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Rainy winter day in Asheville, North Carolina at the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville - Biltmore

48-Hour To-Do List In Late Winter Asheville

Rainy winter day in Asheville, North Carolina at the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville - Biltmore


Snow-capped mountains, cool breezes, and replenishing fresh air — there’s nothing quite like Asheville in the wintertime. Whether admiring the intricate way the snow falls across downtown, or exploring the beauty of nature presented in icy fractals, there’s something for everyone during this uniquely beautiful time of year. Here’s our 48-hour must-do itinerary for the serenity of wintry Asheville.

Day 1 in Late Winter ASheville

First, begin day one right by attending to the most important meal of the day at Early Girl Eatery. Farm-to-table breakfast bowls, potato cakes, and french toast are sure to delight any rumbling tummy. After that, plan for a full day at the Grove Arcade Downtown, where you can shop, relax, eat, and enjoy. Regardless of weather forecasts, the Makers Market, an outdoor bazaar for all artisan craft desires, is open every day from 10am until 7pm. In addition to the outdoor options, there are plenty of mountain retailers indoors stocked with Asheville’s local treasures. 

Forgot any essentials at home? Fret not, because Grove Arcade hosts a plethora of lifestyle attractions for your commonplace errands, fundamental shopping items, and even indulgent luxuries such as the Wake Foot Sanctuary. Pick up some local fruits and veggies at Fresh Quarter Produce, or try out a new cosmetic line at Serenity + Scott Apothecary

Stroll through Restaurant Row for a scrumptious lunch option. With countless different styles of cuisine, you can experience firsthand Asheville’s notorious blend and meshing of local cultures. From a cafe for fudge and ice cream at Nutz About Fudge, to on-the-go style Mediterranean dishes at Baba Nahm, there’s a choice for all members of the family. The bibliophile or champagne connoisseur in your group will especially enjoy the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, where customers can browse an extensive used book selection while sipping a favorite beverage.

To fully complete a fun day of shopping and dining, visit another one of Asheville’s prime attractions: Biltmore Park Town Square. If lodging at Biltmore Farms Hotels’ Hilton property, this location will be familiar and convenient for the evening’s activities! Tap into your creative side at Painting With A Twist, or shop for select herbs, spices, and teas at Spice and Tea Merchants. If you’re still looking for that perfect souvenir for your time in Asheville, visit one of Biltmore Park’s many stores, such as REI, which offers outdoor classes and tours, O.P. Taylor’s, one of the top ten toy stores in the world, and more

If none of these activities suits your fancy, experience a toning class at Club Pilates, or perhaps a more mellowed and restorative class at Inspired Change Yoga. However you choose to spend the evening, be sure not to end the day on an empty stomach. Biltmore Park offers many tasty dining options that reflect the diversity of Asheville. Savor the fresh items cooked perfectly on a hickory wood fire grill at 131 Main, or indulge in traditional Southern comfort food with a modern spin at our Hilton property’s on-site restaurant, Roux. After that, you’re ready for sweet dreams at one of Biltmore Farms Hotels’ four properties.

Day 2 in Late Winter ASheville

A trip to Asheville isn’t complete without an outdoor adventure. After a delicious breakfast at one of our properties, begin day two with a beautiful morning excursion! Hiking is one great way to explore Asheville’s wintry wonders, and there are plenty of places to do just that! Some moderate hikes include the popular Looking Glass Falls, Linville Falls, Craggy Pinnacle, or steady Catawba Falls. If you’re looking for a more challenging and strenuous hike, try the “Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians” at Linville Gorge, Graveyard Fields, Bearwallow Mountain, or the local favorite, Rattlesnake Lodge Trail.

If you’re an eager outdoor enthusiast willing to travel a bit farther, venture forty miles north of Asheville to Hot Springs, NC, for activities from natural soaks at Hot Springs Resort and Spa to hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking. Rest assured, there’s plenty of fun to be had during your visit to Asheville!

If you opted for a quick morning hike and are still eager to see the city, we recommend grabbing a bite to eat. Visit Sunny Point Cafe for a delicious selection of comfort food items, from brunch favorites to Southern sandwich specials. After that, we suggest booking a trip with Asheville Rooftop Tours. These special outings offer a guided bird-eye’s view of Asheville, celebrating local history, unique beverages and much more. The tours even come with special tour-guest-only perks, such as discounted signature cocktails and reduced partnering restaurant prices. All 21-and-older members of your party are welcome to enjoy this experience year-round, rain or shine!

Don’t leave for home without visiting one of the city’s most popular destinations: a brewery or cidery. Warm up from the weather with a hot choice cider from Urban Orchard Cider, or have your choice of one of the town’s many breweries by viewing a full list here.

We hope that your time in Asheville has been fulfilling, exciting, and rewarding! Thank you for choosing Biltmore Farms Hotels and for undertaking this 48-hour journey with us.

A montford mule at Montford Rooftop Bar garnished with crystallized ginger and dried lime.
Grab a drink on Asheville Rooftop Bar Tour at Montford