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Sight Seeing
Enjoy the free 20 minute award winning film that details the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway and its construction. Nice little gift shop, bathrooms, and trail maps available, as well as a full Parkway Map of its 400 miles. While the Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Park, no fees are required to enter and enjoy the designated "Motor" Park. Much of the Parkway closes from November/December to early April, but the Visitors Center and this section around Asheville generally remain open.
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Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center
195 Hemphill Knob Road
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Enjoy the free 20 minute award winning film that details the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway and its construction. Nice little gift shop, bathrooms, and trail maps available, as well as a full Parkway Map of its 400 miles. While the Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Park, no fees are required to enter and enjoy the designated "Motor" Park. Much of the Parkway closes from November/December to early April, but the Visitors Center and this section around Asheville generally remain open.
Great Gift shop, just a few miles from the Visitor's Center. Parkway specific gifts as well as a Craft Center, exhibiting local Artisans and their works. Check in advance for special exhibitors and workshops that are regularly held here.
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Folk Art Center
382 Blue Ridge Parkway
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Great Gift shop, just a few miles from the Visitor's Center. Parkway specific gifts as well as a Craft Center, exhibiting local Artisans and their works. Check in advance for special exhibitors and workshops that are regularly held here.
Water Fall just off the road, Highway 276 (Old Wagon Gap Road). This section of HWY 276 has a lot to offer, so a great day trip from Asheville, just outside the little town of Brevard, NC. Visit the Fish Hatchery and Education Center, Sliding Rock, Pink Beds, Cradle of Forestry and access the Blue Ridge Parkway around Mile Marker 300, near Pisgah Inn (have lunch at Pisgah Inn or in the town of Brevard).
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Looking Glass Falls
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Water Fall just off the road, Highway 276 (Old Wagon Gap Road). This section of HWY 276 has a lot to offer, so a great day trip from Asheville, just outside the little town of Brevard, NC. Visit the Fish Hatchery and Education Center, Sliding Rock, Pink Beds, Cradle of Forestry and access the Blue Ridge Parkway around Mile Marker 300, near Pisgah Inn (have lunch at Pisgah Inn or in the town of Brevard).
This is a heavily use area and requires a fee to enter and park. Inquire about less popular swimming holes - "Skinny Dip Falls" and "Little Sliding Rock" Directions and maps are available at Oakland Cottage B&B
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Sliding Rock
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This is a heavily use area and requires a fee to enter and park. Inquire about less popular swimming holes - "Skinny Dip Falls" and "Little Sliding Rock" Directions and maps are available at Oakland Cottage B&B
Comedy tour of Downtown Asheville - hilarious fun on a purple bus you will see roving around Asheville. Great intro to Asheville and the Asheville Vibe.
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LaZoom Tours
76 Biltmore Avenue
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Comedy tour of Downtown Asheville - hilarious fun on a purple bus you will see roving around Asheville. Great intro to Asheville and the Asheville Vibe.
Great visitor center - lots of info, helpful staff (many are volunteers), sweet gift shop, bathrooms, clean and open, lovely views of Mount Pisgah, and free parking. Great place to catch the Grey Line bus tour of Asheville and get the tour schedule and stops.
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Asheville Visitor Center
36 Montford Avenue
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Great visitor center - lots of info, helpful staff (many are volunteers), sweet gift shop, bathrooms, clean and open, lovely views of Mount Pisgah, and free parking. Great place to catch the Grey Line bus tour of Asheville and get the tour schedule and stops.
