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Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.

George Vanderbilt's 250-room castle is America's Largest Home and a top attraction in Asheville. Plan a visit to Biltmore House, explore 8,000 acres of grounds, or book a behind-the-scenes tour.

Elegance and grandeur abound at Biltmore , America’s largest home. This French Renaissance castle in the heart of Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains is an architectural jewel. The home features 250 rooms, including 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces.

In addition to the house, the 8,000-acre estate is home to forested trails and beautiful gardens, which include one of the country’s most complete collections of azaleas. Biltmore is also where you’ll find the nation’s most-visited winery . As you explore the estate, enjoy shopping, dining and luxury accommodations.

The Top 9 Things to See and Do at Biltmore

1. Biltmore House:  Discover the elegance and charm of Biltmore house on a self-guided tour that weaves through four floors. On your way, marvel at the original furnishings, art and artifacts collected by George Vanderbilt. Favorite rooms of the mansion include the Library with 10,000 books and the grand Banquet Hall with its 70-foot high ceiling! An in-depth audio guide and guided behind-the-scenes tours are available at an additional cost.   

Guided tours of Biltmore House are also available, including the Biltmore Exclusive Experience, a custom, two-hour tour for small groups. The tour is led by an expert guide who specializes in Vanderbilt history and estate stories. You’ll visit areas off the main tour that are based on your interests. The Biltmore Exclusive Experience is one of three House tours now offered.

Biltmore Interior

2. Gardens:  Take a stroll through meticulously manicured gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted . Begin in the Italian Garden, which features a series of reflection ponds, before heading down to the patterned Walled Garden. The Walled Garden features a rose garden with more than 250 varieties. In the spring as part of the Biltmore Blooms celebration, see the bright blooms in the Azalea Garden, one of the largest azalea collections in the country. Don't forget to head inside the Conservatory greenhouse, which showcases a wide variety of exotic plants and stunning orchids.

Biltmore Blooms

3. Bass Pond and Trails: From the gardens, the Bass Pond is just a short walk away. Sit a spell at the historic boathouse. Or choose a bench along the shore of the pond that offers a view of the beautiful red brick bridge that was featured in the movie, Last of the Mohicans . At the far end of the pond, you’ll find a man-made waterfall – a perfect place to sit and relax. The trail to the Bass Pond is part of a 22-mile network of walking and hiking trails on the Estate . All trails are pet-friendly (leashed dogs welcome). Trail maps are available at the main ticketing center when you arrive on the Estate, or from information kiosks located in front of the house and at Antler Hill Village.      

4. Biltmore Winery:  From the house and gardens, follow a beautiful drive with pastoral and mountain views to Antler Hill Village, the location of Biltmore Winery. With your admission to Biltmore, you receive a complimentary wine tasting. At the winery, you'll find more than 20 handcrafted vintages including reds whites and rosés. The true wine enthusiast will love the opportunity to take a guided tour of Biltmore Winery’s production facility or a guided tour of the breathtaking vineyards .  

5. Antler Hill Village: In addition to the winery, Antler Hill Village is home to the farm, where you can get a taste of what life was like for those who lived on the estate raising livestock and tending crops. Children will delight at the opportunity to meet the farm animals and play on the playground. In the heart of the Village, stop in at The Biltmore Legacy museum to see special historical exhibits, grab an ice cream at The Creamery, shop at the stores and or dine at Cedric’s Tavern . The Village is also where you may find artist demonstrations or live music.

Family at Antler Hill Village

6. Guided Outdoor Adventures: Play in Biltmore’s 8,000-acre backyard! Choose from Biltmore Estate tours and adventures such as fly fishing, river rafting/kayaking, biking, Land Rover tours and falconry. All these experiences (and more) are available to daytime guests, overnight guests and annual passholders for an additional charge. Many of the experiences do require making a reservation in advance.

7. Biltmore by Horse : Biltmore has been named one of the top places in the world to go horseback riding . Biltmore offers a variety of guided horseback rides and tours for a truly memorable adventure. Or, enjoy a relaxing journey on a horse-drawn carriage led by Belgian draft horses.

