Winter is one of the five amazing seasons you can experience in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
The region typically experiences a couple snowfalls each year, which make for great fun, but we also enjoy relatively mild temperatures that make exploring the region fun during your mountain getaway.
In need of a vacation to recharge and get you to those spring and summer months? Here are the top five reasons to consider a winter visit to Virginia's Blue Ridge!
1. Spectacular Winter Hikes
In its list of 15 Favorite Winter Hikes, Virginia is for Lovers features multiple trails in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Sharp Top Mountain at the Peaks of Otter is a 3.5 mile hike that leads to an incredible summit that offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains.
You can also experience the beauty of waterfall hikes and streams during the winter along the trails for Apple Orchard Falls, Roaring Run, and Bottom Creek Gorge. During the coldest periods of winter, the frozen falls are stunning to see in person.
2. Museums Full of Family Fun
There are lots of great activities for your amusement in Virginia's Blue Ridge, including some exciting museums in Downtown Roanoke. All four are within close proximity to each other, making them easy to enjoy during your Blue Ridge Day!
The kids will love participating in the art-making process at the Art Venture Gallery inside the Taubman Museum of Art. Next, step into a new habitat at the exotic butterfly exhibit inside the Science Museum of Western Virginia or check out the assortment of activities and experiences at the Kids Square Children's Museum. And finally, see who in the family can claim the title of "Pinball Wizard" by playing some games at the Roanoke Pinball Museum.
3. Warm Up with Local Craft Beer
While some people may celebrate great moments by drinking "a lot of Budweiser," we celebrate the winter in Virginia's Blue Ridge with local craft beer.
With terrific indoor spaces and tasting rooms at Chaos Mountain Brewing Co., Parkway Brewing Company, Sunken City Brewing Company, Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, and Big Lick Brewing Company, you're never far away from a tasty beverage.
There are also relative newbies to the craft beer scene in the region, such as the Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room, Ballast Point Brewing Company, Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage, Twin Creeks Brewing Company, Hammer & Forge Brewing Company, and Olde Salem Brewing. Each one is worth a visit.
Don't worry about the cold weather. You can wear your liquid long johns in Virginia's Blue Ridge!
4. Live Performances & Concerts
Get your tickets now to see an upcoming show! The calendar is full of great live music and performances over the next couple months.
Between the shows at Berglund Center and Salem Civic Center, the latest production by Showtimers Community Theatre, and an incredible assortment of bands and artists at the Harvester Performance Center and Jefferson Center, Virginia's Blue Ridge will keep you very entertained.
There's also live music almost every night of the week at Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill in Downtown Roanoke.
Get a taste of the local live music scene by subscribing to our Spotify playlist.
5. Perfect for a Romantic Getaway
Whether it's around Valentine's Day or another time, there's something special about a romantic winter getaway to the mountains.
Virginia's Blue Ridge offers a variety of options for getting cozy with your sweetheart, including the luxury of Mountain Lake Lodge or incredible beauty of Primland. There are also charming B&Bs throughout the region and rustic cabins that provide the perfect environment for relaxing.