Winter months in the South can bring anything from snow and sleet to sunshine. Here’s a list of fun things to do, even if winter is nipping at your nose!

1. Go hiking at Crowders Mountain State Park– Unless it’s a torrential downpour, winter can elicit some of the more breathtaking views of surrounding Gaston county vistas. There are plenty of paths to choose from, whether you’re a beginner, or a more experienced hiker. And don’t forget to bring your four-legged friends–there’s lots to see and SNIFF!

2. Go ice skating! Charlotte offers several options throughout the winter months, from Holiday on Ice downtown, to the Whitewater Center, Carowinds to the Pineville Icehouse. Take your pick, and plan ahead! Most of the venues offer skate rentals, but you’ll want to wear thick socks to protect those ankles. Enjoy!

3.Go skiing-the closest spot is Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock–while not exactly in the Charlotte area, it’s only about a 2 hour drive, so easily a great option! And don’t forget to lunch in town when your tummy decides it’s had enough! Skiing not for you? Why not try snowboarding?!

4. Eat, drink and be merry! There are plenty of mugs filled at our plentiful Queen City craft breweries, and many have fire pits or heaters for when the weather turns chilly!

5. Get ready to garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont- Aside from the outstanding holiday lights in the garden, DSBG runs events all year long, including the latest Art & Orchids. Using minimal tools and a simple technique of bending, interweaving, and fastening together sticks, North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty creates works of art inseparable with nature and the landscape.


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