Grove Arcade, Asheville

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Tour the Palladian and Gothic architecture of Grove Arcade as you indulge in a little shopping at this historical mall. The structure--designed by architect Charles N. Parker for E.W. Grove, a self-made millionaire and Asheville resident--was built in 1929 and restored in 2002. Outside, note the regal, winged lions at the north entrance. Inside, you'll find ornate, spiral staircases and the grotesques--gargoyle-like decorations that line the north and south arcades. At the outdoor Portico Market, explore the wares of farmers and craftspeople--and be sure to try some traditional fudge. Add Grove Arcade and other attractions to your Asheville trip itinerary using our Asheville online road trip planner .
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  • Historical building with lots of shops... so you have to be into the shopping thing. There was one produce stall in it which I loved - gave more of a market flair to the space. Also an instrument make...  more »
  • We wandered into the building one day to tour the historic building and it's shops. I think it's geared more toward tourist so it is not a place I would go back for shopping. However, there are a numb...  more »
  • Great location. Lots to see. Nice variety of shops and food.Reasonably priced items. My wife and I will be visiting again soon.  more »
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  • Opening: 1929. I & mom went to visit there. Wow, so beautiful place, shopping, very old building. I love it see everywhere go. 😮💜
  • Every time I come to Asheville - I come to the Grove Arcade. This is a mall before mall's even existed. Truly a marvel in early collective commerce! I really enjoy the layout and the architecture. I understand this is from the 1920's and, to me, is the center of AVL commerce. I navigate using this location as the zero-point.
  • Beautiful building. Battery Park Books is our favorite store inside!
  • Beautiful building with great architecture! Discovered after hours and had to go back to check out the shops!
  • Has some interesting places to shop and is in a good location.

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To take advantage of the best Asheville has to offer without breaking the bank, stay at one of the city's small motels, many of which offer free breakfast buffets and plenty of secure parking. Asheville's historical district contains most of the city's bed and breakfasts, allowing you to stay within a short walk of downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment. The area also boasts numerous budget-friendly hostels, offering inexpensive private rooms for backpackers. For something completely different, rent an eco-friendly cabin in a wooded area just a short drive from the city.
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