Just five miles north of the hustle and bustle of urban Asheville, Weaverville is attracting 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 across Western North Carolina.
Whether you’re vacationing or stay-cationing, Weaverville offers residents and visitors alike many opportunities to Live the Life You Choose. Here’s a quick itinerary for a bountiful weekend in Weaverville, NC.
Friday Evening in Weaverville
Photo of Ox-Ford Farm by Martin Brossman
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 green certified 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 Ox-Ford Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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ENJOY GOOD TIMES AND GOOD FOOD
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 pie with one of their small-batch craft beers, 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 on their famous brownie sundaes is your cherry on top of a memorable evening!
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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 Asheville for myriad bars and restaurants, music and theater venues, and special events. Or, take a short drive to Hot Springs Resort & Spa, where natural hot mineral waters offer a natural and luxurious getaway.
Saturday in Weaverville
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START THE DAY WELL-FED
Wake up early to get to Well-Bred Bakery, voted by readers of Mountain Xpress as a “Best of WNC” location four years running. Even though they’re open all day, their breakfast options should not be missed. 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 (available until 11:00am), breakfast burrito, french toast casserole, and more.
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WEAVE YOUR WAY DOWN MAIN STREET
Weaverville’s economic base is built upon a range of different business designed around the area’s agriculture, historical crafts, and environment. From Echoview Farm and Fiber Mill to Wild Mountain Bee Supply, local companies make use of the abundant resources available within their slice of the Western North Carolina mountains. Shop Main Street Weaverville for a unique selection of easily walkable art galleries and fun retail establishments.
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ZIP THROUGH THE CANOPY
With our majestic mountains and old-growth forests, WNC offers many wonderful locations for zipline adventures. Navitat is an experienced company whose sole focus is tree-based adventure, and they happen to have two locations near Weaverville. Navitat’s Asheville location opened in 2010 with the original tree-based canopy tour, the Moody Cove Adventure. An unprecedented mountaintop zipline tour, the Blue Ridge Experience, opened in Barnardsville 2014. Enjoy the ride. At Navitat, you’re in great hands.
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BUY A BOTTLE FROM ZEBULON
They are named in part after NC governor Zebulon Vance, whose birthplace is just up the road, but the influence on Zebulon Artisan Ales is anything but local. Zebulon focuses their brews on Belgian and French farmhouse styles, as well as historical, forgotten, and mythological beers. Much of their beer is oak-barrel aged with wild yeasts to develop complex flavors. Check them out before 6:00pm.
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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. Since it opened in 2012, it has become a destination for simple and delicious lunch and dinner made from top-quality, local ingredients. Save room (if you can!) for their made-in-ouse desserts, including a decadent, traditional tiramisu.
Sunday in Weaverville
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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. The restaurant is famously known for its “cuisine from near and far,” encompassing American, Greek, and European fare, as well as their whimsical and artful decor. The extensive brunch menu features omelet dishes, french toasts, hot cakes, and unique classics like the Stoney Knob Crab Cake Benny.
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TAKE A STROLL
The Town of Weaverville maintains Lake Louise Park, which is a hub of local recreation. The small 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. 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, 7.54 acres of local flora and fauna behind the Weaverville Town Hall.
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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. 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
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. Music on Main is held one evening in June, Art in Autumn is held in September, and the Candlelight Stroll helps ring in the December holidays.
See the community of Weaverville for yourself! Read more about Weaverville, see more photos, or search for homes in the area, from our Beverly-Hanks Weaverville community page.