Just five miles north of the hustle and bustle of the urban hub of Asheville, Weaverville attracts newcomers to its friendly, small-town atmosphere. The town is situated in the Reems Creek Valley and is characterized by 260 acres of rolling hills and serpentine streets. But don’t let the bucolic setting fool you—Weaverville has a full and active community unique among the towns of Western North Carolina.
Whether you’re vacationing or stay-cationing, Weaverville offers residents and visitors alike many opportunities to Live Abundantly in WNC. Here’s a quick itinerary for a bountiful weekend in Weaverville, NC.
Friday Evening in Weaverville
Find Your Way to the Farm
It’s easy to plan a romantic or secluded stay in Weaverville. There are several inns in town or nearby, including the three-story Dry Ridge Inn and eco-friendly Inn on Main Street. For a one-of-a-kind stay, take a short drive down Reems Creek Road. The Ox-Ford Farm Bed & Breakfast is an active farm with beef cattle, Highland cattle, pedigree sheep, and more. Breakfast during your stay includes home-baked bread and farm-fresh eggs. Established in 1876 (the farmhouse was built in 1895), the Ox-Ford Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Enjoy Good Times and Good Food
Weaverville’s Main Street is lined with delicious restaurants of various sizes and cuisines. Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub is small on purpose. This family-friendly neighborhood spot uses fresh ingredients to make their pizza dough in house. Pair a gourmet pie with a small-batch craft beer straight from the tap, and you have the ingredients for a great meal! Enjoy live music, or join in on open mic nights. A bowl of homemade ice cream or their famous brownie sundae will be your cherry on top of a memorable evening! No wonder this has been a favorite gathering spot for locals for more than 20 years.
Take on the Night…or Just Relax
Western North Carolina is full of big skies, so it’s easy to enjoy your evening—even if you’re just out in the middle of nowhere enjoying the stars. But for more active travelers, it’s easy to find a different adventure. Travel a few miles south into Downtown Asheville for myriad bars and restaurants, music and theater venues, art galleries, and special events. The district buzzes with commerce, dining, and entertainment around the clock.
Or, take a short drive to Hot Springs Resort & Spa, where natural hot mineral waters offer a natural and luxurious getaway. Located in Madison County, the town of Hot Springs got its name from one of the region’s most extraordinary features: natural mineral springs with temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Treat yourself, take a romantic partner, or share a group tub with the gals this season.
Saturday in Weaverville
Start the Day Well-Fed
Wake up early to get to Well-Bred Bakery, voted by readers of the local periodical Mountain Xpress as a “Best of WNC” location many years running. Even though they’re open well into the afternoon, you can’t miss their breakfast options. Enjoy sweet and savory breakfast treats, signature cookies, or a selection of fine pastries, including their signature eclairs, with a locally roasted coffee. For a heartier meal, try a breakfast sandwich, breakfast burrito, French toast casserole, and more. They even offer vegan and gluten-free options—so there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Weave Your Way Down Main Street
Shop Main Street Weaverville for a unique selection of easily walkable art galleries and fun retail establishments. Weaverville offers many small businesses and amenities within minutes of the town’s easily walkable center. The town’s economic base has traditionally been built upon businesses designed around the area’s historical focus on agriculture, crafts, and the environment. And local companies make use of the abundant resources available within this slice of the WNC mountains. Spots like Bee Light Candle Cafe and 5 Little Monkeys Quilt & Sew continue the tradition.
Zip Through the Canopy
With our majestic mountains and old-growth forests, WNC offers many wonderful locations for zipline adventures. Located just a few miles from Weaverville, Navitat is an experienced company and industry leader whose sole focus is tree-based adventure. Navitat’s Asheville location opened in 2010 with the original tree-based canopy tour, the Treetop Tour. An unprecedented mountaintop zipline tour, the Mountaintop Tour, opened in Barnardsville 2014. Their 3,600-foot-long, side-by-side zips can propel you up to 65 MPH! Enjoy the ride. At Navitat, you’re in great hands.