8. Dining: Choose from six restaurants that range from fine to casual dining. Biltmore Estate’s working farm provides the fresh herbs, salad greens, meats and eggs for many of the dishes served. Biltmore sources prime cuts of hormone-and-antibiotic-free beef and lamb from estate-raised Angus cattle and White Dorper sheep. Other ingredients such as mountain trout and farmstead cheese are sourced from local farmers.

The Biltmore Winery tasting room decorated for Christmas at Biltmore.

9. Shopping: Discover treasures and purchase unique gifts at the estate’s charming shops. Shop arts and crafts, fashion, home accents, wines, books, toys and Christmas wares. There’s even a confectionery where you can choose from a tempting array of sweet treats.

Biltmore Estate Events:

  • Chihuly at Biltmore -- March 25, 2024 - Jan. 5, 2025

Featured in museums and gardens around the world, including the spectacular 2018  Chihuly at Biltmore  exhibition,  Dale Chihuly’s  awe-inspiring works have captivated millions. Specially curated for Biltmore, a new experience of the world-renowned artist’s iconic creations awaits your discovery within the intimate gallery setting of Amherst at Deerpark®.

  • Biltmore Blooms -- March 25, 2024 - May 23, 2024

Welcome spring in style with more than 130,000 flowers blooming across Biltmore Estate.

  • Easter Egg Hunt – March 30-31, 2024 

Discover giant Easter eggs in the gardens, inside Biltmore House, and in Antler Hill Village! This estate tradition invites you and your kids to learn fun facts about the estate and experience its beauty as you search for 25 giant beautifully decorated eggs. A limited number of Easter Scavenger Hunt treat bags will be distributed from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. each day of the event. Treat bags are for kids nine and younger.

  • Candlelight Christmas Evenings  – November 2, 2024 - January 4, 2025

At night during the holidays, Biltmore lights the dozens of fireplaces and candles in Biltmore House, and live music adds to the special ambiance.

  • Christmas at Biltmore  – November 2, 2024 - January 5, 2025

Biltmore shines with holiday grandeur with stunning decorations. In Biltmore house, see more than 65 hand-decorated trees, including the 35-foot tree in the Banquet Hall. Fresh poinsettias brighten the rooms. And, Antler Hill Village lights up with light displays outside and beautiful decorations inside Biltmore Winery.

Biltmore Blooms

Plan Your Visit to Biltmore Estate

  • Purchase Biltmore Estate tickets online in advance, or purchase them at the Asheville Visitor Center for a $5 discount. Reservations are required to access the estate.
  • Kids 9 and under get in free  Children 9 & under receive free admission to Biltmore House (add Audio to their tour for $12-15), but every child requires an admission ticket to enter the estate with a parent or guardian.
  • Parking and Estate Transportation:  Free parking on the Estate. More parking & Estate information is available here .
  • A visit to Biltmore is spectacular in any season, with special celebrations offered in the springtime ( Biltmore Blooms ) and around the holidays ( Christmas at Biltmore ).

Where to Stay Near Biltmore Estate:

There are three places to stay on Biltmore Estate. For a more casual experience, choose the Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate , located next to Biltmore Winery. The Inn on Biltmore Estate offers four-star elegance. And, the Cottage on Biltmore Estate is a historic accommodation offering a unique, private experience.

Just outside the entrance gate of Biltmore Estate is historic  Biltmore Village . Biltmore Village is a historic district that is home to fine art galleries, top notch restaurants and a mix of boutique and nationally recognized shops. There are several places to stay in Biltmore Village , from luxury accommodations to family-friendly hotels.

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The Biltmore estate is providing virtual tours of the mansion and the estate's blooming gardens. With clips of the estate and captions providing context, the video tours highlight the home's timeless architecture, landscape design, and mountainous views.

The first tour takes you throughout the mansion, describing its history and current features. Renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt designed the 250-room French Renaissance château for George and Edith Vanderbilt. After six years of construction, the home was completed in 1895. It comprises 35 bedrooms, 34 bathrooms, and a stunning 65 fireplaces. The virtual tour even gives you a peek into the basement, which has a bowling alley and a full-sized swimming pool.

