Top Winter Events & Getaways in Asheville

Winter Outings, Events & Getaways

It's snuggle season! 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 trip. Surprising to some, it rarely snows in Asheville. Since the city is protected by the highest mountains in eastern America, snow is often kept about 20 miles away on the higher mountain peaks and ski areas. (Pic above: Winter Hike on Roan Mountain)

Spa at Grove Park Inn, Asheville

Top 12 Asheville Winter Things to Do: January-March

1. Winter Getaway Packages: Since the winter months are the slowest months for inns, hotels and cabin rentals, you will find the best deals of the year. See a big variety of Winter Packages and Specials. Book ahead for Valentine's Weekends, since they will be busier. See our top rated B&Bs, cabins and hotels.

2. Biltmore Specials: Enjoy the grand estate without the big crowds and get great deals on tickets and accommodations at two hotels. The big clothing display inside the house "Vanderbilt House Party" opens on February 8, 2019. Read about winter outings and specials at Biltmore.

3. Spa Pampering: 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. See our Top 15 Asheville Spas. Photo above is the Spa at Grove Park Inn. Also, warm up in the 100-degree natural mineral waters in Hot Springs or a Salt Cave.

4. Ski & Snowboard: Beech Mountain is the highest town and ski area in eastern USA, and they have tubing and great ski packages. Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley is an easy drive from Asheville. Banner Elk is our Top NC Ski Town. Plus, see other NC ski resorts near Asheville.

5. Foodie Favorites: Dine at farm-to-table restaurants, take a chocolate tour, and browse the WNC Farmers' Market, just to name a few. See our Top 12 Foodie Favorites.

6. Small Town Getaways: Head to Jackson County and their cool small towns of Sylva, Dillsboro and Cashiers for the perfect getaway for relaxation, exploration and pampering. Find cozy cabins, fun breweries, spas, great restaurants, waterfalls, hikes and more. See our Jackson County Winter Getaway Guide.

7. Beer Crawl: Asheville (a.k.a. Beer City U.S.A) has an amazing selection of craft breweries and pubs. Sample 100+ local brews and meet some very interesting people along the way. See our top picks for beer the Asheville area. If wine is more to your liking, see our guide to Asheville Wine Bars.

8. Downtown Asheville: Browse through more than 200 shops, 30 art galleries and a dozen antique stores. Savor local food at 70+ restaurants. Tour the fascinating Thomas Wolfe Home. See our Downtown Asheville Guide.

9. Indoor Attractions: Winter is a great time to explore the many fascinating indoor things to do in western North Carolina. Many are free or have a minimal admission fee, and there's something for all interests.

10. 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 in downtown, head to the Folk Art Center and the River Arts District. See our Gallery Guide.

11. Outdoors: Take a hike with great views due to leafless trees, cool temperatures and far less crowds, 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. See our Top 20 Winter Waterfalls to explore. Zipline and play in the trees at the Adventure Center near downtown Asheville.

12. Live Music & Dance: Each evening, Asheville hosts a big variety of live music. See some of our favorite music venues.

Bonus: Valentine's Week - Take a photo tour of things to do with your sweetie.

Top Asheville NC Mountain Winter & Valentine Events

Lake Lure Polar Plunge
Lake Lure Polar Plunge
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Jump into the chilly waters of Lake Lure to raise money for local charities. What a way to start the new year!
Downton Abbey Exhibition
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 to Tuesday, April 7, 2020
This nationally touring exhibition at Biltmore that features set recreations, costumes and never-before-seen multimedia elements. 
NC Stage
Jeeves Saves the Day @ NC Stage Company
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020
Once again, Bertie finds himself suffering the slings and arrows of misfortune at the hands of his relatives. Priceless predicaments call upon Jeeves to save the day.
Outhouse Races
Outhouse Races
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Head over to Sapphire Valley Ski Resort in Cashiers for cheer the drivers of the hilarious homemade outhouses down the slopes.

