Asheville is synonymous with lots of things – wide-ranging outdoor activities, a world-class craft beer scene, unparalleled mountain vistas – but urban oasis? Many would be surprised to learn that at the heart of Asheville’s natural beauty sits a compact, livable downtown district brimming with big-city amenities, arts, entertainment, eateries, markets, gyms … the list goes on. Living in downtown Asheville puts all of these conveniences within easy walking distance – making it simple to ditch the car and reduce that carbon footprint!
First Up, Downtown Asheville is Foodtopia
There’s no shortage of dining options in downtown Asheville – everything from brunch hotspots Over Easy Café, Early Girl Eatery, Tupelo Honey to bustling brew pubs Wicked Weed Brewery , LAB , Bhramari Brewing Co. to dessert destinations French Broad Chocolates , Karen Donatelli , just to name a few. Feeling like a home-cooked meal? Pop into the locally owned artisan and discount food shop Hopey & Co.’s downtown location, or make a quick stop at French Broad Food Co-op to pick up all your meal-making necessities. And every Saturday morning, you can visit the Asheville City Market for farm-fresh produce, meat, dairy and local artisan products.
Asheville: Enriching – and Entertaining
Look for culturally rich programs and entertainment in downtown Asheville, and you won’t be disappointed. Think dance and music performances at the Diana Wortham Theatre; a range of concerts and sporting events at the U.S. Cellular Center/Thomas Wolfe Auditorium ; and all manner of outdoor music and arts fests in Pack Square. Pack Memorial Library also features performances and a range of organized activities for all ages. Itching for an enriching museum experience? Hit the Asheville Art Museum, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the Asheville Museum of Science, or the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, or mix in a little play at the Asheville Pinball Museum.
Catch a Movie, See a Play
Getting to the movies to see first-run, art and independent films is easy in downtown Asheville, thanks to the Fine Arts Theatre and the recently opened Grail Moviehouse. When you’re ready to see top-notch plays – or if you’d like to be in one yourself – visit Asheville Community Theatre or the N.C. Stage Company.
Get Fit Right in Downtown
Walking the streets of downtown can be a workout in itself, but if you’re looking for something a little more challenging, the district boasts a YMCA (which sports two pools, basketball and racquetball courts, along with the traditional wellness center) as well as a Climbmax Climbing gym, with indoor and outdoor facilities.
Places to Park It
Partaking of all Asheville has to offer can be exhausting; luckily, the downtown area is replete with parks for relaxing, meeting up with friends, or simply people-watching. Pack Square, surrounded by the art deco treasures Asheville is famed for, presents the perfect spot for spreading a blanket and soaking in the atmosphere. A bonus for kids is Splashville water park, at the east end of the square. For some fun people-watching (and a little Friday evening drum circle action), head to Pritchard Park. Once you’re recharged – and ready for a rush – grab your wheels and head to Food Lion Skatepark.
For a personally guided tour of downtown Asheville, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.