This summer’s thundershowers have created an abundance of full healthy leaves that mean the conditions are right for a great fall leaf season at Biltmore.
The estate’s director of horticulture, Parker Andes, has observed Biltmore’s landscape and weather patterns for years and knows where the most stunning color occurs – and when that color peaks in saturation and brilliance.
In September, Andes will begin issuing the weekly Biltmore Fall Color Report in which he will provide details on where to go on the estate for premium leaf color views. Perfect for trip planning, the report is available at biltmore.com/fallcolor.
“In our part of western North Carolina, we have the greatest diversity of plants in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains of anywhere in the U.S.,” Andes says. “We also have elevation changes of thousands of feet within a day’s drive in the area. This gives us a wonderfully long season with the opportunity to see layers of many different colors in the forests.”
During fall visits to Biltmore, you can look for those beautiful colors along miles of hiking and biking trails. On foot, you can wander through the large beds of chrysanthemums in the Walled Garden. Guided outdoor experiences include horseback riding, Segway tours, sporting clays, fly fishing, the Land Rover Driving School and river float trips.
Beautiful colors aren’t limited to the changing leaves at Biltmore during the fall. Biltmore’s “red” and “white” wines are offered in special tastings, wine-focused meals and specialty tours across the estate during Taste of Biltmore, a two-month celebration of Biltmore’s farm-to-table heritage and the bounty of the harvest season. Celebrating the estate’s culinary and winemaking history, activities are set for Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. Click here for more details about Taste of Biltmore.
Ways to save
Now through October, you can save $10 on daytime admission to Biltmore if you purchase tickets online seven days or more prior to visiting. Children age 9 and younger are admitted free. Youth ages 10 to 16 are half off the adult admission price. Seniors receive $10 off daytime admission price on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
For more information about fall at Biltmore, visit biltmore.com.
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