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With a backdrop of North Carolina’s ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville mixes tradition and modernity to startling effect. Here you’ll find bars filled with bluegrass music next to lively artists’ studios or cutting-edge fusion restaurants housed in Art Deco buildings. You can get your fill of modern culture or head out into the hills where time seems to have stood still. Our choice of the best places to stay in Asheville lets you do both with ease.
In the Downtown Art District you’ll find art galleries, museums and vintage stores, often in wonderfully preserved art-deco buildings. If you want to watch artists at work, head to the nearby River Arts District where former factories and warehouses along the French Broad River have been turned into studios. Here you’ll find everything from glass-blowing to ceramics, hand-woven fabrics to contemporary watercolours.
Architecture and art on a ludicrously grand scale is found at the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest private home built in 1895 for shipping and railroad heir George Washington Vanderbilt ll. He - modestly - decided to base the design on a combination of several grand, European chateaux. It offers 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces and an indoor bowling alley as well as an art collection including Renoirs plus 250 acres of gardens.
As Asheville is surrounded by magnificent natural scenery, there’s plenty to do outdoors, too, from kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on the French Broad River to hiking in the hills.
Come the evening you can relax over a beer produced by one of the city’s several microbreweries, try some trendy New Southern food and listen to live music from old-time bluegrass to gypsy-folk punk. The best places to stay in Asheville let you enjoy all that this hip and happening city has to offer.
For architecture and great views
- On a hillside, 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, the Omni Grove Park offers stunning views as well as extraordinary architecture, and a guest list that includes Presidents and writers. Designed in 1913 to feel like a private - albeit grand - home, it offers comfortably traditional rooms with distant views, cosy sitting rooms with exposed-stone walls and fireplaces, an indoor pool plus golf course.