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.

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

Balsam Range Art of Music Festival

Date:
December 2, 2022–December 4, 2022
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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Christmas at Lake Junaluska

Date:
December 8, 2022–December 11, 2022

Enjoy a special weekend of holiday events, music and more, and see Lake Junaluska decorated for the holidays during our Christmas at Lake Junaluska festivities.

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Lake Junaluska Winter Youth Retreat

Date:
January 13, 2023–January 16, 2023
Location:
Lake Junaluska
Categories:
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal

Come with your youth group for energized worship, fellowship and fun at our Winter Youth Retreat during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

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Lake Junaluska Winter Youth Retreat

Date:
January 20, 2023–January 22, 2023
Location:
Lake Junaluska
Categories:
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal

Come with your youth group for energized worship, fellowship and fun at our Winter Youth Retreat during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

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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 during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

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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 during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

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Confirmation Retreat

Date:
March 31, 2023–April 2, 2023
Location:
Lake Junaluska
Categories:
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal

Come with your youth group for energized worship, fellowship and fun at our Winter Youth Retreat during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

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Terrace Hotel guest room in Winter

Specials & Packages

Thanksgiving at Lake Junaluska

Let us do the cooking and cleaning while you enjoy a special Thanksgiving getaway with your family. Book a two-night minimum stay anytime from November 22 – 28 at The Terrace Hotel or Lambuth Inn, savor our scrumptious Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at The Terrace Hotel dining room, plus get daily hot breakfasts and a Lake Junaluska book. See Lake Junaluska decorated for the holidays and take in all our area has to offer.

Please note that no departures are allowed on Thanksgiving Day, November 24. Guests who purchase the Thanksgiving at Lake Junaluska package do not need to book holiday buffet reservations separately; holiday buffet reservations will be made when the package is booked. 

Availability:
Fall,
Holidays,
Winter
Pricing Information:
Lodging packages for two people start at $343.90 + tax and gratuities for a lakeside room at The Terrace Hotel, $303.90 + tax and gratuities for a northside room at The Terrace Hotel, and $283.90 + tax and gratuities for a room at historic Lambuth Inn. (Ask us about adding additional nights or guests to your package!)
Booking Details:
Please call 800-222-4930 to book a Thanksgiving Lodging Package.
Pumpkin pie slices sitting on plates

2022 Balsam Range Art of Music Festival Package

Spend the weekend Dec. 2-4, 2022, at scenic Lake Junaluska during the Balsam Range Art of Music Festival! The 2022 Festival Lodging Package includes for two people:

• Two nights of on-site festival lodging at The Terrace Hotel or Lambuth Inn (Dec. 2-4, 2022) (based on double occupancy)
• Tickets for two people for special reserved seating for concerts at Lake Junaluska on Dec. 2 & Dec. 3, 2022
• Breakfast on Dec. 3 & Dec. 4, 2022
• Festival workshops on Dec. 3, 2022
• Lake Junaluska Gift

Availability:
Holidays,
Winter
Pricing Information:
Lodging packages for two people start at $614 + tax for a lakeside room at The Terrace Hotel, $594 + tax for a northside room at The Terrace Hotel, and $585 + tax for a room at historic Lambuth Inn. (Ask us about adding additional nights or guests to your package!)
Booking Details:
Book a festival lodging package online or call 800-222-4930
Balsam Range on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

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

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.