Photos Courtesy of The Grove Park InnA hotel "built for the ages," The Grove Park Inn opened in 1913 and through the years has played home to some of the most esteemed men and women in history. One hundred years later, the distinguished inn continues to attract discerning travelers to its Southern location in the beautiful city of Asheville, North Carolina.
Named one of the "Top 20 Resort Spas in the U.S." by Condé Nast Traveler's 2013 Readers Poll, the $50 million subterranean spa has become a favorite to travelers and locals alike. With stunning features like cavernous rock walls, extravagant arches, tunnels, and 20 water features, it is no wonder why guests keep returning to this exquisite spa year after year. Luxurious touches abound, including indoor mineral and lap pools complete with underwater music, soothing hot tubs that offer relief to tired muscles via overhead waterfalls and an outdoor heated whirlpool that allows guests to take in the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Each of the pools are mineral-based and chlorine-free. Relaxing treatments and therapies also help to restore the mind and body from the stresses of everyday life. The Centennial Grove Stone Massage utilizes warm, smooth basalt stones to melt tension from muscles under the healing touch of skilled therapists. As a gift, the treatment concludes with guests receiving a commemorative engraved stone to take home.
While the spa is an experience in itself, the rooms are also a sight to be seen with century-old charm mixed with modern romantic touches. In the historic Main Inn guests enjoy vintage details, like the cottage style windows which open up to views of the mountains or courtyard. Keeping many of the historic design elements in place, the hotel has maintained the original solid oak furnishings made by Stickley and Roycroft. In the Mountain View Room, the Blue Ridge Mountains are seen directly from the windows and provide a quintessential mountain experience.
This elegant yet playful inn also includes themed rooms and suites that reflect on art, history and culture that define Grove Park Inn. Located in the Vanderbilt Wing, The Gatsby room is rich with Art Deco glamour and 1920s style, so much so that you might believe Fitzgerald himself may walk through your door. As a regular guest at the inn, the room was inspired by the famed American author who spent significant time inside its walls.
When planning your trip, be sure to schedule time for visiting the National Historic Landmark, the Biltmore Estate. Located near the hotel, the estate, deemed one of the country's top architectural wonders, has 250 rooms, a winery, and a breathtaking 8,000-acre backyard. Or meander down the streets of Downtown Asheville for some dining, shopping, live music or a visit in one of the 30 art galleries. The historic city of Asheville has plenty of stories to tell and historic buildings to be explored.
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If golf is more your cup of "tee", the historic course designed by Donald Ross is right outside the hotel. Many golf legends and PGA starts such as Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus, have spent some time on its greens. In 2010, President Obama even graced the course with a round. The beautiful grounds and challenging course is available for guests' use and if needed, Callaway, Ping and Titleist clubs can be rented. Players on the course are welcomed to enjoy golf as it should be played: with plenty of passion.
A charming hotel that represents luxury in an intimate way, The Grove Park Inn is a destination you won't want to miss. Golf where the President has played, read under the shaded trees on the grounds Fitzgerald walked, or relax in one of the best spas in the U.S.; all the while experiencing Southern hospitality to the fullest. You'll soon know why, 100 years later, this hotel still remains a favorite to so many.
The Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28804