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Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville
36 Montford Avenue
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We sell tickets and they can be at the house for your arrival. The tickets we sell have a flexible entry date (not dated) and are good for two consecutive days of the entry. Once on property, at one of the guest service stations, you must get a timed entry pass for the inside of the house itself; plenty to see besides the inside of the Estate - gardens, trails, conservatory, winery (free wine tasting - try snack & cider samples in the gift shop when you exit wine tasting), barn and farm animals, special exhibits. Tickets are expensive so plan on a full day. Check out the website for details & special events
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比特摩尔庄园
1 Lodge Street
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We sell tickets and they can be at the house for your arrival. The tickets we sell have a flexible entry date (not dated) and are good for two consecutive days of the entry. Once on property, at one of the guest service stations, you must get a timed entry pass for the inside of the house itself; plenty to see besides the inside of the Estate - gardens, trails, conservatory, winery (free wine tasting - try snack & cider samples in the gift shop when you exit wine tasting), barn and farm animals, special exhibits. Tickets are expensive so plan on a full day. Check out the website for details & special events
Beer Scene
Try the Juicy Haze if you like IPAs! Tasting room is right on the French Broad River - watch boaters float by. In the River Arts District and West Asheville area. Closes early (around 8pm); great for evening beverage. Food Trucks on site for dining options. Free tour available at the Brewery next to the tasting room.
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New Belgium Brewing Company
21 Craven Street
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Try the Juicy Haze if you like IPAs! Tasting room is right on the French Broad River - watch boaters float by. In the River Arts District and West Asheville area. Closes early (around 8pm); great for evening beverage. Food Trucks on site for dining options. Free tour available at the Brewery next to the tasting room.
A bit out of the way from downtown Asheville, but on the way to or from Brevard and the Looking Glass area of Pisgah Forest. Right beside the Asheville airport. Stop in for a meal, or just to be amazed at the place. Tour is free but often requires a reservation ahead of time, it's so popular. Last minute cancellations make it worth checking if you don't have a reservation for the tour. Nice dining area. Outside bar in back with great seating area, gardens and firepit.
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
100 Sierra Nevada Way
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A bit out of the way from downtown Asheville, but on the way to or from Brevard and the Looking Glass area of Pisgah Forest. Right beside the Asheville airport. Stop in for a meal, or just to be amazed at the place. Tour is free but often requires a reservation ahead of time, it's so popular. Last minute cancellations make it worth checking if you don't have a reservation for the tour. Nice dining area. Outside bar in back with great seating area, gardens and firepit.
Great tasting room. Outdoor seating, live music often onsite. This is a special place!
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Pisgah Brewing Company
150 Eastside Drive
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Great tasting room. Outdoor seating, live music often onsite. This is a special place!
Yet another great tasting "room" in Asheville. Outdoor seating and concert area, often free music. Easy parking, food trucks onsite. Be sure and check out the entertainment schedule.
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Highland Brewing Company
12 Old Charlotte Highway
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Yet another great tasting "room" in Asheville. Outdoor seating and concert area, often free music. Easy parking, food trucks onsite. Be sure and check out the entertainment schedule.
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Wedge Brewing Company
37 Paynes Way
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Pub food and great beer. My favorite beer is A Perfect Day (IPA).
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Asheville Brewing Company
77 Coxe Ave
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Pub food and great beer. My favorite beer is A Perfect Day (IPA).
BYOB and peddle through Asheville with your friends on the Pubcycle. Lots of fun!
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Amazing Pubcycle
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BYOB and peddle through Asheville with your friends on the Pubcycle. Lots of fun!
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Asheville Brewery Tours
21 Mountain View Rd
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Near the airport and worth a visit! Sit out back by the firepit; indoor and outdoor dining available. Tour is fun, check for last minute cancellations if it is full prior to your arrival. This is the Biltmore of Breweries. Stunning facility!
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
100 Sierra Nevada Way
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Near the airport and worth a visit! Sit out back by the firepit; indoor and outdoor dining available. Tour is fun, check for last minute cancellations if it is full prior to your arrival. This is the Biltmore of Breweries. Stunning facility!
Food scene
BEST BBQ in town! Connected to one of Wedge's tasting rooms. Closes early, 6pm I believe, so best for lunch or early dinner.
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12 Bones Smokehouse RIVER
5 Foundy Street
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BEST BBQ in town! Connected to one of Wedge's tasting rooms. Closes early, 6pm I believe, so best for lunch or early dinner.
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Corner Kitchen
3 Boston Way
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Chestnut
48 Biltmore Avenue
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Cúrate
13 Biltmore Avenue
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Zambra
85 West Walnut Street
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Limones Restaurant
13 Eagle St
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Salsa's
6 Patton Ave
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Order one or many of small plates at half price from 5pm - 6pm Monday through Thurday nights.
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Native Kitchen and Social Pub
204 Whitson Avenue
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Order one or many of small plates at half price from 5pm - 6pm Monday through Thurday nights.
On the River in the River Arts District, very casual, great lunch spot. Try the Bankok Shrimp or Fish Taco, my two favorites!!
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White Duck Taco Shop
1 Roberts Street
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On the River in the River Arts District, very casual, great lunch spot. Try the Bankok Shrimp or Fish Taco, my two favorites!!
TUESDAY night $3.00 pints. THURSDAY nights $4.00 pints, get the monthly feature beer and take home a free pint glass! Nice menu, w good variety, reasonable prices, nice atmosphere. The flagship Twisted Laurel is on lovely Main Street in Weaverville, North Carolina surrounded by shops, galleries, and more. They offer the beloved Mediterranean-inspired comfort food like salads, subs, pizzas, and other American entrée favorites every fan has come to expect in a fun, casual, family-friendly atmosphere.
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Twisted Laurel
South Main Street
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TUESDAY night $3.00 pints. THURSDAY nights $4.00 pints, get the monthly feature beer and take home a free pint glass! Nice menu, w good variety, reasonable prices, nice atmosphere. The flagship Twisted Laurel is on lovely Main Street in Weaverville, North Carolina surrounded by shops, galleries, and more. They offer the beloved Mediterranean-inspired comfort food like salads, subs, pizzas, and other American entrée favorites every fan has come to expect in a fun, casual, family-friendly atmosphere.
The French Broad Chocolate Lounge handcrafts artisan chocolates and pastries featuring superb local ingredients. While keeping green, the lounge offers live music, local beer, and wine. Yelp highlighted French Broad as top place to visit in town, calling special attention to the Maple and Smoked Salt Liquid Truffle sipping chocolate as well as the Truffle Torte.
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French Broad Chocolate Lounge
10 South Pack Square
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The French Broad Chocolate Lounge handcrafts artisan chocolates and pastries featuring superb local ingredients. While keeping green, the lounge offers live music, local beer, and wine. Yelp highlighted French Broad as top place to visit in town, calling special attention to the Maple and Smoked Salt Liquid Truffle sipping chocolate as well as the Truffle Torte.
Spa & Relaxation
If you are staying at Avondale Ridge, Shoji Spa is just around the corner from the property at the end of Avondale Heights, an adjoining road. "Shoji offers World-Class Massage Therapists and a professional, dynamic Spa staff. Shoji runs on Japanese spa principles and the energy of great people. Our world-class Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapists are highly trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stones, Shiatsu, Thai Foot Massage and Prenatal. Our services, coupled with the experience of our staff, will give you the ultimate getaway in a serene and private environment. Schedule your own Escape to see the difference for yourself.
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Shoji Spa & Lodge
96 Avondale Heights Road
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If you are staying at Avondale Ridge, Shoji Spa is just around the corner from the property at the end of Avondale Heights, an adjoining road. "Shoji offers World-Class Massage Therapists and a professional, dynamic Spa staff. Shoji runs on Japanese spa principles and the energy of great people. Our world-class Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapists are highly trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stones, Shiatsu, Thai Foot Massage and Prenatal. Our services, coupled with the experience of our staff, will give you the ultimate getaway in a serene and private environment. Schedule your own Escape to see the difference for yourself.
Outdoors
Wonderful hiking area with beautiful and plentiful waterfalls, about 45 minutes from Asheville. Also great for Mountain Biking. Nice visitor's center with bathrooms.
