Diamond Spotlight: The Omni Grove Park Inn

by Janean Flowe
exterior photo of the Omni Grove Park Inn at sunset

When it opened on July 12, 1913, in Asheville, N.C., The Grove Park Inn was declared “a hotel built for the ages” by U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, who delivered the address during the hotel’s grand opening. He wasn’t wrong.

Built by pharmaceutical manufacturing magnate Edwin Wiley Grove, The Omni Grove Park Inn is ideally situated on Sunset Mountain in Asheville. The original hotel included 156 guest rooms, a dining room and a great hall, flanked by two massive rock fireplaces which concealed the original elevators (that are still in use). Grove was inspired by a visit to Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Inn. He enlisted the help of his son-in-law, Fred Seely, in the design and construction of his vision. Granite boulders used to construct the resort were all mined from Sunset Mountain, and the resort decor reflects Grove’s love for the Arts and Crafts Movement.

 

Aerial view of Omni Grove Park Inn

Aerial view of Omni Grove Park Inn

 

Fast forward 107 years. Guests can still relax in the Main Inn by the fireplace or enjoy a meal overlooking the golf course and Blue Ridge Mountains beyond. They’ll also appreciate modern conveniences and luxury amenities that don’t comprise the property’s historic charm. Make time for a self-guided walking history tour of the resort (request a map at the front desk).

Book a stay in the historic Main Inn, or choose a room or suite in the Vanderbilt and Sammons wings. You can also reserve one of the F. Scott Fitzgerald rooms, where the iconic writer often stayed. Don’t miss a treatment at The Spa. The 43,000-square-foot subterranean rock-walled spa boasts 20 water features including underwater music, waterfall pools and mineral-based pools. Onsite dining at Sunset Terrace, Blue Ridge, Edison and other venues is a sure bet.

It’s no surprise the resort’s extensive guest list reads like a “who’s who” of historical icons, presidents, celebrities and prominent sports figures.

MEMBERS SAVINGS: Receive a 10% discount on your stay!

Book It! Call 800-374-2865 to reserve your stay at The Omni Grove Park Inn.

(Go Magazine Nov-Dec 2020)

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