Omni Grove Park Inn
A Mountain Getaway That is Only a Short Drive Away

By Ben Miller

Looking for the perfect getaway this fall? Then treat yourself to a stay at the Omni Grove Park Inn, the historic mountain retreat in Asheville, NC. Nestled between five mountain chains that include the Great Smokies, the Appalachians and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has long been recognized as a place for arts, culture, wellness and healing.

Edwin Wiley Grove, known as the "Father of Modern Asheville" purchased the property in the early 1900's and in 1911 Grove began to plan the development of a grand hotel on his beloved Sunset Mountain. Four-hundred men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week. With only the use of mules, wagons and ropes, massive granite boulders were unearthed from the mountain to build the hotel. The Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913, three days shy of one year from its ground breaking. Modeled after the grand old railway hotels of the West, it is listed on the national register of historic places and has been host to many famous guests including ten American presidents. It's also been a favorite spot for America's most famous statesmen, poets, artists and musicians.

Upon entrance is the Great Hall which measures 120 feet across and features 24-foot ceilings and two gigantic 36-foot stone fireplaces. The resort's grand lobby is famous for the elevators hidden in the chimneys of the fireplaces, which transport guests to their rooms.

Guest Rooms
The Omni Grove Park Inn has 513 guest rooms: 142 in the original Main Inn; 204 in Sammons Wing; 167 in Vanderbilt Wing, including 14 suites; 28 rooms and 1 Penthouse Suite on the private Club Floor. All are graced with cottage-style windows that open onto spectacular views of the mountains and courtyard with vintage details including original oak Arts and Crafts-style furnishings.

Mountain View Rooms are surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and expansive greens of the historic golf course with king, queen or double beds and modern amenities. Resort View Rooms are located in the historic Main Inn, overlooking either the Spa gardens or the historic courtyard in front of the Main Inn. Classic Rooms are cozy with king or queen bed and views of the gorgeous resort landscape. These rooms are perfect for value conscious travelers who want to experience the charm and intimacy of the historic Main Inn.

Spa
Since its inception, The Omni Grove Park Inn has been a health and wellness destination for those looking for rest and rejuvenation in the pure mountain air of Asheville, NC. The Spa focuses on the area's prominent natural surroundings by bringing the outdoors in with mineral water, natural light and rock formations. The $50 million, 43,000-square-foot subterranean Spa features cavernous rock walls, arches and tunnels, with numerous water features throughout the facility and 16,000 square-feet of amenity space. There are indoor and outdoor pools, steam, sauna and spa services like massages, body and skin therapies. As the sun sets, fireplaces, starlight, candlelight, and moonlight add a warm glow to the breathtaking stone facility.

Embracing its prominence as a premier destination for well-being, The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn is consistently voted as one of the top resort spas in the world.

Recreational Activities
After the spa you can check out the resort's other activities including tennis, golf, swimming, aerobics, work out room and much more. The Sports Complex offers complimentary access to all guests. The 50,000-square-foot facility features cardio and weight rooms, instructor-led yoga and fitness classes, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and an indoor swimming pool. Personal trainers and tennis professionals are available for private and group instruction.

Framed by the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the historic Grove Park Inn Golf Club celebrates the spirit of mountain golf. The par-70 course is contoured out of the rolling landscape with tree lined fairways, challenging bunkers and receptive bent greens. The elevated tee boxes assure that you get amazing views with each drive.
The course is considered one of the top golf courses in North Carolina and in 2015 the course was been recognized by Golfweek as one of the "Best Resort Courses".

Dining
Asheville, NC is recognized as having one of the strongest, most innovative culinary scenes in the country. At The Omni Grove Park Inn you will find four of the finest, locally sourced restaurants in town as well as four bars and lounges serving cocktails, beverages and light fare.

Vue 1913
is an American Brasserie offering guests a comfortable and stylish setting for a leisurely meal designed only with the love of food in mind. This blend of American and French cooking is highlighted by a marvelous selection of wine from an abundant French cellar cultivated over the years. With its art deco decor and panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Vue 1913 is the perfect fit for your everyday dinner plans and your special occasions.

Sunset Terrace, located just off the lobby, offers majestic views of the city and spectacular mountain sunsets. Here you will find the finest hand cut steaks, premiere chops and fresh seafood. Partnering with local farmers, their chefs and staff provide a truly memorable dining experience as you look out over the mountains. The restaurant is the iconic spot for dinner in Asheville and is a winner of the 2014 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Sunset Terrace is a covered al fresco dining option and is open March through November and as weather permits in the colder months.

EDISON, craft ales + kitchen is an inventive bar and restaurant that brings together the food culture and local flavors of Asheville, with expansive indoor and outdoor seating and spectacular views of the Mountains. Named for frequent historical visits from Thomas Edison and his "Vagabonds" (Edison, Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford), EDISON serves NC craft beers, small batch bourbons, handcrafted cocktails, and regionally inspired food in a contemporary, fun, and artistic setting. Several renowned artists who celebrate the creativity of the area and call this community home are showcased in the indoor dining room, offering patrons a true Asheville experience.
Blue Ridge is a farm-to-table artisanal buffet overlooking the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. The Art of Breakfast served each morning will redefine all that you imagined breakfast could be. Two massive rooms are filled with amazing breakfast options, including a yogurt bar, doughnut buffet, and great gluten free options. Don't miss the award winning Friday night Seafood Buffet, Saturday night Prime Rib Buffet and phenomenal Sunday Brunch. It's the perfect way to end any week.

Weddings
The Omni Grove Park Inn is a truly romantic destination for weddings. Choose from numerous reception and wedding venues that each offer stunning city and mountain views, including the magnificent Skyline Room with floor-to-ceiling windows, the historic Country Club, rich in romantic charm offering two westward facing outdoor terraces. The Inn also provides a Wedding Professional to assist you throughout your experience, along with a strong culinary staff and in-house floral design team that will customize menus and arrangements utilizing the freshest local ingredients and flowers.

Cocktails and Local Craft Beers
Presidential Libations is featured in Presidents Lounge throughout 2018. Celebrating the southern heritage of the art of conversation over great iced tea, these cocktails incorporate various teas to create complex, well rounded beverages to please both northern and southern palates. The Inn now boasts three handcrafted Beer Walls that allow any event to offer local craft brews. An additional soda wall will also join the lineup this summer showcasing local soda from Waynesville Soda Jerks.

Pastry
The OGPI Pastry Shoppe now has master chocolatier, John Cook at the helm as Executive Pastry Chef. An award winning chocolate artist and pastry chef, Cook has added a Warm Gourmet Cookie Bar to their resort lounge, house made "Pastry-Tarts," and his personal Truffles of varying seasonal flavors to pair with dining menus or to create a flight of truffle decadence.

Kids
The Omni Grove Park Inn offers a wonderful selection of kids programs and camps with arts and crafts, swimming games, sports, snacks and lunch, as well as a playground for little ones. Children's Programs supervised by qualified staff are available for guests ages 5-12.

Grove's original vision of a place of rest and comfort continues to evolve to serve a modern audience and today his Inn remains one of America's most beloved destinations. Only a few hours away from Atlanta by car, this is one road trip that has something for everybody.

OMNI GROVE PARK INN
290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804 (828) 252-2711, www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park Reservations (800) 438-5800

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