Last month, we talked in our blog about how Black Mountain offers a small-town life with many amenities. But if you felt its population of 9,000 was too much for you, we have another suggestion. Visit Weaverville!
With a population of only 4,000, Weaverville is less than half the size of Black Mountain, and it offers closer proximity to Asheville. It is only 9 miles away from the city and its quaint and charming atmosphere is perfect for a short retreat. Check out this handy walking map of the town to plan your trip!
Where to Stay
Since Weaverville is a small town, it has few conventional places to stay. Check out the Fairfield Inn & Suites if you’re looking for a hotel chain. It has good ratings and reasonable rates. The Inn on Main does not currently offer rooms because Asheville Swiss Chalets recently purchased and is renovating it. However, it should be open again soon. In addition, the Weaverville Business Association lists some individual homes on its site, and Airbnb and VRBO advertise many others.
One of Weaverville’s main attractions is its downtown, especially if you’re nostalgic. You can stroll down Main Street much as people did 100 years ago, but the street boasts many more shops, restaurants, cafes, studios, and galleries than it did then. You can eat anything from pizza to sushi and have a beer with your dog at Wagbar or with Bob Ross (not in person, of course) at Hoppy Trees. Local specialty shops offer art, pottery, wine, honey, beekeeping supplies, and more!
Between your meals and shopping, leave time to stop by the Main Street Nature Park in the heart of downtown. It’s a public park that provides 10 acres of winding nature trails filled with flowers.
Lake Louise Park
If you’re coming from Asheville, you will see Lake Louise Park on your way into Weaverville. The park includes around 15.5 acres of land and Lake Louise, a five-acre man-made lake. Activities include walking an easy .61-mile perimeter loop trail, picnicking, and catch-and-release fishing (with a valid NC fishing license). Visit the fountain or playground, or try out some outdoor fitness equipment. And before you leave, visit the Weaverville Community Center, which sits immediately above the lake and is home to the Dry Ridge Historical Museum. Then, on your way out, cross West Lakeshore Drive and walk on a path for less than a quarter of a mile to reach a historic dam that once powered a water mill on Reems Creek.
Make It Permanent
If you love the quiet streets of Weaverville and want to make your stay permanent, let’s talk! Get insider advice from our team, made up of experts about the area so you can make the best decisions for the easiest move possible. We would love to help.
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