Social Distancing Winter Vacations, NC Blue Ridge Mountains

Sugar Mountain Winter Social Distancing Things to Do

Our mile-high Village of Sugar Mountain (elevation 5,236 ft) in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is a four season resort town – and a natural place to go for social distancing. During the winter months, enjoy a winter wonderland of snow sports, fresh mountain air, cozy vacation rentals, and plenty of space to explore outdoors. So we are a natural for a “safecation” with family and friends during the social distancing times of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Your stay at Sugar Mountain is all about convenience too! It’s a short drive to plenty of local restaurants, shops, galleries, groceries stores and many attractions. We are surrounded by Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Within just a 20-mile drive of Sugar Mountain, the list of things to do is mind boggling.

Please remember: Wear a cloth face covering. Wait 6 feet apart from others. Wash your hands.

Top 10 Things to Do with Social Distancing: Winter 2020-21

  1. Ski & Snowboard: Explore the largest ski area and the largest vertical drop (1,200 feet) in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit midweek for ski specials and smaller crowds. Plan ahead: Go to our Ski Resort Insiders Guide.
  2. Snow Tubing: Located across from the ski lodge, it’s easy fun for all ages! Read more.
  3. Ice Skating: Located by the snow tubing, glide around our 10,000 ft rink. Read more.
  4. Vacation Rentals: Since all the overnight accommodations on Sugar Mountain are rental homes and condos, you won’t find crowded resorts or chain hotels. Pick the style and size perfect for your dream getaway – from a cozy cabin for 2 to a big house for family gatherings. Many have balconies or porches with breathtaking views, so you may want to stay there the entire time. See our Sugar Mountain rental companies that are following stringent cleaning and sanitation standards.
  5. Blue Ridge Parkway: Drive or walk one of America’s favorite roads for spectacular views. Since sections closes frequently in the winter for snow or icy spots, you can hike or snowshoe there. Our favorite is walking across the Viaduct (park at US 221 crossing near Grandfather Mtn). See our Parkway Loop Drive Guide.
  6. Wineries: Find three wineries in our area – Banner Elk, Grandfather and Linville Falls. Each has beautiful outdoor settings with local vintages on good weather days. See our Winery Guide.
  7. Hikes & Waterfalls: Take a winter hike in Pisgah National Forest. See our Top Hikes & Waterfalls. Our favorite place for wide hiking trails for easy social distancing is Moses Cone Park. You can access their trails even when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed for wintry weather (park by Trout Lake off Shulls Mill Road near the Parkway intersection).
  8. Snowy Strolls: Our mountain has many quiet streets perfect for an short stroll, especially when it’s cold outside. Just avoid our three busier streets – Sugar Mtn Drive, Grouse Moor and Cross Park. Or walk the greenway in Banner Elk – they usually get less snow than us.
  9. Grandfather Mountain: Drive to the top, walk across the famous Swinging Bridge, see the animals and walk the rugged peaks. They closed during winter weather events, so check ahead. Advance time reservations are now required so there is plenty of space outdoors for all. See our Grandfather Mountain Guide.
  10. Dining Out: Find plenty of outdoor seating at our restaurants on good weather days and indoor dining rooms spaced for reduced capacity. Find dozens of choices within 10 minutes of your vacation rental. Many offer reservations. See our Restaurant Guide.

For more things to do, see our Winter & Holidays Things to Do.

Tips: Make reservations well in advance to get the perfect place to stay. Weekends and holiday periods are always the busiest, so visit midweek if possible. 

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