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Is there any better way to start off 2016 than a romantic trip to Asheville with your significant other? We can't think of any! This time of year yields a fantastic opportunity to experience Asheville at its most serene, with the busy din of the holidays quieting down, and a peaceful tranquility blanketing nearby trails and hiking spots. We've outlined some activities that might serve as the perfect backdrop to a romantic trip for you and your special someone.

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The Biltmore Estate

The ornate interiors and lush grounds of the Biltmore Estate make for one romantic date! After the holidays, the crowds move out and it is much easier to navigate the expansive mansion - not to mention that the new year typically brings the lowest prices of the year. In addition, there will be a spectacular exhibition called Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film that will take place fromFebruary 12 – July 4th 2016. This event will showcase over 40 award-winning costumes from classic films. The display shows how the fashion in nuptial attire has changed from the 1700s to the 1940s, and is sure to put a flutter in anyone’s heart. Visit the Biltmore Estate website for more information.Relaxation therapy at a local spa. We have several places in Asheville to relax and enjoy your romantic vacation with a massage or spa experience. Most offer a couple's massage, and Around Town Massage goes the extra mile (literally) with in-home massages --so you don't even have to leave the warmth of your cabin. Sensibilities Day Spa has a south Asheville location in Biltmore Park, and offers a variety of services to pamper and primp. Downtown has a lot to offer with SpaTheology, a day spa that specializes in a personalized approach to what any couple needs to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. A spa trip can soothe any ache and pain that the holidays might have incurred, and it is a perfect way to bring a couple together while enjoying the serenity of a mountain getaway. 

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Take a Hike!

The hikes in the Asheville area that are so popular in the summer months adapt and become something serene and special in the winter. Paths normally worn and crowded take on a more contemplative feel, adjusting with the weather and becoming something to take in with quiet reflection. That being said, they are just as exhilarating, and provide a fantastic opportunity to get out and experience the beauty of the western North Carolina mountains. Dupont State Forest's waterfalls are as fantastic as ever, with recent heavy rain providing a significant water pour. The Blue Ridge Parkway provides not only a peaceful hike, but a scenic drive that can provide one-on-one time with your loved one without any distractions.

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Whether you are thinking about a Valentine's Day excursion, or a much needed getaway from the stresses of home, Asheville is a romantic city with so much to offer. After all the activities, you will find that returning to our luxury cabins to warm up near the fireplace or soak in the hot tub is the perfect way to end your romantic adventure. Don't forget; January, February and March are our Winter Special months, so you can stay for three or more nights and get one of the nights free OR get 10% off your entire stay (20% off for our Willow Winders). Not valid with any other offers. Book soon, and emmerse yourself in the luxury, serenity, and comfort of Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds.