The 31st National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC February 16 - 18, 2018
"The most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors." - The New York Times
Frequently Asked Questions
Photo by Ray Stubblebine
Q. - If the rooms at the Grove Park Inn are sold out, can I still attend the conference?
A. - Absolutely! The G.P.I. only sleeps about half the people who attend the conference. The conference is limited to 1500 people, so make your reservations early.
Q. - How can I get one of the original rooms?
A. - The 142 original rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Rest assured, while they are charming, the remaining 370 rooms are furnished in the Arts & Crafts style as well.
Q. - Are dining reservations necessary at the Grove Park Inn restaurants?
A. - Only during peak dining hours on Friday and Saturday nights. You can make a dining reservation by calling (828) 252-2711. No reservations are necessary for lunch.
Q. - Are there children's activities during the conference?
A. - If you are staying at the Grove Park Inn the Sport Complex offers a handful of day time activities for children ages 5 to 12 so be sure to ask for more information when making your reservation at the Inn.
Q. - How do people dress for the conference?
A. - Business casual.
Q. - What is the cancellation policy for the conference?
A. - For those with reservations at the Grove Park Inn, you may lose your deposit if you cancel fewer than seven days before your scheduled arrival. For those staying elsewhere who have purchased the $150 Conference Events Pass through Bruce Johnson or this web site, refunds will be made until February 1 (minus a $10 handling fee). Beginning February 1, the amount paid will be credited toward next year's Conference Events Pass. No refunds can be made for cancellations after February 1. The same policy applies to fees paid for Pre-Conference Workshops.
Q. - What is the weather typically like in Asheville during the conference?
A. - Typically, we experience daytime highs around 60 degrees and dip into the forties at night. Snow flurries are always a possibility, but most of our winter precipitation comes in the form of rain. Check the Weather Channel the week before the conference.
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