When it’s cold and snowing in the mountains, sometimes the last thing you want to do is head outside for an adventure. Though Asheville is the perfect place for winter hikes and ski trips, it’s also got a lot of warm, cozy activities that can get you out of the house, without pushing you into the snow. Here are four of our favorite ways to stay warm in Asheville this winter, that don’t include going outdoors:

Spend a day at the spa

The holidays are a stressful time for most, and jumping back into work right at the start of the new year doesn’t help. If you feel like you’ve been running yourself ragged this winter, why not book yourself a day at the spa? Asheville is home to a number of quality spas—the Spa at the Inn on the Biltmore Estate, The Spa at the Omni Grove Park Inn, and the Asheville Salt Cave and Spa—all of which offer a variety of spa services and ways to relax and keep warm this winter. And if you’re looking to branch out of town just a bit, be sure to check out Shoji Spa and Lounge, which boasts beautiful outdoor cedar hot tubs, or the warm mineral springs in nearby Hot Springs, NC. If you’re looking to take a short break from the regular stresses of the day-to-day, any of these local spas are great stops for a day away.

Visit an Asheville Bed & Breakfast

Another great way to warm up in Asheville is to check out one of their amazing, highly rated bed and breakfasts. What could be better than staying in a comfy, plush inn that feels just like home, where someone else cooks for you? We love both the Pine Crest B&B, and Crooked Oak Mountain Inn, because of their close proximity to downtown, the Biltmore, and of course, because of their highly recommended food and hospitality. If you’re looking to take some time to explore the attractions downtown, these are both cozy, warm places to call home for a weekend.

Check out the Orange Peel

One of Asheville’s most famous attractions, the Orange Peel is well known across the country as a premier live music and concert venue. There’s always someone new playing at the Orange Peel, and they’re always good. Make a night out of your concert at the Orange Peel, and hit up one of the nearby breweries for a craft-brewed beverage in a cozy warm environment. The Asheville Brewing Company is right down the street from the Orange Peel, and they’ve always got something cool going on, not to mention their pizza is on point.

Hit up one of Asheville’s top rated restaurants

Asheville is well known as a foodie town, and if you’re looking for somewhere warm to go this winter, you can’t go wrong with any of their critically acclaimed restaurants. No matter what sort of food you’re in the mood for— soul food, BBQ, Carribean, or some sort of fusion—Asheville has it all. The city is especially fond of their farm-to-table culture, so you can feel good about eating at a restaurant that’s helping to support local farmers and businesses. Check out this blog for a few quality recommendations if you can’t decide where to go first.

Though it can get cold in the mountains near Asheville, NC, winter doesn’t last too long here, and there are plenty of ways to warm up, both indoors and outdoors. If you’re considering moving to Asheville, then Sovereign Oaks might be the perfect choice for you. A sustainable mountain community, Sovereign Oaks is home to residents who love the peace and quiet of home, but appreciate being just minutes from downtown. Check out the few properties we have left online, or give our office a call at 866-936-5263 for more information!

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