Asheville is known for its fun outdoor festivals and beautiful weather. But what do you do in the city when the temperatures drop? Believe it or not, you can find many things to do during the winter, and you may save on your stay if you come during off-peak months. Plus, the colder months are a great time to come if you want to avoid crowds.
So, go ahead and plan your trip now! Here are some things you can do.
Visit the Biltmore
From early November through early January, the Biltmore is busy celebrating Christmas. After this time passes, all the activity at “America’s Biggest Home slows down.” Visit from January through March to enjoy lower rates and smaller crowds.
Plus, this winter, you can enjoy the continuation of the Biltmore’s exhibition series, Legends of Art & Innovation. The exhibit is a large-scale, multi-sensory experience using immersive technology to illuminate the remarkable lives of some of the world’s most legendary artists. Through February 20, 2023, you can experience Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius. Then, starting on March 3, 2023, Italian Renaissance Alive will take you on a spellbinding journey across Italy, illuminating the masterworks of such icons as Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, and Caravaggio.
Take a Winter Hike
The weather in Asheville is mild. Mountains surround and protect the city, so the area rarely has significant snowfall. Temperature highs stay well above freezing, usually in the 40s or 50s, perfect for a brisk, cool hike. And if you like the solitude of nature, you will enjoy trails with fewer other hikers. And even though winter doesn’t boast the beautiful colors of falls, the absence of leaves provides gorgeous, expansive views. Check out Explore Asheville’s online Hike Finder to find the best trails for your difficulty level and other desires.
Enjoy Snow Sports
Even though Asheville’s weather is mild, the city is a short drive to higher elevations that offer snow sports for the entire family. You can snowboard or ski at Cataloochee Ski Area, just 35 miles west of Asheville, or Wolf Ridge Ski Resort to the north. Snow tubing parks rest a few miles from each resort to offer tubing fun for the whole family.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try ice climbing. Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School offers several climbs around Asheville. Experience and equipment are optional to tackle the single-pitch ice routes, most likely to have ideal conditions from November through February.
You can also try snowshoeing with Hike Bike Kayak Asheville. Bring a warm jacket, hiking boots, and gloves; your guide will provide the equipment, snowshoes, and poles.
Eat at a Cozy Restaurant
If you have yet to hear about Asheville’s food, you have not heard about Asheville. Known as Foodtopia and recently named the #1 Foodie City by Yelp, this city has pretty much any style of food you desire. No matter what part of the city you stay in, you can find some delicious, cozy restaurants and bars to help you end your day. For more information, visit our past blog posts about downtown, East Asheville, North Asheville, West Asheville, and South Asheville.
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