Weaverville North Carolina Guide

Weaverville, NC

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.

Weaverville, NC

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.

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Weaverville Restaurants

  • 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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Weaverville Favorites

Inn on Main B&B
This romantic, eco-friendly Victorian getaway is located in a quaint, artsy town near Asheville. All rooms have private baths, some with whirlpools and fireplaces. Enjoy mountain and garden views during breakfast on the porch. 7 rooms, $159-$199, gorgeous gardens, full breakfast on the porch, evening refreshments.Your meal... read more
Riverside Escapes
Relax on the banks of the French Broad River. Riverview Retreat is a new waterfront luxury log cabin with a private hot tub and two bedrooms. With a river rock fireplace, two decks, washer/dryer, and an equipped kitchen, find all the comforts of home and more. 2 cabins, $95-$250, 11 miles north of Asheville, river access for fishing,... read more
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site
This pioneer farmstead about 12 miles north of downtown Asheville features the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance. Tour the five-room log house and its outbuildings are furnished to evoke the period from 1795-1840.
Claxton Farm
This unique event barn and the surrounding fields, located on a 500-acre Conservation Easement, offer a pristine setting perfect for a formal or casual wedding ceremony and reception year-round. Enjoy 360-degree views, farm animals, and lawn games on a working farm just fourteen miles from downtown Asheville. Operated by M7 Event Solutions and... read more
Reems Creek Golf Club, Weaverville
Reems Creek Golf Club, Weaverville
Designed by Hawtree & Son of Oxford, England, the course offers a Scottish Highland look with its rolling terrain, deep and large knolls which bisect the beautifully manicured tees, fairways and greens. This secluded setting which captures the splendor and rustic beauty of the North Carolina mountains "Places to Play" rating of 4 stars. 10 miles north of downtown Asheville.

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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.
Navitat Canopy Adventures offers two guided zip line courses that are 100% tree-based in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They are conveniently located just 20 minutes north of Asheville.Moody Cove Tour... read more
Meander through the scenic mountain valleys to visit 50+ artists in their studios and galleries. Get the tour map and drive country roads to visit as many of the studios as you want. It's a... read more
Take a scenic drive in the mountains that surround Asheville. Go over the rivers, through the woods and by waterfalls, with plenty of things to along the way in the national parks and forests in... read more
Madison County is located just 20 minutes north of Asheville. With the scenic French Broad River running through this rural county, there are countless ways to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains and its... read more
This pioneer farmstead, tucked in the Reems Creek Valley near Weaverville (about 12 miles north of downtown Asheville), features the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance,... read more