Doe Branch Ink is located on 50 acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains 30 miles north of Asheville in Madison County — “The Jewel of the Blue Ridge”. We offer visitors experiences of several kinds: in the late spring and early fall, we organize facilitated workshops for 6 to 8 guests with successful artists in residence who are also proven teachers. Workshops are offered in both week-long and weekend formats. At other times of the year, our guest house is available to rent for individual writers’ residencies or writing groups , both short and long-term, or for other artists suited to our setting.
Part of an historic homestead of nearly 125 acres, the property includes walking trails and many beautiful spots for reflection in shady rhododendron forests or along spring fed streams that flow into the French Broad River, a protected national scenic waterway and a haven for whitewater rafters and kayakers. Just six miles off the main highway, the setting is a hundred years removed from the daily stresses of city life.
Our participants have come from near and far: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington, DC — and Qatar!. The area is close to major interstate highways I-40 and I-26, and there is airline service to Asheville, with rental cars available. Neighbors have also used the airports in Spartanburg, SC and the Tri-City Airport in Tennessee (serving Johnson City, among others).