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Biltmore Estate Thanksgiving Steeped in Tradition

Thanksgiving is a holiday with a focus on a gratitude and grace, and of course, food. At Biltmore Estate, Thanksgiving is steeped in tradition. Their holiday celebration is inspired by actual menus George and Edith Vanderbilt served circa the early 1900s. A Biltmore Estate Thanksgiving also features a dash of Christmas charm, so guests can experience a little bit of both of these heartwarming holidays.

A Biltmore Estate Thanksgiving is elegant and delicious
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Biltmore Estate Thanksgiving Dining Opportunities

You can dine at the following restaurants to participate in a Biltmore Estate Thanksgiving:

The Inn, Vanderbilt Room
Those who book the Inn’s Thanksgiving Package can dine on a Thanksgiving Day Buffet Dinner from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Throughout the dinner, guests enjoy a welcoming atmosphere, a variety of holiday fare, and also live Christmas music. Be sure to also take a picture near the crackling fireplace set in the Library Lounge. To book you reservation and package, call 866-336-1245.

The Dining Room
Also available for those staying at the Inn, Biltmore Estate presents a four-course dinner in an elegant setting from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Guests are also invited to gather around the fire in the Library Lounge and listen to Christmas music. Reservations are required. Call 866-336-1245 to reserve your spot.

For guests visiting Biltmore Estate but not staying at The Inn, there are two dining options: Cedric’s Tavern and Bistro.

Cedric’s Tavern
From 11:30 am to 9:00 pm, visitors can dine on a hearty three-course Thanksgiving meal at Cedric’s Tavern. The menu consists of Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup or a Farmer’s Salad, a main course of Cider-Glazed Turkey with Pretzel and Cornbread Stuffing, and your choice of a Mini Pie Trio or Maple Cheesecake. Cost is $40/adult and $19 for children 16 and under. A la carte menu items are also available. Reservations recommended; please call 828-225-1320.

Bistro
The Bistro is also open from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm. This Biltmore restaurant is serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal featuring your choice of main courses: traditional Turkey, Prime Rib, Striped Bass, Pork Tenderloin, or Grilled Scallops. Melt-in-your-mouth dessert offerings include Pumpkin Pie Mousse and Cranberry Pecan Bread Pudding. Cost is $55/person. Reservations highly recommended; please call 828-225-6230.

Biltmore estate admission or a Biltmore dining pass is required to dine at any of the restaurants at Biltmore Estate.

The Biltmore Estate at Christmas time

Experience a Biltmore Christmas

During your visit, marvel at the magic of a Biltmore Christmas, too. Held from November 3, 2018, through January 6, 2019, the extravagant celebration features dozens of Christmas trees, miles of ribbon, endless garland and twinkling lights.

The best way to savor Christmas at Biltmore are Candlelight Evenings. With candlelight and firelight accenting America’s largest home, the nighttime tours feature a house aglow similar to how it would’ve looked at the turn of the 19th century. Then, return during the day to visit the gardens, Biltmore Wintery and Antler Hill Village. It’s a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the season while celebrating a Biltmore Estate Thanksgiving.

Attend a Biltmore Estate Thanksgiving

To experience a Thanksgiving holiday unlike any other, book your visit to Biltmore Estate today.


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