The 33rd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC February 21 - 23, 2020
"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. - What is included in the cost of a Conference Events Pass? What isn't? What is the difference between a Conference Events Pass and general admission?
A. - The Conference Events Pass gets you admission into the shows, the seminars, the small group discussions, the book club discussions, the Grove Park Inn and Biltmore Industries tours, the demonstrations, the special educational exhibits and the Saturday night movie IN ADDITION to getting a special conference catalog, poster, and tote bag. However, the following events are special fundraiser events and are not included in the cost of the events pass: the Craftsman Farms Kickoff Party, the Art Museum event, & the Historic House tours. Additionally, the Pre-Conference Workshop registration are not included in the events pass either. If you buy a Grove Park Inn weekend package, the Conference Events Pass cost is included. General Admission is just paying $10 to shop all three shows (Antiques. Contemporary Craftsfirms, and Books and Magazines) for all three days of the conference.
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 $160 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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