~~~ The National Arts & Crafts Conference ~~~ Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina February 19 - 21, 2016
"The most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors." - The New York Times
UPDATED FOR 2016!
Photo courtesy of the Omni Grove Park Inn
The Grove Park Inn
Since Asheville has become a year-round tourist destination, we have no shortage of great lodging options available to us during the third week of February (not to mention all the fantastic restaurants and breweries!). Late February generally offers a few tantalizing signs of spring, including a few brave jonquils and nesting bluebirds, coupled with some of the lowest lodging rates of the year. After a quiet January, Asheville’s innkeepers and restaurants look forward to warmly greeting our influx of enthusiastic Arts & Crafts collectors.
Attendees at the National Arts & Crafts Conference have several lodging options available, including:
This award-winning Four-Star historic hotel was built in 1913 (see Grove Park Inn History and www.GroveParkInn.com) and has since been enlarged with two wings, bringing the room total to 512. Complete with a remodeled Donald Ross golf course, an indoor sports center, programming for children ages 5 to 12 and an underground spa considered the finest in the country, the Grove Park Inn has hosted the National Arts & Crafts Conference since its inception in 1988. Nearly all of the conference events take place in the Grove Park Inn, making it the most convenient lodging choice for Arts & Crafts attendees. The Grove Park Inn consists of three sections:
Main Inn - Contains the original 142 rooms over the Great Hall Lobby (visible in photo).
Sammons Wing - Built in 1984, it contains additional guest rooms, as well as the meeting rooms we use for Small Group Discussions and Pre-Conference Workshops, plus the Heritage Ballroom where the major seminar presentations are held (visible on right in top photo).
Vanderbilt Wing - Completed in 1988, it contains the hotel's main restaurant and additional guest rooms. We use all of the 8th floor meeting rooms and the Grand Ballroom for our three selling shows.
When making your reservation, you are encouraged to request a specific section of the hotel. All requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, starting on January 1, 2015 for the conference on February 19-21, 2016.
All of the 512 guest rooms at the Grove Park Inn are set aside for Arts & Crafts attendees reserving the Arts & Crafts Weekend Package, which includes lodging both Friday and Saturday nights, complete breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday mornings, use of the sports center, and the three-day Conference Events Pass ($150 per person).
Note:Everyone staying at the Grove Park Inn during the National Arts & Crafts Conference will be registered under the Weekend Package, which automatically includes the $150 Conference Events Pass for each adult in the room. If you or your travel partner do not wish to attend the conference events, you should make a reservation at one of our other lodging options, then reserve one Conference Events Pass through this web site or by calling Bruce Johnson's office (see Attendee Registration).
The Grove Park Inn rates for the Arts & Crafts Two-Night Weekend Package are:
One-Person$545 (includes $150 for a Conference Pass) Two-Person $764 (includes $300 for two Conference Passes) Additional Nights$123 (single or double occupancy)
Before the package cost shocks you, keep in mind that room rates at this 4-star resort are normally $400+ per night. But given the long standing relationship we have with the Grove Park Inn we have arranged much lower rates for our Conference Attendees for this weekend only.
To make or confirm your reservation at the Grove Park Inn, please call (800) 438-5800.
Although this phone call to the Grove Park Inn automatically registers you for your Conference Pass(es), please also complete the Registration Form, indicating on it that you have made a reservation at the Grove Park Inn. This insures that we will have your correct contact information, names of attendees and mailing address for additional conference information.
If you have any questions, just call Bruce Johnson's office at (828) 628-1915 (M-F, 8am-4pm, EST).