By D. Lanier Shook August 5, 2013
How much did you save on the tax free weekend this year? The answer has got to be “not enough.” Raising kids is more expensive than ever and any way to save is probably welcome.
That’s why you need to spend more time in Asheville’s Biltmore Village. We’ve showcased many shopping centers before, but the Biltmore Village is not just a place to shop. It’s a destination and here are five reasons why.
From brick streets to the streetlamps, Biltmore Village immerses you in its Victorian atmosphere. The restaurants feel like English public houses and the shops feel like late nineteenth century homes straight out of Dickens.
Atmosphere makes Biltmore Village a destination. It’s an escape to simpler times with a relaxed soundtrack. You’ll find plenty of benches to sit on and enjoy a snack as the clouds float by.
Biltmore Village is full of the upscale shops you’d drive to Atlanta or Charlotte for. For a full list you’ll want to click here but here’s a few to give an idea of what the Village offers.
- Lily Pulitzer
- Joseph Banks
- The Compleat Naturalist
- Porter and Prince
- J. Jill
- Baggie Goose
- Coldwater Creek
- Brooks Brothers
Recently the Village added two new buildings across Brook Street with a variety of national stores including Coldwater Creek, Williams-Sonoma, and J. Crew. That side of the street is also where you’ll find The Compleat Naturalist, which is a store that’s worth browsing even if you don’t buy anything.
Of course, nationally known stores aren’t the only ones in Biltmore Village. You can find plenty of smaller local stores and galleries. Bellagio and New Morning Gallery are two places you have to stop and visit. Every time I’ve visited New Morning Gallery I always leave with new ideas for redecorating. If you’ve never been in either you definitely have to visit.
Biltmore Village is a world where creativity and value meet. Its a place where you can step away from your world for a few hours. You’ll return recharged and rejuvenated.
Biltmore Village has every kind of dining — from fast food to fine dining— you’d want. This means you don’t have to leave for lunch. Here’s a short list of what you can find in the area.
- Neo Cantina
- Corner Kitchen
- Rezaz Mediterranean Cuisine
- Asaka Authentic Japanese Cuisine
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House
- Bruegger’s Bagels
4. Biltmore Estate
There are things and people that only need one word to describe them. Elvis. Bigfoot. Bono. Beyonce. Biltmore.
The Biltmore Estate is more than just a house— its an experience. The Cecil family has developed the Gardens, the Antler Hill Village, and the Inn on the Biltmore Estate to provide their guests with the ultimate travel experience. Although a ticket is well worth the price I’m going to suggest you consider a season pass, which will more than pay for itself. For information about tickets, events, the Antler Hill Village, and season passes click here to visit their web site.
The Biltmore Village is close to most of Western North Carolina and all of Buncombe County. Just take I-40 Exit 50 and head north on Highway 25. There’s (usually) plenty of parking.