Seniors Discover ‘Art Of Small Town Hospitality’

017Weaverville, with a population around 2,500, is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area that senior travelers will find just minutes from downtown Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and the Tennessee border. The town motto reads: Weaverville: The Art Of Small Town Hospitality.

Nothing says WNC family fun like a French Broad River adventure during time spent in Weaverville, NC. One of the most ancient rivers in the world and one of the few that flows north, the French Broad descends from its sources in the high Blue Ridge south of Asheville.

It winds northwards just a few miles west of Weaverville before joining the Tennessee and flowing into the storied Ohio River and, at last, the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico.


 Seniors Enjoy Culturally Rich Weaverville

Weaverville is home to a number of  high-tech industries. Weaverville also features a host of small shops, restaurants and a museum.

Weaverville has established itself as a culturally rich destination point. Seniors can enjoy the well-established street festival, Art in Autumn, a juried art and crafts festival and the Weaverville Art Safari. In December the town features Candlelight Stroll.

Looking back, Weaverville in the 1800s was home to grand hotels, such as the Dula Springs Hotel and Blackberry Lodge, and a place where visitors could escape the heat of southern summers. Author O. Henry spent some of his last days in Weaverville, regaining his health before returning to New York City.


Seniors Enjoy Southern Hospitality and Scenery

Senior visitors will enjoy Falls over Dam on Reems Creek – Lake Louise Park, and Vance Birthplace, a popular pioneer farmstead, tucked in the Reems Creek Valley featuring the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance.

Vance (May 13, 1830 – April 14, 1894) was a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, the 37th and 43rd Governor of North Carolina, and a U.S. Senator. He was a prodigious writer and became one of the most influential Southern leaders of the Civil War and postbellum periods.


From April through November, Weaverville’s establishments stay open to offer late-night shopping, live music, wine tastings and art openings in the heart of Downtown. Weaverville is loaded with southern hospitality, great food and surrounding scenery.

Seniors, set your GPS for Weaverville, North Carolina and enjoy this small community. It is a Carolina mountain town with a big heart and a bigger glow that has been offering Civil War legends, cool summer retreats, high mountain adventures and general relaxation since 1785. Its many amenities draw folks from all across the nation. Enjoy your visit. -jeb

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