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Asheville River Arts District Travel Guide

Asheville river front

Asheville River Arts District Travel Guide

Today I’m excited to share a quick road trip we took to Asheville, NC this summer. Asheville is a great mountain town and just a quick 2 hours from Charlotte.

We make it a point to visit a few times a year and this time we focused on the up and coming River Arts District. This area is situated along the banks of the French Broad River and is home to eclectic shops, delicious restaurants, cool breweries and lots of outdoor activities – pretty much the main reasons we travel!

As far as places to stay, we usually rely on Airbnb or whatever decent hotel has the best rates. You can check some great places to stay HERE.

We loved this quirky water tower so I had to share!

asheville river arts


No matter where we travel the first thing we do is hunt down the coolest coffee shop around. This chic shop had great food as well as delicious coffee

Ultra Coffee Bar

asheville ultra coffee
asheville ultra coffee bar


Being outside in Asheville is a no brainer and our favorite things to do on the riverside is tubing down the river and walking or biking the greenway.

Zen Tubing

asheville zen tubing

French Broad River Greenway

asheville greenway
asheville bike trail

Another fun thing to do is browse the eclectic row of shops including the North Carolina Glass Center. You can play for a glass blowing lesson and create your own piece to take home.

asheville glass blowing
asheville nc glass center


It’s not a secret that we travel for food and we always end up back at White Duck Taco. Good vibes only at this fun spot and the food is fantastic!

White Duck Taco

asheville white duck taco
white duck taco interior
asheville white duck taco menu
asheville white duck taco exterior
asheville tacos

The Bull and Beggar

Although we are major foodies, we don’t like to spend a ton of money on one meal. So, if there is a fancy restaurant we want to try we usually just pop in for a cocktail and an appetizer or two. That is exactly what we did at The Bull and Beggar and we loved it. The full menu looks awesome too!

asheville bull and beggar
asheville bull and beggar patio
asheville bull and beggar menu

We sat at a counter in front of this giant window and it was the perfect spot in the house! Did I mention the cocktails were amazing??

asheville bull and beggar bar


New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing is a must visit, especially if you’re tubing. It’s right along the banks of the river and you can pull right up and hop off your tube.

asheville new belgium
{via New Belgium Brewing}

Wicked Weed Brewing

Wicked Weed is actually not in the River Arts District but we loved it so much that I had to share! The music venue at the brewery is called the Funkatorium and there is always great live music happening.

If you haven’t been to Wicked Weed make sure you try the Pernicious IPA next time your in a local bar or craft beer store. I highly recommend it!

asheville wicked weed

Well, that’s it for the travel guide guys! If you get a chance to go to Asheville make sure to spend a day or even just a few hours in the River Arts District. But…in case you’re just in town and not on the river, here are a few places you don’t want to miss:

High Five Coffee

asheville high five coffee

All Day Darling

Such a cute spot in the niche neighborhood of Montford.

asheville all day darling

Umm…the Hearty Salad is legit the best salad I’ve ever had! Worth the trip just for this!

asheville salad

Old Europe

This is an awesome late night (12pm being late for us) dessert stop!

asheville old europe

Hope you guys enjoyed the Asheville travel guide!


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