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

By Shane Mitchell
October 09, 2015
Credit: Courtesy of Ben's Tune-Up & Johnny Autry

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 Doughnuts: At 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 Hall: Two James Beard Award–nominated chefs are behind this whole-hog, wood-fired barbecue joint in a former skating rink. Entrées $12–$15.