This picturesque campus tucked away behind the legendary Omni Grove Park Inn is an hidden jewel with much to see. This must stop for art and history lovers is just 2.5 miles from downtown Asheville. Celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2017, Biltmore Industries began here in 1917 and became the largest producer of handwoven wool in the world by 1930. Today, the 11-acre campus includes Grovewood Gallery, nine working artist studios, a sculpture garden, Golden Fleece restaurant, and Asheville’s only antique car museum. Admission is free.
You'll find plenty of fascinating things to do as you stroll through the village:
Grovewood Gallery: One of the region's premiere art and craft galleries celebrates its 25th year in 2017. See and buy amazing works from 400+ artists and craftspeople from across the country - in all price ranges.
Don't miss the fabulous second-floor with their American-made studio furniture and lighting collection. The outdoor sculpture garden is a great spot for a picnic. Grovewood Gallery is open year-round Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5:30 PM and Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. For current exhibits and events, go to the Galley Web site.
Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum: Learn all about the former weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries with antique 4-harness loom and memorabilia such as letters, photographs, and artifacts. Admission is free. It's located adjacent to Grovewood Gallery. Open April-December, Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5:30 PM and Sunday 11 AM-5 PM.
Antique Car Museum: See 19 classic beauties and some horse-drawn vehicles. Admission is free, but donations appreciated. Open April-December, Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5:30 PM and Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. Read more.
Garden: Stroll or picnic in the 11-acre Sculpture Garden with a rotating selection of outdoor art and whirly gigs.
Artist Studios: 12 resident artists have studios at Grovewood Village in part of the historic building that housed the weaving and woodcarving operations of Biltmore Industries. Studio hours vary with artists. You can schedule a private appointment through Grovewood Gallery. See most of the artists on "Open Studio Tours" on third Saturdays in May-November, 11 AM-4 PM.
Factory Tours: Take a free guided history tour to learn about the fascinating Biltmore Industries history, including a behind the scenes visit to the original production facility. Tours start at 1 PM on Wednesday-Saturday during April-December. Read more about Biltmore Industries Tours.
Golden Fleece Restaurant: Enjoy "slow-cooking" Greek flavors with wild game, local seafood and neighborhood vegetables for lunch and dinner in a very romantic "old world" setting with modern flair. Before or after your meal, stroll through the adjacent sculpture garden. They also have patio outdoor dining and convenient parking. Go to their Web site for the current menu.
Location: 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville
More Info: Go to the Grovewood Village Web site.