Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall
890 Brevard Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 665-4000
Fax: (828) 665-9082
Arts & Museums
Open year-round and located in downtown Asheville, the Smith-McDowell house has a reputation for being the oldest brick residence in Asheville. This beautiful Victorian home, built around 1840, has been restored and awaits your visit. Three storeys of interesting history, architecture and items from the past will keep you mesmerized and give you a glimpse into the past.
Located in Historic Biltmore Village, New Morning Gallery is undoubtedly the best when it comes to displaying diverse art forms under one roof. Check out the stunning furniture collection, wall hangings, jewelry and ceramics on display. Spread over 12,300 square feet of spacious interiors, this place has encouraged the decorative skills of American artists for more than three decades. The next-door Bellagio Art to Wear is its sister store, while the third store, Blue Spiral 1, is on Biltmore Avenue. Visit their website if you want to catch a glimpse of the treasures. Custom orders are welcome. Call +1 800 933 4438 (Toll free).
Step back in time and walk the old brick sidewalks of Biltmore Village. Enjoy shopping at the many unique and charming shops that make up the village. When you are ready for a bite to eat, there are restaurants to suit everyone's taste, from quaint coffee shops to the roomy, festive Mexican fare of LaPaz. This village sits at the entrance of the Biltmore House Estate and beckons to be discovered. There is even a museum that houses the history of the village through maps, photos and more.
This historic building, part of the Cotton Mill Complex, was the only building to survive a fire the devastated the entire area. Now the Cotton Mill Studios house nine different artists that create works of art ranging from contemporary oil paintings to glass and jewelry masterpieces. The owners of the Studios encourage visitors to stop by and checkout all of the works in progress as well as the completed artwork and creations that they have to offer.
Up-and-coming local artists are transforming old factories and warehouses along the French Broad River. The Studio Stroll is the perfect opportunity to learn to throw a pot, work with steel, and paint with watercolors. Artists will show you the secrets of their trades.
If you feel inclined to visit Asheville's up and coming River Arts District, you won't want to miss The Northern Crescent Iron Studio. The crumbly old factory building that houses this emerging artists' gallery is a shocking contrast to the luminous iron sculptures and beautifully crafted interior architecture. Matt Waldrop's artistry is unparalleled in it's creativity, quality and style.
Pack Place sits in the very heart of downtown, across the bustling street from the Vance Monument. This $14 million facility is home to four wonderful museums and the Diana Wortham Theater. From The Health Adventure, which brings educational activities to children of all ages, to an abundance of glorious art for patrons to view and ponder, a wealth of activity and fun awaits all guests. Admission is charged and varies depending on which activity you attend. Multi-museum passes are available.
Opened in 1991, Blue Spiral 1 encompasses 14,000 square feet of artistic space spread across three floors. Notable creations by Southeastern artists are presented and promoted throughout the year by way of various exhibitions. If you are an admirer of fine art, check out the magnificent paintings, sculptures and photographs displayed at this elegant location on Biltmore Avenue.
Established in 1938, this Woolworth store showcases around 160 artists. From Appalachian to contemporary styles, there is an appeal to residents, newcomers, and tourists. The artists of Woolworth Walk are independent licensees providing a wide array of arts and crafts including decorative art and jewelery. In addition, a fully functional soda fountain can be found. Operating in its original location and serving many original items including club sandwiches and old fashioned ice cream sodas, this feature completes the Woolworth Walk experience.
Originally the Young Men's Institute, established back in 1893, the YMI building has now become the YMI Cultural Center. The center's main focus is on three program areas: the Cultural Arts, Economic Development and Community Education. Some of their biggest events include the Goombay Festival, a Kwanzaa Celebration and a Soul Food Dinner Theater. Hoping to build a stronger community with its emphasis on the cultural heritage of the area and through artistic expression, the center offers many exhibits for viewing.
Kid boredom has a cure: it is The Health Adventure located at Pack Place right in the heart of Asheville. Exhibits, science camps, and much more, The Health Adventure strives to combine fun and learning for kids of all ages. Group visits are welcome and can be scheduled by calling the main office.
North Carolina's mineral fields contain the greatest variety of minerals in the nation. Burnham Standish Colburn was fascinated with these minerals and acquired quite a collection. The retired bank president formed the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society in 1927. Now housed at Pack Place these specimens can be viewed along with other exhibits throughout the year.