Weaverville in the 1800s was home to grand hotels, such as the Dula Springs Hotel and Blackberry Lodge, and where visitors could escape the heat of Southern summers. Author O. Henry spent some of his last days here, regaining his health before returning to New York City. A trolley line carried riders six miles to downtown Asheville for 35 cents, and in only 45 minutes.
Today, this town of 2,500 residents is a fun vibe with some great places to check out. Their small downtown area is filled again with restaurants, galleries and interesting local shops. And it’s only 10 minutes from both downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway.