Your Winter Playlist for the Blue Ridge Mountains

There's a popular misconception that the Blue Ridge Mountains are cold and inaccessible in the winter, but weather conditions in our region may surprise you. Typically, winter is mild, with the exception of a few snow days. This means you can readily access mountain trails and their unobstructed views, which are often more spectacular in the winter than during any other season.

Blue Ridge Outdoor Adventures in Winter

If you're looking to hit the slopes for snow and skiing, we're located within an hour's drive of several regional slopes.  In the Old Fort and Marion area explore over 20 hiking, biking, and waterfall trails. Local favorites include:

Woods Mountain has epic downhill sections, some steep hike-a-bike sections, and those views!  Intermediate and beginning mountain bikers head over to Lake James State Park. Their loop trails range between 2 miles to 13 miles, a little something for all skill levels.

Cozy Indoor Retreats

Downtown Marion features locally-owned venues like the music hall bar at Spillway Bridge & Company.  Winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, opening at 4:00 pm. Craft beer lovers will appreciate Refinery 13 Tap Room, Mica Town Brewery, and the cool, retro-arcade taproom at The Feisty Goldfish. Keeper's Cut Meadery is across the street. It's one of a few North Carolina meaderies. Chat with the vintners, their story is an interesting one.

Grab a bite at Burrito Bros, a burger special at McDowell Local, or a weekday lunch plate at Bruce's Fabulous Foods. These restaurants have been featured in Our State Magazine, and some reviewed by North Carolina favorite food guru, Bob Garner. Crabby Abby's Bar and Grill is open for dinner and you'll find dessert choices a few steps away! Stop by Artesana Ice Cream or Simply - their cookies, wow! 

These cool spots are part of downtown Marion's 310 District.  A walkable 3/10 mile section of downtown.  If you need a map, then call us - it's free! 828-668-4282  

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