On the second tour , you'll visit the estate's grand grounds and gardens, which were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who's best know for designing Central Park. Olmsted wanted to create formal gardens, naturalized areas, an arboretum and nursery, and a managed forest.

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9 Helpful Tips for Visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

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The Biltmore in Asheville, NC - Travel by Brit

When I traveled to the Southeast USA, I was thrilled for a chance to tour the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC — a stunning 250-room French Renaissance château nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Biltmore Estate is a refreshing taste of European architecture in the middle of the American South. After my husband and I canceled our fall trip to Europe due to Covid, visiting the Biltmore felt like an exciting way to relive what would have been our European vacation!

We discovered many helpful tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, during our visit that I am excited to share with you! But first, here’s a little history lesson on the Biltmore!

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History of the Biltmore Estate

George Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House on Christmas Eve in 1895 after six years of construction. George lived on the property with his wife, Edith, and daughter, Cornelia. The house was not opened to the public until the 1930s to generate income to preserve the estate. 

Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC - Travel by Brit

Today, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville is the largest private home in America and attracts over one million visitors per year. The Biltmore offers visitors an impressive history, remarkable architecture, vintage art, and breathtaking gardens. No matter what your interest is, you’ll find something to love about the Biltmore. 

Tips for Visiting the Biltmore Estate—Is it Worth the Cost?  

I’ll be honest—I was skeptical about visiting the Biltmore because of the cost. Depending on the time of year you visit, Biltmore Experience tickets can cost anywhere from $94 to $114 per person. 

Although the Biltmore is expensive to visit, I can assure you that it is definitely worth the cost. We spent the entire day at the Biltmore House & Gardens and Antler Hill Village and felt that we definitely got our money’s worth. We couldn’t imagine a better way to spend a day in Asheville! 

Tips for Visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC - Travel by Brit

Tips for Visiting the Biltmore Estate— Where to Stay in Asheville, NC

Unfortunately, you can’t stay in the Biltmore when visiting, but you can stay at several excellent locations close by! There are excellent hotels near the Biltmore that offer a range of prices to accommodate those looking to relax in luxury or find a budget-friendly stay.  

Here are a few of my recommendations: 

  • The Inn on Biltmore Estate ($$$$)  – Pamper yourself with a luxury stay on the Biltmore Estate to enjoy the on-site spa, heated pool, and fine-dining restaurants.
  • Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate ($$$)  – One of the best tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate? Stay as close to the winery as you can! The Village Hotel is located in the heart of Antler Hill Village with close access to phenomenal restaurants, shopping, and the world-famous Biltmore Winery.
  • Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville ($$$$)  – Enjoy a unique, luxury stay in the Biltmore Village, just three miles from Downtown Asheville.
  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – Asheville – Biltmore Village Area ($$)  – Clean, budget-friendly stay just under a mile away from the Biltmore Estate.
  • Courtyard Asheville Biltmore Village ($$)  – Modern, comfortable, and clean stay located about a mile from the Biltmore Estate.

Tips for Visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville  

Before visiting the Biltmore, I had a lot of questions about what the experience would be like. As it turns out, I learned a lot during my visit to the Biltmore that I want to share with you to help your visit go seamlessly! 

Here are nine tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, that will make your experience unforgettable! 

1. Buy Your Tickets in Advance  

As I mentioned earlier, The Biltmore has over one million visitors per year—which, if you do the math, is over 2,500 visitors per day! Even though there are many spots available to tour the Biltmore house each day, you might be surprised to know that tickets sell out quickly—especially during the weekends, holidays, and Christmas season. 

One of the most important tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate is to buy your tickets ahead of time to ensure that you reserve a ticket for the day that you want to visit. 

Formal Dining Room in the Biltmore

2. Your Ticket Time is for the Biltmore House Tour  

One of the most critical tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate is that the time on your ticket is for your  self-guided house tour , NOT your entry to the estate.  

My husband and I made the mistake of assuming that our ticket time was when we were supposed to arrive at the estate. Because of this mistake, we were nearly an hour late for our tour. Thankfully, the attendant allowed us to tour the Biltmore home; however, I would advise you against making the same mistake we did!  

