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Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Culture, Nature, & Plenty of Art

Set in North Carolina’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, our city’s adventurous spirit entices art lovers, beer fans, intrepid outdoor explorers, history buffs, and all those with a sense of adventure to discover all the things to do in Asheville, NC, just minutes from The Foundry Hotel.

Explore Asheville

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The Block

Asheville’s historic neighborhood where Black businesses once thrived is experiencing a revitalization thanks to local efforts made by current residents, including individuals whose families lived in The Block during its heyday and institutions that never left, such as the YMI Cultural Center — founded in 1893. All around The Foundry Hotel are glimmers of a bustling community that survived the Great Depression and boasted juke joints that hosted the likes of Louis Armstrong in the 1950s. Though suburbanization destroyed much of The Block in the 1980s, its rich history and deep cultural roots proved resilient, making the neighborhood a must-visit spot for anyone traveling through the city with an interest in history, dining, art galleries, shopping, and more.

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A Creative Hub

Asheville’s River Arts District (or RAD) is home to a vast array of local artists’ studios and galleries. Plan on spending at least one day exploring this one-of-a-kind area.

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Peace in Action

Whether you explore the mountains, discovering secluded waterfalls along the way, or head to the man-made salt cave downtown, Asheville’s natural pursuits are endless.

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Heady Outings

From taprooms to breweries, Asheville is truly a beer lover’s paradise. Check out some of our favorite spots to grab a cold drink nearby.