How to Have the Best New Year’s in North Carolina

Are you looking for ideas for how to spend New Year’s this year? The North Carolina mountains offer so many ways to celebrate the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019! From romantic getaways to family fun to exciting adventures, everyone can have a fabulous time on New Year’s in North Carolina. Start by booking a stay at Esmeralda Inn. Our rooms at the Inn and our cozy cabins offer the perfect home-away-from-home for your New Year’s getaway.

For information on other incredible things to experience during your stay at The Esmeralda Inn, download our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s full of insider info on the best things to do, whether you’re spending New Year’s in North Carolina or visiting another time of year!

How to Have an Exciting New Year’s in North Carolina

Get ready to ring in the New Year with fun and festivities in Chimney Rock and nearby Lake Lure. Here are a few of our best recommendations, whether you’re traveling with friends, family or that special someone.


Monday, Dec. 31, 2018

Time: 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. seating

Cost: $65 per person, add $25 per person for wine pairing

Known as one of the best Chimney Rock restaurants, The Esmeralda Restaurant is the perfect place to ring in the New Year with friends and loved ones. Treat your taste buds to a delicious 5-course dinner with a complimentary champagne toast. This special, can’t miss menu includes sweet potato gnocchi, maple-glazed duck confit with an orange ricotta crema and coffee-rubbed filet mignon with cauliflower sformato.



Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019

Registration from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and Plunge at 12 p.m.

The Lake Lure Beach

Cost: FREE to attend. $20 to participate

Love excitement and adventure? Then be sure to take part in the Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge on the Beach at Lake Lure!

You’ll be “freezin’ for a reason!” The $20 registration fee (which includes a towel) goes to support local charities. You and all the other brave souls will take a chilly plunge into beautiful Lake Lure to ring in the New Year. You’ll feel invigorated, have a blast and earn some serious bragging rights. There will be wild costumes, bonfires, a live DJ, and hot chocolate of course!

Start Making Your New Year’s Plans Today

There are so many wonderful ways to experience New Year’s in North Carolina. Whether you decide on an adventurous or relaxing holiday celebration, you can be sure that you are creating amazing memories to last a lifetime! We recommend purchasing tickets in advance and making reservations for lodging as soon as you are able. These popular activities book quickly, and The Esmeralda Inn is one of the most beautiful places you could spend the holiday.

Our accommodations offer guests privacy, comfort, picturesque views, and excellent amenities. Take in the scenery from a Mountain View room, or enjoy the seclusion of one of our cabinsDownload our free Vacation Guide, then call us at (888) 897-2999 today to book your next getaway at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant.

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