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Enjoy Romance on a Dime with Top 10 Affordable Asheville Valentine Outings


January 12, 2011 (Asheville, NC) Searching for an affordable Valentine’s escape? The first three months of the year are the best time of year for travel discounts and deals in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains. And it’s just in time to a road trip with your Valentine! Plus, the holiday crowds are gone, making this the perfect time for a peaceful, romantic escape.

Here are the Top 10 Affordable Asheville Valentine Outings, according to Travel Guide:

1. Spend a day at Biltmore without the big summer or holiday crowds and get good deals on tickets through March, saving up to 50% if you buy advance tickets on their web site.

2. To get the best deals at hotels, cabins and B&Bs, travel midweek and go the weekend before or after Valentine’s weekend.

3. Browse the hundreds of locally-owned stores in downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village. It doesn’t cost to look! And many are having great post-holiday clearance sales.

4. Tour the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, a sprawling 29-room house with a fascinating history and admission of only $1.

5. Soak in the 100-degree mineral waters in Hot Springs for $25 a couple. Or book a massage or other treatments at area spas in advance of your visit to take advantage of specials.

6. Take a pub crawl in “Beer City USA” with an amazing selection of 50 local brews.

7. Hang out in one of the many coffee shops and wine bars in downtown Asheville.

8. Enjoy live music at many bars and restaurants (and even belly dancing!). Often, there is no cover charge, so enjoy for a price of a drink or dinner.

9. See plenty of art without a museum admission price at 30 downtown galleries or visit artists in the River Arts District. The Folk Art Center has free demonstrations and exhibits.

10. Hike and see the best vistas of the year since there are no leaves to block the views! Plus, waterfalls carry the most water now. Add cool temperatures and few hikers, and this may become your favorite time to hike. This travel guide has extensive features on 50+ free hikes.

For more information on these and other money-saving tips for visiting Asheville, go to


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