Summer in Biltmore: The Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition Begins, Activities and Blooms Abound | Culture & Leisure

ASHEVILLE, NC – This summer, take advantage of the season’s longer days by exploring historic Biltmore Gardens at its greenest and most colorful, a new exhibit that highlights the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and an exciting array of outdoor experiences to enjoy as a family.

Gorgeous Gardens and Friday Nights at Biltmore

The warm, golden summer months bring such lush beauty to Biltmore that founder George Vanderbilt wrote, “I just wish everyone could see it in this season for the first time” in a letter he sent there. long to Frederick Law Olmsted, the estate’s landscape architect.

These many years later, the gardens Olmsted envisioned continue to thrive thanks to the work of the Biltmore horticulture team who remain true to their original intent. Their work produces huge warm palms and jewel-colored flowers in the walled garden, while lotuses, Victoria water planners, papyrus and canna lilies display in the pools of the Italian garden.

For planning visits, information on what blooms in Biltmore Gardens can be found in the Biltmore Bloom Reportupdated frequently by Bill Quade, Senior Director of Horticulture at Biltmore.

Leonardo da Vinci – 500 years of genius

On July 14, Biltmore will open Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius at Amherst in Deerpark.

This unique exhibition explains and brings together all aspects of the life and times of Leonardo da Vinci, his main achievements and how his talents, thoughts, innovations and inventions are still as relevant today, some 500 years later. late.

This immersive experience is featured alongside several large-scale machine inventions, many of which are interactive and detailed reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpieces, codices and drawings.

Amherst at Deerpark is an event venue on the estate, adjacent to Deerpark Restaurant. Based on our visits to past exhibitions in this series, visitors should allow plenty of time to enjoy the full experience, including a large gallery with timelines and other general information about the artist, the immersive experience and a gift shop.

Ticketing for the exhibit is by reservation including date and time and admission to the exhibit is an additional $30 to daily ticket prices. Annual pass holders must also pay an additional fee to visit the exhibit.

Summer is a good time to explore the estate

Biltmore’s large backyard is the perfect place to explore a range of fun outdoor activities for the whole family. Children 9 and under are admitted free all summer. Some of them include:

· Bird watching experiences: Falconry, Bluebird Walk, Guided Birdwatching Walks

Mindfulness experiences: Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing), nature mandalas, sensory hike, morning meditation

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· Action-oriented experiences: horseback riding, hiking, archery, fishing for kids, kayaking, fly fishing, guided rafting, horse-drawn carriage rides, guided bike rides, farm tours, clay sports , etc.

Summer nights in Biltmore

For the ultimate Biltmore summer experience, extend your visit by staying at one of the estate’s accommodation options.

The inn, the hotel and the cottages

The Inn on Biltmore Estate invites you to enjoy world-class service and luxurious spa treatments. At the Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, guests are steps from the Biltmore Winery in an ideal base to enjoy a variety of restaurants, shops, and outdoor activities. The Cottages on Biltmore Estate offers four self-contained accommodations, offering the most exclusive and personalized lodging experiences the estate has to offer.

Summer Vacation Packages

· The Inn on Biltmore Estate, June 30-July 7: 4th of July celebration package with songs from the road. Package includes accommodation, daily chef’s breakfast buffet, 4th of July celebration dinner and live concert of Songs from The Road, plus fireworks.

· The Inn on Biltmore Estate, August 31 – September 7: Labor Day Celebration Package with Love Canon. Package includes accommodations, daily chef’s buffet breakfast, Labor Day celebration dinner with a live Love Canon concert, lawn games, fireworks, and more.

The Leonardo da Vinci stay package offered from July 13 to November 3, 2022

This luxurious package presents the thrilling experience of Leonardo da Vinci: a multi-sensory event that highlights his genius and his many extraordinary achievements. In addition to accommodation, this package includes the chef’s buffet breakfast in the dining room daily; day admission to Biltmore House with audio guide; and day admission to Leonardo da Vinci – 500 years of genius.

Specialized stay packages

An assortment of staycation packages are offered at all Biltmore overnight accommodations. These include the Linger Longer Package which saves up to 30% per night when longer stays are booked. The Mornings at Biltmore House package and the Around the Farm package. Visit this link for more information.

Customer and employee safety

Biltmore’s commitment to customer and employee safety is at the forefront. You can find more information about our security protocols here.

For more information on tickets and reservations, please visit www.biltmore.com.

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