practically in my backyard and a few years ago I bought an annual pass, which I’ve renewed the past two years. I love visiting the grounds and even after touring the house 10+ times, it’s still quite an experience. It seems that they’re always doing new events or opening new (to the public) rooms of the house, so despite having visited and toured so many times – I have yet to see the ENTIRE house. (I need to change that.)
One of the reasons I bought our passes was so that we could visit the grounds and walk whenever we pleased. The estate is beautiful in the spring with the Festival of Flowers, and the changing colors in the fall make it a desirable getaway spot.
Christmas at Biltmore, however, is a favorite of mine. Every room is decorated and the giant tree in the dining room is something that only the Vanderbilts could pull off. It’s quite an event to see the tree brought in on a horse-drawn carriage and then pulled into the house. (Photos were taken by me back in 2010.)
We’re actually going to be at Biltmore one weekend very soon, and Santa will be visiting with children on Saturdays and Sundays through December 22 from 1-5 p.m in Antler Hill Village. (Be sure to stop by the animals with your children – my boy loves them!) Not interested in Santa or the animals? Well, the winery is always open for a tour and tasting. Biltmore’s floral arranging and gardening experts will also conduct free, daily seminars at A Gardener’s Place retail gift shop. There is something for everyone this time of year.
NOW I’m excited for you, my super readers, to bring you a fun giveaway that my friend Susanna from Zealous Mom and I have been working on with the good people at Biltmore. You can win FOUR tickets just for commenting and liking/following me (and Biltmore) on social media. Even better, you have a chance to win one of TWO sets of tickets!
This giveaway is going to end in two weeks (November 22) with two winners announced before Thanksgiving. You’ll be able to use the tickets during the Christmas holiday (which I highly recommend) or you can save them and use them at a later date – until August! So, do you understand my out-of-town friends? If you’re planning a vacation over spring break or during summer 2014, you can use the tickets then!
Here’s a little more run-down. The tickets include complimentary estate admission; a self-guided daytime tour of Biltmore House; access to the gardens; a guided tour of the Winery and free tastings; and access to Antler Hill Village and farm. Children 9 and under are admitted free, so if you’re considering bringing the kids (and they’re younger) you’re covered. (Win win for so many people!)
The only mandatory entry is a comment on Love Jaime or Zealous Mom with a favorite holiday tradition or memory or thought related to the holidays. You can then earn extra entries for following us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Good luck!!