During the winter, Asheville and the surrounding area turn into a winter wonderland! White snow has blanketed the landscape that sparkles in the sun. Fireplaces, including ours at Orchard Inn, are lit filling the sky with a smoky aroma. String lights grace the trees that line the streets of Asheville, and you can feel the holiday spirit in the air. There are so many things to do in Asheville in winter that you’ll want to start planning your trip as soon as possible!
If you’re planning a trip to western North Carolina, take advantage of our complimentary Vacation Guide. Vacation preparation can be hard, so we chose our favorite things to do in the area to save you from hours of research! Skip the tedious part of planning and use our free guide to find even more things to do in Asheville in winter like:
- Festivals and attractions you won’t want to miss
- Outdoor activities for all skill levels
- Cultural events, museums, and entertainment
- The best restaurants in the area
5 of the Best Things to Do in Asheville in Winter
1. Fun in the Snow
There are so many opportunities for some fun in the snow right outside of Asheville! There are plenty of places for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing near Asheville and Orchard Inn. One of the closest is Wolf Ridge. Whether you’re an expert or beginner, they have something for everyone! Hit the slopes on your skis or snowboard or choose to fly down their tube run. You’ll love the breathtaking views from the mountains. After you’re done, come warm back up at Orchard Inn!
2. Spend a Holiday at Orchard Inn
We at Orchard Inn think of our guests as family, so we go out of our way to make sure you’re treated that way, especially during the holidays. Create a new tradition this year when you spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve with us. Every year, we host a delicious Thanksgiving dinner complete with leftovers for our b&b guests. We have also created a popular Charles Dickens’ Dinners where we create a magical 5-course dinner with readings from A Christmas Carol. Our New Year’s Eve Gala rings in the new year in style with hors-d’oeuvres, a decadent dinner, and French Champagne. Check out our events to see what we’re doing special this year!
3. Go on a Hike
Outdoor lovers looking for things to do in Asheville in winter should definitely go on a hike! Orchard Inn is just south enough that you usually don’t need snow boots but just north enough that the weather will be cool. If you travel to the snowy mountains, just make sure to wear snow boots. The views will be breathtaking as the sun hits the snow and the pine boughs are drooping with weight. Bundle up and get outside!
4. Visit the Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate is famous for its stunning mansion and beautiful grounds. While the gardens are beautiful in the spring, winter is also an amazing time to visit this famous estate. Every year, the property is decorated for Christmas to an extent you will not see anywhere else! From over 50 Christmas trees to richly-decorated fireplaces and dazzling light displays, a visit to the Biltmore Estate is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
5. Try Local Cuisine
With chilly temperatures, being indoors can be a welcome relief. After spending time outside, try out some local Asheville cuisine. The city has become a premier foodie destination. Many local farms love having their produce featured in restaurants and the chefs love creating seasonal menus. Get a true taste of the area at an Asheville restaurant!
Stay at Orchard Inn
We’re always happy to help you find things to do in Asheville in winter at Orchard Inn! Make some winter memories when you stay with us at our Saluda bed and breakfast. We are conveniently near Asheville, yet far enough away to give you a peaceful and rejuvenating stay. Choose from cozy rooms and cottages perfect for a winter stay. We look forward to seeing you this winter!