My suggestion would be to  book an early afternoon tour  and  arrive at the estate mid-morning  to ensure that you aren’t rushed or late for your tour time. When you arrive at the estate, you can enjoy the light crowds, take photos, walk around the gardens, and explore the shops before your afternoon tour time.   

I wish someone would have told me these tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate before we went. It would have been a lifesaver!

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3. Eat a Big Breakfast  

The Biltmore is a full-day experience, and if you’re like me, you’ll be so busy exploring that you’ll forget to eat! 

One of my best tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate is to eat a big breakfast before arriving because most of the dining options near the Biltmore House and Gardens are expensive. 

Here are some of the most popular local breakfast spots in Asheville to stop at before you arrive at the Biltmore: 

  • Vortex Doughnuts —Homemade, unique flavored doughnuts with gourmet coffee (they make their caramel sauce in-house, and it’s fantastic!) 
  • Double D’s Coffee & Desserts —Double-decker bus serving coffee & sweet treats (cash only!) 
  • Biscuit Head —Massive biscuits with a variety of toppings and pairings (this is a local favorite) 

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4. Pay for the Audio Guide  

I wish I would have purchased the audio guide during our tour of the Biltmore—I had no clue that the tour would take us through three stories and nearly 30 rooms in the Biltmore home! 

Although the Biltmore home’s architecture and design are gorgeous on their own, the home’s history is remarkable, too. For just $12, your audio guide can become your tour guide, telling you all about George Vanderbilt’s family, the lifestyle of the people who lived there, interesting facts about the home, and so much more.  

Formal Sitting Area at the Biltmore

I tend to skip audio guides to save money—but unfortunately, that was the wrong choice for the Biltmore. The tour is much more extensive than you would expect, and it is an excellent value for what you pay.

5. Plan to Spend the Whole Day Exploring  

As I mentioned earlier, the Biltmore is a full-day experience, so one of the most critical tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate is to plan to spend your entire day there!

Here’s how much time you can expect to spend at each location at the Biltmore Estate: 

  • The Biltmore Estate —1-2 hours 
  • The Gardens —2 hours 
  • Shopping —1 hour 
  • Winery —1 hour 
  • Antler Hill Village —1-2 hours 

It’s very likely you’ll spend 6-8 hours exploring the Biltmore Estate. You won’t want to miss anything! 

6. Don’t Skip the Biltmore Gardens  

I had no idea how stunning and extensive the Biltmore Gardens were! The Biltmore House is impressive, but in my opinion, the gardens are the real showstopper.  

Tips for Visiting the Biltmore Estate & Gardens - Travel By Brit

The Biltmore Gardens and Trails are divided into nine sections:  

  • Library and South Terraces —Spectacular views of the surrounding trees and mountains with a relaxing place to sit. This garden is one of the best spots to take photos! One of my personal favorite tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate is to grab a drink or snack and munch on while admiring the view in the South Terraces!
  • Italian Garden —Watch koi and goldfish swim in the three formal Italian water gardens.  
  • Shrub Garden —Walking path that features golden rain trees, river birch trees, and maple trees.  
  • Spring Garden —Walking path that features white pines, hemlocks, and blooming shrubs.  
  • Conservatory —The Conservatory is a HUGE glass-roofed building home to hundreds of unique warm-weather plants, including orchids, ferns, and palm trees.  
  • Azalea Garden —Walkway that leads from the Conservatory to the Bass Pond and contains gorgeous azaleas and evergreen trees.  

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  • Walled Garden —Two lovely arbors that feature seasonal plants, like tulips in the spring and mums in the fall. There were also squash plants growing here when we visited!  
  • Rose Garden —The name says it all! Gorgeous roses that bloom year-round.  
  • Bass Pond & Boat House —The most peaceful retreat at the Biltmore, this bass pond is the perfect spot to rest your feet from walking and relax. One of the most secretive tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate is to carve out 30 minutes to an hour simply relaxing by the bass pond.

Bass Pond at the Biltmore Gardens

I loved the Biltmore Gardens! My favorite places to explore were the Conservatory, Azalea Gardens, and Bass Pond, but I would suggest visiting them all to determine your own favorites! 

