Biltmore Christmas by Candlelight
Biltmore Christmas Trip – Saturday, November 23 -24, 2019 Overnight Trip: Baymont by Wyndham Inn & Suites Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit at America’s Largest Home. The timeless beauty of Biltmore House, its collections of art and historic Vanderbilt family treasures are all the more enchanting with the festive addition of dozens of exquisitely decorated Christmas trees, miles of garland, hundreds of poinsettias, and more lights than you can count. Biltmore House will greet you with the soft glow of luminaries and holiday lights on a towering Norway spruce. Inside, enjoy Biltmore House by flickering candlelight and cozy flames reminiscent of the first Vanderbilt family Christmas in 1895. There’s thousands of ornaments on dozens of Christmas trees. Live performances of Christmas music add the perfect touch to this elegant Christmas evening at the Biltmore.
Day 1 – Saturday, November 23: We will meet at 6:30am at Dunham’s Sports parking lot in Scottsboro: 23041 John T Reid Pkwy, Scottsboro, AL 35768. We will depart by 7am We will make a mid-morning rest area stop to stretch and use restroom We will eat lunch around 11am at a nice restaurant to be announced closer to date We will check in our rooms around 1pm to rest and unpack for a couple hours We will make the short drive to the Biltmore around 3pm to tour the outside gardens during daylight and get good pictures before sunset. Dinner will be around 5:30pm at the famous Deerpark Restaurant by Biltmore. Savor mouth-watering southern cuisine served buffet-style in a peaceful, natural setting with plenty of rustic charm and sweeping views of estate pastures from its front door. A wall of windows overlooks an interior courtyard. After dinner we will head back to the Biltmore for a very special, extended Candlelight Christmas Tour of the Biltmore House. You will have up to 3 hours to tour the home, take in the beauty and make memories. Return to our hotel for a good night sleep around 10pm Day 2 – Sunday, November 24: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel: Eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy, waffles, pastries, cereal, fruit, juice and coffee Be packed and load the bus at 9:30am We will visit the Biltmore one more time for a private guided Legacy of the Land Tour. This 1.5-hour motor coach bus tour will take us through fields, over hills and around thousands of acres of Biltmore farmland. The beautiful Fall Foliage should be in full color. Our privately hired guide will join us on the bus and tell us all about the history of the land, structures, and former residents. We’ll visit areas usually not open to guests. This will be a special treat. Next, we will visit Antler Hill Village & Winery to taste the award-winning wines offered. You will have about 3 hours to eat lunch on your own and do a little early Christmas Shopping. The Village has casual fashions to home accent products and arts and crafts items, the shops in Antler Hill Village have something for everyone. Find unique gifts and mementos of your Biltmore visit at the Wine Shop, Antler Hill Outfitters, Traditions, and The Barn Door. We will head back home around 3pm – stopping for a nice dinner around 6pm at a restaurant to be determined closer to trip date. We should arrive back at our vehicles around 8pm Ticket prices include: Round trip transportation on deluxe model charter bus with bathroom onboard. One-night accommodations at the Baymont by Wyndham Inn & Suites. Admission to the Biltmore for a Garden Tour and Candlelight Christmas Tour of the house. Admission for Legacy of the Land private guided tour. A wine tasting at Antler Hill Village Winery. Lunch on Saturday. A very nice deluxe holiday style buffet dinner at the Deerpark Restaurant ($50 meal) Saturday evening. A hot breakfast at hotel on Sunday. Dinner on our way home Sunday. Unique shopping and sightseeing at the Village markets decorated for Christmas. Bus Bingo for prizes and movies during drive time. Free bus wifi. Single Person Package - $419 Double Person Package - $696 Triple Person Package - $966 Quad Person Package - $1240.