The Omni Grove Park Inn road trips
Blue Ridge Parkway North Carolina
Most road trips are a visual experience — a blur of views along a ribbon of asphalt — but anyone who has journeyed to The Omni Grove Park Inn will tell you this is no ordinary North Carolina road trip. Tucked in the mountain splendor of Asheville, this AAA Four Diamond resort enlightens all the senses to create a memorable road trip. And of course, the resort has breathtaking views going for it, too.
Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway
Starting with the resort’s enviable vistas, The Omni Grove Park Inn is situated in road trip paradise — the Blue Ridge Mountains — where endless stretches of scenic ridges are bathed in a misty blue aura complemented by splashes of colorful foliage. The Blue Ridge Parkway, dubbed “America’s Favorite Drive,” is a 469-mile stretch that draws more road trip enthusiasts than any other scenic route. And while this national parkway is not technically a “national park,” the Blue Ridge Parkway has been the most-visited unit in the National Park System since 1950.
Just east of The Omni Grove Park Inn, the Blue Ridge Parkway winds into the Blue Ridge Mountains. The parkway has become so iconic among Americans that the United States Mint is featuring it on North Carolina’s America the Beautiful Quarter, which it will be releasing on June 22, 2015. The entire inn itself enjoys resplendent views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The mountains themselves provide resort guests with recreational respite. The inn's founder, Edwin W. Grove, was an avid proponent of daily exercise, even adding a hiking trail to the property upon its 1913 opening. That trail has since expanded for hiking enthusiasts. Golfers can find their own recreational treasure at the resort’s Donald Ross-designed golf course, while the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains offer up a world of other adventures.
Explore Asheville’s food scene
Take a road trip to “Foodtopia.” For foodies who like to hit the open road, there’s no place greater than Asheville, where one of America’s finest culinary scenes has rooted itself in this North Carolina destination. The Omni Grove Park Inn is located 1.5 miles from downtown Asheville, where extraordinary cuisine is paired with the town’s growing craft beer exploits. The Asheville area offers a number of culinary adventures: forest-to-table fare, cheese trail fun, Asheville cooking classes and Appalachian Mountain harvests.
The town is also famed for whipping up some of the best North Carolina barbecue, the perfect complement to the town’s burgeoning breweries. In fact, the state is on pace to become the nation’s No. 1 craft beer producer, with Asheville boasting more breweries per capita than any other U.S. city. Home to 18 craft breweries with another on the way (New Belgium Brewing Co.’s 133,000-square-foot brewery), Asheville’s hopping craft scene has rightfully earned the name “Beer City, USA.”
Nothing captures the “Foodtopia” vibe more than The Omni Grove Park Inn’s own palatable offerings. Guests can tantalize their taste buds at four renowned restaurants, all of which boast views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. An American twist on a European-style restaurant, Vue 1913 blends American-French cuisine at the hotel’s very own brasserie, while Blue Ridge serves up a farm-to-table artisanal buffet, including its don’t-miss Friday seafood, Saturday prime rib and Sunday brunch. For an iconic chophouse experience, visit Sunset Terrace with its views of Asheville, then cap off the evening at EDISON, craft ales + kitchen, an inventive bar with craft beers, batch bourbons, mixed cocktails and contemporary cuisine.
Take in Asheville performing arts
For acoustic exploration, the “Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina” guidebook offers road trippers a folk music tour with stops throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, even pairing the guide with a 20-track companion CD for on-the-road Asheville music. For the real deal, stop into town, where Asheville’s live music scene melds old mountain tunes with new bluesy rock for a memorable experience.
After scoping out the town’s unique music vibe, guests at The Omni Grove Park Inn can take in one of Asheville’s theater experiences or stroll through the town’s art galleries. The Downtown Asheville Art District boasts more than 20 galleries, flaunting unique wares from the area’s talented folk artists and mountain crafters, making the town a hotbed for art collectors. Meanwhile, Asheville itself boasts more Art Deco architecture than any other southeastern city, aside from Miami Beach.
The Omni Grove Park Inn offers its own art scene, showcasing the works of several local artists, including curator and painter Nancy Hilliard Joyce, ceramic artist Akira Satake, wood sculptor George Peterson and muralist Gabriel Shaffer. The inn also adds the intricate woodwork of Earth in Home woodcraftsman Rob Kleber to its luxurious décor. For a musical treat, Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar blends music, comedy and drinks together for a live art experience.
Unwind at The Omni Grove Park Inn
A road trip wouldn’t be complete without satisfying the most important sense — touch — the feeling that only relaxation can bring. After taking in Asheville’s many attractions and winding through North Carolina High Country, The Omni Grove Park Inn offers a retreat that can’t be rivaled: a subterranean spa with cavernous walls, graceful arches and inviting tunnels made of native granite.
Earning endless top-spa accolades, The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn boasts 20 water features, including 10 mineral-based pools, therapeutic waterfalls and underwater music. After a day of pampering, guests can steal away to his and her contrast pools, each paired with their own fire pit and mountain views.
The spa is just one of many reasons guests have been retreating to The Omni Grove Park Inn for more than 100 years. From refined guest rooms to the exclusive Club Floor, reserved for 21-and-older, the resort’s accommodations provide all the right reasons to plan a North Carolina road trip. In fact, guests may find it hard to leave — even with the road calling to them.