YAY! It’s time to talk about my favorite part of our Thanksgiving trip: Asheville! We spent two glorious days about the city exploring both downtown and the River Arts District. We’ve been through downtown quite a number of times but this was our first visit to the River Arts District and I’m kind of obsessed. There’s color and art everywhere! With as gorgeous a city as Asheville is, it only gets better each trip and it’s far too easy to end up with way too many photos. This particular Asheville post will mostly be a smattering of photos rather than all that informative so sit back, relax, and just let the pretty unfold. 🙂
We started out with River Arts District and the day was a bit cold but super gorgeous! Check out their site for a full listing of artists and studios that are available in the district – it’s kind of overwhelming! We found a sort-of parking lot to stop in so we could walk around and ended up next to one of my favorite art pieces ever.
Sadly, Andrew couldn’t fit behind the wood and he didn’t want to disturb the piece so I could get a photo with him in it. I can’t say I blame him but…I also blame him.
This has to be one of my all-time favorite pieces though. It was on two ginormous shipping containers right in the middle of the parking area. If you can, check out the paint marks at the edges of the containers. The artist (I assume) spray painted/painted ALL sides of them just to create his piece on the front. It’s just absolutely expansive and strikes me as completely relevant at the moment.
I can’t get up before 7AM anymore but even the River Arts District’s trellises are art. The world is an unfair place, y’all.
The River Arts District is so cool they turn their traffic cones into dunce caps. Poor hydrant.
Getting back to downtown Asheville! Even though we’d left the “main” artists district, this whole city is covered in pretty.
Is it mean that I could see one of my old cats having done what this poor kitty statue on the right did? “I got up! I can’t get down. MEOW!”
This view is from a parking deck. Honestly their city slogan should be “Asheville: I’m one-upping you.”
Get the Bombay Chili Cheese Fries, please. And also get the naan. And mango lassi. And vada pav…Heck just get the whole menu.
As with every trip to Asheville we made a stop at the beautiful Grove Arcade!
After walking up and down the halls twice we stopped in and got too much fudge (which will not last until our next trip). On our way to lunch, I apparently took the tardis through time & space and decided to change into a dress with a bustle (thanks, camera bag).
More bumming around, waiting for our Early Girl Eatery table! If you go, you’re gonna wait. The food and prices are so worth it though – don’t miss out! Plus, they have robot sugar containers.
One of my favorite things about being in such a walkable city is that it’s so easy to find interesting things. Whether it’s a bell tower…
…The interior of an upscale men’s clothing store (where we bought the dude fancy socks) or just a street!
Art deco, y’all.
All you have to do in any city is take time to look around and let it’s details unfold. Every story has a city (and vice versa) and although there are plenty of photos here, you’ve got to discover them on their own! While I know we’ll be back to Asheville soon, it’s never soon enough. Mainly because of the Bombay Chili Cheese Fries. What’s your favorite city detail?
Wishing you the ability to get up before 7AM and be better than I am,