Winter is Here! How to Beat the Winter Blues in Asheville!
With our recent cold temperatures and snow accumulations, it finally feels like winter has arrived! This time of year can be tough on a lot of people though. The shorter days and colder nights make many of us want to snuggle inside by the fire and wish for warmer weather. Though I definitely do this some days, I also LOVE to get out around Asheville and western NC in the winter! It’s our off season, so attractions and hiking trails will be less crowded, the wait for your favorite restaurant is definitely shorter, and winter hiking provides such incredible views!
Want to know a few of my personal favorite winter activities in Asheville and western North Carolina?
1. High Elevation Winter Hikes
I’m talking Shining Rock Wilderness, Roan Highlands along the Appalachian Trail, and winter accessible trails in Great Smoky National Park. I especially love these hikes because they provide fabulous winter views for miles and miles since there are no leaves on the trees. Plus, higher elevation means colder temperatures, so you’ll see fewer hikers on the trail.
2. Restaurant Crawl
My friends and I love to pick 4 or 5 restaurants in the area and spend an afternoon stopping at one after another to sample a few small bites. It’s a fun indoor activity on the super cold winter days.
3. Small Town Exploring
With weekend tourism down, we like to pick a local small town like Weaverville or Black Mountain, and spend the day walking the streets, popping into shops, eating lunch, and grabbing a beer at one of their local breweries. It’s a great way to support small businesses in small towns through the slower months.
Bonus: A Photo Session at Biltmore Estate
Having photos taken by me at Biltmore Estate is always a good idea, however winter is especially lovely! The mountains are visible from more areas around the estate and there are far fewer guests on the grounds, giving us more photo opportunities.
If you’re local, or are thinking about taking a winter trip to the Asheville area, I highly recommend it! There are plenty of things to do in Asheville in the winter. I also recommend that you check out Cozy Up to Asheville for more ideas of things to do this time of year in this gorgeous place I get to call home! Between the lists of great winter hikes, Asheville’s top winter wonders, romantic getaway ideas, and family-friendly ways to enjoy winter in Asheville, you may need to extend your trip!