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In bid to reduce estate traffic, Biltmore unveils major changes in its parking, driving policies
Wednesday, 02 October 2019 22:36

From Staff Reports 

Aiming to reduce traffic on estate grounds, Biltmore Estate, which features America’s largest private home, recently announced that it is is revamping its parking and driving policies in a major way, effective Oct. 30. 

Following are the major changes:

• No driving in front of house, gardens. “The loop as we know it is gone — the stretch of Approach Road in front of the house and the gardens will become pedestrian-only (apart from Biltmore shuttles),” a press release noted.

• Express Lane. “Annual passholders and lodging guests will be able to bypass the line at the admission gate,” the release said. “After passing the gate house on Biltmore Estate Drive, veer right onto Winery Road along the Swannanoa River. There will be a designated ticket-scanning station for passholders — if you bring non-passholding guests, make sure they already have their their tickets.”

• Expanded shuttle offerings. “Shuttle service will now be available across the estate — destinations include Deerpark, Amherst, Antler Hill Village and Winery and the house and gardens,” the release stated.

• Central Parking shuttle, entry scanning. “If you choose Central Parking (Lots C, D and E), you’ll be able to purchase tickets and be screened for security there,” the release noted. “Shuttles will then ferry guests to the house and gardens, Antler Hill Village & Winery and Deerpark/Amherst.”

• Walking Lots and Front Lawn Entrance. “Visitors who park in Lots A and B — the closest to the house and gardens — will walk to the new entrance on the front lawn, where they’ll be screened for entry,” the release said. “Limited ticketing will also be available on the front lawn.”

• Passholder Garden Express shuttle. “In addition to the current garden shuttle, which runs the full garden loop, including Bass Pond and the waterfall areas, the new Passholder Garden Express will take passholders and their guests directly from the front lawn to the Walled Garden and back,” the release stated.


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