Visit artisan shops and find other things to do in the Asheville River Arts District

Nestled near the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Country Inn & Suites offers easy access to a unique blend of things to do, from shopping at Grove Arcade to attending live performances at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville and The Orange Peel. You can experience elegance on a grand scale with tours of Biltmore’s massive mansion, picturesque gardens, and on-site winery, just minutes from our hotel. Dozens of microbreweries make Asheville a beer lover’s paradise, and our proximity to the French Broad River draws anglers from far and wide. Looking for a special gift to commemorate your trip? Visit the River Arts District, where you can shop for a wide variety of artisanal goods.

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Asheville Adventure Co.

1.81 mi / 2.91 km from the hotel
Canoe, kayak, or tube seven miles down the French Broad River with equipment from the Asheville Adventure Company.

The North Carolina Arboretum

6.99 mi / 11.25 km from the hotel
The North Carolina Arboretum offers a tranquil escape with 65 acres of gardens, 10 miles of trails, and a famed bonsai collection.

River Arts District

0.69 mi / 1.11 km from the hotel
This former industrial area along the French Broad River houses the studios of local artisans creating everything from ceramics and textiles to jewelry and paintings. View artists at work, take a class, or shop for beautiful pieces.

Basilica of Saint Lawrence

1.18 mi / 1.9 km from the hotel
A National Historic Site, this basilica features an impressive interior designed with Spanish Renaissance architecture that includes an elliptical dome and gorgeous stained-glass windows.


2.42 mi / 3.9 km from the hotel
Built in 1895, this 8,000-acre estate is America’s largest home and boasts 250 exquisitely furnished rooms, including a grand banquet hall, an indoor garden, and a 10,000-volume library. Explore the gardens, grounds, and winery during your visit.

Folk Art Center

5.28 mi / 8.5 km from the hotel
See traditional and contemporary Appalachian crafts and craft demonstrations at this destination along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Grove Arcade

1.13 mi / 1.81 km from the hotel
Located on Battery Hill, this historical building houses local shops, restaurants, and the outdoor Portico Market filled with fresh produce and handmade crafts.

Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville

1.24 mi / 1.99 km from the hotel
Attend a trade show, see musicians perform live, or laugh your way through some of the finest comedy routines around at Asheville’s largest event venue.

WNC Farmers Market

2.89 mi / 4.65 km from the hotel
This farmers market is widely recognized as the place to go for locally grown produce, honey, garden plants, and baked goods. As a bonus, you can enjoy great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains while you shop.

LaZoom Tours

1.42 mi / 2.29 km from the hotel
Laugh your way through a zany comedy tour of Asheville aboard a madcap purple bus. You’ll never forget the unique and colorful characters on the tour.

New Belgium Brewery

0.3 mi / 0.48 km from the hotel
Take a behind-the-scenes tour and see what this brewery is pouring out in the Arts District of Asheville. The tasting room is a favorite stop.

Blue Ridge Parkway

5.32 mi / 8.56 km from the hotel
Even a short trip on America’s Favorite Drive lets you glimpse stunning mountains, gorgeous panoramas, and historic spots. The entire parkway spans 469 miles.