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DuPont State Recreational Forest Visitor Center
89 Buck Forest Rd
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Wonderful hiking area with beautiful and plentiful waterfalls, about 45 minutes from Asheville. Also great for Mountain Biking. Nice visitor's center with bathrooms.
I've never seen skinny dipper's here, but this is a GREAT swimming hole and has good Jumping Rocks into the pools. Short hike (walk really) off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Skinny Dip Falls
Blue Ridge Parkway
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I've never seen skinny dipper's here, but this is a GREAT swimming hole and has good Jumping Rocks into the pools. Short hike (walk really) off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Wonderful loop trail out of this campground (Caney Creek trail) as well as access to what I call "Little Sliding Rock." Trail passes Cove Creek Falls. Out house bathrooms are available. Parking is available at the bottom of the gated road (gated road is for access to the campground only - others must walk up the road to the trailhead) on the National Forest Road 475. Cove Creek empties into Searcy Creek and another great swimming hole is on the other side of FR 475. Daniel Ridge Falls trailhead and parking is just a few miles further down FR 475, for another delightful hike and waterfall stop. this is also a wonderful Mountain Bike Loop.
Cove Creek Group Campground
Wonderful loop trail out of this campground (Caney Creek trail) as well as access to what I call "Little Sliding Rock." Trail passes Cove Creek Falls. Out house bathrooms are available. Parking is available at the bottom of the gated road (gated road is for access to the campground only - others must walk up the road to the trailhead) on the National Forest Road 475. Cove Creek empties into Searcy Creek and another great swimming hole is on the other side of FR 475. Daniel Ridge Falls trailhead and parking is just a few miles further down FR 475, for another delightful hike and waterfall stop. this is also a wonderful Mountain Bike Loop.
In a casual two-hour amble about town, a person interested in exploring the city's quirky and magical past, along with getting to know many of its larger-than-life historical characters, can follow a string of 30 sculptural trail stations directly into Asheville lore. https://www.exploreasheville.com/urban-trail/
Urban Trail
11 Biltmore Ave
In a casual two-hour amble about town, a person interested in exploring the city's quirky and magical past, along with getting to know many of its larger-than-life historical characters, can follow a string of 30 sculptural trail stations directly into Asheville lore. https://www.exploreasheville.com/urban-trail/
An easy and wonderful walk to one of the best views on the Blue Ridge Parkway. https://www.hdcarolina.com/episode/craggy-pinnacle-hike. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGQF5-c5RH4&feature=youtu.be
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Craggy Pinnacle Hike
3641 Blue Ridge Pkwy
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An easy and wonderful walk to one of the best views on the Blue Ridge Parkway. https://www.hdcarolina.com/episode/craggy-pinnacle-hike. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGQF5-c5RH4&feature=youtu.be
Arts & Crafts
Visit the working studios and galleries of hundreds of artists in this transformed historic industrial neighborhood. See artists at work making new creations, find original artwork and discover the jewel of the mountains in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.
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River Arts District
Riverside Drive
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Visit the working studios and galleries of hundreds of artists in this transformed historic industrial neighborhood. See artists at work making new creations, find original artwork and discover the jewel of the mountains in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.
Adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of Asheville’s hidden gems. Known today as Grovewood Village, this historic site once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries. Now you’ll discover an arts and crafts destination that offers a glimpse into an important part of Asheville’s story. Note, there is free parking next to the Grovewood Gallery that can be hard to find amid the Grove Park Hotel gated parking areas and fees associated with the Grove Park Hotel
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Grovewood Gallery
111 Grovewood Road
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Adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of Asheville’s hidden gems. Known today as Grovewood Village, this historic site once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries. Now you’ll discover an arts and crafts destination that offers a glimpse into an important part of Asheville’s story. Note, there is free parking next to the Grovewood Gallery that can be hard to find amid the Grove Park Hotel gated parking areas and fees associated with the Grove Park Hotel
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our property serves as an arts and crafts destination that offers a glimpse into an important part of Asheville’s story. Here you’ll discover Grovewood Gallery, working artist studios, the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum, Golden Fleece restaurant, and an antique car museum. We also have a sister shop, Gallery of the Mountains, located just across the street from us inside The Omni Grove Park Inn.
Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum
111 Grovewood Rd
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our property serves as an arts and crafts destination that offers a glimpse into an important part of Asheville’s story. Here you’ll discover Grovewood Gallery, working artist studios, the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum, Golden Fleece restaurant, and an antique car museum. We also have a sister shop, Gallery of the Mountains, located just across the street from us inside The Omni Grove Park Inn.
This gallery is the newest edition to our organization. Formerly the 1928 Biltmore-Olsteen Bank, this Art Deco building is now home to the works of nearly 200 local artisans. Surrounded by the historic charm of the village, our gallery provides a beautiful setting to shop for handmade jewelry, decor, pottery, glass, and more. 26 Lodge Street Asheville, NC Hours: Mon-Sat 10a-6p, Sun 12-5p
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Southern Highland Craft Guild, Biltmore Village
26 Lodge St
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This gallery is the newest edition to our organization. Formerly the 1928 Biltmore-Olsteen Bank, this Art Deco building is now home to the works of nearly 200 local artisans. Surrounded by the historic charm of the village, our gallery provides a beautiful setting to shop for handmade jewelry, decor, pottery, glass, and more. 26 Lodge Street Asheville, NC Hours: Mon-Sat 10a-6p, Sun 12-5p
In addition to the country's oldest handicraft shop, you will find a museum, two exhibitions, and an American Craft library rich with archives. Visit the Folk Art Center to learn our story, experience regional craft, & admire the works of over 300 Appalachian artists. 382 Blue Ridge Parkway | Asheville, NC Jan-Mar: Mon-Sun 9a-5p | April-Dec: Mon-Sat 9a-6p, Sun 9-5p Daily Craft Demonstrations: March- December 10a-4p
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Folk Art Center
382 Blue Ridge Parkway
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In addition to the country's oldest handicraft shop, you will find a museum, two exhibitions, and an American Craft library rich with archives. Visit the Folk Art Center to learn our story, experience regional craft, & admire the works of over 300 Appalachian artists. 382 Blue Ridge Parkway | Asheville, NC Jan-Mar: Mon-Sun 9a-5p | April-Dec: Mon-Sat 9a-6p, Sun 9-5p Daily Craft Demonstrations: March- December 10a-4p
Upholding the time-honored custom of fine craftsmanship, east Asheville's iconic 1950s stone cottage celebrates both tradition and innovation. Originally the headquarters of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, this quaint cottage carries on the tradition of handmade legacies. Tucked in with local businesses on Tunnel Road, the gallery displays a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts for friends, family, and loved ones. Leather-bound journals, beeswax luminary candles, and glass vases hold stories to share from the Southern Appalachians. Sit for a spell in one of the front porch rocking chairs to enjoy the neighborhood atmosphere. 930 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC | 828.298.7903 Monday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm | Sundays, October - December | 10 am - 4 pm CLOSED: Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years Day
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Tunnel Road
930 Tunnel Rd
Upholding the time-honored custom of fine craftsmanship, east Asheville's iconic 1950s stone cottage celebrates both tradition and innovation. Originally the headquarters of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, this quaint cottage carries on the tradition of handmade legacies. Tucked in with local businesses on Tunnel Road, the gallery displays a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts for friends, family, and loved ones. Leather-bound journals, beeswax luminary candles, and glass vases hold stories to share from the Southern Appalachians. Sit for a spell in one of the front porch rocking chairs to enjoy the neighborhood atmosphere. 930 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC | 828.298.7903 Monday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm | Sundays, October - December | 10 am - 4 pm CLOSED: Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years Day