Grove Park Inn

We celebrated our second anniversary with a fancy spa getaway to the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina.

A room with a view
A room with a view

It was a relaxing vacation because once we arrived we didn’t have to leave. We booked one of the “Heavenly Series” overnight spa packages and then added on an additional night stay. We found this was the best deal because the Inn is quite expensive. In addition to room and parking fees, the package included a massage for both of us, access to the spa/pools and lunch at the spa cafe.

Exterior view of the subterranean spa
Exterior view of the subterranean spa

Obviously no phones or cameras allowed in the spa, and you have to be 18 or older to enter. To preserve the “sanctuary” of the spa there is a quiet policy, which keeps the atmosphere calm and relaxing. The only thing to note is that the men and women’s facilities are separate, so we had to split up to enjoy the hot tubs, cold dunking pools and saunas.

According to its website, the $50 million 43,000-square-foot subterranean spa features cavernous rock walls, arches, tunnels and 20 water features. The main pool area features two therapeutic waterfall pools, a warm mineral pool and lap pool with 6,500 fiber-optic stars embedded in the ceiling and constant underwater music. Enjoy exhilarating contrast pools, an inhalation room and eucalyptus-infused steam room. The 10 pools are mineral-based and contain traces of sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Three fireside lounges await you with overstuffed chairs, warm blankets, light snacks, hot organic teas and herbal infused waters. And step outside to enjoy fireplaces, whirlpool, and a tiered outdoor terrace with panoramic mountain views.

There are also several bars and restaurants onsite. We had our anniversary dinner at Vue 1913. It was really great and we had an awesome server. We had a long conversation with him about the Inn’s wine collection. He was an aspiring sommelier, so Drew asked if it would be possible for us to check out the cellar. Once he got approval from his manager, we went down to the check out the wines.

We also ate at Edison craft ales + kitchen. They had a great selection of local and regional craft beers.

A delicious beer flight at the on site restaurant, Edison craft ales + kitchen
A delicious beer flight at the on site restaurant, Edison craft ales + kitchen

The Inn has a cool history, which includes being an internment center for Axis diplomats during WWII.

Additionally, 10 presidents have stayed at the hotel: Calvin Coolidge, Woodrow Wilson, William Howard Taft, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Jini with the giant stone fireplace
Jini with the giant stone fireplace
Drew with the giant stone fireplace
Drew with the giant stone fireplace

We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to friends and family.