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Explore Asheville in the Winter

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8 Oct 2018

Asheville in a Quiet Winter SnowWell known for its summer outdoor activities and its autumn foliage, the Asheville area can be overlooked in winter. In fact,  Asheville area winter makes a perfect time to come check out the area as fewer people are around and activities and events still abound. And as an added bonus, some rental cabins offer special deals, making it a super time to explore the western NC mountains.

While snow is not a guarantee, the Asheville area gets its fair share. And although snow allows for sledding and tubing at times, the winter weather can also be fairly temperate with many days warming up into the 50s, even during winter when the nights are colder. Many hiking trails remain accessible year-round so favorite trails including Catawba Falls, Bear Wallow Mountain and Montreat hikes. One area to check out before you set out to hike is trails off of the Blue Ridge Parkway often close during winter months. You can check out the Blue Ridge Parkway’s real-time closure map. Take a look at Greybeard Rentals’ hiking webpage to get more information about specific hiking trails.

Asheville is not ski country, but it can serve as the gateway to skiing. The closest location for ski activities is Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, located about an hour away, and then Sugar Mountain Ski Resort and Beech Mountain Ski Resort will add 30 minutes to your commute. If you’re located in the Asheville area, you can head up to ski and be home in time for dinner in front of the roaring fire.

And speaking of which, you may want to use Greybeard Rentals’ advanced search option to find the amenities you want in your rental cabin. With this real-time filtering, you can find a home with a view, a fireplace and a hot tub, if that’s what’s on your wish list.

Winter also can be a great time for a romantic weekend getaway. Take advantage of Greybeard’s Guest Services Romantic Package and spend Valentine’s Day up our way. There’s fewer wait times for the numerous breweries and well-known restaurants, and galleries and shops have fewer patrons as well.

In addition, there are some wonderful special annual events planned including the National Gingerbread Competition, Christmas at the Biltmore, and Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum. And January traditionally is Restaurant Week with featured restaurants providing special menus and pricing. To get an updated list of local activities, click on Greybeard’s Asheville Events page.

In short, just because the days may shorter, that does not equal fewer activities in western NC in winter. If you haven’t experienced winter up our way, let this be the year you give it a try. If you’d like some guidance in choosing the best Asheville area rental home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Greybeard Rentals. Basically, from our perspective, there isn’t a bad time to experience what the western NC mountains have to offer.