7. Wear Comfortable Shoes  

I clocked in over 12,000 steps during our visit to the Biltmore. By the end of the day, my feet were killing me, even though I was wearing supportive shoes. That being said, one of my best tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate is to wear comfortable shoes, like these Clarks Women’s Ankle Boots , especially if you plan to tour the house and visit the gardens. Your feet will thank you later! 

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8. Visit Antler Hill Village  

After spending a day at the Biltmore House and Gardens, one of the best tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate is to visit Antler Hill Village! Antler Hill Village is where the Biltmore Winery is located and is also home to restaurants like Bistro, Cedric’s Tavern, and Village Social. 

If you are planning to enjoy dinner at Antler Hill Village, I would suggest making a reservation ahead of time—the waitlist can get long, especially in the evenings.

9. Enjoy Your Free Wine Tasting  

Your Biltmore ticket includes a complimentary wine tasting at the Winery in Antler Village if you are over the age of 21. The Biltmore Winery was opened by George Vanderbilt’s grandson in 1985, and since then, has been serving wines made from the estate’s vineyards. 

During your wine tasting, you’ll have the opportunity to sample five wines. After your time in the Tasting Room, you can browse the Wine Shop to find a bottle to bring home or walk across to the Wine Bar to savor a glass of your favorite wine. 

Your complimentary wine tasting is by reservation only, so I suggest visiting the Biltmore Winery to secure your reservation when you arrive at The Antler Hill Village. 

The Biltmore Winery - Asheville, NC

Use These Tips for Visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville to Have an Unforgettable Visit

Overall, the Biltmore Estate is a can’t-miss attraction when visiting Asheville. The Biltmore is also an excellent location for a weekend trip, romantic getaway, bachelorette party, and so much more! These tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate will help your visit go smoothly and ensure that you have an incredible time.

Personally, my husband and I visited The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, during a 10-day road trip through Charleston, Savannah, and Asheville. We had a phenomenal time exploring these three Southeastern U.S. cities. I would highly recommend pairing these three cities together for an epic road trip!

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North Carolina Executive Mansion

  • Address: 200 N. Blount St., Raleigh, NC 27601
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This fine, Victorian-style mansion, built from native materials and home to N.C. governors since 1891, was described by F.D.R. as having “the most beautiful governor’s residence interior in America.” Free admission. Tour reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance; tour hours are limited and vary seasonally.

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Travel to beautiful Asheville, NC and experience the majesty of the mountains, Biltmore Estate and more!

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Enjoy a self-guided audio tour of America's largest private residence. The beautiful mansion was built for the Vanderbilt family. This regal French chateau, tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, is a national historic landmark.  Designed by renowned architect, Richard Morris Hunt, Biltmore house has 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, 43 bathrooms, and 3 kitchens, in 4 acres of interior floor space, and is filled with the immense collection of art and furnishings of its original owner, George Vanderbilt. 

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This scenic rail excursion takes you from the historic depot in Bryson City through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. With 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will take you on a memorable journey through a remote and beautiful corner of North Carolina.

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Stroll through  Biltmore House  &  Gardens  and the  Winery  at your own pace or with one of our knowledgeable guides. For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-411-3812 or stop by our Guest Services locations on the estate.

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This fine Victorian-style mansion, home to N.C. governors since 1891, once was described by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as being “the most beautiful governor’s residence interior in America.” Built from native materials, it has been occupied by 29 governors’ families. Free tours of both the house and gardens are available through the Capitol Area Visitors Center. Tour reservations must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance; tour hours are limited and vary seasonally.

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Set on 39 pristine acres along the Currituck Sound in Historic Corolla Park, Whalehead is a beautifully restored 1920s-era Art Nouveau-style mansion-turned-museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

With its bold yellow paint, copper roof, and mahogany doors, Whalehead invites you to explore a fascinating period in Outer Banks history. In 1992 nearly every inch of the home has been carefully restored to its original glory — the way it looked when Edward Collings Knight Jr. and his wife, Marie Louise, first opened the doors as a lavish hunting retreat in 1925. The wealthy Knights spent their winters here hunting, relaxing and entertaining. Today, stepping inside is to step back into another time and place. 

