By now, you’ve probably seen that the Ingles Open Road has something to offer for everyone, from older adults to small children. Every location offers something both fun, exciting, and educational. And just like many of the adventures you’ve seen so far, this next one is another opportunity to pump the brakes and absorb the history Asheville has to offer. But don’t worry, you’re guaranteed to have a good time too.
In a quiet corner of Asheville next to the Omni Grove Park Inn at the Historic Grovewood Village, you’ll find history woven into the very fabric of these mountains. This extraordinary place originated with the intersection of two of Asheville’s most famous families—the Vanderbilts and the Groves. Their tradition continues to live on today.
It all began with craft education and enterprise at the turn of the last century, with a business owned by Edith Vanderbilt and then sold to Edwin Grove’s son-in-law, Fred Loring Seely. While these families are no longer running the show, the artist studios are still operating today.
Right next to the talented men and women who practice their art here is the beautiful Grovewood Gallery. Here, you’ll find two floors of some of the finest arts and crafts anywhere. The best part, it’s all available for last-minute Mother’s Day shoppers. They have quite the range too—musical instruments, glasswork, woven pieces, handmade toys, breathtaking paintings, and extraordinary woodwork.
Chris Bainbridge’s Grandpa Tom was a carpenter by trade and a woodworker by passion. Their family homes are dotted with bowels and little pieces that he would make to give away as gifts. He would have adored the Grovewood Gallery.
Just upstairs, you’ll find handmade furniture with fabric that is as smooth as silk. There’s also a stunning array of items to admire.
Just next door to the Grovewood Gallery is the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum. The owner of Asheville’s first Cadillac dealership bought Biltmore Industries and several years later moved his collection of antique automobiles to this sprawling space that once housed the whirring looms of homespun production.
The vehicles are amazing, and time melts away as you wander among the Packards, Pontiacs, Edsels, and Cadillacs. You have to admit, Elmer Ingle’s pickup would fit right in.
You hear this often on the Ingles Open Road, but the Historic Grovewood Village has something for everyone. Looking to plan your visit? Find them online at Grovewood.com.
Be inspired by the place that made Asheville the arts and crafts capital of America.
To learn more about Ingles Market, visit their website at ingles-markets.com.