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Biltmore Holiday: Asheville NC

Biltmore Holiday: Asheville NC

Share the magic of Christmas at Biltmore this holiday season when you experience America's largest home decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, and poinsettias and more!

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Trip Duration: 4 Days

Meals Included: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

Tour Director: Yes 



Highlights Include:


The Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate is a historic house museum and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House (or Biltmore Mansion), the main residence, is a Châteauesque-style mansion built for George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States.


Candlelight Christmas Evening Tour of Biltmore House

A majestic Norway spruce and pathway luminaries welcome you to America's Largest Home. Inside, thousands of ornaments reflect the soft glow of candles, fireplaces, and twinkle lights. The magic continues in Antler Hill Village, which is festooned with a glittering cascade of lights, ornaments, and displays.


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.


Grovewood Village

Grovewood Village is indeed a hidden gem in Asheville! It is an arts and crafts destination that offers a glimpse into an important part of Asheville’s story 1. The village is located adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn and was once home to the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries 12. It features the Grovewood Gallery, which showcases American art and fine craft contributed by over 400 artists and craftspeople from across the United States 1. The gallery spans 9,000 square feet and houses finely crafted furniture, jewelry, pottery, glass, and much more 1. You can explore the gallery’s extensive collection of artisan-made treasures, ranging from one-of-a-kind tableware to finely crafted furniture


Gingerbread House Display & Holiday Decorations at Omni Grove Park Inn

The National Gingerbread House Competition is a favorite Asheville holiday tradition that has taken place for 30 years.  This nationally-known competition and display features whimsical and elaborate, handmade gingerbread houses of every size, shape, complexity and theme. You'll find quaint rustic cabins, gumdrop-adorned castles and sugar spun landscapes that'll likely inspire your own gingerbread traditions.

As you enjoy the Gingerbread creations, you'll notice The Omni Grove Park Inn and its Great Hall entrance way come alive with gorgeous decorations, music and the smells of evergreen, sugar and spice.Make sure to see the The Great Gingerbread House, a life-sized Gingerbread House modeled after the historic hotel.


WNC Farmer's Market

The WNC Farmers Market is the premier destination for buying and selling the region's best agriculture products directly from farmers & food producers.


Smith-McDowll House Museum

Smith-McDowell House Museum is Asheville's first mansion and oldest surviving structure restored as a history museum.  It was once the home of mayors, a Confederate Major and friends of the Vanderbilts at nearby Biltmore Estate.  In addition to restored period rooms, the Museum also features special history exhibits in its Gallery Rooms. 


Biltmore Village

Historic Biltmore Village is a quaint collection of shops, and dining both fine and casual.


Winter Lights at North Carolina Arboretum

Winter Lights is a spectacular open-air walk-through light show made from over one million lights! Located at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina, this year's event features favorites like the famously tall 50-foot lighted tree and the Quilt Garden, along with enchanting new details designed to delight and surprise.


Need to Know:

This trip contains time on own with walking.


-Biltmore does not accept cash. Acceptable forms of payment are credit or debit cards at this time. Guests may carry small personal bags no larger than 19” x 14” x 9” Backpacks/ wheeled bags are prohibited.


-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.

Tentative Pick ups:

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
Return to hotel
Visit Biltmore Village
Dinner included at Stable Cafe at Biltmore Estate
Candlelight Christmas Tour of Biltmore House
Return to hotel

Day 3:

Breakfast included at hotel
Grovewood VIllage
Visit the Gingerbread House Display & Holiday Decorations at the Omni Grove Park Inn
WNC Farmers Market for lunch and free time on own
Visit Smith-McDowell House
Return to hotel
Dinner included at local Restaurant
Winter Lights at North Carolina Arboretum
Return to hotel

Day 4:

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

Tentative Drop Offs:

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

Subject to Change

Check your boarding pass for finalized pick up times

Comfort Suites Outlet Center, Asheville, NC


The Comfort Suites Outlet Center is conveniently located by the Asheville Outlet mall and just minutes from Biltmore Estate and downtown Asheville. The hotel features a Fitness Room.


The Harbor Inn Seafood Restaurant is located adjacent to the hotel and there are several restaurants within walking distance.


Guestrooms include coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/board, microwave, and refrigerator. Hotel is 100% 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
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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