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The Knights shared a passion for hunting waterfowl. But in those days, Mrs. Knight wasn’t welcomed in the all-male hunt clubs. Mr. Knight’s answer was to build a 21,000-square-foot “mansion by the sea” just for his bride.

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These walls can talk … or at least some who have visited say they do. Over the years, some say they smelled cigar smoke in a smoke-free room, heard the wails of a little girl who wasn’t there and watched the elevator head to the basement all by itself. Is Whalehead haunted? You’ll have to decide for yourself. There are even special ghost tours. Click the link below to learn more.

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The Inside “The Gilded Age” Tour will take place in four mansions that were chosen by the series creator to provide authentic scenery for the period piece. (WJAR)

NEWPORT, R.I. (WJAR) — Newport Mansions announced it will be holding tours of the mansions to offer a glimpse of the HBO series “The Gilded Age" beginning Friday.

The Inside “The Gilded Age” Tour will take place in four mansions that were chosen by the series creator Julian Fellowes to provide authentic scenery for the period piece, according to Newport Mansions.

Officials said the guide-led tours will take place every Tuesdays and Fridays from May 17 through June 28. The tours are once each day from 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The tour guides will explain which scenes were filmed in each room and also talk about the real people who lived in those mansions, Newport Mansions officials said.

"You’ll get to see a lot of what you’ve seen on TV when you’ve watched the series you’ll see those rooms up close and get a real feel for what they look like in person," Communications Manager for the Preservation Society of Newport County Bill Tavares said. "It’s a chance like to stand on like a Hollywood set, it’s an interesting opportunity."

Visitors will also get an insider’s view of what it takes to host a major television production in the National Historic Landmark museums.

“Working with Lord Fellowes and HBO in the making of ‘The Gilded Age’ has been an amazing experience for our staff,” CEO of The Preservation Society of Newport County Trudy Coxe said. “We try to share some of that excitement with our visitors, and this guided tour is a great way to do that.”

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The four mansions on the tour include The Elms, Marble House, Chateau-sur-Mer and The Breakers that are used in the series, according to Newport Mansions.

Visitors will be able to see the Marble House Dining Room where Bertha Russell hosted a dinner for the Duke of Buckingham, the Breakers Billiard Room where railroad tycoon George Russell and Alderman Morris schemed over a game and many other rooms featured in the show.

The tour is limited to 12 guests at a time, officials said. The tour provides bus transportation, starting and ending at the Gateway Transportation Center on 23 America’s Cup Ave.

More information about the tour and tickets can be found on the Newport Mansions website .

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This Colorful Charlotte Retreat Is Inspired by the Homeowners' China Patterns and Gardens

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As a newly minted empty-nester couple was reassessing their family's lifelong home in Charlotte, North Carolina, it was clear that this house was no longer suitable for their needs. Torn between the decision to start fresh in a new property or to overhaul this storied home with a show-stopping garden that the wife, a landscape architect, spent years cultivating, they turned to local designer and friend, Barrie Benson, for advice. And while the garden alone would be enough to make this home the buzziest Zillow listing in town, it was just the source of life needed to inspire the interior’s second act. However, before it was time for fabrics, paint, and trim, the home’s layout had to be flipped on its head.

“Both the wife and husband are big collectors, so that was one of our biggest directives,” says Benson. “She loves to surf auctions in addition to her love of all things gardening, and she’s also a major china collector and has a ton of design books from her days working with Charlotte Moss and Robert Stern. There was just one small office in the center of the home with stacks of books and china just sitting under the desk with nowhere to display it all.”

Benson took this traditional four-square house and re-envisioned the layout entirely, flip-flopping the dining and living room, turning the former office into a scullery and cutting room, and even making space for a home bar. Benson, the client, and project manager Avery Parcell put their heads together to transform the home into a more functional, beautiful, and purposeful place for the couple that could still feel like home for their children.

“It was all very collaborative because the client had lived in [the house] for so long, and could see its potential and refine my plans so it could be perfectly designed for their family,” Benson says. “It’s a great empty nester house with spaces for them to exist, just the two of them, but it’s also great for when the girls come home.”

