Courtesy of Ben's Tune-Up & Johnny Autry

Neighborhoods all over the classic Blue Ridge Mountain getaway are coming to life. This is where to go.

Shane Mitchell
Updated January 24, 2017

River Arts District

Gallery Mugen: Browse pottery and vibrant fabrics before sampling Japanese-inspired desserts at this addition to the Cotton Mills Studios, a collaboration between ceramist Akira Satake, textile artist Barbara Zaretsky, and pastry chef Cynthia Pierce.

Smoky Park Supper Club: A 9,000-pound wood-burning oven is the centerpiece of this new restaurant, housed in a set of shipping containers. Diners can watch chef Michelle Bailey prepare dishes like Syrah-braised leg of lamb. Entrées $13–$45.


Bunn House: A 1905 brick mansion has been converted into this five-room inn, complete with heated bathroom floors and a formal garden. Doubles from $349.

Sovereign Remedies: This speakeasy-style bar combines the two most ubiquitous trends of our time, foraged food and craft cocktails, to nice effect: Try the Root Daiquiri, a mix of rum, sarsaparilla, and just-picked burdock and dandelion.

South Slope

Ben’s Tune-Up: This sake brewery and beer garden helped put the neighborhood—once dominated by car lots and auto shops—on the map. Try a flight of American sakes paired with braised duck tacos.

Bhramari Brewhouse: Head brewer Gary Sernack leads classes on crafting small-batch beer at this recently opened complex. The taproom’s deck is the perfect spot for live music and lagers.

Vortex DoughnutsAt this popular power-breakfast spot, the imaginative, fresh-baked treats (like peach-matcha and blueberry-hibiscus) pair perfectly with 1000 Faces cold-brew coffee.

Buxton HallTwo James Beard Award–nominated chefs are behind this whole-hog, wood-fired barbecue joint in a former skating rink. Entrées $12–$15.

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