Some people love winter. I’m not actually one of them. I enjoy watching snow fall but I can’t stand the cold and would be happiest with about two weeks of it. After that I’m ready for spring. But short of packing up and moving to the tropics (who’s coming with me?), how about figuring out a way to enjoy it and not merely endure it. In this post we’ve come up with our top ways to beat the winter blues. Asheville: Fun Things to Do in the Winter!

Beer crawl.

There are so many good places to drink beer in Asheville. It’s probably not possible to make it to all of the breweries in town on a single trip (or is it?) but you can certainly try. How many of them have you been to on our list of the Best Breweries in Asheville?

Visit the Biltmore.

Head on over to America’s largest home, the Biltmore Estate. You can shop, drink wine, tour the estate, take fun Instagram pictures in their garden, the list is endless. Also, the winter season offers the lowest admission prices of the year (up to $10 off per person.)

Go skiing.

Or snow tubing or snowboarding. The Wolf Ridge Ski Resort (we did a couple of Hipcamps in that area and the views are amazing!) has 15 different runs and 4 different lifts.

Another choice is the Cataloochee Ski Area. There are 17 slopes and 5 different lifts.

Both locations offer lessons.

Go for a hike!

Some of our favorite spring and summer spots are totally different in the winter time. The leaves are dead and gone this time of year so the views are seemingly endless. And the crowds are thinner, too. If you’re lucky (and brave) you might just catch a frozen waterfall or two. Our friends at Asheville Trails are our go – to resource for all things hiking and camping related in the southeast.

Fun Asheville Things to Do in the Winter!
Catawba Falls in winter!

Rent a cabin.

Just outside of Asheville, about 20 minutes from town, is a little cabin you can rent. It was built in 1815, but moved to its current location and rebuilt. Caroline put her touch on it and reused every part of the original structure that she could. The square nails were saved to relay the living room floor. The ceilings in the bathroom and kitchen used to be the porch roof. The heart pine floor in the loft used to cover the log walls in the main room. The stone chimney was used for the current foundation. It’s almost guaranteed to help you rest, reset, relax, get away from city life … whatever it is you’re looking to do.

Sign up (and go) to a new class!

Interested in pottery? What about yoga? Been meaning to get to that one workshop you pass every day on your way home? Winter in Asheville is the perfect time to try something new. Whatcha waiting for?

Make something from a food magazine.

We’re not shaming you here. The food magazines at our house stack up month after month. Heck we even dog-ear the things that look delicious to us. But life gets in the way and the next thing you know another magazine shows up! Set aside some time in the winter to make one of the things that’s got you licking your lips!

Fun Winter Things to Do in Asheville
The best part of cooking is the eating afterwards!

Play video games all day.

Indulge your inner child and let yourself play video games all day. Why not? The Asheville Pinball Museum is located downtown and costs just $15 dollars for adults and $12 for kids 10 and under. The place is awesome.

Over in west Asheville you can visit the Asheville Retrocade. It’s open from noon til 2 am and also has a bunch of video games. The cost here is $10 a day.

Take a photo walk.

Bundle up for this one and hit the streets on foot. There’s so much cool stuff to photograph in Asheville. Street art, buildings, dogs … the subjects are almost endless. Practicing in the winter means you’ll be even more ready for spring when things are leafed out and green. Our cameras are often the only things that’ll get us out the door on some of the coldest days. Oh and when you get home, see if the winter doesn’t inspire you to edit a little differently than usual. Can you find inspiration in the season?

Asheville: Fun Things to do in the Winter.
A little different than the style we normally shoot…

Have a staycation at home.

Turn the technology off, choose a great book you’ve been meaning to read and curl up in your favorite nook. Don’t have a quiet, comfortable place? Make one! Find every comforter and blanket that you can, pull on your thickest socks and hop into those PJ’s. Make a pot of tea and then just chill. A staycation is partly a state of mind. When’s the last time you took one?

Fun Winter Things to Do in Asheville!
When’s the last time you curled up with a book?

Fun things to do in Asheville in the winter recap!

How many of these activities have you done? Did we miss anything?

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7 thoughts on “Asheville: Fun Things to Do in the Winter

    1. Heck yeah! It’s not that far and totally worth the trip! What sounds most appealing to you about it?

  1. These are great ideas! I, too, would like to go to the tropics for the winter! Alas, it’s not in the cards, so I must make the best of my situation…play the cards I’m dealt. This article is a wonderful springboard for getting going when the cold has begun to shut down the creative juices. Short days and a lack of sunshine by themselves will do that to a person.

    1. Ah the tropics!!! Wouldn’t that be nice, sounds amazing right about now! We’ve got a post coming about the 13 reasons to get psyched for spring. Hopefully that’ll help keep you inspired – it’s just right around the corner!

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