Nestled in the mountains where the Blue Ridge and Great Smokies meet, Asheville has always been famous as a resort town, attracting many famous tourists long before its native son Thomas Wolfe wrote his novel, "Look Homeward, Angel." The locals' friendly ways and Southern hospitality will charm you as much as the expansive vistas seen from your room.
THE GROVE PARK INN RESORT & SPA
The Inn has hosted the discerning traveler for nine decades. This grand resort, one of the American South's oldest and most famous, was built in 1913 overlooking Asheville's skyline and the Blue Ridge Mountains. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn is a favorite year-round destination with its splendid views, old world charm, massive fireplaces, and a long tradition of exceptional service and hospitality. Completely renovated and expanded in recent years, the Inn offers golf, tennis, two pools, Indoor Sports Center, 10-station Paramount fitness center, shops, and fine dining. To add further to the amenities, a spectacular new full-service spa facility has been constructed within the grounds at a cost of $35 million and is reported to be the finest Spa in the United States. The resort is the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award and the Mobile Four Star Award.
SPA: The Spa is nestled in the hillside below The Grove Park Inn. Measuring more than 40,000 square feet, it is located largely underground ... so as not to obstruct the stunning views from the Inn. The Spa's design pays tribute to what makes The Grove Park Inn so distinctive, such as the stone walls and mountain views, while maintaining a unique and contemporary mood. The design of The Spa is nothing short of extraordinary. A glass atrium over the Spa's main pool bathes this inviting oasis in natural light, while the chamber's high stone walls and torchieres recall the grandness of another place and time. Two waterfalls grace the area that divides the lap pool from the main Spa pool. A fire warms the chamber. Men's and women's whirlpools are located just steps away. The spa is reached by underground tunnels running from the two wings of the Inn, or by a waterscaped path that begins at the foot of the Sunset Terrace. A waterfall and gardens lush with native plants draw on the beauty of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. The wide breadth of services offered allows you to create an experience as individual as you are. The treatments all share a common thread: to gently cleanse the system, ease sore muscles and joints, and revitalize the spirit. To avoid disappointment, contact The Spa in advance for reservations by calling direct at 828-252-2711 (ext.2772) or toll-free at 877-772-0747.
GOLF: First opened for play in 1899, then redesigned in 1923 by master golf course architect Donald Ross, the 6,500 yard, par 70 layout is a shotmaker's challenge with emphasis on accuracy rather than power. From beneath the crest of Sunset Mountain, the players' ascent from the level front nine to the gentle slopes of the back nine offer spectacular views. The course is immaculately maintained and is considered one of the finest conditioned courses in Western North Carolina. The Golf Pro Shop offers a wide range of quality merchandise. Reservations: 828-252-1174.
TENNIS: For reservations phone the Tennis Pro Shop at 828-252-2711, ext. 1045.
OTHER AREA ATTRACTIONS Area attractions include the 255-room Biltmore Estate, the Biltmore Village shops, Chimney Rock Park, white water rafting, the Cherokee Indian Reservation, Blue Ridge Parkway, Folk Art Center and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.