What to do on romantic Valentine's Day and week 2018 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! Since Valentine's Day is on Wednesday this year, you have two weekends to celebrate. 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. Take advantage of the lowest rates of the year with several special offers. Their newest exhibition with costumes from the Titanic movie opens February 9. See Biltmore winter ticket specials.
- Valentine's Celebration Package, Inn on Biltmore: Make any day in February into an unforgettable Valentine’s at Biltmore’s premier four-star hotel. The highlight will be a three-course dinner in The Dining Room or your room. Biltmore red wine, chocolates, and a dozen red roses are delivered to your room upon arrival. Also includes breakfast buffet, estate admission, audio guides to house, valet parking and estate shuttle. Available Feb 1-28, 2018. From $769/couple. Book now online.
Hiking: Take a hike for epic winter views. See our favorite 20 Winter Hikes along with some helpful tips. Chimney Rock Park is offering buy one, get one free tickets on Feb 10-13 - get a coupon from their website.
Stars: Head to Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) on Friday, February 9th. Arrive early for hiking and exploring this former NASA campus, now an international space and science center deep in Pisgah National Forest. After a candlelit dinner at 5:30 PM, listen to "Love Stories in the Sky" presentation about constellation legends at 7 PM. Weather permitting, go stargazing with astronomers. Reservations $75/couple are required and will be accepted until 3 PM on Feb 9th. Go to their Web site for reservations.
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. Our favorite 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.
- February 14, 2018: Benefit concert for local domestic violence agency with Asheville musicians Alex Krug, Ten Cent Poetry, and Lyric at The Orange Peel. 8 PM. Advance tickets $12. Buy online.
- February 15, 2018: An Evening of Romantic with pianist Jim Brickman (21 number one albums!) at The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. 8 PM. $49/advance. Buy tickets online.
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.
Top Valentine Week Events In Asheville
Rate: $225 Single /$425 Couple
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