The owner of this 600-square foot loft deems N. Lexington Avenue the historic and cultural center of downtown Asheville, and we can’t say we disagree. Lexington Ave is the city’s creative hub home to the coolest restaurants, shops, and microbreweries in the city. So if you’re leveraging a trendy urban stay over a quiet mountain retreat, this is the place to do it. You can browse for antiques, explore a hole-in-the-wall speakeasy, set roots in a coffee shop for a few hours, or hunt for rare vinyl in the record stores on this strip. The industrial one-bedroom space is covered in exposed brick, eclectic wallpaper and art, plus vintage furniture and barware. Large windows let in the sun, with the filament light bulbs setting the mood at night, because it’s all about vibes here.
Barn near the Blue Ridge Parkway
The bucolic life (or some approximation of it) isn’t hard to imagine in this charming cottage in Weaverville, located just 15 minutes away by car to Asheville. Jute rugs, sheep pelts, and hardwood floors round out the Scandinavian decor scheme, which is best enjoyed by the wood-burning stove in the living room. The rustic countertop is a great place to sip your morning coffee or hop on some Zooms if you’re taking the home office on the road, while the two country-style bedrooms with wood finishings and pastoral art transport you back to simpler, butter- churning days.
Downtown Artist Loft for Five
This open-plan artist loft in downtown Asheville is a vibier setup than some of the more isolated stays in the mountains, which makes it the ideal spot for a few days of brewery hopping with the guys. Designed with industrial details, like an exposed brick wall, exposed ducts, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the heart of downtown, you’ll be in the center of the action without even leaving the apartment. The space is covered in local art to give you a taste of what you’ll find in the burgeoning art scene in town. If you’re using the space as a remote office, take advantage of all the natural light and the large communal table in the living room for co-working purposes (plus, of course, the solid WiFi connection). While the loft only has one actual bedroom, it technically sleeps five, if you don’t mind laying out on the additional queen- and twin-size sofa beds.
Gashes Fluss Haus
There’s something amazingly charming about this 100-year old home, a unique Airbnb that’s close to downtown. The whitewashed stone walls on the ground floor give it a serene, rustic feel that’s punctuated by color from the mismatched vintage decor that fills the living space. You’ll be well-taken care of here with modern amenities like a smart TV and espresso machine, and heading out only requires a short drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway if you’re getting in a hike. After a day on the trails, a thick wood staircase in the middle of the house leads up to a tranquil sleeping space. Though be aware that if you’re traveling as a pair, it should probably be someone who’s seen it all. The swinging saloon-style doors to the bathroom don’t offer much in the way of privacy.
Historic Stone and Timber Lodge Near Asheville
If you’re looking for a truly nostalgic weekend getaway, this traditional log cabin gives you a slice of the simpler life, without withholding any of the WiFi and A/C you need to feel comfortable. There’s nothing modern about the interior, to be sure. Beyond the amenities and working plumbing, it’s just exposed wood wherever you look, plus farm-house plaid, gingham, and granny-style quilted bedding. But it has an old-school allure to it that’s pretty romantic, complete with a built-in horseshoe pit and a fire pit outside. Like most of the mountain retreats on this list, this private cabin is a short drive from downtown Asheville. It sits on six acres of untouched land, so it feels like your own remote stretch of the woods, but the owner lives closeby if you need a hand with anything during your stay.