When searching for vacation rentals in Asheville, there are several great neighborhoods to choose from. With so many things to do in this North Carolina mountain town, it’s probably easier to narrow your choice by the type of attractions you want to visit. Whether you prefer art, history, outdoor spaces, drinking, dining, or shopping, there’s plenty to do and see in this amazing little city. Keep reading to discover which of the five neighborhoods fits your needs best.

Biltmore Village

An old-style-looking hotel in Biltmore Village.

The quaint Biltmore Village was originally built as a manorial village for the adjacent Biltmore Estate workers. Many of the original pebble-dash buildings, built in a Tudor-esque style, still remain, although they’ve been converted to offices.

The vast Biltmore Estate, covering 8,000 acres and with 250 rooms in the mansion, is not to be missed when staying in one of the Biltmore Village rentals, as it sits next to its entrance. Built by George Vanderbilt for use as his winter home, it has awe-inspiring architecture and houses his artwork collection. After touring the estate, visit the winery in the village and enjoy a tour of the cellars before sampling specially crafted wines.

Pro Traveler’s Tip: If you’re traveling the first weekend of August, check out the Biltmore Village Art & Craft Fair.

Favorite Local Spots

  • Grab your morning coffee at Round Earth Roasters. They’ve also got a fantastic market and deli.
  • Fig Bistro is the place for a light lunch or dinner. Try their Pan Seared Salmon with warm cumin and coriander potato salad.
  • And if you’re in need of an adult beverage, check out The Cantina.

Biltmore Forest

The wide manicured lawn of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

Originally part of the Biltmore Estate, the illustrious Biltmore Forest became its own neighborhood when it was annexed from the land in 1920 by the founder’s wife, Edith Vanderbilt. This prestigious neighborhood is definitely worth considering when looking for quieter Asheville rentals. Play a round of golf at the Biltmore Forest Country Club’s golf course, which is surrounded by beautiful homes built in Colonial Revival and Tudor styles. If you haven’t already done so, take a special guided tour of the adjacent Biltmore Estate to learn about the Vanderbilt family’s lifestyle, the landscaping of the gardens, and the mansion’s architecture.

Pro Traveler’s Tip: Explore the Biltmore Estate. Attend a free wine tasting, check out the art installations, and take in the property’s natural beauty.

Favorite Local Spots

  • For the best coffee in the area, check out Well-Bred Café.
  • Looking for a bite to eat? The Corner Kitchen is the go-to spot in the neighborhood.
  • And if you need a cold brew, head over to the Thirsty Monk Brewery.

River Arts District

A bartender pouring beer on tap into a glass.

You’ll find one of the world’s largest craft breweries in the River Arts District — New Belgium Brewing Company. When you’re all beered out, wander around the galleries and see artists at work in their studios. This district, situated along the French Broad River, inspires more than 200 artists who work in converted industrial buildings. Many of the homes are historical, and the area is also popular for its restaurants, including the well-known 12 Bones Smokehouse.

Pro Traveler’s Tip: Take a tour of New Belgium Brewing Company. You’ll get to sample a ton of brews, and the facility is incredible. Want to learn more about other cities with great craft beer? Read through this guide for beer lovers and draught connoisseurs. We touch on a couple more ideas for breweries in Asheville, too!

Favorite Local Spots:

  • For the best coffee in the River Arts District, head over to Summit Coffee Co.
  • Get reservations at the Bull & Beggar for an amazing meal.
  • And for tasty cocktails, get over to the Montford Rooftop Bar. The view is great from up there!


A charming bed and breakfast in Asheville, NC.

Architecture fans need to put Montford at the top of their list of places to stay in Asheville. The neighborhood is filled with historic buildings built in the Victorian era, which are beautiful to see. Montford is a National Historic District and includes the graves of the literary legends Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry at the Riverside Cemetery. Richard Sharp Smith, who designed a number of homes in this neighborhood, is also buried there.

Pro Traveler’s Tip: This neighborhood has tons of historic homes and buildings. Take a walking tour and enjoy the scenery.

Favorite Local Spots

  • Start the day off with a fresh cup of coffee from All Day Darling.
  • Get dinner at Nine Mile, a laid-back Americana-style joint. The Ahi Tuna is to die for.
  • And to wrap up the evening, grab a cocktail at Little Jumbo.

Downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville's skyline.

Browse boutique shops and art galleries, visit craft fairs, and dine in style in downtown Asheville. Explore this trendy neighborhood on foot along the Appalachian Urban Trail or take a trolley ride tour. As the heart of Asheville, it’s home to popular attractions like museums, historic homes, breweries, theaters, and public parks, which can all be found within a small radius. Set amid the Blue Ridge Mountains, the busy neighborhood still retains a mountain vibe.

If you’re looking for Asheville, NC, cabin rentals, stick to the outskirts for easy access to the stunning natural surroundings. Those hoping for an ice-cold beer are in luck, as this is where you’ll find South Slope, Asheville’s brewery district.

Pro Traveler’s Tip: Take the Moog factory tour and discover how they create all of those sounds. The synthesizer company has always had a basecamp in Asheville and welcomes visitors to come and explore their headquarters.

Favorite Local Spots

  • Hive Five Coffee is the spot to grab your morning cup of joe in the downtown area.
  • For dinner, head over to Twisted Laurel for some of the best takes on American classics you’ve ever tasted. Be sure to get a reservation, though! This place is always booked.
  • And to wrap up the evening, let the bartenders at The Crow & Quill whip you up a tasty beverage.

Asheville Awaits!

This adorable city is loaded with charm, culture, and incredible food. Enjoy your trip to Asheville by visiting the breweries, touring through famous mansions, or exploring and discovering its many iconic neighborhoods. Ready to start planning your trip to Asheville today? Head over to VacationRenter and find the perfect vacation rental for your trip!