Weaverville in the 1800s was home to grand hotels, such as the Dula Springs Hotel and Blackberry Lodge, and where visitors could escape the heat of Southern summers. Author O. Henry spent some of his last days here, regaining his health before returning to New York City. A trolley line carried riders six miles to downtown Asheville for 35 cents, and in only 45 minutes.
Today, this town of 2,500 residents is a fun vibe with some great places to check out. Their small downtown area is filled again with restaurants, galleries and interesting local shops. And it's only 10 minutes from both downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Must Stops on Main Street
- Luminosa Lighting (31 N. Main Street). See artist Leah Baker's beautiful handcrafted, sculptural, one-of a-kind wall lighting, table lamps and floor lamps. She uses natural materials, fabric and print methods that enlighten your interior world with the spirit of the outdoors. Her studio is above Shope's Furniture, so you can access her gallery via their inside stairs. Click here to visit their Web site.
- Mangum Pottery (16 N Main) is produced in two places by two generations of Western North Carolina potters.
- Miya Gallery (20 N Main) is a must stop for fine art craft, with big variety at all price levels, representing 100 local & regional artists.
- Curtis Wright Outfitters (24 N Main) has all your need for fly fishing, including outdoor apparel and guide services.
- Maggie B’s Wine & Specialty Store(10C S Main St) sells wine, beer, meats, cheeses, wine accessories, and a little of everything else.
- Twisted Laurel (10-A South Main Street) has Mediterranean-inspired menu with American twists and a well-stocked bar.
- Well-Bred Bakery & Café (26 N Main St) is a local's favorite and offers unexpected delights both sweet and savory, with gourmet pastries, artisan breads, fine gourmet foods and shade-grown, organic coffees.
- Blue Mountain Pizza (55 N Main) This locally owned pizzeria has a full Italian menu, draft beer and wine, with free live music.
- Glass Onion (18 N Main) features Northern Italian dishes, made "global" by the chefs insistence on using local ingredients. Enjoy the freshest seafood, and all pastas and desserts are homemade.
- Stoney Knob Café (337 Merrimon Ave) is a funky spot that's been a hit with locals for many years. Their whimsical blend of artifacts and artful spaces are complimented with provocative American, Greek and European Cuisine and impressive wine list.
Weaverville Attractions & Museums
- The Dry Ridge Historical Museum, housed in the Weaverville Public Library, documents the life of the area’s first settlers dating back to 1787. The museum displays a collection of artifacts that include furniture, tools, clothing, letters, ledgers, books, photographs, and portraits. Open Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM.
- Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace State Historic Site is the restored pioneer childhood homestead of North Carolina's Civil War governor. Nestled in the picturesque Reems Creek Valley below the mountains, about five miles from downtown Weaverville. See our Vance Birthplace Guide.
- Lake Louise Park is a wonderful gathering place for folks of all ages, with picnic tables and shelters, grills, playground, a fitness area and a 6/10-mile walking trail.
- The Blue Ridge Parkway is about 8 miles east of downtown Weaverville, via Reems Creek Road and Ox Creek Road. Near the Parkway, find section of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail that takes you on a beautiful hike to Rattlesnake Lodge.
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Leah Baker at Luminosa Lighting
Weaverville Biggest Annual Events
- Weaverville Art Safari: Twice a year, artists invite you to visit studios and galleries in the town of Weaverville and the surrounding rural areas. See our Weaverville Art Safari Guide. Download a map and see a full list of artists, go to their Web site.
- Art in Autumn (September): This fun outdoor arts and crafts festival is held on the third Saturday in September on Main Street with 100 juried artists, food and live music, 10 AM-5PM. Read more.
- Candlelight Stroll (December): Luminaries line the streets on the second Friday night in December, local choirs and bands provide music, and horse and buggy rides take you through town. Shops and galleries open. Events run 6-9 PM.