River Arts District, Asheville

3.8
#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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  • There was a time when lots of real working artists produced amazing art in the district. Gentrifying with all the ills and woes associated. High end apartments being built to accommodate the wannabes ...  more »
  • If you enjoy meeting artists and seeing a variety of media this is a place to visit. We go to Asheville for the art and this area is a fun and funky place to enjoy. Asheville is to arts and crafts tha...  more »
  • A lot of fun exploring the galleries and studios for that perfect piece of art. Something for everyone. A bonus is 12 Bones BBQ but get there early. Long lines. Good beer too.  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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