Asheville, NC, in the winter, ushers in an invigorating sense of wonder. Snow circles, swirls, and falls softly atop mountainous landscapes. People in the city bundle up and shuffle downtown. You can hear the sound of laughter as it carries from local breweries and eateries. Whether you’re visiting to celebrate the holidays in style or simply looking to enjoy the cold crisp, Western North Carolina air this time of year, you’re in for quite the treat.
Read on to learn about the best things to do in the winter. Then, for more great suggestions to include in your itinerary, check out our free Vacation Guide.
6 of the Best Things to Do in Asheville, NC, in the Winter
1. Have Fun in the Snow
It’s no secret that hiking near Asheville is one of the main draws to the region. Even in the winter months of December and January, people find themselves bundled up and ready to embark on an Appalachian Trail adventure. In addition to hiking, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy other winter activities such as:
- Snow Tubing
- Mountain Biking
2. Attend World-Class Events
As winter weather temperatures drop to chilly degrees, the events in Asheville seem to liven up. WNC’s favorite art event, The Big Crafty, takes place in December. In January, visitors and locals alike look forward to events such as the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and Asheville Restaurant Week.
3. Indulge in Gourmet Cuisine & Craft Beer
Asheville’s culinary scene continues to grow and puts them on the map as a trending foodie destination in the United States. Allow your tastebuds to explore intriguing international cuisines and local farm-to-table plates. Then, consider sampling some of the best local brews at one of the best breweries in the city.
4. Visit Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate is a year-round attraction that doesn’t disappoint regardless of what time of year you visit Asheville. This Victorian-era home boasts 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, a bowling alley, gorgeous gardens, and a charming village with one-of-a-kind merchandise for sale.
5. Celebrate the Holidays
You’ll find a host of exciting holiday affairs in which you can take part in. Admire mesmerizing Christmas light displays at Biltmore Estate, the North Carolina Arboretum, or the Lake Julian Festival of Lights. You might also enjoy the impressive gingerbread house display at Omni Grove Park Inn or the entertaining Dickens in the Village Festival.
6. Find Unique Gifts at Artisan Shops
It’s no secret that Asheville is home to some of the most unique shops in the Southeast! From artisan jewelry and local art to crafty wares and locally sourced goods, you’re bound to find the perfect gift for someone you love or even a nice souvenir to keep for yourself!
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Find your home away from home in comfortable, Victorian lodging with us at 1899 Wright Inn & Carriage House. Stay in the heart of the historic Montford District near some of the best restaurants and attractions in the city. There’s something so romantic about stepping outside in a unique city that is surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Our stylish suites and quality amenities capture the charming essence that Asheville exudes. Antique furnishings, cozy beds, and intricate wallpaper designs set the scene for an unforgettable stay. What are you waiting for?