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Biltmore Blooms: Festival of Flowers, Asheville NC

Biltmore Blooms: Festival of Flowers, Asheville NC

Biltmore's gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, are alive with color as spring arrives. Enjoy special events and the beauty of tulips, azaleas, and countless other flowers during Festival of Flowers.

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Trip Duration: 4 Days

Meals Included: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

Tour Director: Yes 

Activity Level: Moderate


Highlights Include:


Biltmore Blooms at Biltmore Estate

Gorgeous blooms will be in full glory as 100,000 tulips welcome springtime during Biltmore's annual Biltmore Blooms. The estate-wide event celebrates the beauty of George Vanderbilt's 8,000-acre property - a regal French Chateau and National Historic Landmark tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville.


Tulips mark the beginning of the festival, greeting visitors at Biltmore's main entrance and continuing into the Walled Garden and elsewhere around the estate. You won't want to miss the vibrant colors in the 20-acre azalea garden and cascades of native and exotic blooms in the natural gardens and along the walking trails.


Enjoy activities such as live music daily in the Conservatory and Winter Garden, seminars at A Gardener's Place in the Conservatory & special menus in the restaurants, and Festival of Flowers commemorative wines at the Winery.


Biltmore Estate, America's largest private residence, begins its 2nd century with all the grace & elegance it has enjoyed since its grand opening in 1895.


Asheville, NC Sightseeing Tour

Spend time discovering downtown Asheville, the most architecturally diverse city in North Carolina. Visitors will find more Art Deco architecture here than in any other southeastern city outside of Miami Beach. Consistently ranked on American Style's list of the nation's top 25 arts destinations, Asheville is known as a collector's and shopper's paradise. Also view the Basilica of St. Lawrence, D.M. Roman Catholic Church, and the Vance Memorial.


The Grove Arcade

Built by E.W. Grove, the visionary and creator of the Grove Park Inn, the Grove Arcade opened in 1929 and thrived until World War II as one of the country's leading public markets. The historically renovated Grove Arcade reopened to the public in 2002 as a destination featuring boutique shopping, exciting dining and regional crafts in a beloved downtown architectural wonder.


The Grove Arcade features a well-rounded shopping experience. From sophisticated furniture to American and Italian designer clothing to arts and crafts straight out of the mountain valleys.


There are several eclectic dining options, all under one roof. Be it a simple burger or an entree from Latin America, Italy or Thailand, enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Grove Arcade.


The Folk Art Center

The Folk Art Center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians. It houses the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s century-old Allanstand Craft Shop, exhibitions in three galleries, a library, auditorium, and a cooperating association book store and Parkway information desk. Guild artisans demonstrate a variety of arts and crafts in the Folk Art Center lobby.


Need to Know:

This trip contains time on own with walking.


Virginia Museum of Transportation - The Museum is large with a variety of exhibits located outdoors therefore we recommend comfortable walking shoes and clothing appropriate for outdoor temperatures.


-Your visit to Biltmore House includes three floors and several flights of stairs. Because of the historic architecture, only the First and Second Floors are accessible by wheelchair. Guests who are unable to go to the Third Floor and Basement may visit the designated Second Floor rest area and watch a video of the rooms they are unable to access.


Eyre has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we suggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.

Pick ups (Tentative)

Tentative Departure Times:
6:00am Ellicott City @ Long Gate Park & Ride
6:45am Silver Spring/Rockville @ Georgia Avenue Park & Ride
7:00am Silver Spring @ Leisure World Clubhouse II
8:00am West Falls Church @ West Falls Church Kiss + Ride

Day 1:

Travel to Asheville, NC
Lunch on own en route
Check in for (3) overnights at Comfort Inn & Suites
Dinner included at Stone Ridge Tavern

Day 2:

Breakfast included at hotel
Guided sightseeing tour of Asheville
Lunch & Free Time on own at The Grove Arcade
Visit the Folk Art Center
Dinner included at local restaurant

Day 3:

Breakfast included at hotel
Enjoy Biltmore Blooms at the Biltmore Estate and Winery
Self Guided Audio Tour of Biltmore Estate
Lunch on own
Dinner on own

Day 4:

Breakfast included at hotel
Check out
Travel home
Lunch on own en route

Drop off (Tentitive)

Tentative Return Times:
5:30pm West Falls Church @ West Falls Church Kiss + Ride
6:30pm Silver Spring/Rockville @ Georgia Avenue Park & Ride
6:45pm Silver Spring @ Leisure World Clubhouse II
7:30pm Ellicott City @ Long Gate Park & Ride

Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville, NC


The Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall is conveniently located on mall premises and just minutes from Biltmore Estate and downtown Asheville.

The hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool, and Fitness Room.

Guestrooms include coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/board, microwave, and refrigerator.


Hotel is non-smoking.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ellicott City Long Gate Park and Ride
Meadowbrook Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Falls Church, VA West Falls Church Metro Kiss + Ride Lot
Leisure World Leisure World - Club House II (Residents ONLY)
3300 N Leisure World Blvd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
Silver Spg/Rockville, MD Georgia Ave Park & Ride
16000 Georgia Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
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