Frequently Asked Questions

What’s included in the cost of the National Arts and Crafts Weekend Package offered by the Grove Park Inn? What about the Conference Events Pass?

The National Arts and Crafts Weekend Package will include your room on Friday and Saturday nights, a large continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, the major seminar presentations, the daily Small Group Discussions, the walking tours, the afternoon demonstrations, the Saturday night movie, and the special educational exhibits, plus receive a Conference Catalog, a Conference Poster and a canvas tote bag, as well as entry to all three shows each day.

When you sign up for the weekend package, your contact information will be sent to us in the conference office and we will send you an information packet in December.

The Conference Events Pass includes the major seminar presentations, the daily Small Group Discussions, the walking tours, the afternoon demonstrations, the Saturday night movie, and the special educational exhibits, plus receive a Conference Catalog, a Conference Poster and a canvas tote bag, as well as entry to all three shows each day. If you’d like to purchase a Conference Events Pass, you can either purchase one through PayPal (please see the registration page for purchase instructions) or call the office of the National Arts and Crafts Conference for an over the phone payment.

What if I just want to shop the exhibitor shows only (not attend any of the seminars, live small group discussions, etc)?

General Admission for the exhibitor shows costs $10.00 per person, $5.00 for students and veterans. General admission gets you into all three shows for all three days, however you will need to bring your program back for admission.

When can I make my GPI reservations since it’s been announced that the 35th National Arts and Crafts Conference will indeed happen in person in 2022?

Reservations at the Grove Park Inn are open now. Please see the registration page for more details including what number to call, etc.

If the Grove Park Inn sells out of rooms, can I still attend the conference?

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.

How can I reserve one of the original main inn rooms at the Grove Park Inn?

The 142 original rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Rest assured, while they are charming, the remaining 370 rooms in the modern wings are furnished in the Arts & Crafts style as well.

Are dining reservations necessary at the Grove Park Inn restaurants?

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.

Are there children’s activities during the conference?

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.

How do people dress for the conference?

Business casual.

What is the cancellation policy for the conference?

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.

What is the weather typically like in Asheville during the conference?

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.

If your question has not been answered here, simply email us at acconferenceinfo@charter.net or call at (828) 628-1915.