Here’s What You Need to Know About the River Arts District in Asheville, NC

When our guests stay at Orchard Inn, many venture to the city of Asheville for the day. This artsy city is full of fun things to do! Go shopping, visit a brewery, or even head to the up and coming River Arts District. This area has transformed a group of former industrial buildings into a colorful, bustling part of the city! 

How to Spend the Day in the River Arts District

Visit a Studio or Gallery

The River Arts District was once the industrial side of Asheville. Now, most of the industrial buildings have been transformed by artists into galleries and studios! Hundreds of artists gather inspiration from this area to create an array of gorgeous works. You can visit their working studios and see how it all comes together and purchase original artwork at their galleries. You won’t be able to find it anywhere else! Check out the artists of the River Arts District and plan who you would like to see while you’re here. 

Watch the Artists at Work

You might find some artists at work while you visit their galleries, but we have some recommendations on where to go to ensure you see a great show. The Jonas Gerard Gallery and Studio has several viewing rooms, but the star of the show is the large stage. Viewers gather around to watch artists paint large canvases onstage while music plays. 

Get Inspired Yourself!

Whether you consider yourself a creative or just appreciate the arts, the River Arts District is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the art scene. Some of the artists here offer interactive exhibits. Odyssey Clayworks offers a variety of workshops and classes, and their One Night Pottery Class is perfect for visitors. The North Carolina Glass Center is another great stop– you can make your own glass marble, pendant, paperweight, or ornament! 

Grab a Bite

After you’ve seen countless pieces of beautiful art, you’re sure to be hungry! From casual sandwiches to incredible barbecue, you’re sure to be impressed by the array of options in the River Arts District. 12 Bones Smokehouse has a location in the Foundation building, and even President Obama has been there! 

Book Your Getaway Today

We believe in balance during your vacation. Go and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city and the River Arts District, then come back to our mountain retreat to relax. Orchard Inn is perched amongst the mountain peaks with stunning views. Wake up and enjoy your morning coffee in front of our roaring fire or on one of our porches overlooking the surrounding mountain range. 

Browse our accommodations to pick your favorite, then book your getaway! We offer a variety of accommodation types, so make sure you check out all our inn rooms, suites, and cottages. We can’t wait to host you!