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River Arts District

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Art Galleries, Neighborhoods, Shopping & Fashion, Museums, Other
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Address: Asheville, NC
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Beautiful unique art

There are many good artists, painting, unique pottery, all $$$. Great big fun consignment junk store. Loved that. Great parking.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
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Nephi, UT
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Nephi, UT
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

There are many good artists, painting, unique pottery, all $$$. Great big fun consignment junk store. Loved that. Great parking.

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Matthews, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We went to Asheville specifically looking for a painting for our house and came back with 2 from this area. Some places are overpriced but there are reasonable galleries too. We were able to meet 1 of the artist for one of the paintings and hear the "back story" which was great. Allow several hours to stroll through the area.

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Cooper City, Florida
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254 reviews 254 reviews
56 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We stayed at the Biltmore for the weekend. On the way out we asked if there were other areas nearby we should visit and this place was heavily touted. As we entered we saw tourist signs directing us so our anticipation grew. Then.....nothing. A few stores and some artsy looking restaurants. Frankly I don't understand the draw. If you are... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Two blocks of nothing to see!! Not sure why this is so heavily advertised. Downtown area is much more alive.

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novi,mi
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

So many artisans, so little time. A few enticing galleries and a giant multi level warehouse where you will find artists creating and some willing to enlighten you about their work. There is a gritty brewery, some food trucks, and several restaurants nearby.

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
54 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The Asheville River Arts District used to be full of old warehouses and industrial buildings, many on the verge of collapse, some of which had been renovated enough to be rented out to artists for a low rent. This was before Asheville became such a popular tourist attraction. Since then, and due in part to the Wedge building's previous owner,... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

So much to see that it should take several days. We were tied up with family events so I wished I had an extra day to explore. Great destination. Varied crafts.

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Shelby, Alabama
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Many of the artists were painting or blowing glass and it was great to see them at work. At the glass blowing, you can make your own cup for $60. It was really very interesting. Certainly don't miss it.

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Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Let me start off by saying that if you didn't know what you were looking for, you'd miss it. We had a map, but from the outside, it just looks like a bunch of dilapidated warehouses. We went to the first door and opened it, not knowing what to expect and there we were in an artist's studio. She was... More 

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Columbia, MO
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Strange hours for restaurants... Check hours before you go. White Duck Taco is worth it! Some sidewalks...try The Wedge for a local beer.

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