winter snow day at lake junaluska

Winter Mountain Getaways
at Lake Junaluska

Relax and reflect during a Blue Ridge winter mountain getaway at Lake Junaluska.

Please note the lake level may be below full pool during your stay due to a lake drawdown taking place between December and March.

The months of January-March are the most tranquil at Lake Junaluska – a perfect time for relaxing getaways to rejuvenate your body and soul. Stay at The Terrace Hotel or Lambuth Inn and enjoy our many lakeside amenities, including the 3.8-mile trail for winter strolls, where you can spot our beloved swans and bald eagles, curl up with a book by the large stone fireplace in The Terrace Hotel lobby, or visit one of our gardens or places of meditation to take in long-range views that are sure to renew your soul.

Winter is also a great time to browse galleries and shops in nearby Waynesville and Maggie Valley, take a day trip to tour the Biltmore House in Asheville, or hit the slopes at nearby Cataloochee Ski Area. We invite you to stay with us when you ski or snowboard at Cataloochee, and we offer winter youth group ski packages!

Swan crosses the lake on a snowy winter day at Lake Junaluska

Tripadvisor 2021 Travelers' Choice emblem
2021 Travelers' Choice by Tripadvisor

With hundreds of acres to explore, our mountain lake destination features a variety of places to stay – including a contemporary hotel, historic inn and vacation rental homes. Both The Terrace Hotel and Lambuth Inn received the prestigious 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for being rated in the Top 10% of Hotels Worldwide!

The Terrace Hotel in Snow
The Terrace Hotel

The Terrace Hotel is one of the few lakeside hotels in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Book a lakeside room for snowy mountain views. Cozy up next to the large lobby fireplace while sipping hot tea or cocoa. Rates include a hot breakfast at The Terrace Hotel dining room with scenic indoor and outdoor seating, and access to many lakeside amenities. Read more about The Terrace Hotel and check availability online now.

Lambuth exterior in snow
Lambuth Inn

The historic Lambuth Inn sits high on a hill above the lake with a “national park lodge” feel. Built in 1921, recent renovations have added modern guest comforts while preserving the charm of the beloved landmark. Curl up with a good book on one of the many couches in the cozy lobby, or step outside for the best views overlooking the snowy lake and Great Smoky Mountains from Inspiration Point. Read more about Lambuth Inn and check availability online now.

Winter Lake Junaluska sunset with cross in foreground

Upcoming Events

Lake Junaluska Winter Youth Retreat

Date:
January 27, 2023–January 29, 2023
Location:
Lake Junaluska
Categories:
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal

Come with your youth group for energized worship, fellowship and fun at our Winter Youth Retreat.

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Lake Junaluska Winter Youth Retreat

Date:
February 17, 2023–February 20, 2023
Location:
Lake Junaluska
Categories:
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal

Come with your youth group for energized worship, fellowship and fun at our Winter Youth Retreat.

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Balsam Range Art of Music Festival

Date:
December 1, 2023–December 2, 2023
Categories:
Concerts

Hosted by internationally acclaimed group Balsam Range, the Art of Music Festival features concerts by some of the top bluegrass and acoustic musicians in the nation.

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Terrace Hotel guest room in Winter

Specials & Packages

Winter Lodging Special

Have a cozy winter getaway at Lake Junaluska with the Winter Lodging Special. Visit before March 5 to enjoy 10% off a 3-night stay or 15% off 4 or more nights at The Terrace Hotel or historic Lambuth Inn.

You must call 800-222-4930 and ask for the Winter Lodging Special for these special rates. These discounts cannot be combined with any other special or offer.

Please note the lake level may be below full pool during your stay due to a lake drawdown scheduled to take place between December and March.

Availability:
Winter,
Holidays
Pricing Information:
Book your winter getaway before March 5 and get 10% off a 3-night stay or 15% off a stay of 4 or more nights.
Booking Details:
To book, call 800-222-4930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Terrace Hotel with a lake view in snow

Group Ski Packages

An official lodging partner with Cataloochee Ski Area, Lake Junaluska invites guests to stay with us after enjoying a day at Catloochee. We also offer ski packages for groups that include lodging, meals, ski lift ticket, boots and skis or snowboards. Available seasonally from December to February. Learn more about winter group packages.

Please note the lake level may be below full pool during your stay due to a lake drawdown scheduled to take place between December and March.

Availability:
Holidays,
Winter
Booking Details:
For more information, visit Winter Youth Retreats page and view our ski/snowboard group package options.
Friends downhill snowskiing pause for a photograph

Easter Weekend Lodging Special

Connect with family and friends during a long weekend at Lake Junaluska this Easter and save on lodging when you stay three or more nights. Easter weekend events at Lake Junaluska will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2023, and Sunday, April 9, 2023, and include a sunrise service at the amphitheater below the Lake Junaluska Cross. Book the Easter lodging special and enjoy 10% off a 3-night stay or 15% off 4 or more nights at The Terrace Hotel or historic Lambuth Inn.

You must call 800-222-4930 and ask for the Winter Lodging Special for these special rates. These discounts cannot be combined with any other special or offer.

Availability:
Spring,
Winter
Pricing Information:
Get 10% off a 3-night stay or 15% off a stay of 4 or more nights.
Booking Details:
To book, call 800-222-4930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Scenic photo of yellow flowers growing by the shore of Lake Junaluska

Cataloochee Ski Area overhead mountain view
Cataloochee Ski Area

Ski and snowboard at Cataloochee Ski Area, located just 12 miles away from Lake Junaluska. Go to our Ski Trips Guide for much more information.

Terrace Hotel guest room in Winter
Shop and Dine

Explore the longtime mountain resort town of Maggie Valley with several miles of local shops, restaurants and things to do. It’s just a few miles from the hotel.

Downtown Waynesville in the snow
Explore Mountain Towns

Stroll the historic Main Street of downtown Waynesville filled with galleries, boutiques, restaurants and Mast General Store. It’s just 4 miles away.

Christmas at Biltmore
Asheville & Biltmore

Make a day trip to downtown Asheville or the famous Biltmore House at Biltmore Estate, just 30 minutes east.

Chestnut Mountain Nature Park offers hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and other family outdoor activities.
Hiking

Want to explore a trail this winter? Lake Junaluska is an easy drive to Chestnut Mountain Nature Park in Canton, which features mountain biking, hiking and picnicking, and about 18 miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Mountain Nature Park)

Winter Youth Retreat Zipline
Aerial Challenge Course

Area attractions include Asheville Treetops Adventure Park, which offers an aerial challenge course in the trees with over 77 unique climbing, rolling, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges anchored to over 30 trees and towering poles.