Asheville is a Winter Wonderland Waiting to Be Discovered

You've made it through the holidays and rung in the New Year, now it's time to make time for yourself! Escape to the winter wonderland of Asheville, North Carolina, where the wide variety of activities and attractions beckon you to bundle up and explore the Blue Ridge Mountains.

All Aboard!
back in time and along the Western North Carolina countryside on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. The Tuckasegee River Excursion is a relaxing and beautiful 32-mile round-trip ride to Dillsboro, North Carolina. The train offers first, crown, and coach class, as well as open air gondola seating (if you can brave the cold!). If you are traveling with a group, consider reserving the private caboose. Once you've arrived at your destination, Dillsboro offers a variety of restaurants and Mom-and-Pop shops that are a nostalgic reminder of times gone by.

Winter Served Up Warm and Delicious

Kitchen at Studio Lex

Southern Living has called Asheville "one of the tastiest towns in the South" and winter is the perfect time to taste just what that means. Asheville Restaurant Week, happening January 21st through 27th, is the perfect opportunity to experience some of the area's best cuisine. Get in from the cold and warm up to delicious prix fixe dining! Taking place the same week is Asheville's 7th Annual Winter Warmer Beer Fest. With nearly 50 local and regional breweries participating, live music, and food from Strada Italiano, this event is a terrific way to mingle with locals and make a positive difference - a portion of the proceeds go to the Western North Carolina Alliance. Winter Warmer Beer Fest takes place Saturday, January 25th, downtown at the Civic Center. After experiencing these delicious adventures, rest your head in the heart of downtown at Studio Lex. Studio Lex is an ultra-modern, ultra-luxurious loft with a gourmet kitchen that, if you are so inspired, will allow you to create your own culinary masterpiece.

Ski the Wolf

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is only about 40 minutes from Asheville and offers great opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. With 17 slopes (including 3 Black Diamond level), it is superb skiing for any level. Through our complimentary Mountain Discovery Pass, Carolina Mornings is happy to give you one ski lift ticket at Wolf Ridge for each night of your stay with us. You can choose from any of our properties in the area, many of which are conveniently slope-side. All of the mountain log cabins at Scenic Wolf offer stunning views, warm fireplaces, and hot tubs on the decks. You'll even find a toasty sauna at Flatlanders' Retreat, and Margaritaville offers a taste of Key West sunshine with its own indoor tiki bar!

A Cool Time at the Biltmore
Winter is an ideal time to visit the Biltmore Estate. Imagine taking a stroll
through the gardens on a clear, crisp day, followed by a warm, leisurely tour of the house, and then perhaps a delicious hot chocolate or a glass of wine from Biltmore's own winery. The crowds are thin so you can take your time and really soak in the majesty of this wonderful attraction. And, if the lowest crowds and lowest ticket prices of the year aren't enough, remember that you'll receive a complimentary ticket for each night of your stay with the Mountain Discovery Pass!

Whether you're up for skiing at Wolf Ridge or taking the Smoky Mountain Express - Asheville is a winter wonderland waiting for you to jump aboard.

Call Carolina Mornings today at (877) 902-9441 to reserve your Asheville mountain cabin. A professional Vacation Planner will help line up your vacation rental accommodations, Biltmore Estate tickets, and ski lift tickets (included with every Carolina Mornings rental!).

By: Carmen Ybarra