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
Chestnut Street Inn, Asheville
One of the most distinctive historic inns in Asheville features luxury linens, comfortable beds, creative breakfasts, afternoon cookies, our rotating port wine selection of the week, custom… read more
Haywood Park Hotel, Asheville
Stay right in the heart of downtown Asheville at this historic, boutique hotel. Be pampered in elegantly-appointed, oversized suites. Enjoy champagne at check-in and immerse yourself in Southern… read more
1889 Whitegate Inn & Cottage, Asheville
Experience this 4-diamond Asheville bed and breakfast nestled between stunning mountain views and historic downtown. Perfect for a romantic getaway, this property features lush gardens, cascading… read more
Cambria, Downtown Asheville
New, modern and stylish hotel next to the historic Grove Arcade in the middle of downtown, and an easy walk to South Slope Brewery District. Upscale rooms include one and two bedroom suites have… read more
The Windsor Boutique Hotel, Asheville
This 1907 building was carefully transformed into an upscale boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Asheville, within walking distance to restaurants, breweries and shops. Each of the 14 luxury… read more
Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn, Asheville
This magnificent 1899 home is renovated to the elegance of a bygone era while offering modern convenience. Perfect location for area attractions, and walking distance to the heart of downtown. Pet… read more
Beaufort House Inn, Asheville
Stay in a gracious, historic 1894 Victorian mansion just a half mile from downtown. It's stately yet casual. Evening wine tasting. Awake to a gourmet two-course breakfast. Beautiful garden setting… read more
Elevation Lofts Hotel
This luxury boutique hotel in downtown Asheville offers a comfortable home-like setting with luxury perks and a 5-minute walk to top restaurants, breweries, shops, and galleries. These 2-3 bedroom… read more
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.