The Asheville Visitors Center calls the months of January, February, and March the “Undiscovered Season” based on cooler days and nights and tourism being lower. It’s actually an amazing time to visit Asheville.
The weather is mild with afternoon temperatures typically in the 40s and 50s, and evening temperatures in the 20s and 30s. It’s a great time to light the fireplace in your rooms or enjoy the large fireplace in the living room during Social Hour.
If by chance there is a snowfall in Asheville, (we usually have 1 or 2 snowfalls in the winter), the beauty is it melts within a day or two because the afternoon temperatures are too warm.
The winter is a great time to enjoy the waterfall hikes, Biltmore Estate, the River Arts District, and all the unique boutiques and stores in downtown Asheville. The added bonus is that there are fewer crowds and it is easier to park!
My favorite part about the “Undiscovered Season” is the ability to get reservations at a normal dinner hour at our amazing restaurants. Because of lighter traffic, you will get to experience and interact with more local Asheville residents.
It’s also a great opportunity for guests of Abbington Green to pamper yourself in our Abbington Green Spa, exclusive for guests only. We have hand selected our massage therapists. I can honestly tell you each one is amazing since part of their interview process was to give me a massage! The therapists each have their own practices and when by booking your massage and facials in advance, we schedule everything for you. Our most popular service is a 90 minute massage/facial combo called “The Total Spa Experience”. We are very fortunate to have 3 massage therapists that are also licensed estheticians and are able to perform this.
The brewery scene is another big part of Asheville. Many have fire pits and winter brews to try and enjoy. New things to try during your next visit is the Alchemist, a gin distillery with a cocktail bar attached called Antidote, and H and H Distillery with rum and gin with their accompanying Cultivated Cocktails. It is a family owned distillery with amazing cocktails.
In closing, I wanted to share some information and superstitions about Leap Year. There’s an old saying that goes:
“Thirty days hath September, April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty-one;
Excepting February alone, which hath but twenty-eight, in fine;
‘Till Leap Year gives it twenty-nine.”
Because such years are rarer than normal years, they have become lucky omens. The 29th of February is an important day and anything started that day is sure of success.
Good news…it also gives you one more day to visit Asheville. This year February 29th is a Saturday. It will be a special day at Abbington Green!
All the best, —Nick