What to do on the romantic Valentine's Day and weekend 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 Sunday this year, that weekend will definitely be a busy one. Make reservations well in advance! Or bring your valentine on the weekend before or after. 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 costume exhibition, Fashion from the Classics, opens this weekend. See Biltmore winter ticket specials.
Bed & Breakfasts: Stay in a grand mansion or historic home and enjoy gourmet breakfasts, gracious innkeepers, and luxury amenities. See our Top Asheville Bed and Breakfasts.
Cabins: Snuggle up in a log cabin or cozy cottage. Browse through our Vacation Rentals Directory that features 300+ choices in and near Asheville.
Hiking: Take a hike and find the perfect place for a picnic, especially if the weather forecast is a mild one. See our favorite 20 Winter Hikes along with some helpful tips. Pic: Shortoff Mountain. Also, Chimney Rock Park is offering buy one, get one free tickets on February 11-14. Print a coupon from their website and present at ticket plaza.
Waterfalls: Enjoy the sounds and solitude of waterfall. Hike to see several or find one roadside. Take a picnic. See our Top 60 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.
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 60 Restaurants Guide. Also check out our favorite places for breakfast and weekend brunch.
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. Try seasonal brews like the Love Ninja porter at Asheville Brewing. See our Asheville Brewery & Pub Guide.
Two Special Valentine Dinner Events
Wine Train: For an atypical dining experience, ride the Uncorked Train on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad on Saturday, February 11 for a special wine dinner and 4-hour daytime scenic excursion starting at 11 AM. Includes a 1.5-hour layover in historic Dillsboro. $119/person.
Farm-to-Table: For an extra special dining experience, go to the Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner on Sunday, February 12 with acclaimed Chef John Fleer inside an elegantly rustic barn about 12 miles west of Asheville. Arrive at 3:30 PM for a farm tour and farm-to-table workshop. Or arrive for a four-course dinner with beer, wine and cider at 5:30 PM. Live music and dancing until 8:30 PM. Fundraiser for the Organic Growers School. Limited tickets, so book ASAP. From $75/person.
Top Valentine Weekend Events In Asheville