Spring has arrived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and the folks who live in the gated communities near Asheville NC are surrounded by a palette of colors found only in nature. What better way to celebrate spring than wandering through a vibrant sea of blooms? You may find the only challenge is deciding which gorgeous landscape to visit this spring, but put the Biltmore Estate on the top of your list to usher in this region’s glorious season.
If you haven’t yet visited the Biltmore, you will find an immense and grand estate with impeccable landscaping and gardens, and a winery and restaurants where you can enjoy some fine fare. There are reasons to journey to the Biltmore in every season of the year, but right now you’ll discover Biltmore Blooms—Tulips and Spring Flowers–an ongoing event that spans well more than a month from April 1-May 23, 2019. With 100,000 bulbs planted on the Biltmore grounds, a profusion of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths bloom from the main entrance, to the walled garden. Tropical plants and flowers also are grown inside the Biltmore House. This is a tradition in honor of Frederick Law Olmsted and his stunning final project, the gardens at Biltmore. To help you plan your Biltmore House excursion, here’s a bloom timeline:
• Early April—the Spring Garden is lit up by towering forsythia; the Walled Garden is jam packed with 15,000 colorful daffodils and early tulips; other varieties to admire—flowering shrubs and trees like spirea and sweet flowering cherries.
• Mid-April—peak tulip season mostly in the Walled Garden (74,000 blooms!) Of course the Dogwoods and redbuds add to the scenic display.
• Late April—the tulips keep on blooming in the Walled Garden as early azaleas and flowering shrubs burst open. A stroll beneath the wisteria pergola is a sight you won’t soon forget.
• Early May—peak azalea time! 20 acres of pink, white, purple, orange and red blossoms—the full spectrum will surround you, and be sure to meander along the walking trails…for the blooms continue!
• Late May—this is the time for summer perennials and annuals in the Walled Garden; stand among the rose blossoms, take a deep breath, and you’ll never want to leave.
The Biltmore has many incredible Spring offers, promos, deals and discount tickets. Once you’re at the Biltmore, you can visit the Winery, Antler Hill Village, Farm and Barnyard, gift shops and restaurants at no extra charge. There are 8,000 acres of mountain to explore while you’re visiting the Biltmore.
When you’ve settled into one of the gated communities near Asheville NC, amazing opportunities to explore the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains are plentiful. Those with mountain homes at The Coves are among the lucky locals who can spend their days in the great outdoors, breathing in that healthy mountain air while reveling in the stunning scenery. Wildflowers abound in this region, with a wide array of flowering plants that can be seen along the Blue Ridge Parkway or in Pisgah National Forest or other protected parks.
We are fortunate to have flowers blooming pretty much all year long—wildflowers in spring, berries in summer and fall and winter bring their own spectacular varieties of plants and flowers. The colors of our landscape vary with the season and the profusion of blooms. At The Coves, residents have the best of both worlds—surrounded by nature and all the flowers and trees that grace our landscape, as well as being able to enjoy Isabel’s Garden, where vegetables and flowers grow by the Johns River. The growing season has already begun at Isabel’s Garden, and spring blooms are bringing bright color to the English-style community flower beds.
If it’s time for you to explore idyllic places for a vacation mountain home, or to retire, The Coves Mountain River Club is one of the gates communities near Asheville NC you need to discover. Visit this spring, take a walk along The Coves’ trails, take in all the wild life, and the spectacular flora and fauna, and you’ll know exactly where your next home should be.
If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.