Things To Do During Winter In The Blue Ridge Mountains

There are so many things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains no matter what time of the year you visit but wintertime really takes it over the top! Enjoy the wonders of the fourth season and take advantage of these Top Things to Do in Winter!

Peak Season Lasts Through May

When you’re searching for the perfect Blue Ridge Mountain vacation rental take advantage of our winter rates through May. This is a great time to make plans for a weekend winter getaway to one of our toasty warm North Carolina mountain cabins.

Snow tubing at Stay Blue Ridge

Ski Resorts (The Obvious Choice)

Our Blue Ridge Mountains ski resorts offer skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and lessons in everything, for all levels. Sugar Mountain Resort is the largest in the state and Hawk’s Nest offers the largest tubing park on the East coast! All that while also offering some of the most dramatic panoramic views from the mountain tops. Among those are Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort, Hawk’s Nest Tubing Park, and Sugar Mountain Resort.

Winter hiking in Blue Ridge Mtns

Winter Hiking

Wintertime is the best time to fully experience the beauty of our mountains and to spot everything you’d miss during the months of the year when the woods are flush with foliage. Enjoy a brisk mountain hike and you’ll see the true shape of the mountains, discover rock outcroppings, creeks and even old farmhouses you can’t see in the summer.

Mount Jefferson offers guided winter hikes most every weekend as well as trails to explore on your own. Grayson Highlands State Park,just over the state line into Virginia, is open year-round. Wild ponies run free throughout the area. Elk Knob State Park, located in Watauga County, features one of the highest peaks in North Carolina’s high country at 5,520 feet and one of the parks system’s finest trails to the spectacular views from the summit. Offering over 100 trails of various levels, the Blue Ridge Parkway trails are definitely worth checking out. (But note, when there’s snow, some stretches of the parkway are not plowed.)

Shopping and Dining in Blue Ridge Mtns

Shopping & Dining

Our towns are open year-round too, and the shops and restaurants of West Jefferson, Jefferson, and Glendale Springs welcome you no matter what the weather is. With fewer tourists you can linger over your meal without feeling guilty or rushed and you can visit longer with a shopkeeper who’ll gladly fill you in about the area. You’ll find plenty of unique, and in many cases, locally-made crafts and art you won’t find anywhere else. Boondocks Brewing offers special events such as wine pairings and beer & cheese pairings. Check out their restaurant events or the Brue Haus events page.
Music & Arts in Blue Ridge Mtns

The Arts

The music doesn’t stop with seasonal changes. The Hotel Tavern continues its music series almost every weekend evening, and if you’re here during the week you can get your game on at Boondocks and try Trivia Night or Brews & Beats Bingo, or their beer and cheese or wine pairings. The Riverhouse offers its Sunday Salon series, and over in Boone App State has interesting musical offerings. Our art galleries continue to showcase new work, and you’ll find a new show each month at the Florence Thomas Art School as well as the Ashe County Arts Gallery, both in downtown West Jefferson and both with selections of local art for sale.
Buying Mountain Land

Buy Mountain Land

Winter is the best time to search for your very own piece of paradise. Without the leaves and underbrush obscuring the glades and hillocks and knolls, you can clearly see what you’re buying. Ashe County land sales have more than doubled in the past two years, but we still have a lot of choice properties available. If you’ve been considering an investment in our area, one of the skilled agents at Ashe High Country Realty will be happy to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Just relax in the Blue Ridge Mtns

Or Just Relax

Take time for a mini-vacation to re-energize after the holiday hustle and bustle. Simply decompress while you curl up in front of the warm, cozy fireplace, savoring a toasty hot chocolate or while sipping on a glass of your favorite wine. Unwind and let the pressures of daily life slip away as you kick back and enjoy the picturesque snow falling outside your window. There’s no better place to do that than right here in one of our Blue Ride Mountain retreats.

Honeymoon in the Mountains of North Carolina

If you’re looking for a secluded place to spend your honeymoon then why not consider the mountains of North Carolina. Stay in one of our North Carolina mountain vacation rentals and you’ll have privacy in a very beautiful area where you can relax and enjoy each other

Honeymoon in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Our mountain rental homes have all the amenities for a comfortable stay so you can hide away from the world for the duration of your honeymoon. These homes come in a variety of sizes and price ranges and each offers different amenities. Some site are far back in the woods and very secluded with fishing and hiking available, while others are located closer to town, thus offering shopping and cultural activities as well.

