Top Winter Events & Getaways in Asheville

Winter Outings, Events & Valentine Getaways

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: Spa at Grove Park Inn.)

Top 12 Asheville Winter & Valentine Things to Do 2017

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. 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.

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.

Mardi Gras Parade
February 26, 2017: Mardi Gras Parade, downtown Asheville

Top Asheville NC Mountain Winter & Valentine Events

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.
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.

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