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Diggin' it in Downtown - Asheville's hip arts and music scene

In North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, trendy Asheville is famed for its vibrant arts and music scene. One of the coolest cities in the east, book a Downtown Asheville vacation rental and have the city's best live music clubs, theaters, and galleries on your doorstep. Learn about Asheville's fascinating past along the Urban Trail. Meet mountain crafters and artists, visit the pinball museum, or take a selfie with the giant iron in front of the Flatiron Building. After dark, kick back with a local brew and tap your feet to bluegrass in a local music club.

Things to do

Become the pinball wizard in Downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville is crammed with cool attractions. Visit the aSHEville Museum, which celebrates the talent, stories, and legacies of women from around the world. Kids young and old will love the Asheville Pinball Museum, which features over 30 different pinball machines from 1960s to present day. It's a hands-on museum, so get those fingers at the ready. At night, take a ghost walk to discover the spooky goings on at Asheville Mystery Museum, the private collection of ghost hunter Joshua P. Warren, which is hidden in the basement of the city's creepy Masonic Temple.


Craft beers and paddleboarding? Life is good in Downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville is the vibrant hub of this charming mountain city, promising everything from artisan coffee shops and folk art galleries, to late night music bars playing bluegrass. The best way to learn about Asheville's fascinating history is to take the Urban Walk, a self-guided walking tour through its historic attractions. After lunch, head to the French Broad River and see Downtown from a different perspective on a paddleboarding tour. Enjoy dinner in one of the many farm-to-table restaurants, and finish off the day with craft beer in Downtown's hip microbreweries.


Mild-mannered Asheville is a treat all year round

Set at a high elevation, Asheville benefits from a surprisingly temperate climate throughout the year. The summer sees the most sun, but it can get rather humid in July and August. Fall is one of the busiest times to visit, when the fall foliage brings a blaze of color to the city and its mountainous surrounds. For comfortable temperatures and low humidity, the best times to visit are spring and fall, when the city sees bright days and plenty of sunshine. In winter, the mercury drops but rarely below freezing, and snowfall is rare.

Natural features

Go wild in the country in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Surrounded by North Carolina's magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains, a Downtown Asheville vacation rental makes a great base for hikers. The city is within an hour's drive of both Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where the legendary Appalachian Trail passes through. But the biggest draw to Asheville is its proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The range is home to a variety of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for black bear, herds of free-roaming elk, and cute river otters. Gaze up and see bald eagles and peregrine falcons glide overhead.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Downtown Asheville

The nearest airport is in Asheville, NC (AVL-Asheville Regional), located 11.1 mi (17.9 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Downtown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 250 vacation rentals near Downtown. From 140 Condos/Apartments to 51 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Downtown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Downtown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Downtown:

  • West Asheville: 104 vacation rentals
  • Historic Montford: 249 vacation rentals
  • Biltmore Village: 18 vacation rentals
  • Mountain Air: 22 vacation rentals
  • Kenilworth: 506 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Downtown Market Asheville: 1,914 vacation rentals
  • Grove Arcade: 2,471 vacation rentals
  • Pack Square: 1,913 vacation rentals
  • The Orange Peel: 1,931 vacation rentals
  • Asheville City Hall: 1,916 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 140 Condos/Apartments in Downtown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown include:

  • Houses: 51 rentals available
  • Cabins: 18 rentals available
  • Cottages: 18 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 12 vacation rentals with pool available in Downtown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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