It’s even more romantic in Asheville for Valentine’s Day weekend in 2015! Here are some of our favorite events:
Dressing Downton at Biltmore House
February 5-May 25, 2015: This new exhibition inside the Biltmore House features 40 costumes from the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey.” The clothing will be showcased in rooms in groupings inspired by the fictional show and by real life at Biltmore, the grand Vanderbilt estate of the same era. Including with Biltmore admission. See our Dressing Downton Guide.
Valentine’s Star Gazing & Tour
February 13, 2015: Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) special Valentine’s star gazing event includes a tour of the campus and PARI Exhibit Gallery and observing session. Begins at 7 PM. Reservations are required. $20 per adult, $15 for seniors/military.
Valentine’s Day Pottery For Couples
February 13, 2015: Odyssey ClayWorks is hosting a one night pottery class, 7-9 PM, in the River Arts District. Sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. They’ll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! They will glaze and fire the work for you to remember the night. No experience necessary. $85/couple.
Valentine’s Day Drag Queen Bingo
February 13 & 14, 2015: This is not your grandma’s bingo. Back by popular demand, join Brother Wolf Animal Rescue for eight zany bingo games with prizes, refreshments, raffle items, and fantastic entertainment. Happy hour begins at 6 PM and games run 7-9 PM. Admission $25/person. All proceeds benefit homeless pets.
Valentine’s Dinner Show Revue ‘Passion, Temptation and Tango’
February 14, 2015: An unforgettable date night at Lex 18 downtown as you travel to 1920s Argentina. The romantic restaurant, lit by candle light and fireplaces, will feature a Buenos Aires inspired four-course dinner, wine, craft cocktail, live tango band and passionate tango dance revue. $90/person.
Aphrodisiac-Themed Tasting Dinner
February 14, 2015: Chef John Fleer at Rhubarb restaurant in downtown Asheville has crafted a four-course, romantic dinner menu sure to impress that special someone. Choose one menu item from several options over the delicious four courses, featuring dishes like candied shallot crusted sea scallop, warm spice breast of quail and chocolate velvet sorbet. Reservations can be made beginning at 5:30 p.m. by calling 828.785.1503.
Mardi Gras Parade
February 15, 2015: Asheville’s Mardi Gras Parade is presented by the Mystic Mountain Krewe, an all-volunteer community based organization made up of New Orleans ex-pats, and aficionados of that culture! It’s fun for all ages.
The WEDLOCK 5K
February 15, 2015: Keep warm and run with the one you love! The WEDLOCK 5K™ is a competitive race that provides a unique running event to break from the typical dinner and a movie couple experience. “We Run for Love” is their motto. It’s designed to inspire, encourage, and motivate marriages and couples to have fun, work as a team, trust each other, and communicate with one another. Winners cross the Start/Finish line together symbolically renewing their commitment. Race benefits Helpmate Inc. of Asheville, provider of crisis-level services to victims of domestic violence. Takes place at Antler Hill Village & Winery at Biltmore Estate. The 3.1 mile race starts at 8 AM. Participants can register as a couple or team of two now until February 14, 2015 at http://www.active.com. Participants do not have to be married to run.
A Chorus Line
February 13-March 1, 2015: See the musical that redefined a genre at Asheville Community Theatre. This brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama runs Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
Read about these and other events and things to do (like hiking and waterfalls) in February and March in Asheville at www.romanticasheville.com/winter_in_asheville.htm.
Also see Valentine’s Weekend packages at bed and breakfasts, cabins and hotels.