Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is known for its vibrant arts scene and your visit can be filled with art. Guests staying at Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast can to be part of this creative scene. Here are several recommendations to enhance your experience through art when you visit Western North Carolina.
Art in Asheville at these Popular Stops
Downtown is home to the Asheville Museum of Art, the Center for Craft as well as 18 galleries, all within a half mile radius. Grab your copy of Downtown Asheville Art District Gallery & Museum Guide for details and locations to map your route. Our favorites where we’ve picked up pieces for Pinecrest include Woolworth Walk and Asheville Gallery of Art. We enjoy Benjamin Walls Gallery and wine bar featuring fine art photography while sipping curated wines from around the globe.
The Southern Highlands Craft Guild has 4 locations; three are in Asheville and one in Blowing Rock. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 of the Blue Ridge Parkway and is home to America’s oldest craft shop established in 1895. Besides the craft shop, there is also a library, exhibition spaces, special events, and the National Park Service information desk.
The River Arts District is Full of Art
Former warehouses and mills in this industrial neighborhood have been transformed into working studios and galleries. Consequently The RAD is a destination unto itself. Situated on a mile long stretch of the French Broad River, there are 23 buildings that house over 200 artists. The artists work in a variety of mediums including paint, pencil, clay, metal, fiber, glass and more.
Park at either end of Roberts or Depot Streets where the galleries are closely within walking distance. On the western side of the RAD, buildings are grouped and may require driving between locations though the newly completed greenway connects them all by pedestrian walkways.
Asheville Free Walking Tours
Face it, the RAD is big. In order to make the most of your day, sign up for a guided tour with Asheville Free Walking Tours. Inspired on a trip to Europe, owner Jordan Doty brought the idea of tip-based walking tours to Asheville. The RAD tour makes the most of the district with insider tips beyond art including the best places to eat, drink and play. Since the tour is tip based, decide after the tour what to pay, anywhere from $15 for professionalism to $30 for a truly memorable experience!
Make Art in Asheville at Torched AVL
Take art to the next level with a class at a working studio that specializes in jewelry and metals. Located in west Asheville, Torched AVL has a calendar full of workshops such as twisted hoop earrings, silver rings or even make your own cocktail spoon. Pick a favorite class from their descriptions and photos and easily book online to reserve your spot, complete with a knowledgeable instructor who guides students step by step. What a great idea of a souvenir from Asheville.
Best Place to Stay in Asheville
Pair a trip filled with art with an interesting place to stay. Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast is a 1905 English Tudor with 5 en-suite guest rooms in an historic neighborhood. After a restful night of sleep, every guest starts the day with a hot fresh breakfast. Then head out to explore all that Asheville has to offer. Book your stay today!