Week-long vacation trips can be difficult to pull off in the winter, which is exactly why weekend getaways are needed.
Asheville, North Carolina is packed with beauty, beer and blissful adventures. Plus, it’s an easy drive from most southern destinations and filled with gorgeous mountain scenery.
Remember, you don’t always have to pick a warm weather destination during the winter season. There’s something quite nice about snuggling up by the fire with a loved one, perhaps roasting marshmallows or reading a good book.
The average low for Asheville is 27 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter, and the city does get snow from time to time. Thus, downtown hotels like the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown, the Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown and Hemingway’s Cuba at Cambria Downtown Asheville deliver fireplaces with a majestic mountain view and a look at the city’s architecture.
Other hot spots with stellar fireplace offerings include the Omni Grove Park Inn, Pilar Rooftop Bar and Wicked Weed Brewing. You can also find warmth and relaxation at any one of Asheville’s great spas.
I’d recommend the spa at the Omni Grove Park Inn, which describes itself as a “43,000 square feet of peace and quiet.” It has 20 total water features with two therapeutic waterfall pools, plus amazing rock walls, arches and tunnels.
If the spa isn’t your thing, Asheville has plenty of cabin rentals and bed and breakfasts that are great for unplugging from the world while soaking in nature’s beauty.
After all, who wouldn’t love a private hot tub with mountain scenery?
With nearly 40 in the area, Asheville is also the brewery capital of America and a perfect escape for beer lovers. In parts of downtown, you’ll find a handful of breweries all within easy walking distance. Find time to visit the Sierra Nevada brewery located about 20 minutes outside of downtown. It’s a remarkable space not only pumping out great beer but exceptional food as well.
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If you’re not a beer drinker, there are still ample restaurants where you can find delicious wine. Like the new French restaurant Bouchon, for example, where you’ll have your own personal sommelier who is dedicated to finding you the perfect beverage.
Speaking of ideal drinks, try the liquid truffle at French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Drinking chocolate amid the winter season just work so well together.
For the outdoor adventurer-type, Asheville is loaded with great hiking trails. The bonus here is that you’re going to find much smaller crowds hitting the trail in the winter months, meaning you’ll have more time with just you and Mother Nature.
Who knows, you might even run into a frozen waterfall if the temperature is low enough.
Additionally, the Biltmore—a massive estate from the vision of George W. Vanderbilt—is not that far from downtown and is a must visit if you’ve never been. It is a simply stunning castle year-round.
Asheville is a special place, and you’re bound to fall in love any time of year you visit. The winter season offers up an array of options for travelers and is hands-down the best weekend getaway destination in the south.
Road trip anyone?
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