The Library Lounge Patio at the Inn on Biltmore Estate
Have you found yourself on Asheville's beautiful Biltmore Estate? With all the dining options, it can be difficult to decide where to go. The Library Lounge Patio, located at the Inn, is one of my all time favorite spots, because I'm a sucker for the mountainous views. They serve lunch, dinner, snacks, wine, beer, and cocktails. They describe it as a "relaxed elegance" atmosphere; I've sat outside in my running getup during the day, and I've also dressed up in my fanciest for dinner there at night. The food is simple (salads and sandwiches with some mains at night), and you can take in the mountains inside via huge windows, on the patio (me on the patio, pictured below), or you can grab a drink and walk down below to an another outdoor area (pictured above).
Things to consider:
In order to eat here, you have to have a pass to get onto the Biltmore Estate. An adult day pass is (gasp!) $67. However, that allows you access to the entire estate: the Biltmore house (America's largest home), the gardens and grounds (think hikes, picnics, biking... or pay extra for other outdoor activities such as horseback riding, segway tours etc), Antler Hill Village restaurants and free wine tasting. It is quite the experience! Go early in the morning and stay all day!
If you live in or around Asheville or simply visit Asheville frequently, consider getting an annual pass that allows you onto the property as much as you want. An annual pass is $174 (That's the price of about 2.5 day passes) so it's a great deal. My husband and I (and actually... my entire family pretty much) have one, and I go every week to run, eat, and enjoy the discounts I get with my annual pass.
It's not cheap. First you have to pay your way to get on the property, and then the food and drink are more pricey than usual. Go here for a special occasion!
Daily 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dinner: Daily 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Address: One Lodge Street Asheville, NC 28803