Inn on Biltmore Estate: toll-free 1-877-324-5866. Rates: from $249 on weekdays, from $319 on weekends. As an inn guest, you have access to the estate's grounds, which include the gardens, Historic Horse Barn, and Winery. All excursions and tours, including the house, are extra. (The concierge staff will help you set up anything you need.) Be sure to check the Web site ( www.biltmore.com) for a variety of exclusive packages and special rates.
Left: For an elegant break from the outdoors, take afternoon tea in the inn's library.