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Penland School of Crafts

67 Doras Trl
Bakersville, NC 28705
Phone: (828) 765-2359     visit website     view map

Host Institution
Penland School of Crafts
67 Doras Trl, Bakersville, NC 28705

On their website, Penland strongly suggests that you use their directions to drive there as GPS will often send you to the wrong address. Directions can be found here.

Housing Info:

SPESE room rates are available for $40-$213 per night (based on type of room and bathroom selected) for the dates of 9/29/17 to 10/01/17. Room availability is limited. In order to ensure you have a room on campus, visit the link below for room, meal, and breakout session preferences.

Meal Info:

Meals will be provided on-campus Saturday and Sunday for the cost of $67.68 (this includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and Sunday brunch). A vegetarian option is available. You will be billed for the meal plan by Penland after completing the preference form.

If you plan to attend the Friday night BBQ & Brews dinner, you must also purchase a seperate ticket for $20 when you register for the conference. Attendees are also welcome to purchase additional $20/person tickets ($15 for children and non-drinkers) if they wish to bring any family members. Alcohol is permitted for those of-age but please drink responsibly and be courteous of those around you.


*All conference attendees, including those who are not staying on-campus, must complete the preference form. Please complete as soon as possible, no later than September 15.


Asheville Airport - Approximately a 1.5 hour trip from the Asheville Airport to Penland School. Shuttle and rental car service info available here.
Charlotte International Airport – Approximately 2 hours drive to Penland.

There is open parking available at Penland.

Visitor info from Penland's website (more info can be found here):

"Visitors are welcome to walk through the grounds. Of special interest is the Craft House, one of the largest log structures in North Carolina. Tours of the campus are available Wednesdays at 1:30pm while classes are in session. Reservations are necessary; please call (828) 765-6211 if you are interested in a tour.

You are also welcome to visit The Barns, which houses the studios of the Penland's resident artists: fulltime craftspeople who live and work at the school. Although the resident artists do not keep specific hours, you will usually find someone working at The Barns.

The area surrounding the school is home to over 100 professional craft artists, many of whom have been associated with Penland. There are six independent studios in the immediate vicinity which are generally open to the public. There are many others in the surrounding counties which may be visited by appointment. The gallery staff can provide you with maps and information about these artists."


Public Transit - Mitchell County Public Transit - 828-688-4715

Asheville Area Transportation Services - 828-450-1160;


Asheville Airport Shuttle - 828-231-1053;

Pegasus Transportation - 828-281-4600;

GrandyCo Car Service - 828-273-3214;

Asheville Airport Connection - 828-216-9100;

Asheville Area Transportation Services - 828-450-1160;

Wally's Asheville Transportation - 828-707-5792

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