Grove Arcade, Asheville

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • Sadly, most of the interior shops were closed, but there was outside dining options available at some of the shops. Hopefully, the next trip it will be open.  more »
  • Great space to live and shop. Right across the street from my hotel the Cambria. I enjoyed window shopping in the evening. Next day visited the Mission furniture store and bought two Gargoyles...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful historic structure in pristine condition. Shops are mostly local and a bit pricey, but it's worth a walk around just to admire the building itself. So glad this structure has survived all these years. Check out the middle of the building for some posters with history of the place.
  • The name does not do this place justice. The exterior of this giant building is ringed with a variety of good restaurants and you'll also find great craft booths set up along the Battery Park side, but once you've explored the exterior, make sure you don't miss the interior of this building. (There are four entrances, one at the middle of each side.) It is architecturally and historically a treat to behold and its history is illustrated on tablets at the center, around the elevator. The interior also houses a good number of quaint little shops of interesting variety and if your feet are tired from a long day of exploring, there's always "Wake", a luxurious foot spa located right in there, too!

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