11 Dec 2017
This weekend brought the year’s first heavy snow to most of western NC, and that means it’s time for finding fun winter things to do in Asheville. While Asheville is known for its summer hiking and autumn colors, when the last of the leaves have fallen, there’s still plenty of things to do in Asheville NC in the winter. And while the activities are abundant, the crowd is not, which makes it a doubly good time to visit.
Greybeard has a great page on the best time to visit Asheville, and it of course includes Asheville in the winter. Most people are familiar with Christmas in Asheville, from visiting the bedecked Biltmore Estate to securing your fresh tree from a local Christmas tree farm,however, things to do in Asheville in the winter don’t stop when Christmas ends. Instead, activities in the western NC mountains are just getting heated up.
While snow in the area can be unpredictable, in terms of how much and how often, NC ski resorts have perfected the art of snow making, and it only takes a few days of colder temperatures to get the snow guns firing. Try nearby Cataloochee Ski Resort and Wolf Ridge Ski Resort for a quick trip to hit the slopes, or travel just a bit further to Beech, Appalachian Ski Mountain, Sugar, or Sapphire Valley. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, many of these sites also offer tubing as an alternative. At Greybeard, we also can direct you to some pretty awesome sledding hills, if that’s of interest.
If you’re still seeking action, head out to one of the gorgeous waterfall hikes in the area. Sure, some of them may be icicled but just imagine the incredible photos you will capture with the winter light reflecting off the watery ice. Sure, it’s a bit colder than in the summertime, but there are no bugs and no crowds. It’s a serene, solitary and crisp: A perfect way to spend a winter afternoon. Take a look at Greybeard's Hiking page or contact us for some winter suggestions.
If the winter activities tire you out, take a moment to rejuvenate. Greybeard Rentals Guest Services can connect you with services at the Spa at Biltmore Villages. In addition, a leisurely drive can also be restorative, and there are many beautiful choices available. One option is the Blue Ridge Parkway, but be forewarned that sometimes is can be closed, even if conditions seem okay so always check the Parkway website before heading out on for a scenic drive.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
For nourishment, be sure to eat at one of Asheville’s farm-to-table restaurants or and maybe follow that up with a chocolate treat from any of the number of chocolate speciality shops in Asheville. A few of our favorites include the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Kilwins, Chocolate Gems, and the Chocolate Fetish. And please don’t forget the craft beers the Asheville area offers. Take advantage of one of the brewery tours or grab a six-pack of a local brew for home. If you feel more like eating in, the Western NC Farmers market is open daily year-round. So, if you feel like stocking up and eating in, you’ll want to check it out.
Of course the city of Asheville is bustling 365 days a year, and it’s always worth the trip. With shops, art galleries and antique stores, you can spend a whole day just browsing your way through town. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop in at one of our favorite haunts, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe. Peruse the shelves or select one of the employee suggested reads and head on back to your rental home to snuggle in by the fire and recuperate from the busy winter day.
As you see, Asheville doesn’t slow down in the winter, it just changes some of its offerings. If you’re ready to try an Asheville winter holiday, take a look at Greybeard Rentals’ cabin listings. Use the self-selected options that include a fireplace, a view, a hot tub, and pet-friendly homes. Or, give us a call at Greybeard Rentals, and we will assist you in selecting the rental cabin that works for some wintertime exploring. And don’t forget to look at our Asheville rental cabin specials as well. Western NC is an incredible place to experience a winter paradise.