Why We Love Winter (And You Should, Too!)

Why We Love Winter (And You Should, Too!)
Cozy mountain getaways, unbeatable deals


Winter at Biltmore
Does it ever feel to you like winter gets a bad rap? Of course, it's hard to be a fan of weather cold enough to do this, but that's rare. (Fortunately!) And winter does have many wonderful advantages, especially in Asheville.

Here are just a few of the things we love about winter:

It's Cozy
It may be chilly outside, but that just means it's the perfect time to snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate, or a good book, or a warm blanket--or all three. Does your perfect winter evening include a hot bath and crackling fireplace? Then choose from one of more than 30 inns, suites and cabins that offer both--right in your own room. Or book Shoji Spa's Winter Splendor package, which includes a private hot tub in the woods and an 80-minute aromatherapy massage, plus other spa amenities.

It's Romantic
Of course, winter can feel that much warmer when you cozy up to a special someone. Choose a romantic dinner spot as the setting for a night on the town, or check out one of these ideas for spending some quality time together. The Bed of Roses B&B's Romantic Retreat Package includes dinner and tickets to Biltmore, and the Grand Bohemian Hotel's Art & Romance Package includes a class at the Asheville Glass Center, where you can create a unique souvenir to remember your getaway.

It's Economical
Winter is the best time to get some really great deals! For example, now through March 19, visitors can purchase tickets to see Biltmore for just $39, as long as they book at least one week out! Crowds also tend to be lighter than during the busy holiday time, and it's a great opportunity to book one of the guided behind-the-scenes tours. Fans of the hit series Downton Abbey will especially enjoy the Butler's Tour, which give visitors a peek into the upstairs/downstairs world of high class guests and unseen servants.

It's Tasty
Any time of year is a delicious time to visit this place we've nicknamed Foodtopia, but winter offers some unique opportunities when it comes to dining, from Asheville Restaurant Week (happening now!) to the Asheville Small Plate Crawl taking place in late February, to two upcoming competition dining experiences. In addition to chocolates and champagne in your room, the Kiss of Asheville Package at Brookstone Lodge also includes a gift certificate for dining in downtown and for dessert at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge.

Find your own reason to love winter in Asheville.

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