8 Asheville Winter Activities to Cheer You Up
After the holiday cheer has subsided, here are 8 ideas to keep the winter cheer going and keep your spirits up through the end of the cold season.
Go on a Winter Hike
The best way to confront the cold weather is to bundle up and embrace it! State parks and trails are all open during the winter months. If you’ve hiked around the Blue Ridge Mountains during the summer, you can expect a completely transformed experience when the landscape is buried under many inches of powdery snow. Plus, in the off-season, you’ll likely get the trail to yourself, so you can experience the deep quiet in an old-growth forest during the winter. If you’re looking to experience something amazing to shake you out of your January blues, opt for a stunning day hike near Asheville, then head into town to warm up with a meal.
Take a Brewery Tour
If you need to beat the winter weather for a while, head inside for a pint. Many of Asheville NC’s breweries have unique and refreshing flavors sure to add some color to your cheeks. Tour the facility and see how they create those awesome flavors. Learn about the beer-making process from hops to bottle and get some tasting in while you’re there — for quality assurance purposes of course. However, if the tasting is all you’re interested in, try planning your own bar crawl across Asheville.
Go Skiing or Snowboarding
If you’re seeking winter thrills, you must plan some opportunities to visit one of Asheville’s great skiing spots. Cataloochee Ski Area and Wolf Ridge Ski Resort are local favorites, boasting 9 lifts and 32 different runs between them. There are slopes for all skill levels, and great views of the snowy Blue Ridge Mountains for all to enjoy. Both offer lessons and equipment rental for all visitors. Whether you’re a seasoned snowboarder or just dipping your skis in the powder, there’s no better way to experience winter sports in Asheville NC.
Sample Sipping Chocolate
You’re likely familiar with the standard hot cocoa that comes in a package with tiny marshmallows as a winter tradition, but have you ever tried sipping chocolate? Sipping chocolate is a European delight — a thicker, richer, more chocolatey drink than cocoa. Sipping chocolate from French Broad Chocolate in downtown Asheville NC is a special treat on a blustery winter day and one of the perfect Asheville winter activities to brighten any blue January afternoon.
Take a Winter Trolley Ride
Although the holidays are over, Gray Line Trolley Tours are still rolling through town! Take a scenic ride through Asheville on a historic trolley car and see the popular sights from a new perspective. Both visitors and locals are likely to learn something on this fun and educational tour. This popular tour company also hosts a ghost tour where you can learn about Asheville’s most haunting secrets.
Experience the Fringe Festival
The culmination of Asheville edginess, the Fringe Festival is a celebration of up-and-coming performance art, including theatrical performances, dance, readings and more. Directors, writers, actors, and performers put on amazing and innovative performances that wow the audience every January. Although the format for 2021’s Fringe Festival is yet to be announced, the show will go on in one way or another. Add it to your list of Asheville winter activities not to miss this year!
Rent a Mountain Cabin
If you’re looking to escape to the snowy Blue Ridge Mountains this winter, consider renting a cozy winter cabin. Book your stay in a rustic mountain cottage and enjoy the Asheville winter just outside of town. Wrap up in a blanket by the fire with a mug of something warm and a good book or take a dip in a hot tub and watch the snow fall. When you’re ready to venture out, you’ll be minutes away from more Asheville winter activities in town.
Visit a Museum
Winter is a great time to visit one of Asheville’s beautifully curated museums. Choose from the eclectic Art Museum, the interactive Colburn Earth Science Museum, the quirky Pinball Museum, or the puzzling Mystery Museum. If you get out of your house and look at someone else’s stuff for a while, you may just find some inspiration hidden around Asheville this winter.
The time after the holidays can leave us feeling a little wanting. After all the anticipation or stress that the holiday season brings, don’t let the January blues get you down — get out there and make the most of Asheville winter activities.
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