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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Top 10 Budget-Saving Asheville Things to Do with Your Valentine

If you are dreaming of a romantic getaway to Asheville and the North Carolina mountains without breaking the bank, here are ten ideas to save money right now:

1. Spend a day at the Biltmore Estate without the big crowds and get the lowest admission rates of the year through March. Plus save up to 50% at their hotel, Inn on Biltmore.

2. Save a bundle with winter packages and specials at hotels, cabins and B&Bs. Save the most by staying on Sunday-Thursday nights. For Valentine getaways, go the weekend before or after the 14th.  

3. Browse hundreds of interesting boutiques and stops in downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village. It doesn’t cost to look! And many are still having year-end sales.

4. Ski on Monday-Friday for the best deals. Beech Mountain has a $99/person "Ski & Stay" package for two nights lodging in a condo or hotel plus a lift ticket.

5. Soak in the 100-degree mineral waters in the natural Hot Springs for just $15/person.

6. Take a pub crawl in “Beer City USA” with an amazing selection of 50+ local brews. Hang out in one of the many coffee shops and wine bars in downtown Asheville.

7. Enjoy live music at many bars and restaurants. Often, there is no cover charge, so enjoy for a price of a drink or dinner.

8. See a huge variety of art without paying a museum admission price at 30 downtown galleries or the artist studios in the River Arts District. The Folk Art Center has free demonstrations and exhibits.

9. Find some of many waterfalls. Most are free to visit, including favorites Linville Falls and DuPont State Forest.

10. Hike and see the best vistas of the year since there are no leaves to block the views. Add cool temperatures and few hikers, and this may become your favorite time to hike. There are hundreds of free hiking trails in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forest in lower elevations that receive little snow.
You'll get the best deals of the year in January-March, since it’s the slowest time of the year for tourism. That also makes it the perfect time for a peaceful, stress-free escape. 
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