Past Events

Tulips at Biltmore
Spring Events & Festivals: Top 40
Monday, April 1, 2019 to Friday, May 31, 2019
Check out our calendar of the best festival and events in Asheville and western North Carolina in April and May.
Hunger and Thirst
Hunger and Thirst
Thursday, March 21, 2019 to Saturday, March 30, 2019
Eat, drink, have a great time at the best restaurants, breweries, wineries and cideries in Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Mills River and Chimney Rock and take advantage of great savings, special menus and events.
Asheville Amadeus Festival
Asheville Amadeus Festival
Friday, March 15, 2019 to Sunday, March 24, 2019
Asheville Symphony presents 10 days of multi-genre events and concerts for all tastes and ages at multiple venues - including collaborations with many arts groups, often paired with beer and food.
NC Stage
Silent Sky @ NC Stage
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 to Sunday, April 7, 2019
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville: True story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt exploring a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed. Wed-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM, March 30 & Apr 6 2 PM. Tickets from $18/adult.
Organic Conference
Organic Growers Conference
Friday, March 8, 2019 to Sunday, March 10, 2019
This annual Spring Conference at Mars Hill University includes 150+ practical, affordable, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, homesteading, urban farming and rural living. Plus trade show, seed exchange, special guests and on-farm events.
Mardi Gras Asheville
Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Everyone is invited to participate in, or simply spectate this family-friendly spectacle. This fun parade in downtown Asheville is led by this year's King and Queen, with dancers, roller skaters, drummers and krewes of colorful characters. 3 PM
Penland School Open House
Penland School Open House
Saturday, March 2, 2019
A rare chance to explore the working studios at this international center for craft education, with hands-on studio experiences in clay, iron, glass, wood, paper, photo, print, textiles and more. Located near Spruce Pine. 1-5 PM. Free admission.
Brew Horizons Beer Festival
Brew Horizons Beer Festival
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Held in downtown Asheville inside the big US Cellular Center 2-6 PM, tickets include a souvenir tasting stein for sampling from 20+ regional craft breweries and cideries, food tastings, live music, artisan vendors. Fundraiser for our clean energy future. $41/person. Limited tickets, so buy in advance.
Beech Mtn Ski
Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend
Thursday, February 21, 2019 to Sunday, February 24, 2019
Beech Mountain Ski Resort will bend the space-time continuum for a righteously rad celebration with live 80s music nightly, retro skiing daily and plenty of throwback activities in between.
Grove Park Inn
Arts & Crafts Conference
Friday, February 15, 2019 to Sunday, February 17, 2019
Perfect for the passionate collector or those just interested in the Arts and Crafts period. The three-day agenda includes lectures, small group discussions, special exhibitions, book exhibits, a contemporary crafts show and the finest of the antiques shows devoted to the Arts and Crafts period. Get advance tickets!
Valentines Asheville NC
Valentine's Week
Saturday, February 9, 2019 to Sunday, February 17, 2019
See our Top 10 Things to Do on Valentine's Day and Week in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains, with a photo tour of romantic getaway ideas.
Biltmore House Vanderbilt House Party
Vanderbilt House Party Clothing at Biltmore
Friday, February 8, 2019 to Monday, May 27, 2019
See the fabulous clothing exhibition inside Biltmore House, “A Vanderbilt House Party: A Gilded Age” and imagine yourself as a cherished guest at one of George and Edith Vanderbilt's grand turn-of-the-century celebrations. Included in admission.
Asheville Community Theatre
Footloose Musical, Asheville Community Theatre
Friday, February 8, 2019 to Sunday, March 3, 2019
Energetic musical version of the 1984 film with the Top 40 score amplified with new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of opening minds and listening to the voices of young people. Fri & Sat 7:30 PM; Sun at 2:30 PM; Thurs 2/21 and 2/28 at 7:30 PM. Tickets from $15/person
Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Go to Chimney Rock Park to see if Greta the groundhog sees her shadow to predict an early spring or a long winter. Other activities for kids of all ages. 
Grove Park Inn Package
Classic Rock-N-Roll Weekend @ Omni Grove Park Inn
Friday, February 1, 2019 to Sunday, February 3, 2019
Groove to classic pop rock with One More Night, The Phil Collins Experience, on Friday night. Saturday night is nonstop energy of the Elton John tribute band, Captain Fantastic. Overnight 2-night packages ($852/couple) or concert single tickets.
Someone Else at NC Stage Theatre
Jeeves at Sea @ NC Stage Theatre
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 to Sunday, February 17, 2019
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville: Set sail for laughter as Bertie Wooster revels in life aboard the Vanderley yacht as the pampered guest of the lively Lady Stella accompanied by his peerless valet Jeeves. Wed-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM, Feb 9 &16 2 PM
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Sunday, January 20, 2019 to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Local and national artists explore the edges of their work, collaborate across genres and bring innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences. Includes dancers, installation artists, theatre companies, Butoh dance, puppetry, modern dance, and performance art.
Big Band Weekend
Big Band Dance Weekend
Friday, January 11, 2019 to Sunday, January 13, 2019
Swing dance away the weekend at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra on Friday & Saturday nights. Two night package from $918/couple.
Beech Mtn Beer Festival
Winterfest Beer Festival
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Sample 50 beers and ciders from North Carolina breweries indoors at the Beech Mountain ski resort Alpine Village, 4-8 PM. Live music and shuttle. Great way to end a day of play on the slopes.
Christmas at Biltmore
Christmas at Biltmore
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 to Sunday, January 6, 2019
See the final week of the elaborate holiday decorations inside Biltmore House during a quieter time on the estate. Open New Year's Day.
First Days Hikes, NC
First Day Hikes
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Go to a state park near Asheville for a free guided hike with a forest ranger - a great way to begin a resolution to get outdoors for exercise and education. Most are easy trails, perfect for all ages and fitness levels.

For events throughout the year, see our list of seasonal calendars.

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