We have many honeymoon properties available for rent and our inventory focuses on North Carolina mountain vacation homes in Ashe, Watauga, Alleghany and Grayson counties. These cabins and homes are fully furnished and offer private decks and lots of other comforts. You can enjoy the breathtaking views and enjoy many luxuries the environment naturally offers such as rivers, creeks, forests, and plenty of fresh air.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are beautiful and scenic and many of our mountain vacation rentals will provide you with a superior view of them. Spending your honeymoon in the mountains of North Carolina will provide memories you will enjoy long into the future. Why not take a look at what we have to offer at Stay Blue Ridge today!

Treat Yourself to a Mountain Retreat This Holiday Season

When the shopping is all done and you’re hoping for some downtime before the last minute rush for the holidays, why not escape to a mountain retreat. As beautiful as the holidays are, sometimes it’s just nice to get away for a while.

Right now is an ideal time to head up to the mountains of North Carolina. Experience the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains while you enjoy recharging your batteries. That’s what you can expect when you stay in one of the vacation rental homes we have ready and waiting for your arrival.

Man hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountain

Many of the rental cabins are located in the woods of mountainous North Carolina. Step outside your door and you’ll be surrounded by phenomenal mountain views, woods, and super fresh air. You’ll have your choice of cabins that are more rustic or others that offer upscale amenities. There are many different types of vacation rentals to choose from and the perfect one for you is among them.

If your idea of recharging is going for a long hike in the woods or spending the day fishing, you’re going to love it here! After a day spent out in nature you can return to your cabin and enjoy the secluded hot tub. Afterwards, picture yourself relaxing in the chairs around the fire pit while enjoying dinner on the deck as you fully experience the serenity of the forest.

Blue ridge Mountain View

We’re available to answer any questions you may have about our West Jefferson NC vacation rentals. We can be reached by calling 877-601-5020 or through the Contact Form on our website.

Happy holidays to you and your family from all of us at Stay Blue Ridge.



Save on Fees – Book Direct!

Recently VRBO and Homeaway added a new “service fee” to all their vacation rental quotes. This fee can bump up your vacation costs by as much as 9%.

The money goes to “cover the cost of running the HomeAway websites.” Property owners receive no cut. This money goes entirely to HomeAway, on top of the fee the homeowners already pay!

Why pay an extra 9% to cover someone’s business expenses? Book Direct Now and You Could Save Hundreds of Dollars!

Ashe High Country Vacations, LLC is Now Doing Business As: Stay Blue Ridge

We’ve got a new name and a slick new look! Ashe High Country Vacations, LLC is now doing business as Stay Blue Ridge. But we’re still the same team, providing the same exceptional properties and the same quality services you’ve come to expect.

The new name helps us reach folks who want the ultimate mountain vacation, but might not be familiar with Ashe County, or sure where “the High Country” is. Everyone’s heard of the Blue Ridge! We’re still focused exclusively on North Carolina mountain vacations, covering Ashe, Watauga, Alleghany and Grayson counties. By staying small and specialized, we can provide you with quicker responses, greater expertise, and more personalized care.

If you haven’t seen our new home page yet, check it out! And, once you’ve seen us online, come see us in person!

Welcome to our new site!

New, State-of-the-Art Website – To Serve You Better

Welcome to our new website! Now coming to you live from, our online home is built to enhance the web experience for vacationers, and better serve the owners who open their homes to us. This website’s job is to help match those vacationers and homeowners, for a perfect vacation rental experience – and peace of mind – for all parties.

The website is state-of-the-art, with new functionality and intuitive navigation.

Click around, and check out new features like:
• Quick Map Locations – Find Available Homes in Your Desired Location
• Save Your Favorites – Then Quickly Compare Side by Side
• Send to Friends and Family – Easily Share Information with Others
• Specials, Event, Attractions and More – Start to Plan Your Vacation

Wondering where to start? Get an overview on our new Home Page, Search Available Homes Now or Plan Your Vacation!

Our look may be updated, but our service and commitment haven’t changed. We’re still the same team, using our experience and our love of the Blue Ridge region to facilitate worry-free, turn-key High Country vacations and property ownership.