Celebrated as a gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains by outdoor lovers, Asheville attracts foodies, creative types, and experience seekers. This eclectic mix has resulted in Asheville being described as kinda weird- but in a good way! Lodging in downtown Asheville plants you right in the middle of our unique culture with access to art galleries, locally owned boutiques, award-winning restaurants and more. Staying at one of our many independently owned B&B’s, vacation rentals, hostels and other unique accommodations is an authentic way to explore Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. For more options, see our Top Downtown Asheville Hotels.
Asheville's Drum Circle happens Friday evenings in Pritchard Park when weather permits.
Strolling through the streets of downtown Asheville is quite the experience with a variety of happenings including street performers on corners, artists selling their hand crafted goods at Grove Arcade, unique festivals, live music and of course, sampling from many of our downtown breweries. Staying downtown with walkability to the city's highlights is convenient and enhances your experience of this unique city in the mountains.
Buskers performing on Pack Square
Places to Stay Within a Mile of Downtown
Downtown Asheville Shopping:
- Grove Arcade: This renovated historic building is worth a visit to admire the architecture alone, but it's also a wonderful place to wander, shop or visit galleries. The dining options range from Chicago-style hot dogs to frozen custard, wine bars to coffee shops, upscale restaurants to sidewalk cafes.
- Haywood Street: From chocolate to contemporary furniture to wigs, you can find it all on Haywood. See the works of 150 artists at Woolworth Walk, browse Malaprops Bookstore and get your craft supplies at the Earth Guild.
- Wall Street: This picturesque side street features a mix of unique shops and some great restaurants like Early Girl and Market Place.
- Broadway & Biltmore: This street changes name at the monument, with Broadway to one side of Patton Avenue and Biltmore to the other. It is lined with local institutions like Mast General Store and Blue Sprial I gallery, along with many restaurants with outdoor dining.
- Lexington Avenue: This popular street full of independently owned shops, cafes and eateries is a funky mix where culture meets counter culture.