Sunday, June 28, 2015

Exploring NC Omni Grove Park Inn...Asheville NC

 The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville NC.  This is one place in the mountains of NC that I have always wanted to visit.   I had heard about the beautiful rustic stone, the history, and about the amazing views of the mountains in the distance. It has been on my must see lists for some time.
This past spring I was on a trip with Silver Connections and part of our itinerary was a stop at the Grove Park Inn, to explore the Inn and to enjoy lunch at The Sunset Terrace.   I couldn't wait....

A quote from their site...
"With a $25 million transformation, The Omni Grove Park Inn is ready to offer you Southern comforts and modern conveniences whether your tastes lean toward the golf course or the spa. Enjoy easy access to shopping, fine dining and the performing arts in nearby Asheville, or hide away with us in the natural splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains."
Quote from their site...."Four-hundred men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week. With only the use of mules, wagons and ropes, granite boulders, some weighing as much as 10,000 pounds, were hauled from Sunset Mountain to build the hotel. Seely kept his promise to be open for business in less than one year from the ground breaking. Just three days shy of one year, The Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913."
Some shots of the interior...
 This quote was found on the rock fireplace in the lobby....
Quote from Romantic Asheville...
"The lobby is known as The Great Hall — and for good reason. Measuring 120 feet across, the hall features 24-foot ceilings and two gigantic 14-foot stone fireplaces. It’s famous for the elevators cleverly hidden in the chimneys of the stone fireplaces (put there to conceal the noise of the machinery), which continue to transport guests to their rooms"

 Heading down to the spa...
 Lots of steps.  Good exercise after an amazing meal.
Quote from Romantic Asheville...
 "The Spa is more than 43,000 sq. ft. in size, 20,000 of which are amenities for you to enjoy before and after your treatment."
I wanted so much to enjoy this pool.  Looks amazing!
Our view from the Sunset Terrace.  If you want to see what I had to eat click here.  It was yummy:-)

I did hear that the Inn was haunted.  Here is blurb I found from a website....North Carolina Ghosts
"The Pink Lady is the Grove Park Inn's resident and much-loved phantom. This kindly spirit has been seen and felt in the halls of the Inn for nearly a hundred years. She is said to be the spirit of a young woman who fell to her death from a balcony on the fifth floor of the Inn in the 1920s. She is usually seen in the form of a pink mist, or sometimes as a full-fledged apparition of a young woman in a pink ball gown."
I was looking for her but I did not see her.
Beautiful hotel.  I would love to visit and stay in the hotel.  Maybe next time.
If you find yourself in Asheville I suggest you visit the Grove Park Inn.  Enjoy the spa and the restaurant and if you can stay a night or two.
Get out and travel.
Enjoy Your World

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