FAQs 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 antique car museum and one behind our restaurant. Are you part of The Omni Grove Park Inn? No. This property has been privately owned by the Blomberg/Patton family of Asheville since 1953. Our stories are intertwined though, and Edwin Wiley Grove’s son-in-law built our complex to complement The Grove Park Inn. What were these buildings used for originally? Construction on this complex began in 1917 to house the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, which was originally located in Biltmore Village just outside the Biltmore Estate. 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. 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, Edith sold the Industries to Fred Loring Seely, Edwin Wiley Grove’s son-in-law and then manager of The Grove Park Inn. Seely relocated the business to where Grovewood Village is housed today. Are you dog-friendly? Yes! We welcome all well-behaved four-legged friends. Just please make sure they remain on a leash. Is photography allowed? Still photography of our buildings, grounds, and artwork is permitted and encouraged for personal, noncommercial use. Tripods are not permitted. Portrait, bridal, or other personal-event photography is not allowed without permission. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Are your buildings wheelchair accessible? While most of Grovewood Village is wheelchair accessible, 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 has been left in its original condition; it is not wheelchair accessible. In addition, the second floor of Grovewood Gallery, as well as a few of the private 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. If you have any concerns, please reach out to us, and we’ll help you plan your visit. May I visit the artist studios? Due to Covid-19, the artist studios are open by private appointment only. What’s with the car museum? Harry Blomberg, a local entrepreneur and Asheville’s Cadillac-Pontiac dealer for over half a century, purchased this property in 1953, which at the time housed the weaving operations of Biltmore Industries. After downsizing the Industries (and saving it from going out of business), the weaving shed – which once housed 40 looms – eventually became available to shelter Harry’s antique car collection that he and his dealership had come to own over time. Blomberg’s family still owns the property to this day, as well as Harry’s On The Hill, the oldest family-owned car dealership in Asheville. Does the car museum purchase vehicles? No, the museum’s budget does not support the purchase of vehicles or other automotive-related items. Why are the museums closed from January through March? Our museums are free entities that rely on donations. 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. 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 gallery, Gallery of the Mountains, carries 100% local and regional crafts. They are located across the street from us inside The Omni Grove Park Inn. Do you feature everything in the gallery online? Unfortunately not. We currently represent more than 400 artists and craftspeople, and our inventory changes regularly. Moreover, we simply don’t have the staff or resources to showcase everything we carry online. Our website features several of our best-selling items that are easily shipped as well as some one-of-a-kind pieces. If you’re looking for something specific, please email us at email@example.com, and we’ll be happy to assist you. What is your gallery return policy? We stand by the quality of our handmade goods. If for any reason you’re not satisfied with your purchase, you may return it to us within 14 days for a refund, minus any shipping charges. Return shipping charges will be at the customer’s expense. Grovewood Gallery is not responsible for any broken or damaged items shipped by the customer. Therefore, we recommend insuring return shipments for their retail value to protect against loss or shipping damage. Please see our “Shipping and Returns” section for more information. How can I submit artwork for consideration? If you are interested in showing your work at Grovewood Gallery, send a brief bio and a link to your website or Etsy page to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have an online presence, email us five to eight images that are representative of your current body of work. Please include a corresponding list of descriptions, materials used, and retail or wholesale prices. All submissions must be American-made. Please do not drop by the gallery without an appointment to show us your work. We have a small staff and are usually busy helping customers during business hours. Note that if you don’t have an appointment, we won’t be able to meet with you. Still have questions? Email us at email@example.com or call (828) 214-7768.