I spent the greater part of two days walking around Asheville, looking in galleries, checking out restaurant menus, poking around down every street. I'm going to give you a list of links to some of my favorite places for your next visit to Asheville.
Galleries and Shops
New Morning Gallery is in Biltmore Village, just a little way from downtown. Tons of pottery, paintings, furniture, and home decor are displayed in this large, multi-room gallery.
American Folk Art Gallery is a wonderful gallery with local artists, mostly in a folk, or outsider, style.
Woolworth Walk is an old Woolworth's store that is now an artists' co-op. Two floors in a huge building give you enough art that will keep you busy at least an hour. This is a great example of the wonderful art made by local artists.
K2 Home is located in an old pharmacy building. It's filled with home decor and paintings that can brighten up anyone's home.
Malaprop's Bookstore is a large, independent bookstore that you can get lost in -- lost in their many great books. We spent a few hours in there. Popular books are nestled against unusual books you may not have seen before. You can also check out their used bookstore, Downtown Books and News, a couple blocks away.
Tingles Cafe just opened in June. They make great fried chicken with yummy southern sides, like mac and cheese and sweet potato casserole.
Woolworth Walk can also be listed under restaurants, because the old soda fountain is still there. We ate at the counter and had grilled cheese, milkshakes, and floats.
Chocolate Fetish isn't really a restaurant, but if there's a chocolate store in town, I'm stopping. They have a variety of homemade chocolates and truffles. Take a break while you're walking downtown and try one of their goodies.
With any luck, I'll visit Asheville next year too. It's definitely one of my new favorite places. Do you have any favorite haunts in Asheville that I can add to my list?