Asheville in September is a dream to be sure. But this fall, Biltmore Estate steals the show with its Chihuly at Biltmore exhibition. Already a Disneyland for adults with its winery, restaurants, and mountain vistas stretching forever—the estate couples its gorgeous grounds with sculptor Dale Chihuly’s large-scale kaleidoscopic glass creations. Sixteen installations feature throughout, varying from colorful snake-like curvatures in the pergola, to prismatic glass balls among the lily pads in the fountains, to a lagoon-themed masterpiece constructed inside the 250-room house’s winter garden. While Chihuly’s ribbons and curly cues and tentacle-like structures are a sure sight during the day, an evening pass will have guests gasping at the glass exhibit’s exclusive nighttime lighting. Set against a Blue Ridge backdrop, the historical home’s exquisite architecture combined with Chihuly’s genius creates a profound effect not easily forgotten.

Chihuly at Biltmore, thru October 7; starting at $55. One Lodge St, Asheville, NC. (800) 411-3812, biltmore.com/chihuly

Mountain Magic


While you’re in Biltmore Village, check out these must-stops

EAT / DRINK

Catawba Brewing

Considered the craft beer of the Carolinas, this brewery sits on the southern side of Biltmore Village. Try a White Zombie pale ale or Friki Tiki IPA after browsing the area’s extended retail offerings. 63 Brooks St, (828) 424-7290

Corner Kitchen

Situated in a century-old Victorian cottage, this farm-focused foodie joint offers an ever-rotating menu, depending on what’s in season. Expect to find the likes of corn-fried oysters or white-wine-poached barramundi alongside craft cocktails, with a kids’ menu to boot. 3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC. (828) 274-2438

Hi-Wire Brewing

Known around brew-town for its balanced and approachable beers, Hi-Wire’s Big Top location sits at the northside of Biltmore Village. The circus-themed brewery sports a varied selection, though the mosaic IPA and house gose are definite showstoppers. 2 Huntsman Place, (828) 738-2448

Red Stag Grill

Part mod décor, part hunting-lodge chic, Red Stag Grill brings out the best local flavors with its fresh food focus. While a filet from nearby Hickory Nut Gap Farm will certainly tame a beef craving, try the Sunburst mountain trout with sweet pea and mushroom farro accompanied by an Asheville Mule signature cocktail. 11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC. (828) 398-5600

STAY

Grand Bohemian Hotel, Asheville

Sign off your Chihuly experience with an evening at the Marriott Rewards–affiliated Grand Bohemian in Biltmore Village. Settled directly across from the estate’s entrance, this Tudor-inspired boutique hotel flaunts 104 rooms and suites in luxe European-lodge style. Opt for naturopathic treatments at the in-house Poseidon Spa, or draw your own bubble bath in your suite’s full-sized tub. 11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC. (828) 505-2949 

SHOP

The Compleat Naturalist

Some of us deserted him or her a long ago, but there’s a galaxy gazer, rock rummager, and insect identifier still inside us all. Re-embrace your inner nature nerd at this local purveyor of nature study tools, providing outdoor enthusiasts with bird feeders, bat boxes, microscopes, and even computerized telescopes. 2 Brooks St, Asheville, NC. (800) 678-5430, 

For full list of retail stores, visit historicbiltmorevillage.com.