An Asheville hotel near and dear to the art
Located in a string of old warehouses that used to house everything from textiles to tanneries, River Arts District (RAD) is now an art destination. Colorful murals adorn many of the exteriors. But inside is where the action happens. Watch hundreds of artists in working studios creating beauty in their myriad mediums: jewelry, glass, metal, basketry, sculpture, photography, painting and more. With 20-plus buildings in a one-mile radius, your quest for the perfect souvenir will surely be satisfied here.
This is Asheville, so of course nature comes into play: RAD is set along the banks of the French Broad River, which happens to be the third-oldest river in the country, meandering through Asheville on its way to Tennessee. You, too, will be inspired to meander inside and outside this inspiring enclave.