Friday, February 19, 2010

The Grove Park Inn, Asheville North Carolina

Standing high upon a hill overlooking the city of Asheville, North Cacalaky or better know to visitors and people across the nation as the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina stands a prime outstanding piece of artwork constructed of rock from Sunshine mountain upon which it stands, wood, clay and metal.

The Grove Park Inn created by the vision of Edwin Wiley Grove and opened to the public in 1913. Where visitors from around the world ascend to the mountain heights to be taken in by its beauty and luxury along with the breath taking scenic views of mountains, the sky and the city of Asheville.

When you enter the grand Inn you are amazed by the home feeling and surprised when you approach the Great Hall where you find huge fire places, stone walls and over grand windows bring a sense of tranquility to all who partake in it's view. It seems bigger than life to be in a room made mostly of native granite that had been set piece by piece to create the atmosphere.

The fire places almost always lit and dozens of rocking chairs placed strategically to view the fire are hard to resist and if you relax you can be sure to order a cognac, glass of wine or even a hot cocoa from the bar and most likely listen to some comforting mountain music playing in the back ground.

You may wander, visiting the shops with ethnic gifts and trinkets to take home or see artwork of all varieties on display in the halls and in certain rooms. There is a grand ball room, fine dining, swimming and spa. The rooms for rent are lavishly decorated to show the era in which Grove entertained and the gardens and terrace are embossed with architecture and flowers that is most impressive and brings the feel of serenity.

A visit to the Grove is an event even for a resident of Asheville and surrounding towns people as well as outside visitors because we need to recapture its beauty on a constant basis. It reminds us that this is the feel of North Carolina.

We are a part of so many heritage back grounds that have brought much glorification to us. A visit prompts forgetting for a brief time the everyday drudgery of work and life to really live and embracing the happy peaceful times spent with friends and family, good food, good fun and relaxation.

Look forward to the day when you plan to visit the inn and bask in all of its glory, no matter the occasion. Plan to stay and partake in the real experience, I promise it will not be a let down.

As a family we visit the Grove Park Inn at least twice a year, once for a look at the Christmas decor and the gingerbread houses in competition and once during the summer to partake in the beauty of a summer day. I hope you all get the chance to visit this place at least once in your life.

The End

Laura Elizabeth

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