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Asheville, NC: The Perfect Winter Sports Destination
December 07, 2007
Category: Adventure Travel
The weather outside may be frightful, but the winter sports scene in Western North Carolina is delightful! Asheville is located a short, 30-minute drive from some of the best winter sports venues in the southeast. This makes Asheville the perfect southern city to enjoy a winter mountain getaway while enjoying all the charm that the city has to offer.
Winter Sports: Planning a North Carolina Mountain Getaway
Asheville is perfectly located and easily accessible for those last-minute vacationers who reside in major southern cities such as Raleigh/Durham, Atlanta and Charlotte. Individuals who crave winter activities will have access to some of the highest mountain resorts in the Asheville region.
Asheville offers winter sports such as tubing, snowboarding, skiing, and ice skating. Whether it’s a romantic ski weekend for two or a family vacation, this area has something for everyone.
While the outlaying areas get as much snow as some of the famous New England winter-sports destinations, the city of Asheville does not get as much snow which makes travel to and from these points of interest simple and safe.
The area boasts seven ski resorts and several tubing areas. Accommodations range from the simple to luxury hotel-condo rentals that offer full Concierge services for those who want to be pampered in style.
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced winter sportsman, there are sport venues to satisfy all needs. And, just as these choices abound, post-winter adventure time in the Asheville area is also varied.
Take Advantage of Concierge Services
With so many things to do in the winter months of Western North Carolina, many visitors are taking advantage of the latest trend in service -- Concierge services. Concierge services help people to find the best restaurants and most-current events. During winter, they can help you to enjoy your après ski time; place your vacation time in the hands of the experts.
Concierge services are offered at several of Asheville’s latest luxury hotels, including The Residences at Biltmore where James Gibson, Managing Director, explains that, “With one simple call, all your vacation needs and plans are met. Upon our guests’ arrival, all they have left to do is to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoy their North Carolina mountain getaway. We’ll take care of the rest.”
Après Ski: Vacation Travel Planner
After visiting one of the many winter sports areas, it’s nice to have the creature comforts to soothe the body. Spas, fireplaces and cozy corners exist all over the Asheville area. This makes Asheville the perfect luxury accommodation destination; it provides more options than staying slope side.
Being able to have a true winter mountain getaway within the confines of this cosmopolitan, southern city gives you a multitude of vacation travel planning options. This city has it all within minutes of many luxury hotels and condo rentals.
Asheville is also quickly becoming well known for its world-class culinary offerings and is also a music lover’s dream. With venues such as the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and the nationally-recognized Orange Peel, it’s easy to catch a great show after a day of winter activities.
Ice skating indoors is as easy as taking a brisk walk over to the Asheville Civic Center. Gliding around the rink is only $5 per person. Call to check for dates and times at: (828) 259-5736, or ask Concierge services to set it up for you.
With all that Asheville has to offer, it makes it the number one choice in the southeast for winter sports enthusiasts and also makes the perfect winter mountain getaway.
To see a full listing of winter sports destinations and a list of things to do in the Asheville area, visit the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority’s web site at: http://www.exploreasheville.com/what-to-do/seasonal-fun/asheville-in-winter/index.aspx.
Liisa Sullivan, president Write Away, Inc., specializes in lifestyle, medical and food and beverage writing. She lives in Weaverville, NC.