If you’ve never been to Asheville, you’re in for a real treat. And if you’re returning, then you already know that the city is truly a gem cradled by the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s filled with a lively music and performing arts scene, an impressive arts and crafts industry, independent restaurants, eclectic shopping experiences, and countless outdoor adventure opportunities. Let’s explore.
Arts and crafts are nearly synonymous with Asheville. There’s beauty at every turn which inspires a host of artistic mediums. Back in the day, woodcarvers and quilters used their creativity to supplement farm income. Today, established and emerging artists flock to this region because it embraces them with open arms.
The area’s architecture – heavily influenced by the Art Deco era – sets the stage for a perfect creative backdrop. Fine craftsmen and architects outdid each other in the days of opulence and speculation at the dawn of the last century. The Great Depression ended the boom, but the buildings lived on, escaping the urban renewal that brought a sameness to many of America’s other cities. In Asheville, you can walk the 30 stations of the Urban Trail and learn more about the rich history of our city, from drover crossroads and the era of the grand hotels to today’s colorful, cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The downtown areas of Asheville and its surrounding communities offer unique opportunities for shopping and dining. Fine arts and crafts, antiques, vintage shops, a delicious assortment of restaurants, breweries and wineries are scattered about in its closely connected business districts which include: downtown, the South Slope, the River Arts District, and Biltmore Village. The nearby towns of Black Mountain and Weaverville are also wonderful places to visit and are only a short 15-minute drive away.
Staying in an Asheville Bed and Breakfast is the ideal way to immerse yourself in all that Asheville has to offer. We have inns within walking distance of downtown, ones tucked away in the woods, others near Biltmore Estate and some that are near Asheville, but still within a 15-20-minute drive to downtown. Each one is unique in its own right. Some offer spa and cooking experiences while others boast sprawling decks and spectacular views. What they all have in common are innkeepers who love Asheville and are just waiting to share their list of favorite things to do and see with you. So, come meet our innkeepers and learn all about why they chose Asheville as the place to create their dream bed and breakfast.
And while we treasure our member inns, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, these Asheville area bed and breakfasts offer charming accommodations too. Come discover all the beauty in and around Asheville. We’re quite sure you’ll be glad you did.
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