Top Winter Events & Getaways in Asheville

Winter Outings, Events & Valentine Getaways 2017

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. (Pic above: Asheville Mardi Gras)

Top 12 Asheville Winter & Valentine Things to Do

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. Rates will be higher on Valentine's Weekend, so bring your sweetie before or after February 14th to save! 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 highly anticipated costume display inside the house, Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics, opens February 10, 2017. Read about winter outings and specials at Biltmore.

3. Ski & Snowboard: Beech Mountain is the highest ski area in eastern USA, and they just added tubing and great ski packages. Plus, see more NC ski resorts.

4: 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.

5. 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. Try local brews at the Winter Warmer Beer Festival on January 21, 2017, and Asheville Beer Expo. 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. Take a chocolate tour, and savor local food at 50 restaurants. Tour the fascinating Thomas Wolfe Home. See our Downtown Asheville Guide.

7. 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. Visit an Asheville spa and get some well-deserved pampering. Warm up in the 100-degree mineral waters in Hot Springs.

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

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

10. Winter Hiking & Waterfalls: 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. Also see our Top 20 Winter Waterfalls to explore.

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

12. Biltmore Village: Located across from the entrance to Biltmore Estate, the Village is home to more than 40 unique shops and 10 cafes and restaurants.Tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks and period architecture make it a delight to explore. And this is the best area for antiques. See our Biltmore Village Guide.

Valentine's Weekend: Take a photo tour of 10 things to do with your sweetie.

Top Asheville NC Mountain Winter & Valentine Events

Forest City Christmas Lights
Forest City Hometown Holiday Lights
Thursday, November 24, 2016 to Saturday, January 7, 2017
See the million lights that create a magical Main Street in downtown Forest City with many events throughout, including carriage rides. Lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving Day.
Lake Lure Polar Plunge
Lake Lure Polar Plunge
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Jump into the chilly waters of Lake Lure to raise money for local charities. What a way to start the new year!
Christmas at Biltmore
Christmas at Biltmore
Sunday, January 1, 2017 to Sunday, January 8, 2017
See the elaborate decorations inside Biltmore House during a quieter time on the estate.
Big Band Weekend
Big Band Weekend
Friday, January 13, 2017 to Sunday, January 15, 2017
Swing dance away the weekend at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville with Andrew Thielen Big Band on Friday night and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra on Saturday night. Package or individual tickets.
Someone Else at NC Stage Theatre
Jeeves In Bloom at NC Stage Theatre
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 to Sunday, February 19, 2017
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville: In the very fun play, high society playboy Bertie Wooster and his school chum, Eustace, visit the English Countryside with mayhem ensues.
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Thursday, January 26, 2017 to Sunday, January 29, 2017
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.
Classic Rock Weekend
Classic Rock-N-Roll Weekend
Friday, February 3, 2017 to Sunday, February 5, 2017
Hear the groovy sounds of the 60's and 70's at the Classic Rock 'n Roll Weekend at the Omni Grove Park Inn, with a tribute to a pop icon by international sensation, Super Diamond and hustle Saturday evening with the disco music from Stayin' Alive.
Valentines Weekend in Asheville
Valentine's Weekend
Friday, February 10, 2017 to Tuesday, February 14, 2017
See our Top 10 Things to Do on Valentine's Day Weekend in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains with a photo tour of romantic getaway ideas.
Biltmore House Movie Costumes
Biltmore House: Fashion from the Classics
Friday, February 10, 2017 to Tuesday, July 4, 2017
The third annual costume exhibition inside Biltmore House -Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics. See 40+ costumes from popular movies, inspired by favorite stories in George Vanderbilt’s library.
Grove Park Inn
Arts & Crafts Conference
Friday, February 17, 2017 to Sunday, February 19, 2017
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!
Beech Mtn Ski
Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend
Thursday, February 23, 2017 to Sunday, February 26, 2017
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.
Comedy Weekend
Comedy Weekend
Friday, February 24, 2017 to Sunday, February 26, 2017
Laugh the weekend away at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville with headliner Roy Wood, Jr., plus comedians Aaron Kleiber, Michael Palascak, Gina Brillion, Joe List, Greg Warren and more.
Mardi Gras Asheville
Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, February 26, 2017
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
Southern Conference Basketball Tournament
Southern Conference Basketball Tournament
Friday, March 3, 2017 to Monday, March 6, 2017
The Southern Conference (SoCon) league's men's and women's basketball tournament championship returns to Asheville! The tournament begins at UNC Asheville's Kimmel Arena and moves to the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville.
Organic Conference
Organic Growers Conference
Friday, March 10, 2017 to Sunday, March 12, 2017
The Annual Spring Conference by Organic Growers School at UNC Asheville features 70+ sessions per day: regionally-focused workshops on growing, permaculture, homesteading, and urban farming. Trade show, seed exchange, kid’s program. From $45/person per day
Vintage Market
Vintage Market Days
Friday, March 17, 2017 to Sunday, March 19, 2017
This indoor market features vintage-inspired home décor, outdoor furnishings, antiques, jewelry, repurposed art, architectural salvage and more. Held at WNC Ag Center near Asheville Airport. $10/3 day pass. $5/Sat-Sun pass. 
Biltmore Blooms
Biltmore Blooms
Saturday, March 18, 2017 to Thursday, May 25, 2017
This festival of flowers celebrates two months of spring blooms that include 75,000+ tulips, orchids, azalaeas and elaborate floral displays.
Tulips at Biltmore
Spring Events & Festivals: Top 40
Saturday, April 1, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Check out our calendar of the best festival and events in Asheville and western North Carolina in April and May.

Past Events

Forest City Christmas Lights
Forest City Hometown Holiday Lights
Thursday, November 24, 2016 to Saturday, January 7, 2017
See the million lights that create a magical Main Street in downtown Forest City with many events throughout, including carriage rides. Lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving Day.
Celtic Weekend
Celtic Concert Weekend
Friday, February 5, 2016 to Sunday, February 7, 2016
Celebrate the Scots-Irish heritage of Western North Carolina at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The Gothard Sisters kick off Celtic Weekend. And back by popular demand, Gaelic Storm, will rock the stage on Saturday night.
Asheville Restaurant Week
Asheville Restaurant Week
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 to Thursday, January 28, 2016
Try some new restaurants or revisit favorites and get the lowest prices of the year, with a prix fix menu at $15-$30/person. With 40 choices, there's something for all appetites! Presented by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

Watch our video of spectacular frozen waterfalls!

Take a photo tour of peaceful snow scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Asheville area of North Carolina. Since the Parkway is not plowed or treated during snows, it closes and creates a winter... read more
Winter hikes can provide many wonderful surprises like better views (since leaves are off the trees), few fellow hikers, no bugs, brilliant skies with clear distant views on many days and cool... read more
Waterfalls near Asheville can be even more spectacular to see during the winter months. Leafless trees often make for clearer views. And experience magical icy scenes during winter cold snaps in our... read more
Our favorite ski town is Beech Mountain, the highest town in Eastern America (5,506 feet) and an ideal winter vacation spot in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. An... read more
During the winter months of often muddy and snowy hiking trails, a great alternative is hiking (or biking) on a closed section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. While the... read more