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A Century of Stories... Yet to be Told

A Year of Centennial Events & Celebrations – (See press release in press kit)

Focusing on its long history in arts and entertainment, as well as its legacy as a destination for wellness, The Grove Park will mark its centennial the milestone by focusing on three themed seasons – Music & Entertainment, January – April; Health & Wellness, May – August and Arts & Literature, September – December.

The Largest Collection of Arts & Crafts Furnishings – Valued at $2.5 million

Grove Park Inn was hailed as the "the finest resort hotel in the world," by newspapers all over the country when it opened in 1913.  Nearly 100 years later, the original Arts & Crafts furniture and other antique pieces collected over the years, has culminated in the largest collection of Arts & Crafts furniture in the world.  The furniture is not behind ropes or displayed in museum-type cases, it is used by the guests as much today as it was in 1913.  Though few know the value of what they pass by in our halls, a new appraisal values the collection at 4.5 million. The National Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference and Antiques Show celebrated its 25th anniversary last February - the New York Times has called this event "the most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors".

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Untold Story…Behind The Doors Of Room 441

During the summers of 1935 and 1936, F. Scott Fitzgerald was in residence in Room 441. He first arrived in Asheville, hoping to revive his health and literary career – he did neither. The following summer he admitted his wife, Zelda, into Highland Hospital to seek treatment for advanced schizophrenia (she would die there years later in a fire the week before she was to be released).  During his stay his excessive drinking lead to a dislocated shoulder from diving into a shallow lake, a failed suicide attempt and a multitude of affairs. Fitzgerald requested the room 441 for its vantage point to spot good-looking new arrivals. Each September we celebrate this literary giant’s birthday.

President Obama Keeps His Promise – The Tenth President To Check-In

Not many hotels can make this claim, especially one tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC.  But when the hotel opened nearly 100 years ago, the rich, famous and politically powerful flocked to see the “greatest resort in the world.” Mr. Obama's stay made it our tenth presidential visit.  The first time Mr. Obama visited was when he was preparing for a campaign speech in Charlotte.  He was too busy to enjoy it and claimed he'd be back to play golf.  In April 2010, President Obama and the First Lady enjoyed a relaxing couples retreat, playing golf on our historic course (older than the hotel) and relaxing at our world-class Spa.

Depok Chopra Gives Thumbs Up For The Spa
2011 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards – In Top 20 Hotel Spa

The AAA Four-Diamond Grove Park Inn has one of North America's most sought after Spa experiences.  That is why Depok Chopra chose to hold his Journey into Healing workshop here last year.  This is how The Spa was described on his website - “…guests can nourish their senses in the natural elements of Grove Park Inn marvelous spa– rated as one of the best in the world.  In this 40,000 square-foot retreat of inviting blue pools, stone caverns, and light-splashed interiors, you will feel your tension melt away as you luxuriate in a mineral bath and heal in the abundant flow of the myriad indoor waterfalls. Choose from a full menu of signature massages, facials, and body treatments for men and women."

Golf Pro, Breanne Hall Goes For Gold Earning PGA & Gives Tips To Obama

Breanne Hall, Head Golf Pro at Grove Park Inn, received her PGA Certification on April 4, 2012.  She put the LPGA certification on hold to go right for the “gold”.  She is now one of only 805 women among the 23,026 members throughout all sections of the PGA and 57 of the 1,667 members in the Carolinas PGA.  And she hung out on the course with President Obama – we have photos to prove it.

Per Se, Lemair…and Back Home To The Grove Park Inn

Duane Fernandes is the Chef de Cuisine of Horizons Dining Room, the Resort’s flagship restaurant and Asheville’s only AAA Four-Diamond restaurant. Fernandes was raised in NC but moved on to work with some of the country’s best chefs before returning home.  Newly created summer tasting menu – available upon request.  Big plans in store for a new, more edgy less formal, Horizons with cuisine that will make Chef Keller take notice.

Home Grown Reigns Supreme at Grove Park Inn

Twenty-seven local farms inspire the Chefs at Grove Park Inn and ultimately determine each season’s changing menus.  Goodnight Brothers country ham and Logan Turnpike grits star at the Blue Ridge Dinning Room, Split Creek Farm goat cheese and Ashley Farm all-natural chicken take center stage at Horizons and Sorrels Creek Trout Farm marries Jolly Farms micro-greens at Sunset Terrace.  The chefs at The Grove Park Inn consider the farmers part of their culinary team and often invite them to join in on seasonal menu planning.  Together the farmers and Food and beverage team create dishes that showcase these lovingly locally-raised products."

Ghostly Haunts By The Pink Lady

For nearly half a century there has been the belief by many employees and guests that there is a ghost who roams the hallways of the Main Inn.  She is referred to as the Pink Lady because of the flowing pink gown she wears.  It is believed that this young woman was a guest in Room 545 in the 1920’s and that she either jumped or was pushed to her death in the Palm Court, five floors below.  No records exist that support any of these claims but it may have been hushed up to avoid negative publicity – no one will probably ever know.  But new reports of her sightings still occur, some say they just see a pink mist, others a full apparition of a young long-haired beauty in a pink gown.

Moonshine All Dressed Up As A Centennial Cocktail

Moonshine has its roots in Appalachia, once a forbidden concoction that burnt like hell goin’ down, is now all grown up for the 21st century. Troy & Sons Distillery in Asheville (story on Good Morning America this month) is making “shine” worthy of pouring at Grove Park Inn Great Hall Bar.  Distilled in small batches, the cream of the crop or “Keeper” whiskey is adorning ultimate favorites -

Concocted by Chad Willis, Beverage Manager at the Grove Park Inn
Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic (Named after E.W. Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic that made a fortunes for the entrepreneur who built Grove Park Inn in 1913)
“Good for whatever ails you” 
GPI Centennial Cocktail
1.5oz Bulleit Bourbon
1oz Simple Syrup
1oz Club Soda
Muddle orange, lemon, and a real Maraschino cherry