I’ve been to Asheville, NC several times over the years and it’s such a lovely little city in the mountains and not a bad drive at all from Atlanta. There is much beauty and lots of artsy things to do in Asheville, including the Biltmore House, antiques shopping, and plenty more. Last weekend, I was up in Asheville for a Southern Living Plants garden party and it was such a fun time with my friend, Carmen, who is a lifestyle and garden expert with Southern Living Plants. The Grove Park Inn was hosting the event and I got invited to stay there and take part in the plant party. My longtime friend, Vicki, went along with me on the trip and it was such a fun girl’s weekend away.
NC as a state is near and dear to my heart, as my family took many vacations there as we were growing up and we experienced so many wonderful memories as an extended family in this fine state.
(I borrowed this shot from the Grove Park Inn website, what a gorgeous pic!)
I have heard so many fantastic things about the Grove Park Inn and to get to see it in person for the first time was just amazing. It truly is a beautiful sight to behold and the service and accommodations are outstanding. I knew I would be in for a treat and I was!
I really knew nothing about the history of the Grove Park Inn, except that it was old and had been here for a long time. It’s a very interesting story how the Grove Park Inn came to be, but the short story is it was built by pharmaceutical mogul, Edwin Wiley Grove and it opened in July of 1913, making it just over 100 years old. I know wings have been added onto the inn over the years and the original structure was painstakingly built by hand, with workers bringing those huge granite rocks up the mountain to be placed. What a feat that was, but how beautiful it is 100 years after the fact. At the keynote address by Secretary of State, Williams Jennings Bryan, he proclaimed that the Grove Park Inn was “built for the ages”.
I’d say that is definitely a true statement.
The magnificent views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are what draws people to this part of NC. The views, it’s all about the views!
The exterior of the Grove Park is just amazing and beautiful to look at. I should have taken more pics inside the hotel of the portraits lining the halls of celebrities an dignitaries of those who have visited the Grove Park Inn over the years. Quite an impressive list.
The exterior terraces and patios are works of art and add to the ambiance of the place. You can imagine lunch or dinner outside enjoying the views and the sunshine. We got to experience a little bit of sun the first day we were there, but the next day was chilly and windy, so we didn’t get the chance to take in the patio for a meal. You can bet I’d love to go back and experience it all over again.
More of the views.
The hotel is HUGE with 2 big wings on either side of the original hotel structure.
An outdoor fireplace.
Another of the large and vast terraces at the Grove Park.
We couldn’t get over how beautiful it all was and I imagine that is the reaction of everyone who stays here.
Inside the lobby, there’s a definite mountain lodge feel with cozy seating in this huge welcoming space, enormous fireplaces flanking either end of the room with rockings chairs in front of each of them. There’s a comfy spot to read or people watch every where you look.
Again, the outdoor spaces can’t be rivaled for beauty.
There are several restaurants to choose from at the inn, but we mostly tried out Edison, one of the newer ones. The food at Edison was delicious and we got to sample all sorts of tasty treats.
The Grove Park Inn was something I have never experience before, but hope to do again.
It’s truly a one of a kind experience like none I’ve had before. It’s really a destination all it’s own with so many attractions and things to do. I hear it’s a first class wedding venue, and with spa, golf, dining, and other amenities, you won’t be bored. After hearing about the Grove Park Inn for decades, it was finally great to see and experience it in person. I’ve heard that Christmas is an extra special time there too and I hope to get back again myself.
Have you ever been to the Grove Park Inn? Tell me about it!