You've filled your senses with the natural side of Biltmore, and now you're ready to relax. If you prefer to pass on the wine seminar, reserve a table for afternoon tea (2:30-4 p.m.) in the library at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, a perfect respite from your outdoor activities. Full tea (starting at $16.95) includes finger sandwiches, scones, fruit bread, and pastries.
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.