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

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, Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie opens February 8, 2018. 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. 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

Lake Lure Polar Plunge
Lake Lure Polar Plunge
Monday, January 1, 2018
Jump into the chilly waters of Lake Lure to raise money for local charities. What a way to start the new year!
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.
Valentines Weekend in Asheville
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.
Biltmore Titanic Costumes
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 45 costumes and stories about the Vanderbilt travels and connection to the Titanic.
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
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.
Vintage Market
Vintage Market Days
Friday, April 6, 2018 to Sunday, April 8, 2018
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. 

Past Events

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.
Orchid Show
Asheville Orchid Festival
Saturday, March 25, 2017 to Sunday, March 26, 2017
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.
Rainbow & Ramps Festival
Rainbow & Ramps Festival
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Join the Cherokee people as they honor their elders, celebrate ramp season and kick off trout fishing season. Warrior dancing, games, tournaments and $10 lunch plates of local favorites. 
Winery Hop
Stop Sip Savor Wine Hop
Sunday, March 19, 2017
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. 
NC Stage
Souvenir: Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 to Sunday, April 2, 2017
Popularized by the recent movie, this eccentric socialite believes she is an enchanting soprano when she is incapable of holding pitch. She holds popular recitals in NYC in the 30s and 40s. Comedy based on a true story. NC Stage Theatre in downtown Asheville.
Amadeus Festival
Asheville Amadeus Festival
Friday, March 10, 2017 to Sunday, March 19, 2017
A 10-day festival by the Asheville Symphony inspired by the music and life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Midori is headliner and artist-in-residence for a schedule of performances, education programs, social events, and collaborations with community partners. There's something for everyone—from beer to theatre to music. 
Fat Tuesday Celebration
Asheville Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Join the zany celebration at the Salvage Station near downtown Asheville with side show performances starting at 7 PM and live music 9-12. Cajun food, costume contests and plenty of festive fun. $5/person, $2/person AMG members
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
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. $50/person per concert. Packages available.
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.
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!
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.
Drag Queen Bingo Asheville
Drag Queen Bingo & Trivia
Friday, February 10, 2017 to Saturday, February 11, 2017
Join the fun at this big fundraiser for Brother Wolfe Animal Rescue with bingo on Friday night at the US Cellular Center and Trivia with the Queen on Saturday night. Hosted by Lady Bunny. After parties each night. Get tickets early.
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 Neil Diamond tribute band on Friday and hustle Saturday evening with the disco music from Stayin' Alive. Tickets $50/person per concert. Packages available.
Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day
Thursday, February 2, 2017
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. 
Someone Else at NC Stage Theatre
Jeeves In Bloom at NC Stage Theatre
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 to Sunday, February 26, 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 and mayhem ensues.
Asheville Restaurant Week
Asheville Restaurant Week
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to Thursday, January 26, 2017
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 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. Packages sold out. Individual tickets $40/person Friday, $45/person Saturday
Beech Mtn Beer Festival
Winterfest Beer Festival
Saturday, January 7, 2017
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
Sunday, January 1, 2017 to Sunday, January 8, 2017
See the elaborate decorations inside Biltmore House during a quieter time on the estate.

Watch our video of spectacular frozen waterfalls!

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