I actually didn’t go to Asheville to SEE Asheville, I went there because it was pretty conveniently located on my route down through the Shenandoah National Park and on to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But, I had picked up that this was supposed to be a pretty cool town, so when I got there I decided on a whim to go to the River Arts District – good decision making right there!

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First of all, it is incredibly colourful..

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asheville north carolina

asheville north carolina

And there’s so much cool art in this area! Ceramics, jewellery, paintings, photography.. Good thing you get a map over the whole area so you can see where you haven’t been yet.

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asheville north carolina

Unfortunately I only had maybe an hour and a half or so before all the galleries were closed. Luckily for me, there was a brewery close by!

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The Wedge Brewing Company, which seemed like such a cool place. Out of the frame to the left there was a large area where you could sit in the shade, there was live music and games for kids (and adults), and it was placed right next to the railroad tracks.

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I got a ‘Derayled Brown Ale with Hemp Seeds’, which was pretty neat. I started chatting with this middleaged guy who knew the area well, and recommended I went to the Isis Music Hall that night to catch some bluegrass..

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.. which was also a very good idea. There I met a middleaged couple that I spent most of the night talking to and drinking with (Pisgah Pale Ale). Awesome music too!

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I had to leave the day after, but decided to pay a visit to the Western North Carolina Nature Center before I left. This is a small zoo-like place just outside the city, it’s really cheap and you get to see a lot of the big north american predators. I especially liked the wolves and the pumas.

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asheville north carolina

So, all in all, what a cool place Asheville is! I could easily have spent more time there. I didn’t get to the see downtown with its urban trail at all, and I would have loved to have spent more time in the River Arts District and in the area where my hostel and Isis Music Hall was – so many breweries and pubs!

Have you been to Asheville? What’s your favourite activity there? Comment below.

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