Whether you’re settled into your new home at Tryon Equestrian Farms, spending some time in your second home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or visiting the Asheville area for the holidays, you’ll find temperate conditions in which to enjoy the new season, including the colorful leaves.
While Western North Carolina enjoys four distinct seasons, the autumn and winter tend to be milder than the rest of the country. And while people come to WNC from Florida to escape the heat in the summer, fall is always a popular time as tourists flock to the mountains around Asheville. But bear in mind that fall leaves turn a little later in Mill Spring.
What Makes Mill Spring, North Carolina So Popular in Autumn and Fall?
Fall colors and calm climates make Mill Spring a popular WNC location to live and visit for equestrian
families. Since Mill Spring and the properties at Tryon Equestrian Farms are closer to the foothills than
the highest peaks in Asheville toward the Tennessee state line, fall and winter tend to be a little milder, typically five to seven degrees warmer in the winter. Even five degrees can make a difference, especially at night when the sun isn’t warming the fields.
Average weather patterns in Mill Spring include:
September and October average highs of 70 to 80 degrees, with lows at night averaging in the mid-50s
November through February daytime highs near 50 and lows closer to the high 30s
Precipitation stays pretty regular, about seven days a month, with one or two snow days are possible during winter
Kaleidoscopes of color begin near the end of October, usually a few weeks after the busy Blue Ridge Parkway “color-palooza”
What’s There to Do in Mill Spring in the Winter?
Your horses appreciate the cooler days when you enjoy regular rides. And holiday activities fill the air in nearby Asheville and Hendersonville. Winter in Mill Spring isn't boring either. The more popular winter fun is just 15 minutes from Mill Spring at Tryon International Equestrian Center, with activities such as:
NC Special Olympics Equestrian Tournament in early October
The Tryon Fall Dressage Series, featuring a variety of national-level competitions in mid-October
Fall series competitions that run through the end of November
Winterfest and a drive-through festival of lights that runs through January 1
Visit the big events just 30 minutes in either direction that tourists come from around the world to
experience, such as:
Christmas at Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home, runs from early November through the first week of January
The famous Gingerbread House competition at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville runs from the end of November through January 2
Holiday parades in both Hendersonville and Asheville
Unique shopping experiences for famous local goods in Asheville, Hendersonville and Tryon
A wide range of tours for holiday meals, beer and wine tastings and parties to celebrate a diverse population and environment
Year-round hiking trails
Winter sports like skiing and sledding in nearby resorts within an hour or two