fair13_270x166_octfair13_270x166_oct   October 17 - 20, 2013 If you have stayed in Asheville luxury cabins before, you know the arts and crafts of Southern Appalachia are a staple in local galleries. Nothing compares to the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, however.   Sponsored by the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, this event brings more than 200 craftspeople to the U.S. Cellular Center every summer and fall. 092213_Folk Art, Blue Ridge Parkway,_2143 copy This fall’s fair will be held Oct. 17-20. Enjoying the arts and crafts has always been a favorite activity for people on Asheville romantic getaways, whether tastes range from post-modern to Native American. The Southern Highlands Craft Guild, perhaps more than any other organization, has been dedicated to promoting the works that reflect the region’s culture and history. So, at this event, you will find a heavy emphasis on wood, fiber, paper, clay, leather and other natural materials, as well as metal, glass and jewelry. photo_guildshops   The fair has become so popular, it now takes up two levels of the arena in downtown Asheville. If Santa Fe is the bastion of Southwestern art, Asheville is the capital of Southern Appalachian art. Readers of American Style Magazine voted us “Top Small City Arts Destination,” ahead of Sante Fe, and countless other media outlets have praised the city’s arts scene, including the New York Times, Southern Living and Travel + Leisure. MTphoto   Admission costs $8 and children under 12 are free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.   http://www.southernhighlandguild.org/pages/guild-shops/craft-fair-of-the-southern-highlands.php