River Arts District, Asheville

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#2 of 11 in Neighborhoods in North Carolina
River Arts District hosts a vibrant community of arts. Explore the neighborhood's art galleries, restaurants, and performing arts venues to get a feel for the eclectic vibe of the community. You'll have the opportunity to visit working artists' studios to watch them at work; venues include works in glass, mosaic tile, drawing, painting, photography, fiber arts, metal, paper, and more. To make the most of your time, check out the website for artists' opening hours, or look up artists according to your favorite medium. Download the online Studio Guide as a comprehensive tour, and be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Parking is free throughout the district. For refreshments, try a local beer at the neighborhood brewery. Before you visit Asheville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • October 4, 2017
    There are multiple streets of artists across all type of mediums, some places to get coffee and a snack (best to go into downtown Asheville for a major meal, however), and places to get a beer. There ...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    When my husband and I visited the area about six years ago, there didn't seem to be much there, but when we visited last month there was so much to see. A great variety of artists and come buildings h...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    This was a surprise to us, and as we wandered the River Arts District, we were thrilled with the art, shopping, and options. Give yourselve plenty of time and enjoy this very unique and diverse group ...  more »

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To take advantage of the best Asheville has to offer without breaking the bank, stay at one of the city's small motels, many of which offer free breakfast buffets and plenty of secure parking. Asheville's historical district contains most of the city's bed and breakfasts, allowing you to stay within a short walk of downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment. The area also boasts numerous budget-friendly hostels, offering inexpensive private rooms for backpackers. For something completely different, rent an eco-friendly cabin in a wooded area just a short drive from the city.
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