River Arts District


On the last day of the trip, our wonderful friends Cat and Garriy, who had driven up from Knoxville the previous night, accompanied us to Asheville’s River Arts District, a great area by the French Broad River filled with artists’ studios, galleries, music and performing arts venues, and restaurants. Parking is free in the district, and we had no trouble finding a spot on a Saturday around lunchtime. DSC_0527

Many studios are open for observation, and kids are welcome. We were drawn into Asheville Glass Center, where the boys were mesmerized by the artists taking time to explain every step of the glassblowing process. Oliver in particular was smitten. DSC_0530DSC_0533DSC_0537DSC_0540


Oliver and Cat sharing a moment (one of many!)


We also stopped in the coolest custom lighting, antiques, and art store called Splurge, run by artist Robert Nicholas, whom we were lucky to meet. He was so kind and responsive to our boys, even showing them how the above carousel worked. Such a beautiful place!

After a bit of browsing, we headed over to White Duck Taco Shop for lunch. It was soooooo good and worth waiting in line for. I highly recommend the fish tacos. And the outdoor seating was very nice for children (and puppies), though ours weren’t as well-behaved as the puppy sitting near us. Oh, well. You can’t win them all! DSC_0567

Read more about the River Arts District here.

And this is the last of our Guide to Asheville posts! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. We are heading to a campfire tonight at our boys’ school. Can’t get enough of the outdoors these days! Happy Friday!

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  1. Sounds like the boys need some classes at Third Degree Glass Factory!

    I’m glad you had such a fun trip. I also remember going to the Biltmore House and gardens when I was in school – lots of fun for an architecture student. I went there once for the Christmas candlelight tour and it was really magical. We really need to take the girls there – maybe next fall. Thanks for the nudge with your photos and trip recap.

  2. Just caught up on all of your adventures, and it looked like such a packed and fun trip! Also, I can’t get over how old Oliver looks suddenly, he’s such a ‘guy’. Adorable family, as always.

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