February 8, 2021
After the holidays it was clear that the second wave of COVID-19 had reached Western North Carolina. But we’re lucky. Even when it’s cold, we still have access to great outdoor activities both in nature and at local businesses. If you want to stay safe and healthy in Asheville as we approach spring, here are some ideas to get you started.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day Outside
If you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your partner or family, you are probably feeling a little down about the ongoing need for social distancing. But that doesn’t mean you have to ignore the holiday altogether. We are so lucky here in Asheville that we have plenty of opportunities to get outside. Whether that’s in a local park, hiking, or even just a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway- it’s time to think creatively to mark Valentine’s Day this year.
Outdoor Activities in Nature
We already mentioned that a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway can be a fun and socially distanced outdoor activity. This is one of the most unique national parks in the country and you can drive a great distance from Asheville in either direction.
Waterfalls are also plentiful in the area, so check out some local hikes to find a less-populated trail for a walk in the woods. Some suggestions include the Dupont State Recreational Area and the Mountains to Sea trail, which has several access points.
Check Out These Romantic Restaurants
Asheville has been making the most of the temperate climate this winter. While we’ve certainly had our share of cold days, restaurants with patios are using heaters to make their spaces more welcoming. Some of our favorite romantic outdoor restaurants include:
- Hemmingway’s Cuba: Authentic Cuban food and cocktails on the rooftop of the Cambria hotel downtown.
- Vivan: An upscale menu in the River Arts District.
- Benne on Eagle: Modern soul food in the heart of downtown.
- Purple Onion: Saluda’s gathering space is a WNC jewel with a Mediterranean inspired menu, cocktails, beer, and wine.
Of course, as with anything regarding COVID-19, always plan ahead as schedules and accessibility can change according to capacity, government mandates, and other situations. We encourage you to call ahead or make reservations.
Make a Plan for Spring
We’ve made it through the hardest part. We spent the entire last year guarding ourselves and making a plan for the future, and now we can start to see a light at the end of the tunnel. As February signals that winter is nearly over, now is a good time to make plans for the spring.
You may want to grab a few new masks as safety will continue to be a top priority. You can get some of these through local businesses or artists. And distilleries, such as Cultivated Cocktails (formerly H&H Distillery), are still producing hand sanitizer.
Does buying a new home figure into your 2021 plans? Call Zachery Adam at GoPrime Mortgage of West Asheville to learn more today. Call us today at 828-348-1907 –Zachery Adam at GoPrime Mortgage in West Asheville.
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