Beginners Guide to Wintering in Asheville
Posted On Monday, January 18, 2016
Everywhere you go there are tips and tricks to getting the most authentic experience from a place and those can change depending on when you're visiting. The trick is to know what really are all the best spots and and which are just tourist traps. That can be especially hard to do when the ground is blanketed in snow. Fortunately, we are your boots on the ground on this one. We are here to point the way to all our favorite winter activities in Asheville.
Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing
Asheville has several skiing lodges available for you to play in the snow or skate on the ice as long as you want. Visit the Cataloochee Ski Area for a chance to slide down the slopes of the top ski and snowboard resort in the Southeast. Another one of our favorite ski locations is Wolf Ridge. In addition to awesome skiing and snowboarding, Wolf Ridge also offers snow tubing, a winter recreational craze that even those of us with poor balance can enjoy.
Be More at the Biltmore
The Biltmore is one of Asheville's best known features and for good reason. George Vanderbilt put time and effort into making his home one of the most delightful houses in the country. After a short trip to Western North Carolina he knew that this was where he had to settle down and build his dream home. This astounding house was built over a period of six years and is still a premiere destination for tours and weddings. Walk through the gardens, vineyard, shops and restaurants that comprise the estate and Antler Village.
No matter how cold it gets, downtown Asheville is one experience you can't miss. Asheville has been called the Paris of the South and has a bustling and vibrant art community of local artisans, craftsmen, and artists. Check out galleries like Blue Spiral 1, Downtown Asheville Art District, or Asheville Gallery of Art. One of the best things about Asheville is that creativity is not limited to visual or performing arts, but also translates to the culinary arts! Asheville has a fabulous culinary scene that blends inspiration from all over the world with the dedication to healthy, organic farm-to-table eatery. If you want something with a little Asheville flair try restaurants like Nine Mile, MG Road, or Early Girl Eatery after you tour the galleries for a real Asheville night out.
The Great Outdoors
If the weather allows there are also other ways to get in touch with the wild outdoors of North Carolina. There are dozens of trails to walk through at Asheville's Arboretum, the Blue Ridge Hiking Company or the National Forests in North Carolina. There is nothing that beats views of mountains covered in snow. Or, if you have a low tolerance for cold, take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, pack some snacks and park in one of the scenic outlooks and soak in the one-of-a-kind beauty our mountains offer.
Ashevillians for Life
When you get the opportunity to experience a culture as rich as Asheville, we want you to have the best experience possible. Once you've experienced the spirit behind Asheville, there's no getting away from it. The enthusiasm and creativity seeps into you and how you view the world. Once you've been infused with the inspirational vitality of Asheville, you're simply one of us and there's no way out of it.
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