Grab a Pint!
Why fight the traffic, parking, and crowds of Asheville’s busy brewery scene when Weaverville has a couple breweries right off Main Street! Eluvium Brewing Co. is dedicated to producing high quality, high flavor session beers—making it a great location for a first pint. Next door, Hoppy Trees Beer & Spritz Bar serves up local drafts and refreshing spritzes with Bob Ross vibes. Whether you’re a fan of explorer Zebulon Pike or the USS Zebulon from Star Trek, we can all agree that “Zebulon” is a cool name. Nearby Zebulon Artisan Ales focuses their brews on Belgian and French farmhouse styles, as well as historical, forgotten, and mythological beers.
Go Global at the Glass Onion
Located on Main Street, the Glass Onion is a taste of the Hamptons in WNC. The “global Italian” restaurant was opened by head chefs from two of the best-known and most highly rated restaurants in Bridgehampton in 2012. Since then, it has become a destination for simple and delicious lunch and dinner made from top-quality, local ingredients. From seared Sunburst trout to Brasstown Black Angus ribeye, it doesn’t get much more local than this. Save room (if you can!) for their made-in-house desserts, including a decadent, traditional tiramisu.
Sunday in Weaverville
Skip over to Stoney Knob
Sunday brunch at Stoney Knob Cafe runs 9:30AM–3:00PM, but you’ll want to get there early to avoid the wait. This restaurant is famously known for its “cuisine from near and far,” encompassing American, Greek, and European fare, as well as their impressive wine list. The whole meal is set amid whimsical artifacts and artful decor for a truly unique dining experience. Stoney Knob’s extensive brunch menu features omelet dishes, French toasts, hot cakes, and unique classics like the Stoney Knob Crab Cake Benny. Don’t miss your opportunity to order mimosas and Bloody Marys from the Tango Bar!
Take a Stroll
The Town of Weaverville maintains Lake Louise Park, which is a hub of local recreation. The small, five-acre lake is surrounded by picnic tables and shelters, outdoor grills, a playground, and a walking trail. It’s a perfect spot for family and community events, exercise, and romantic strolls. The town also hosts observances and celebrations in the park throughout the year.
If you’re in the mood to head back to the main drag, don’t miss the walking trails that run through Main Street Nature Park. Encompassing 10 acres behind the Weaverville Town Hall, the park serves as a demonstration area for natural habitats of WNC flora and fauna. There is a dog-friendly walking trail, and this park is also home to the town’s Second Saturday Summer Music Series.
Never Stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Western North Carolina is famous for its scenic roadways. We even have a national park dedicated to driving! The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway is easily accessible from Weaverville and makes for a one-of-a-kind adventure. The Parkway was deliberately designed as a winding, scenic roadway. But it also offers many places to stop and enjoy the wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Drive north to Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Or head south the the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville’s Bent Creek. Whichever road you take, you’ll be glad you traveled it.
Plan Your Next Trip to Weaverville, NC
The many threads of Weaverville cannot be experienced in just one weekend. Plan your next trip around one of the semi-annual Weaverville Art Safari events, usually held the last weekend of April and the first weekend of November. The self-guided free tours offer a unique look at the work of active, local artists within their working environments.
Other community events are held throughout the year. Music on Main is held one evening in June, featuring outdoor music, food, beer, and kids activities. Art in Autumn is held in September and typically features more than 100 juried artists and craftspeople, as well as live local music. And the iconic Candlelight Stroll helps ring in the December holidays.
Spend Every Weekend in Weaverville, NC!
Away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, Weaverville, NC is attracting newcomers because of its small-town, friendly atmosphere. The town is situated in the Reems Creek Valley, adjacent to Interstate 26 and just five miles north of Asheville, where many Weaverville residents work. The area’s rolling hills and serpentine streets support many different home types, including condominiums, townhomes, and single-family homes.
Does that sound like the perfect lifestyle for you? Find your dream home in Weaverville now!