Whether you’re a local looking to dig a little deeper into Asheville’s rich artistic history, or a traveler seeking a totally unique experience of NC culture, Grovewood Village is a must-visit attraction. Located on 11 beautiful acres of land just 10 minutes north of downtown Asheville, Grovewood Village is an opportunity to step back into the past, while connecting to the present.
Originally known as Biltmore Industries, historic Grovewood Village provided workspace at the start of the 20th century to artisans who focused on weaving and woodworking, and who enjoyed the support of Edith Vanderbilt at the peak of American arts and crafts. Today, visitors can learn about the enduring legacy of Biltmore Industries by taking a free tour through the grounds. In addition to the comprehensive tour, Grovewood Village features a range of attractions that visitors can peruse on their own depending on their interests. The site includes the following:
- Grovewood Gallery – Featuring 9,000 square feet devoted to handmade work by over 400 artists, you can find everything from jewelry to artisan-made furniture in this beautiful, well-designed gallery space.
- Gallery of the Mountains – Located inside nearby Grove Park Inn, this gallery and shop features all local artwork from artists in the region. The carefully curated items are located within a beautiful, sprawling hotel that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Antique Car Museum – Car buffs will find a little slice of heaven at this free historical showroom. Over a dozen beautiful, rare, vintage automobiles, all in working condition, are displayed in a bright showroom as part of a collection first established in the mid-1960s.
- Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum – A small, one-room museum at the heart of Grovewood Village offers rich history about the role that Biltmore Industries played in American arts and crafts, specifically textiles. The free museum is a wonderful stop for history and fashion lovers alike.
- Artist Studios – Grovewood Village is more than a historic destination, it’s also home to several current working artists who are proudly carrying on the rich tradition of NC art. Call ahead to confirm availability for studio tours as many of the artists stay busy traveling and showing their work across the region.
- The Golden Fleece Restaurant – A superb spot for post gallery lunch, or even a romantic dinner, the Greek-inspired menu at the Gold Fleece offers light, seasonal, and carefully prepared dishes in a beautiful setting. Longer on the patio with a craft cocktail while gazing out at the wooded scenery, or stop in for a quick lunch before shopping at the gallery.
Historic Grovewood Village is a truly immersive experience designed to give all comers a greater appreciation for the rich heritage that the Asheville region claims in American art and culture. Ideal for art and history-loving adults who enjoy lingering over carefully crafted pieces, families will also find an affordable, interesting destination that’s off the beaten path.
– Grovewood Village is a great destination for the budget-friendly traveler thanks to several free tours and museums on site. Visitors are also welcome to pack their own picnic lunch and enjoy it in the unique and inspiring outdoor sculpture garden–possible the best way to dine al fresco in Asheville without breaking the bank!