You’ll never run out of things to do during your stay at Orchard Inn. Whether you’re looking to hike through the wilderness, travel into Asheville, or want to learn about the area, there is an activity for you! Right outside of Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center is a showcase of some of the best art in the Southern Appalachians. Come see for yourself!
Do you want to know more about what to do while you’re in western North Carolina? Take a look at our complimentary Vacation Guide! In it, you’ll find more spots like the Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center, outdoor adventures, date night ideas, and more! We know that planning a vacation can be challenging, so we created our free guide to save you from hours of research. Enjoy!
What is the Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center?
The Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center is the main meeting place of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Here, you will find 3 galleries, an Eastern National bookstore, Blue Ridge Parkway information, a library, and a craft shop. Visitors can learn about both art and the area, watch demonstrations, and see some of the best art of the Southern Appalachians here. Whether you are looking to be inspired, purchase some one-of-a-kind pieces, or for information, we know you’ll love this center!
Craft Demonstrations at the Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center
During March through December, guests of the Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center can see interesting craft demonstrations in the lobby. Here, you can watch the craftspeople of the Southern Highland Craft Guild work as you ask them any questions you may have! Past demonstration topics have been clay, glass, metal, wood, and more. If you’re interested in seeing these artists are work, make sure you come between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM!
History of the Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center
Founded in 1897, the Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center is officially home the oldest continuously operating craft shop in the United States. Over 100 years ago, Presbyterian missionary Frances Goodrich began the shop under the name of Allanstand. When the Southern Highland Craft Guild was founded in 1930, Goodrich donated the shop to them. Today, it still represents the work of more than 200 members! While the shop has had many homes before its location on the Blue Ridge Parkway, it has never lost its prestige.
Where to Stay in North Carolina
If you’re planning a trip to North Carolina, you will want the best accommodations possible. Stay with us at Orchard Inn! Take advantage of our gorgeous mountain-filled scenery and the peaceful quiet that nature brings. Whether you are looking to sit on our porch and look out over the treetops or use us as a home base for your excursions into Asheville, we have the perfect accommodations for you. We offer both rooms and cottages that each come with luxurious amenities and a delicious breakfast each morning! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of western North Carolina at Orchard Inn.