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 Asheville Winter Things to Do: January-March

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.

Biltmore Specials: Enjoy the grand estate without the big crowds and get great deals on tickets and accommodations at two hotels. Read about winter outings and specials at Biltmore.

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 Asheville Spas. The photo above is the Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Also, warm up in the 100-degree natural mineral waters in Hot Springs or a Salt Cave.

Ski & Snowboard: Beech Mountain is the highest town and ski area in the 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.

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

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.

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

Downtown Asheville: Browse through more than 200 shops, 30 art galleries, and a dozen antique stores. Savor local food at 70+ restaurants

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.

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.

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

Top Asheville NC Mountain Winter & Valentine Events

Christmas at Biltmore
Christmas at Biltmore
Saturday, January 1, 2022 to Sunday, January 9, 2022
See the final week of the elaborate holiday decorations inside Biltmore House. Open New Year's Day.
First Days Hikes, NC
First Day Hikes
Saturday, January 1, 2022
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.
Lake Lure Polar Plunge 2020
Lake Lure Polar Plunge
Saturday, January 1, 2022
Hundreds of brave (and crazy) people take the New Year’s Polar Plunge at Lake Lure and freeze for a reason – to support local first responders. Many more come to watch the fun, complete with bonfires to keep warm! The chilly dip takes place on New Year's Day at 12 Noon. It's a very festive time with fantastic costumes and music. Events will all be outdoors on the beach.
Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
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. 
Valentines Asheville NC
Valentine's Week
Monday, February 7, 2022 to Monday, February 14, 2022
See our Top 20 Things to Do on Valentine's Day and Week in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains, with a photo tour of romantic getaway ideas.

Past Events

Tulips at Biltmore
Spring Events & Festivals: Top 40
Thursday, April 1, 2021 to Monday, May 31, 2021
Check out our calendar of the best festival and events in Asheville and western North Carolina in April and May.
Outhouse Races
Outhouse Races
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Head over to Sapphire Valley Ski Resort in Cashiers to cheer the drivers of the hilarious homemade outhouses down the slopes.
Hunger and Thirst
Hunger and Thirst
Thursday, March 26, 2020 to Thursday, April 2, 2020
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.
NC Stage
Well @ NC Stage Theatre
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to Sunday, April 12, 2020
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville: A funny and touching comedy about mothers and daughters, mind over body, social activism and theatre itself. It spins dangerously out of control into riotously funny and unexpected territory. Wed-Sat 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM, April 4 & 11 2 PM. Tickets from $18/adult
Asheville Amadeus Festival
Asheville Amadeus Festival
Thursday, March 12, 2020 to Saturday, March 21, 2020
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.
Penland School Open House
Penland School Open House
Saturday, March 7, 2020
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.
Organic Conference
Organic Growers Conference
Friday, March 6, 2020 to Sunday, March 8, 2020
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.
Sparkling Soiree Biltmore
Sparkling Soirée: Bubbles & Jazz Masquerade
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Don’t miss this “roaring twenties” themed event with live jazz music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, award-winning Biltmore wines and more. Dress to impress, masks and evening attire encouraged. Best dressed gets a prize! Reservations required. Event is 8-10 PM. Cost: $150/person. 
Mardi Gras Asheville
Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, February 23, 2020
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
Grove Park Inn
Arts & Crafts Conference @ Grove Park Inn
Friday, February 21, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020
Perfect for the passionate collector or those just interested in the Arts and Crafts design. The long-running weekend at Grove Park Inn includes lectures, small group discussions, exhibitions, books, a contemporary crafts show and the finest of the antiques shows.
Beech Mtn Ski
Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend
Thursday, February 20, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020
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.
Asheville Community Theatre
The Fantasticks, Asheville Community Theatre
Friday, February 7, 2020 to Sunday, March 1, 2020
See the longest-running musical in the world - a timeless romantic charmer that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time and is punctuated by a series of classic songs. Fri & Sat 7:30, Sun 2:30, Thurs Feb 20 & 27 7:30. Tickets from $15
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.
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Sunday, January 19, 2020 to Sunday, January 26, 2020
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 10, 2020 to Sunday, January 12, 2020
Swing dance away the weekend at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra on Friday & Saturday nights.

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

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