Flowers by the thousands, unique art experiences, and a visionary’s birthday at Biltmore. Thousands of tulips, an immersion into the world of Monet and Impressionist painters, rarely displayed artworks, and Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday will combine to create a memorable Biltmore Blooms, Biltmore’s annual springtime celebration.
Beginning April 1, 2022, Biltmore will welcome the start of an ever-changing array of spring color emerging across the estate’s 8,000 acres. Biltmore Blooms runs through May 26, 2022.
Each spring, the yellow buds of forsythia and daffodil signal the beginning of the blooming season across the grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Tulips emerge shortly thereafter, filling the Walled Garden with nearly 72,000 blooms in a kaleidoscope of colors. Later in the season, azaleas begin to flourish, followed by rhododendrons and mountain laurel while buds of every shade appear in the Rose Garden.
Starting on May 6 and running through July 8, Biltmore House will have extended evening hours for tours with live music in the Walled Garden and outside Biltmore House on the Library Terrace.
Monet & Friends: Life, Light and Color – Now Open!
Monet & Friends: Life, Light and Color – The second installment of Biltmore’s Legends of Art and Innovation exhibition series is now open at Amherst at Deerpark, Biltmore’s event center. Experience the sights and sounds of 19th century Europe through the eyes of Claude Monet and the Impressionist painters who immortalized them. Through July 10, paintings projected on an enormous scale will illuminate the bold brushstrokes of Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and more. More information about this event is available here.
Discover rarely displayed artwork inside Biltmore House
George Vanderbilt was a prolific art collector, with an appreciation for many of its forms. Intrigued by Impressionism, he acquired 16 works by Monet for his home. In conjunction with Monet & Friends exhibit, guests will be able to view two rarely-displayed Monet paintings in the Morning Salon of Biltmore House. Landscape painting “Strada Romana à Bordighera” and seascape “Belle-Île, le chenal de Port-Goulphar” were recently restored just for this occasion. Elaborate floral interpretations of the paintings will fill the home’s Winter Garden.
Celebrating a visionary: Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th Birthday
Frederick Law Olmsted was born on April 26, 1822. Considered the father of landscape architecture in America, Olmsted designed the breathtaking gardens and grounds surrounding Biltmore House. Olmsted’s contributions also include revitalizing acres of overworked farm land and fields to complement the beauty of Biltmore House and laying the foundation for Biltmore to become the birthplace of scientific forestry in the United States.
Olmsted’s Biltmore: A Collection of Scenic Stops
On April 22, Biltmore will unveil a collection of scenic stops throughout its gardens and grounds for guests to learn more about the impact of Olmsted’s accomplishments at Biltmore and appreciate the mature and preserved landscapes that he envisioned more than a century ago.
These stops will offer engaging stories about Olmsted and his project at Biltmore, allowing guests to better understand him as one of the primary designers of George Vanderbilt’s estate—and the national significance of Biltmore as one of Olmsted’s last great works. Some of the stops will offer views of some of Olmsted’s most signature design elements.
Frederick Law Olmsted 200th Birthday Moveable Feast
On the evening of April 22, experience a unique dining event staged in a lush floral oasis - Biltmore's soaring glass Conservatory - in honor of Frederick Law Olmsted.After a sparkling wine reception, enjoy a five-course plated feast paired with Biltmore wines. Inspired by the flavors of springtime this event will celebrate Olmsted's enduring artistry amid his crowning achievement: the gardens and grounds of Biltmore. Information about this event is available at this link.
Additional springtime activities across the estate
New Spring Biltmore Wine Release
During Biltmore Blooms, guests may savor the newly released Biltmore Estate Masterpiece Collection White Wine at Biltmore Winery. Made from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Sémillon, this off-dry white is adorned with a label illustrating Monet’s painting “Strada Romana à Bordighera.”
Now through Jan. 8, 2023: Biltmore Gardens Railway Wonders of the World
Visit Antler Hill Village for the return of this popular large-scale model railroad display with a brand new collection of structures that chronicle the Wonders of the World. Railcars move around handmade botanical replicas of iconic structures including the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu and more. More information is available at this link.
April 16-17: Easter Scavenger Hunt
Hunt for super-sized Easter Eggs inside Biltmore House and around the estate in this fun activity. Participants will receive a Scavenger Hunt Guide to check off each egg they spot while on their hunt. Participating children ages 9 and younger will receive a treat. The Easter Scavenger Hunt is included in daytime admission.
Springtime overnight stays at Biltmore
Line House Cottages
A new edition to Biltmore’s lodging offerings, the charming Line House Cottages, join our collection of historic Cottages on Biltmore Estate. Bringing the number of stand-alone accommodations to four, the cottages offer the most exclusive and customized lodging experiences the estate has to offer.
The Inn and The Hotel
The Inn on Biltmore Estate invites guests to enjoy world-class service and luxurious spa treatments. At Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, guests are just steps away from the Winery in an ideal home-base for enjoying a variety of restaurants, shops, and outdoor activities.
Special Stay Packages
An assortment of stay packages is being offered at all of Biltmore’s overnight accommodations. These include the Spring Break Mountain Escape, the Monet & Friends Package, Mornings at Biltmore House Package, and the Around the Farm Package. Visit this link for information.