What to Know Before Visiting Chihuly At Biltmore Estate
I’ve been visiting Asheville, North Carolina, and the Biltmore Estate since I was a kid (part of the territory as an NC native!).
And while touring the indoor pool and bowling alley is always a magical experience no matter how old you are, artist Dale Chihuly’s glass sculpture installations make America’s largest home even more mesmerizing.
The temporary art exhibition, on display now through October 7, 2018, includes dozens of colorful, towering large-scale glass sculptures on display around the Biltmore House and in the Biltmore Gardens.
From speckled balls floating next to lily pads and koi fish in the Italian Gardens to a red and yellow, flame-like tower in the Walled Garden, there is so much of his beautiful work to take in.
With a glass of pinot grigio in hand, I walked through the gardens and Conservatory eyeing each sculpture. I even took the time to stop and smell the flowers.
Of course, Biltmore is always beautiful but Chihuly’s art really does bring new life to the historic estate. While I visited the home and the exhibit during the day—and it was spectacular—I still want to see it at night.
Chihuly Nights at Biltmore happens Thursday–Sunday from now until the exhibit ends on October 7th. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better way to end summer!
What to Wear When Visiting Chihuly at Biltmore
First things first, there’s no air conditioning inside the Biltmore so dress lightly or be ready to shed some layers. To cover as much ground as possible on this 8,000-acre estate, wear comfy shoes.
While there isn't a dress code at Biltmore, if you're like me, you can't help but want to wear something that makes you feel like frolicking through the gardens.
How to Get to Chihuly at Biltmore
If you plan to visit Biltmore's Antler Hill Village and drink more than the complimentary wine tastings offered, take an Uber or Lyft.
On my visit, I Ubered to the Estate and then to the Winery—they're actually about four miles apart. The only downfall of visiting Biltmore without a car is that you have to go back to the park-and-ride lot to meet your driver. While it was an inconvenience, the sparkling rosé and cheese plate made it all worth it.
When to Visit Chihuly at Biltmore
If you want to see the installations in natural light, book the daytime tour. The exhibit is included in the cost of admission ($75).
If you plan to spend the day at Biltmore or want to day drink at Asheville’s microbreweries before heading to the estate, buy a ticket for Chihuly Nights ($60 if you book 7 days in advance).