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 getaway. 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: Jan-March 2018

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 highly anticipated costume display inside the house, Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie opens February 8, 2018. 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.

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. 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. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

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, 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 Day Week: Take a photo tour of 10 things to do with your sweetie.

Mardi Gras Parade
February 11, 2018: Mardi Gras Parade, downtown Asheville

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

Top Asheville NC Mountain Winter & Valentine Events

Lake Lure Polar Plunge
Lake Lure Polar Plunge
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Jump into the chilly waters of Lake Lure to raise money for local charities. What a way to start the new year!

Past Events

Tulips at Biltmore
Spring Events & Festivals: Top 40
Sunday, April 1, 2018 to Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Check out our calendar of the best festival and events in Asheville and western North Carolina in April and May.
Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro
Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Old hat, new hat, yellow hat, blue hat. They're all welcome at Dillsboro's annual Easter Hat Parade at 2 PM, showcasing a variety of interesting hats atop participants of all ages, including pets.
Orchid Show
Asheville Orchid Festival
Saturday, March 24, 2018 to Sunday, March 25, 2018
The Western NC Orchid Society hosts a big show and competition at the North Carolina Arboretum. Hundreds of orchids will be on display and vendors will be selling them with plenty of advice.
Henry River Mill Fest
Mill Vill Fest
Saturday, March 24, 2018
First ever festival is this abandoned Henry River mill village near Morganton, film location for The Hunger Games. Fundraiser to save the village. Music, food trucks, beer/wine and behind the scenes tours. Free admission. 12-4 PM. GPS Address: 4255 Henry River Road, Hickory
Biltmore Blooms
Biltmore Blooms
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 to Friday, May 25, 2018
This festival of flowers celebrates two months of spring blooms that include 75,000+ tulips, orchids, azalaeas and elaborate floral displays inside Biltmore House.
Winery Hop
Stop Sip Savor Wine Hop
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Visit four Catawba Valley Wineries near Morganton (near I-40) and get a commemorative wine glass, and enjoy wine and cheese pairings. 1-5 PM. Advance tickets $25 - usually sells out. 
Classic Rock Weekend
Classic Rock-N-Roll Weekend
Friday, March 16, 2018 to Sunday, March 18, 2018
Groove to classic pop rock with The Stranger – A Tribute to Billy Joel, featuring a full band and nonstop energy. Saturday evening, the stage rocks with TUSK - The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band. Overnight 2-night packages ($826/couple) or concert single tickets.
Hendersonville Restaurant Week
Hendersonville Restaurant Week
Thursday, March 15, 2018 to Saturday, March 24, 2018
Try some of the best restaurants in Hendersonville and Flat Rock and take advantage of great savings and special menus - with multi-course dinners priced at $20, $30, and $35. Lunches $10-$15.  
NC Stage
Other Desert Cities @ NC Stage
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 to Sunday, April 8, 2018
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville: Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to announce that she is about to publish a memoir.
River Arts District 2nd Saturday Events
Second Saturday, River Arts District
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Home to over 200 artists, the River Arts District (near downtown Asheville & Biltmore) is extra festive on each second Saturday in 2018. Find show openings, hands-on classes, demos, music and more in 23 repurposed industrial buildings along the French Broad River. 
Organic Conference
Organic Growers Conference
Friday, March 9, 2018 to Sunday, March 11, 2018
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 $49/person per day, $99/weekend
Asheville Truffle Fest
Asheville Truffle Experience
Friday, February 23, 2018 to Sunday, February 25, 2018
Learn about the mystery of the ultra-prized truffle, attend tastings and wine-paired dinners, visit an orchard and participate in a hands-on culinary cooking classes in downtown Asheville.
Beech Mtn Ski
Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend
Thursday, February 22, 2018 to Sunday, February 25, 2018
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.
Outhouse Races
Outhouse Races
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Watch the fun at Sapphire Valley Ski Resort in Cashiers as homemade outhouses race down the slopes on skis. 11 AM-3 PM
Grove Park Inn
Arts & Crafts Conference
Friday, February 16, 2018 to Sunday, February 18, 2018
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!
Mardi Gras Asheville
Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, February 11, 2018
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
Valentines Asheville NC
Valentine's Week
Friday, February 9, 2018 to Sunday, February 18, 2018
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.
Titanic Costumes Biltmore House
Titanic Movie Costumes at Biltmore
Friday, February 9, 2018 to Friday, May 18, 2018
See the fabulous costume exhibition inside Biltmore House, “Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie” with 53 costumes and stories about the Vanderbilt travels and connection to the Titanic.
Asheville Community Theatre 9 to 5
9 to 5 The Musical, Asheville Community Theatre
Friday, February 9, 2018 to Sunday, March 4, 2018
A very fun classic with music by Dolly Parton! Working 9 to 5, three female employees rid themselves of their horrible chauvinistic boss and take control of the company. Thurs, Fri & Sat 7:30 PM, Sunday 2:30 PM. Downtown. Tickets from $15/person
Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day
Friday, February 2, 2018
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. 
Steep Canyon Rangers Concert
Steep Canyon Rangers Concert
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Special "Out in the Open" album release concert in downtown Asheville at the U.S. Cellular Center with special guest River Whyless. Steep Canyon Rangers won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013.
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Thursday, January 25, 2018 to Sunday, January 28, 2018
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.
Someone Else at NC Stage Theatre
Jeeves Takes a Bow @ NC Stage Theatre
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 to Sunday, February 25, 2018
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville: British upper crust meets the New York mob in the witty play featuring favorite hapless hero, Bertie Wooster, embarking on an American adventure armed with his handsome fortune and talent for trouble.
Asheville Restaurant Week
Asheville Restaurant Week
Monday, January 15, 2018 to Friday, January 26, 2018
Try some new restaurants or revisit favorites and get the lowest prices of the year, with a prix fix menu at $15-$35/person. With many choices, there's something for all appetites! Presented by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.
Big Band Weekend
Big Band Weekend
Friday, January 12, 2018 to Sunday, January 14, 2018
Swing dance away the weekend at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on Friday & Saturday nights. Two night package from $918/couple.
Beech Mtn Beer Festival
Winterfest Beer Festival
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Sample 50 beers and ciders from North Carolina breweries at Beech Mountain ski resort, 4-8 PM. Live music and shuttle. Great way to end a day on the slopes. 
Christmas at Biltmore
Christmas at Biltmore
Monday, January 1, 2018 to Sunday, January 7, 2018
See the elaborate decorations inside Biltmore House during a quieter time on the estate.
First Days Hikes, NC
First Day Hikes
Monday, January 1, 2018
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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