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The home’s new dining room now had the square footage to house a little study, custom bookshelves, and a huge china cabinet to anchor the space and create a prominent display case for the wife’s enviable collection. The skirted sideboard was also drafted to house more dinnerware. Meanwhile, the home’s library could now display the husband’s books and records—he is a history and music buff—and the kitchen became more of a jewel box space than a serious cooking destination for the couple’s laid-back next chapter. Once the new floor plans were sorted, it was time for Benson’s favorite part: fabrics and decoration.

“The garden’s colors really informed our design; those are just her colors,” Benson says of the wife. “I’ve always said that people don’t really change their colors; her palates have always been sky blue, spring green, and eggplant purples, with her garden showing the same thing. The house is all about connecting outside to inside, and the same five colors each have their moments throughout every room of the house to keep a very continuous flow throughout.”

It’s no surprise that floral fabrics and papers are a staple throughout the home, but Benson also ties in the garden theme in other clever, functional ways, such as through stunning custom bespoke cabinetry modeled after jardinieres to hold many of the wife’s design books and the thoughtful scullery cutting room. But while there is plenty of flower power, the house is a far cry from feeling grand millennial or overly feminine. Benson’s usage of bolder shades, masterful pattern play, and combination of contemporary lines with antiques makes this a home not only fit for both husband and wife but also a truly one-of-a-kind dwelling.

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Beyond selecting hues that abound in the family’s outdoor spaces, Benson also made the connecting spaces between indoors and out more functional and appealing. Her favorite room is now the breakfast area beside the kitchen, which Benson says is one of the most beautiful she’s seen.

“It’s just the best expression of the client, and I can picture her getting work done there as she looks out onto the garden, and she can also use it to entertain,” Benson says. “It has the best light in the house, and before it was just this space with very uncomfortable chairs and stacks of paper and books and was underutilized.”

Since the client is not only a friend but has worked with Benson on multiple homes, Benson had an existing understanding of the family’s inventory of antiques, collectibles, and other fun items hiding in storage that would pair well with her custom creations. The designer says it was fun to cull everything the client loves and find a way to make everything work together to finally make it perfectly suited to their tastes, passions, and needs.

“The aesthetic is much more representative of the client than myself, but that’s part of our ethos: tapping into the best expression of our clients and their style, and this house is definitely successful in that way.” Benson says.

While the home’s interiors may be a far cry from what the couple’s daughters grew up with—not only from not only a decoration standpoint but also the house’s entire orientation—the garden remains a poetic and storied representation of the family’s history in this house, leaving a legacy that they can enjoy for years to come.

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Family Room

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Custom jardiniere-inspired bookshelves anchor the space and provide a natural frame for the Holly Coulis artwork. The sofa is covered in a Pierre Frey fabric. English elbow chair, William Haines Design . Floral pillows, Décors Barbares .

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The ottoman is a custom piece designed with O. Henry House . The floral pillow is in Claremont 's Tree of Life fabric and the sofa is covered in a George Spencer Designs velvet.

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The kitchen features Barrie Benson for Highland House barstools covered in a Cassandra Harper fabric. The light fixture is Jamb . Faucet, Rohl .

Breakfast Room

A beautiful Adelphi wallpaper ties in the indoors-meets-out theme. The sconces featuring Matilda Goad shades that flank the Isabel Bigelow artwork. Banquette, custom.

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This scullery is perfect for bringing the garden bounty indoors with ease. The festive light fixture was a vintage find. Curtain fabric, Ian Mankin .

Dining Room

A vintage chandelier from 1stDibs and a custom goatskin dining table are the shining stars of this dining space. Rug, Patterson Flynn . Sconces, Iatesta Studio .

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The space is swathed in Farrow & Ball's Brinjal to give a moody, elegant feel. The chair is John Derian and the ottoman is custom. Draperies, Soane .

Primary Bedroom

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This room is all about the details. The swoon-worthy nightstands are custom and the wardrobe is from Live Auctioneers . The headboard and drapery fabric are Guy Goodfellow 's Persian Vine.

Primary Bathroom

a bathroom with a tub sink and a bathtub

The walls are clad in a Twigs paper and the trim is painted with Farrow & Ball's Calke Green , while the tub is cleverly painted in the Farrow & Ball's Yeabridge Green . Curtain fabric, Nicole Fabre Designs .

