Highlights: Biltmore: Candlelight Christmas tour, Winery, River Bend Farm; Historic Biltmore Village; North Carolina Stage Company, Asheville Community Theatre, Diana Wortham Theatre or Flat Rock Playhouse; Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge; the River Arts District
Be warmed to the core with a visit during the holidays. Create magical memories from the moment you arrive, starting with a scrumptious dinner at Biltmore's Deerpark Restaurant. Follow with a Candlelight Christmas Evening tour of the house illuminated with candles and soft lights accenting delicate ornaments, priceless treasures and an array of evergreens in every size.
Build on last night's momentum with a return visit to Biltmore, taking in the Conservatory where plants of all types bloom year round, River Bend Farm where you'll be transported back in time to see what life was like on the estate in the 1890's, and sample vintage award-winning wines at Biltmore's winery. Complete your experience with a stop in Historic Biltmore Village, located outside of Biltmore, featuring more than 40 shops, restaurants and galleries, most housed in historic 1900-era homes and buildings.
Top off a great day with a live theatre production at one of the area's many play houses and theaters, such as North Carolina Stage Company, Asheville Community Theatre, Diana Wortham Theatre or Flat Rock Playhouse, the North Carolina State Theatre.
Either before or after the theatre perfomance, indulge in dinner at Tupelo Honey South. From sweet potato pancakes with peach butter to shrimp and grits, Tupelo Honey is known for its casual and whimsical atmosphere as well as its unique flavors. The Southside Asheville location continues this tradition by reflecting the artistic diversity and creativity that makes Asheville hum. It's delicious Southern cuisine with a twist!
What are the holidays without shopping for a little treasure? Enjoy the independently-owned boutiques that line the pedestrian friendly neighborhoods and towns such as the River Arts District, a shabby chic warehouse-turned-art-district.