Fall is here, and it’s the perfect time to visit a spectacular shopping and dining destination, a former military base, and America’s first National Weather Records Center. The best part? You’re only making one stop because you can find all these incredible places at the Grove Arcade.
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the Grove Arcade is an icon of Art Deco elegance, the architectural embodiment of the roaring 20s. Rich embellishments adorn the exterior, gorgeous arches, and even a pair of winged lions guard the north entrance.
Initially, the Grove Arcade was conceived as a 14-story tower rising from a five-story base filled with shops, offices, and living spaces. But when founder EW Grove passed away in 1927, construction stopped a bit short of his grand vision.
However, the finished Arcade was still a marvel. For over a decade, it was the center of commercial and civic life in downtown Asheville. But in 1942, it was commandeered by the U.S. Military. Then in 1951, it became home to the National Weather Records Center.
In 2002, the Grove Arcade reopened in all its spectacular residential and retail glory. The soaring atrium of a central walkway, multi-tiered balconies, and beautiful details are reminiscent of the grand retailers of London or Paris. And the boutique shops beckon for exploration. Don’t fight the urge to check them out.
There are many unique enterprises inside the Grove Arcade, that to mention a few, would mean leaving out too many. Sufficed to say, there is something for everyone, from fine art to furniture to music to millinery, and much more.
And you can’t forget about the food. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, a sidewalk bistro, a pop-in walk-up, or a delicious cup of coffee, you’ll find it here. Maybe you’d like some champagne with your reading, some beignets with your caf au lait, something salty to complement your something sweet, or something completely different. Whatever your tastes, you’re sure to find something to suit your fancy.
You may even find something you never knew you always needed. You’ll find that the Grove Arcade isn’t just a place to relax. You can also get a ton of things checked off your to-do lists, like groceries, eyeglass services, and stock up on supplies for work or school. Treat yourself to a spa treatment or a new hairdo while you’re at it.
Plan your visit at GroveArcade.com, and then stop by for a decadent afternoon.
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