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Biltmore plans new, old activites for 2021
Friday, 01 January 2021 14:10

From Staff Reports

Biltmore continues to “safely welcome” guests to its 8,000-acre estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville and will boast a range of favorite seasonal events along with several new experiences in 2021, according to a press release issued on Dec. 17 by Biltmore Estate.

A large-scale stick sculpture exhibition featuring tree saplings weaved into whirling animated shapes, a whimsical model train display traversing tropical plants, and new outdoor activities encouraging wellness are in store for the new year at Biltmore.

 Biltmore continues to maintain a Health and Safety section on with the latest COVID-19 updates and mandates. 

Planned events and activities in the coming year will comply with requirements to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, as the safety of employees and guests is always Biltmore’s highest priority. 

“Biltmore will continue to closely monitor the course of COVID-19 and guests are encouraged to check for updates prior to planning a visit,” the release stated.

Billed as “new this winter,” the release noted that “wellness experiences that connect guests with nature have been added to Biltmore’s slate of outdoor activities. 

“A variety of hikes led by subject matter experts on topics such as wildlife, mindfulness, and trees and forestry are newly available. Winter bird watch sessions are a free and fun opportunity for guests to participate in an important research project to count and identify birds at the estate’s winter feeding station. 

“Nature games like National Park Monopoly and puzzles led by the Outdoor Adventure Center guide team are perfect for families. Guests should contact the estate’s Outdoor Adventure Center to book activities and find out more about the estate’s full outdoor offerings such as biking, falconry, horseback trail rides, carriage rides, float trips along the French Broad River and more.”

 As for activities “coming this spring,” the release noted, “Guests visiting Biltmore this spring will be lucky to witness an entirely new outdoor sculpture exhibition built by self-described ‘stick sculpture artist,’ Patrick Dougherty. Raised in North Carolina, Dougherty is a sculptor known worldwide who weaves tree saplings into sculptural installations. Dougherty’s interest in carpentry and love of nature inspired him to experiment with tree saplings and learn about building techniques. Guests can view Stickworks Outdoor Sculptures at Biltmore beginning April 1.”

 Back by popular demand, Biltmore Gardens Railway brings a large-scale model railroad and handmade buildings to the Conservatory. Running April 1 through Sept. 26, G-scale locomotives and railcars move along tracks placed around notable estate replicas, traversing bridges and trestles on varied levels in multiple rooms and weaving through the estate’s renowned collection of exotic botanicals.



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