FAQs

General Questions

Are there admission or parking fees at Grovewood Village?

No. Admission and parking are free for Grovewood Village patrons. There are two small parking lots on-site: one next to the car museum and one behind our restaurant. In addition, if you visit The Omni Grove Park Inn across the street, please use their parking garage. We are not a part of the Inn, and we want to make sure our guests have adequate parking. Because we are a small business with limited parking, we appreciate your understanding.

Are you open on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas?

No. Grovewood Gallery and our two museums are closed on these holidays. In addition, our museums are closed January – March.

Is Grovewood Village a part of The Grove Park Inn?

No. The Blomberg/Patton family of Asheville has owned this property since 1953. Our stories are intertwined though, and Edwin Wiley Grove’s son-in-law (Fred Seely) built our complex to complement The Grove Park Inn.

What did Grovewood Village use to be?

Construction on this complex began in 1917 to house the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries. At the height of its success in the late 1920s, Biltmore Industries produced bolts of some of the finest handwoven wool fabric in the country. Orders were shipped as far as China and Uruguay, and customers included several U.S. presidents and first ladies. Fabric production ceased in 1981.

Are you part of Biltmore Estate?

No, but we do share a history. Biltmore Industries (our parent company) was an Arts and Crafts enterprise that originated in Biltmore Village and was financially backed by George and Edith Vanderbilt. In 1917, a few years after Mr. Vanderbilt’s death, his wife, Edith, sold the Industries to Fred Loring Seely. Seely, then manager of The Grove Park Inn, relocated the business to this location.

How far is Grovewood Village from the Biltmore Estate?

We are located 5 miles from the Biltmore Estate. So depending on traffic, it’s about a 15-minute drive.

How far is Grovewood Village from downtown Asheville?

We are 2.8 miles from the heart of downtown Asheville. So depending on traffic, it’s about a 10-minute drive.

Is Grovewood Village dog-friendly?

Yes! We welcome all well-behaved four-legged friends. But please make sure they remain on a leash.

Is photography allowed?

Photography of our buildings, grounds, and artwork is permitted and encouraged for noncommercial use. However, tripods are not allowed. Please get permission for portrait, bridal, or other personal-event photography ahead of time. You can email info@grovewood.com for more information.

Are your buildings wheelchair accessible?

Most of Grovewood Village is wheelchair accessible, but some areas of our historic property are not. Our Dye House, which is only open to the public during our guided history tours, was built in 1917 and left in its original condition; it is not wheelchair accessible. In addition, the second floor of Grovewood Gallery and a few of the artist studios are not wheelchair accessible. Our two museums have steps at their entrances, but our docent can bring out a wheelchair ramp for easy access. Of course, if you have any concerns, reach out to us. We will be more than happy to help you plan your visit.

May I visit the artist studios at Grovewood Village?

Due to Covid-19, the artist studios are open by private appointment only. Contact Grovewood Gallery if you are interested in visiting a particular artist’s studio: sales@grovewood.com. We will do our best to make arrangements.

Do you have an on-site restaurant?

Yes, Eldr opened in June 2022. The restaurant features new American cuisine that focuses on an ingredients-driven menu, natural wine, craft coffee, and cocktails. Check their website for hours and email them directly if you have any questions: eldrrestaurant@gmail.com.

Gallery Questions

Is all the artwork at Grovewood Gallery local?

No. While most of what we carry is handmade by local and regional artists, we also offer works of art from across the United States. However, our sister shop, Gallery of the Mountains, almost exclusively carries local and regional crafts. They are located just across the street from us inside The Omni Grove Park Inn.

Do you feature everything in the gallery online?

Unfortunately not. Grovewood Gallery represents more than 400 artists and craftspeople, and our inventory changes regularly. Moreover, as a small family business, we don’t have the staff or resources to showcase everything we carry online. Our website features some of our best-selling items that are easily shipped. Of course, if you’re looking for something specific, email us. We’ll be happy to assist you.

What is Grovewood Gallery’s return policy?

We stand by the quality of our handmade goods. Therefore, if you’re not satisfied with your purchase, you may return it to us within 14 days for a full refund, minus any shipping charges. Note that return shipping charges will be at the customer’s expense. Please see our “Shipping and Returns” section for more information.

How can artists submit work for consideration?

If you are interested in showing your American-made work at our gallery, send a link to your website or Etsy page to submissions@grovewood.com. If you don’t have an online presence, email us a brief bio and five to eight images that are representative of your current body of work. Additionally, please include a corresponding list of descriptions and retail or wholesale prices. Note that we only respond to inquiries if we feel there is potential to work together. Moreover, please do not drop by the gallery without an appointment to show us your art. We have a small staff and are usually busy helping customers during business hours. Therefore, if you don’t have an appointment, we probably won’t have time to meet with you.

Museum Questions

What’s with the car museum?

Asheville entrepreneur Harry Blomberg purchased this property in 1953. At the time, these buildings housed the weaving operations of Biltmore Industries. After downsizing the Industries, the weaving shed (which once housed 40 looms) eventually became available to shelter Harry’s car collection. Harry had always been a car guy. He got his start in the automobile industry at 19, opening one of the first filling stations in town. And in 1937, he was offered the Western North Carolina dealership for Cadillac-LaSalle. Over the years, Harry acquired several antique cars and eventually opened the car museum in 1966. His family keeps the museum open (free of charge) to the Asheville community.

Who is Estes-Winn?

Harry Blomberg opened the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum on June 20, 1966. He dedicated the museum to Cathryn Estes and Barbara Winn. Estes was the first wife of General Motors president E. M. Estes. She passed away in 1965. Winn was the granddaughter of Lonnie Holmes, a Pontiac executive, who died of cancer at the age of 15.

What’s with all the quotes in the car museum?

Constructed in 1923, this building originally housed Biltmore Industries’ weaving shed. Fred Seely, then manager, had these quotes inscribed to act as words of wisdom for his employees. Additionally, you can find more thought-provoking quotes, hand-selected by Seely, inside The Grove Park Inn.

Does the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum purchase cars?

No. The museum showcases personal vehicles owned by local legend Harry D. Blomberg. Therefore, the museum’s budget does not support the purchase of other people’s cars.

Is there an admission fee to get into the museums?

No. Admission is free for both museums at Grovewood Village. However, we do appreciate donations of any amount at the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum. Your donation helps us maintain the collection.

Do you offer tours?

Due to Covid-19, we are not offering our regular weekly history tours. However, we will consider private group tours for a fee (for parties of 10 to 25 people). Contact us for rates and more information.

Why are the museums closed January through March?

The Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum and the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum are free entities that rely on donations. In other words, we simply don’t have enough visitors to the property (or donations) during our off-season to justify the costs associated with keeping them open. Grovewood Gallery, however, is open year-round.


Do you still have questions? Email us at info@grovewood.com or call (828) 214-7768.