What to do on romantic Valentine's Day and week 2020 in Asheville and the beautiful North Carolina mountains? Whether you are looking for a getaway of pampering and relaxation or adventure and exploration, you'll find plenty of things to do! Make reservations well in advance. Or get better deals during the week. Here's a photo tour of our top romantic getaway ideas - plus some events and packages:
Biltmore Estate (pic at top): Touring Asheville's own castle always makes a romantic date. The Downton Abbey exhibition is an extra special treat for Valentine's 2020. See Biltmore winter ticket specials. While you're there, indulge in a wine and chocolate tasting experience at the Biltmore Winery. Find information on tours and tastings here.
North Carolina Arboretum: On February 14-16, 2020, go to the Arboretum's new event, Sweets with Your Sweetie. February at the Arboretum is for bird lovers, lovebirds and many others. Throughout the month, the Arboretum hosts a variety of events, classes. During Valentine’s Day weekend, the Arboretum has the “Sweets with Your Sweetie” hot cocoa bar at the Baker Exhibit Center. Enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate followed by a free guided hike at 1 PM. Go to our NC Arboretum Guide.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad: Ride the “Uncorked Valentine Sweetheart Train” on Friday, Feb 14 at 6 PM or Saturday, Feb 15 at 11 AM (Sold out). Treat you and your sweetie to a full service All-Adult First Class ride with a private attendant and well-appointed dining seating. Be guided through a wine and cheese tasting. Then enjoy a surf and turf meal prepared fresh as you ride by the scenic Tuckasegee River. $125/person, ages 21+. Call 1.800.872.4681 to book. Departs in Bryson City. Make reservations ASAP. Read more about the train.
Hiking: Take a hike for epic winter views. See our favorite 20 Winter Hikes along with some helpful tips.
Waterfalls: Enjoy the sounds and solitude of waterfall. Hike to see several or find one roadside. Take a picnic. See our Top 20 Winter Waterfalls. A top winter waterfall hike is DuPont State Forest (Triple Falls in pic).
Snow Fun: Ski, snowboard or tube at one of several resorts near Asheville. Our top pick is Beech Mountain, the highest ski town in the eastern United States. See our list of ski resorts in the North Carolina mountains.
Downtown Asheville: Exploring the winding streets is so much fun with so many unique shops and art galleries to browse. See our Downtown Asheville Guide. Warm up at a coffee shop or tea house. End the day with a cocktail or glass of wine or listen to live music and dance. And don't forget to sample hand-crafted chocolates. A creative way to explore downtown is walking the Urban Trail.
Dine: Asheville is a food lover's dream with a big variety of innovative independent restaurants that love to cook with the freshest local ingredients. Find something for every palette and budget. See our Top 40 Restaurants Guide. Also check out our favorite places for breakfast and weekend brunch. Make dining reservations well in advance!
Beer: Raise your glass for a romantic toast with a local beer at one of our many breweries. Find many within walking distance in the South Slope Brewing District near downtown Asheville. See our Asheville Brewery & Pub Guide.
Also: See our Top 25 Guided Tours & Experiences that will create special memories with your honey.
Valentine Packages & Events
Rate: $380 plus room cost
Rates: $240/single, $470/couple