Things get pretty quiet around here in the winter.
The gardens are all dormant at the Biltmore Estate. The rafts and zipline gear are put up until spring. Sidewalks are cleared of cafe tables.
The biggest attraction is romance with your mate in front of the fireplace at Inn on Main Street in Weaverville. To help make that even more attractive, we’re giving you a pair of two-day tickets to the Biltmore Estate or a third night free with a two-night stay in a king or cottage room between Jan. 1 and April 4. That’s worth up to $179. The exception for that deal is Valentine’s weekend, Feb. 15 and 16, but if you come that weekend we’ll give you a free hour soak at Hot Springs Spa.
Winter is actually our favorite time at the Biltmore mansion. We get in our tropical fix at the conservatory, communing with the orchids, palms and banana trees. I keep threatening to bring in my own rum drink in coconut with a paper parasol and relax beneath the jungle canopy there, but Nancy refuses to join me.
Winter is also the time to avoid the tourist throngs in Asheville. The Biltmore is uncrowded, you don’t need reservations for any restaurants, and even the most popular hiking trails are yours alone. In fact, winter hiking is the best. Visibility is great with the leaves off the trees, and the crisp air sure beats the summer sweat weather.
Come see what makes the four seasons here all worth savoring. We’ll leave the light on.