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River Arts District

Asheville, NC
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Ranked #19 of 80 attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Galleries, Neighborhoods
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Asheville, North Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The opportunity to visit so many artist's studios in a relatively close location is a treat. I find the artists welcoming and helpful. Try to take in the 'Studio Stroll' in early summer or late fall for an extra treat.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

It was Sunday when drove over there. Most of the artisans' shops were closed and, with just a few hours remaining before we had our dinner reservations, we spent the time wandering the Biltmore village and having a wonderful meal at The Wicked Weed.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We went as a last stop before heading back home. I really loved the industrial atmosphere and there are a lot of unique things to see. My favorite was the glassblowing shop. I was so tempted to buy everything in there. The only reason I don't give it a higher review is we went on a Sunday and almost everything... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Working studio galleries to stroll and meet the artists. Items for every budget from prints on greeting cards for $4 to grand originals in the thousands. Don't miss the lighting store - incredibly creative. Stop at the Wedge Microbrewery first and stroll through with a frosty beverage. Dog Friendly

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Winston-Salem, NC
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Asheville has more art than one could ever find and some of it is wonderful and some is very affordable and some is worth the high prices posted. Here in the River Arts District the art seems just overpriced and not much is wonderful. There are many more places in Asheville to see art and to do more than see... More

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Windermere, FL, USA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is probably a really amazing place to be at during an area event, but on a normal weekday it was a bit deserted. Sine it is all studios, the artists have to be there for the studio to be open. They do have hours posted (they say open until 5) but a lot of then also have posted next... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Great art district, this is a must visit place when you come to Asheville. So much to see (and buy if you must), that you could spend and entire day here. Do not miss this amazing place. No malls or large city venues, just a place for the locals to display their art and for all to enjoy.

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Macon, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Easy to spend a whole day there. so many artist at work and so much variety. We always enjoy visiting and selecting few items to take back with us. Make sure to carry a map of the area with you as there are studios that you may miss otherwise

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Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Visited here for the first time and will always return whenever we're in Asheville. A great way to spend 3-4 hours cruising the many artists' residents. Very hard to leave without taking a have-to-have item with you. I have never seen a collection of art like this anywhere in the US. A must-see & experience destination.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I'm writing this for the tourist who is looking for a great piece and is willing to search for it. The River Arts District has collected some great artists and some amateurs. Studios are not well marked nor are they close together. You will spend a lot of time walking through abandoned buildings only to discover pockets of almost hidden... More

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