Comforts of Home Spring 2012

Take a Biltmore Road Trip for Family Adventure

As the weather starts to warm back up, it’s time to get the family out of the house and enjoy all the great attractions North Carolina has to offer. One such place is Biltmore, an 8,000-acre estate in Asheville.

Biltmore offers activities for all ages and interests. There’s the annual Festival of Flowers, which began April 7 and continues through May 20, and many other great options. The Biltmore staff helped us compile a list of adventures for your family.

Biking, rafting, hiking and horseback riding are some of the activities the outdoor adventurer can experience at Biltmore. Kick back on a guided float trip down the French Broad River or learn to navigate off-road obstacles at the Land Rover Experience Driving School.

Renoir paintings adorn bedroom walls in Biltmore House, Napoleon’s chess set beckons its next player and a new exhibit in Antler Hill Village’s Legacy building showcases a unique collection of Samurai armor and an early Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

With more than 2,300 roses in 250 varieties and a summer garden of brilliant annuals, you’ll see why Biltmore’s gardens are frequently described as extraordinary.

Visit the bass pond to catch a glimpse of wood ducks, mallards, great blue herons and belted kingfishers or stop by the stables at the Equestrian Center to say “hello” to the horses. At Antler Hill Farm, kids can visit with farmyard friends, including lambs, calves, Belgian draft horses and chicks.

Whether you’re looking for a home-baked pastry item or two scoops of your favorite flavor, the Bake Shop and Ice Cream Parlor can fulfill your cravings. Located in the stable area, these quick-bite stores are a great pit stop for a refreshing treat.

Interested in tasting complimentary Biltmore wine, taking a guided tour or learning more about the art and science of winemaking? You must include the winery on your itinerary.

Did you know Biltmore is a PSNC Energy customer? From the green houses near the mansion to the horse stables and Antler Hill, natural gas is used for heating, cooking and water heating throughout many parts of the 8,000-acre estate.

For more information on the countless activities available at Biltmore and to get $10 OFF your admission if you order your tickets at least seven days in advance, visit  

Image courtesy of Biltmore.

PSNC Energy appliance sales, installation, maintenance and repair are not a part of the regulated services offered by PSNC Energy and are not in any way sanctioned by the North Carolina Utilities Commission. There is no advantage to customers of PSNC Energy if they buy these products or services from PSNC Energy. A customer does not have to buy such products or services in order to continue to receive the same safe and reliable natural gas service from PSNC Energy.
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