The Omni Grove Park Inn, a Luxury Mountain Retreat

The Omni Grove Park Inn, a Luxury Mountain Retreat

The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn is a legendary North Carolina hotel with a history that dates back to the early 20th century. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains overlooking Asheville, the Inn offers you a one-of-a-kind experience. From the décor to the amenities to the spectacular views, the hotel is truly an experience in itself.

The Omni Grove Park Inn has made its mark as a top resort in North Carolina and the United States. Since opening in 1913, The Omni Grove Park Inn has hosted 10 presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama. Its numerous accolades, including the AAA Four-Diamond award for more a decade, are a testament to the resort’s grandeur.

The resort’s history dates back to 1909, when Edwin Wiley Grove purchased 408 acres of land in north Asheville. Two years later, plans began to materialize for what would become The Omni Grove Park Inn. Shortly after, construction commenced with the use of mules, wagons, ropes and granite boulders – some weighing as much as 10,000 pounds. More than 400 men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week and construction was completed less than a year after groundbreaking.

The resort was the brainchild of Grove, who had made millions with Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic. The original 142-room resort lured America’s elite from the day it opened, with a guest register that has included Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Will Rogers, George Gershwin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and 10 U.S. presidents. All of those original rooms are still bookable today. Plaques on the doors commemorate their stays and the rooms are furnished much in the way they were when the Inn opened.

There are now 500-plus varied rooms and suites in the original building and two modern wings, which both stayed true to the original resort concept. You’ll also find also find a soothing water- and rock-themed spa, ranked as one of the top five hotel spas in the country by Travel + Leisure; the large Sports Complex, including indoor and outdoor tennis, swimming, aerobics, children’s activities and more; renowned Donald Ross-designed golf; mild to wild outdoors activities with an outpost of the Nantahala Outdoor Center; and a variety of farm-to-table restaurants where stunning views are also part of the menu.

Started in 2012, a $25 million dollar renovation and restoration includes The Great Hall and all of the guest rooms in the Vanderbilt Wing. Other areas of renovation include dining venues, retail, and meeting space and the final phase of landscaping in 2014. The renovation is focused on the delicate balance of preserving the historic integrity of a 100-year-old iconic Southern resort, while elevating the guest experience to a level of luxurious comfort and high-tech sophistication.

Asheville’s attractions are easily accessible from the Inn. From its rich history to modern energy, the city is a lively blend of art, nature, culture and mountain flavor. You’ll enjoy exploring the lively downtown streets, unique shopping, architectural marvels and thriving arts scene before heading back to the fabled Omni Grove Park Inn.

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