My Visit to the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina
When planning a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, I started by looking for a historic hotel close to the city’s downtown area. One of the hotels that consistently showed up on the “Best Of” lists for Asheville was the Grove Park Inn, a hotel that has been around for more than 100 years. According to reviewers on Trip Advisor, it had everything I was looking for – history, charm and even a little romance. So it was a no-brainer to choose the Grove Park Inn for a brief three-day vacation in Asheville.
The Grove Park Inn (now officially part of Omni Hotels & Resorts) did not disappoint – the front desk staff was very welcoming, and helped me pick out exactly the right room for my stay. One thing that I hadn’t noticed when booking online is that each hotel room has a specific type of view – some have views of the resort landscaping and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, others have views of the spa gardens and the golf course. Since I was looking for the ultimate in Southern charm and ambiance, I upgraded my stay with one of the oldest rooms in the Main Inn part of the hotel.
It’s also important to point out just how much the Grove Park Inn offers in terms of activities. It’s really more of a spa and golf resort than an “inn.” The Grove Park Inn boasts an award-winning 18-hole gold course designed by Donald Ross, six tennis courts (three outdoors, three indoors), indoor and outdoor pools, a huge subterranean spa (ranked as one of the top resort spas in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler), and an impressive, 50,000-square foot sports complex. So, naturally, part of my three-day stay in Asheville, NC included some time on the tennis court, as well as a back massage treatment at the spa.
And, to soak up some of the full charm and ambiance of Asheville, I also decided to partake in some of the Grove Park Inn’s other sponsored activities for guests. For example, I couldn’t resist signing up for the hotel’s “Wild Food Foraging Adventure,” in which hotel guests are led on an expedition on Sunset Mountain, looking for edible foods like mushrooms. The whole food-to-table concept has always fascinated me, so this was a fun time. In fact, one of the other hotel guests who also signed up for this adventure turned out to be a chef from a restaurant in Virginia!
One of the best parts about staying at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina is that the hotel is located just over a mile from downtown. That makes it very easy to check out some of the other activities happening in Asheville. For example, when I was in Asheville, there was both a music festival and a craft beer festival happening that weekend.
All in all, my three-day trip to the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC was a relaxing, rejuvenating time. It was great to breathe in the clean mountain air and stay in a top-class hotel that exudes charm and good old Southern hospitality.