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
Since Asheville has become a year-round tourist destination, we have no shortage of great lodging options available to us during the third week of February -- not to mention all the fantastic restaurants and breweries! Late February generally offers a few tantalizing signs of spring, including a few brave jonquils and nesting bluebirds, coupled with some of the lowest lodging rates of the year. After a quiet January, Asheville’s innkeepers and restaurants look forward to warmly greeting our influx of enthusiastic Arts & Crafts collectors.
Attendees at the National Arts & Crafts Conference have several lodging options available, including:
1.) The Omni Grove Park Inn
2.) Numerous motels and hotels
3.) Bed-and-breakfast inns
Note: The Conference Events Fee of $160 per person remains the same regardless where you stay. Those attendees staying at the Omni Grove Park Inn will have their Conference Events Fee included in their Arts and Crafts Weekend Package. Attendees staying elsewhere will need to register through Bruce Johnson's office, either by phone or via this website, paying their Conference Events Fee using a credit card, check, or PayPal.
Nearly all of the conference events take place in the Omni Grove Park Inn, making it the most convenient lodging choice for Arts & Crafts attendees.
This award-winning Four-Star historic hotel was built in 1913 and has since been enlarged with two wings, bringing the room total to 512. Complete with a remodeled Donald Ross golf course, an indoor Sports Center, programming for children ages 5 to 12, and an underground spa considered the finest in the country, the Omni Grove Park Inn has hosted the National Arts & Crafts Conference since its inception in 1988.
When making your reservation, you are encouraged to request a specific section of the hotel. All requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, starting on January 5, 2017 for the conference on February 16-18, 2018.
The Omni Grove Park Inn consists of three sections:
Main Inn - Contains the original 142 rooms over the Great Hall Lobby. These original rooms sell out quickly, as many contain original Arts and Crafts furnishings.
Sammons Wing - Built in 1984 and remodeled in 2017, it contains additional guest rooms, as well as the meeting rooms we use for Small Group Discussions and Pre-Conference Workshops, plus the Heritage Ballroom where the major seminar presentations are held.
Vanderbilt Wing - Completed in 1988 and recently updated, it contains the hotel's main restaurant and additional guest rooms. We use all of the 8th floor meeting rooms and the Grand Ballroom for our three shows.
All of the 512 guest rooms at the Omni Grove Park Inn are set aside for Arts & Crafts attendees reserving the Arts & Crafts Weekend Package, which includes lodging both Friday and Saturday nights, large continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, use of the Sports Center, and the three-day Conference Events Pass ($160 per person).
Note:Everyone staying at the Omni Grove Park Inn during the National Arts & Crafts Conference will be registered under the Weekend Package, which automatically includes the $160 Conference Events Pass for each adult in the room. If you or your travel partner do not wish to attend the conference events, you should make a reservation at one of our other lodging options, then reserve one Conference Events Pass through this web site or by calling Bruce Johnson's office (see Attendee Registration).
The Omni Grove Park Inn rates for the Arts & Crafts Two-Night Weekend Package are:
One-Person$580 (includes $160 for a Conference Events Pass)
Two-Person $816 (includes $320 for two Conference Events Passes)
Additional Nights$132 (single or double occupancy, either before or after the conference)
Before the package cost shocks you, keep in mind that room rates at this 4-star resort are normally $400+ per night. But given the long standing relationship we have with the Omni Grove Park Inn we have arranged much lower rates for our Conference Attendees for this weekend only.
To make or confirm your reservation at the Omni Grove Park Inn, please call (828) 252-2711 and ask for "Group Reservations."
Although this phone call to the Omni Grove Park Inn automatically registers you for your Conference Pass(es), please also complete the Registration Form, indicating on it that you have made a reservation at the Omni Grove Park Inn. This insures that we will have your correct contact information, names of attendees and mailing address for additional conference information.
If you have any questions, just call Bruce Johnson's office at (828) 628-1915 (M-F, 8am-4pm, EST).
Other Lodging Options: In the pre-internet days, we actually tried to keep an up-to-date list of other hotels, motels, and inns around Asheville, but that has since become an overwhelming task. Fortunately, Google has made it easy for you to search for other lodging options and to determine their proximity to the Omni Grove Park Inn.
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