Girls' Bathroom

a bathroom with a sink and mirror

This bathroom gets a funky punch of color and pattern from an Adelphi paper. The light fixture is Cedar & Moss . Hand towel, D. Porthault .

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The vintage Lloyd Flanders wicker furniture is painted in Benjamin Moore's Cushing Green . The pillows feature various Jasper fabrics.

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The pillow fabric is Jasper .

Lauren Wicks is a freelance writer and editor based in Birmingham, Alabama. Before going on her own, Lauren worked for brands such as VERANDA, EatingWell, and Cooking Light , and she covers all things lifestyle from interior design and luxury travel to wine and wellness.

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‘I Got Away Gospel Tour’ makes stop in Charlotte

Award-winning gospel singer pastor mike jr. is participating in the tour with other gospel artists..

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The 18th Annual McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel tour is stopping in Charlotte.

The I Got Away tour is happening Wednesday night at The Park Church. The concert is free, but donations will be taken up to benefit the work of the Ronald McDonald House. Last year, The Ronald McDonald House helped more than 4,322 families with sick kids in 23 countries.

Award-winning gospel singer Pastor Mike Jr. is on the tour with other gospel artists. He says he likes the work of Ronald McDonald House.

“Think about this,” Gospel Singer Pastor Mike Jr. said. “You are a parent, and you get word that your child has to have surgery, and now you have to figure out where am I going to stay. Who’s going to be at the hotel? How are we going to eat? Ronald McDonald House comes alongside these families and gives them lodging - gives them food, and takes a lot of the pressure away cause they are already going through a difficult time.

In addition to being a singer, he is also the Pastor of Rock Church in Birmingham, AL. He says his church gave a $10,000 donation to the cause.

“People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care,” the Pastor said. “I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Also participating in the tour are Gospel artist Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, Bri Babineaux, and Deitrick Haddon. In addition to helping sick kids’ families, organizers say the tour will also encourage you to break free and nourish your spirit.

“We believe people need hope right now,” Pastor Mike Jr. said. “We are living in some difficult times and so we get the opportunity to go from city to city. And this is what’s blowing my mind - to see all these kids smile, and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

The gospel artist believes gospel music brings people together and helps people cope with their challenges.

“Gospel music is the only genre of music where the message plus the melody equals a miracle,” Pastor Mike Jr. said. “We get a chance to come in and say, ‘Hey, smile. And you know when I show up, it’s a party. We going to be in that thing having a good time, and oh, by the way, here’s a donation to let you know, although I don’t live in Charlotte, that we love you.’”

The I Got Away is a 30-city gospel tour. For more information about the tour, click here .

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  21. Executive Mansion Holiday Open House

    The Executive Mansion is located at 200 North Blount St., Raleigh, NC 27601. Governor Roy Cooper is the 30th governor to live in the Mansion and the 75th governor of North Carolina since statehood. North Carolina's Executive Mansion, the "people's house," will open its historic doors again for the beloved annual Holiday Open House from ...

  22. Newport Mansions to begin updated 'The Gilded Age' tours

    The tours are once each day from 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. The tour guides will explain which scenes were filmed in each room and also talk about the real people who lived in those mansions, Newport ...

  23. For This North Carolina Home, the Interior Designer Actually Started

    House Tours. This Colorful Charlotte Retreat Is Inspired by the Homeowners' China Patterns and Gardens. ... North Carolina, it was clear that this house was no longer suitable for their needs. Torn between the decision to start fresh in a new property or to overhaul this storied home with a show-stopping garden that the wife, a landscape ...

  24. 'Haunted' historic house in Charlotte NC is for sale. Photos

    Local 130-year-old 'haunted' house in Charlotte hits market for $1.1M. Take a look inside

  25. 'I Got Away Gospel Tour' makes stop in Charlotte

    Award-winning gospel singer Pastor Mike Jr. is participating in the tour with other gospel artists. ... The concert is free, but donations will be taken up to benefit the work of the Ronald McDonald House. Last year, The Ronald McDonald House helped more than 4,322 families with sick kids in 23 countries. ... NC 28208 (704) 374-3500; Public ...