The winter months of January, February and March are the most serene of the year in Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. So it's the perfect time for a North Carolina mountain romantic getaway, including a Valentine's getaway. Surprising to some, it rarely snows in Asheville. The city is protected by the surrounding mountains, so snow is often kept about 20 miles away on the higher mountain peaks.
Top 12 Asheville Winter Things to Do
1. Winter Getaway Packages: Since the winter months are the slowest months of the year for inns, hotels and cabin rentals, you will find the best deals of the year. See a big variety of Winter Packages and Specials. Rates will be higher on Valentine's Weekend, so bring your Valentine before or after the big day to save more! See our complete list of small B&Bs, large B&Bs, cabins and hotels in the area.
2. Biltmore Specials: Enjoy the grand estate without the big crowds and get great deals on tickets and accommodations at the Inn on Biltmore. The Dressing Downton costume exhibit opens February 5. Read more about winter outings and specials at Biltmore.
4: Foodie Favorites: It's a great time for culinary explorations, including trying out one of our many farm-to-table restaurants, sampling locally made cheese or chocolate and buying local food at the WNC Farmers' Market that is open year-round. See our Top 12 Foodie Favorites. And visit for Restaurant Week or the Small Plate Crawl.
5. Beer Crawl: Asheville (a.k.a. Beer City U.S.A) has an amazing selection of bars, brewpubs, microbreweries, and restaurants for a city of its size. In fact, Asheville (per capita) has one of the highest rates of craft brew consumption in the Southeast. Sample some excellent brews, enjoy some great food, and meet some very interesting people along the way. Here are our top picks for beer the Asheville area. If wine is more to your liking, see our guide to Asheville Wine Bars.
6. Downtown Asheville: Browse through more than 200 shops, 30 art galleries and a dozen antique stores - all locally owned. And take a culinary tour at your choice of the 50 local restaurants or visit craft breweries. Tour the fascinating Thomas Wolfe Home. See our Downtown Asheville Guide.
7. Spa Time: Be it a simple weekend of relaxation, a romantic couple’s getaway in the mountains or a chance to improve your health, Asheville is the ultimate destination for spas and wellness. Stay at an Asheville area destination spa and well some well-deserved pampering from your busy life. Warm up in the 100-degree mineral waters in Hot Springs.
8. Museums: Winter is a great time to explore the many fascinating museums and other indoor attractions in our area. Many are free or have a minimal admission fee, and there's something for everyone's interest.
9. Art & Craft: With more than 100 galleries and even more artist studios, you will need plenty of time for exploring. In addition to the galleries downtown and Biltmore Village, head to the Folk Art Center and the River Arts District. See our Gallery Guide and info about the big Grove Park Arts and Crafts Conference in February.
10. Winter Hiking & Waterfalls: For the best views of the year, take a winter hike. With leafless trees, cool temperatures, less crowds and frequent bright blue skies, it may become your favorite time of the year to hit the trail. See our winter hiking guide for our top picks. And don't forget to find some of our spectacular waterfalls, including the roadside Looking Glass Falls. See photos of rime ice, snow and icy waterfalls.
11. Live Music & Dance: Each evening, Asheville comes alive and offers a mulitude of places to go for a big variety of live music any day of the week - some jazz to plenty of bluegrass. See some of our favorite music venues. Join the locals at weekly contra dances on Monday and Thursday.
12. Biltmore Village: Ready for more shopping? Located across from the entrance to Biltmore Estate, the Village is home to more than 40 unique shops and 10 cafes and restaurants. Most businesses are housed in historic cottages and buildings. Tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks and period architecture make it a delight to stroll through and explore. And this is the best area for antiques. See our Biltmore Village Guide.
Watch our video of spectacular frozen waterfalls!