The Omni Grove Park Inn

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The Omni Grove Park Inn is a paradise in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. I stayed at the Grove Park Inn with my wife for our 10 year wedding anniversary, and it exceeded expectations, which were pretty high. It's located just outside the downtown area, elevated slightly in the mountains. The hotel has a polished upscale feel, as well as a old-school look, that is simply amazing.

Accommodations

Traditional Rooms: The room size is between 200 and 250 square feet and is located in the historic main inn section of the hotel.

Resort Rooms: These rooms, located in the historic main inn section, are between 300-350 square feet.

Premium Resort Rooms: These rooms overlook the spa area of the hotel. They are located in the Vanderbilt and Sammons wings.

Mountain View Rooms: As the name implies, these rooms offer views of the mountains. They are located in the main inn section of the hotel.

Premium Mountain View Rooms: These rooms, located in the Vanderbilt and Sammons wings, provide stellar views of the golf course, Blue Ridge Mountains, and even downtown Asheville. This is the option we chose and it was wonderful. We overlooked the golf course with the mountains in the background.

Dining

The Edison

Located next to the Sunset Terrace, this more casual, covered space was another winner for my wife and I. The restaurant has a wide selection of craft ales that pair wonderfully with the dishes served there. You can enjoy one of the burgers there, or a selection of elevated comfort foods such as shrimp and grits, bison meatloaf and venison tenderloin.

Sunset Terrace

This might have been my favorite restaurant while staying at the Grove Park Inn. It was our first night, the weather was absolutely perfect and the views were special. The food, I tried to recreate the scallop dish I had that night several times, but I never got it 100%. That dish alone was worth the drive. Also, I developed an addition to macaroons thanks to the Sunset Terrace.

Blue Ridge Buffet

The breakfast buffet offered here is one of the most impressive meals I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying. There’s two massive rooms filled with food. It was overwhelming really, all the options available. The views you’ll be treated to are equally as impressive. It’s just an amazing way to start the day. The restaurant also has a stunning dinner buffet on Friday and Saturday nights.

Cabana Grill and bar

This would be a perfect place to grab a bite after playing a round of golf.

Vue 1913

A brasserie-style eatery offering mountain views and local ingredients.

Activities

Spa

The Spa at the Grove Park is beyond spectacular. The secluded, and very private, spa is consistently ranked as one of the best spas in the US. The services a Mountain Honey Wrap, Deep Tissue Massage and a Grove Stone Massage. You can check out the list (pages long) of services here.

The most intriguing aspect of the spa are the pools. They have one area that resembles a cave with cavernous walls, waterfalls and even tunnels! The lap pool has  6,500 fiberoptic stars and underwater music.

After you have enjoyed the services, you can relax at the outdoor oasis.

Golf

The Grove Park Inn has a Donald Ross designed golf course, and it is as beautiful as it is challenging. I loved the scenery as I played through the course, as well as the turkey’s that allowed us to play through.

Pool

The hotel’s pool, a quick walk through the property’s grounds, or a quick shuttle, was a refreshing break during the day’s activities.

Fire place

One of the memorable experiences that my wife and I had was sitting by the huge fireplaces in the lobby. The main lobby has a gigantic fireplace that is a peaceful and relaxing place to warm up as the night’s chill sets in. There’s also another fireplace near the Edison. It’s a little more private and out of the heavy traffic area of the lobby. What I loved, was that it was right next to the restaurant, so we could grab a glass of wine and enjoy the alone time by the fire.

Fitness center

The Grove Park’s fitness complex is a 50,000 square feet center of activity. Here you can play on one of three indoor tennis courts, head to the cardio room, play on the racquet ball court, take a dip in the indoor pool or hit the free weights. The complex is also a place to have a friendly game of table tennis, pool or just relax in the lounge area.

 

In addition to the indoor tennis courts, the Omni has three outdoor hard courts.

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