Looking for a romantic escape without breaking the bank? Here are our top picks in the North Carolina mountains for budget-friendly outings, determined by our one million annual readers. Get extra special deals during the first three months of the year since it’s the slowest time of the year for tourism, also making it the perfect time for a peaceful, stress-free escape. Here are our Top 10 Asheville Valentine Outings to enjoy on a dime:
1. Spend a day at the Biltmore Estate without the big crowds and get the lowest admission rates of the year through March. Plus save up to 50% at their hotel, Inn on Biltmore.
2. Save a bundle with winter Asheville packages and specials at hotels, cabins and B&Bs. Save the most by staying on Sunday-Thursday nights.
3. Browse hundreds of interesting boutiques and stops in downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village. It doesn’t cost to look! And many are still having year-end sales.
4. Tour the Thomas Wolfe Memorial museum, a sprawling 29-room house with a fascinating history and admission of only $1.
5. Soak in the 100-degree mineral waters in Hot Springs.
6. Take a pub crawl in “Beer City USA” with an amazing selection of 50+ local brews. Hang out in one of the many coffee shops and wine bars in downtown Asheville.
7. Enjoy live music at many bars and restaurants. Often, there is no cover charge, so enjoy for a price of a drink or dinner.
8. See a huge variety of art without paying a museum admission price at 30 downtown galleries or the artist studios in the River Arts District. The Folk Art Center has free demonstrations and exhibits.
9. Find some of many North Carolina mountain waterfalls. Thanks to recent rains, waterfalls are carrying the more water now than in summer months. Most are free to visit, including favorites Linville Falls and DuPont State Forest.
10. Hike and see the best vistas of the year since there are no leaves to block the views. Add cool temperatures and few hikers, and this may become your favorite time to hike. There are hundreds of free hiking trails in Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
For more ideas, go to our 500-page vacation travel guide to Asheville!