When deciding where to stay it was an easy decision: The Grove Park Inn. The Grove Park, located just minutes from downtown Asheville, opened in 1913 and has since hosted many famous celebrities, literary greats and United States presidents. F. Scott Fitzgerald (who I also happen to share a birthday with) spent several years writing some of his greatest literary works from rooms 441 and 443 of the historic main inn at the Grove Park. The hotel is rich with history and the lobby still has the original beautiful stacked stone fireplaces from when it was built all those years ago. The Grove Park also has a beautiful outdoor area with expansive terraces that allow you to soak in the mountain views and catch breathtaking sunsets on a nightly basis.
Our room was located in the Sammons Wing, just off of the main historic inn and the lobby. From our room we had the most beautiful view of the Inn's golf course and the Smoky Mountains, and the morning sunrise from our window was absolutely stunning. Upon arriving to our guest room I was so excited to find that the hotel had left a little birthday treat of chocolates and a card for my arrival.
One of the greatest things about the Grove Park is the truly relaxing experience you can enjoy when visiting. There were several restaurants throughout the resort that you can dine at for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as several spots in the evenings for live music, appetizers, and drinks. One of our favorite restaurants at the hotel was Edison, we ended up eating there on two different occasions during our trip. Trust me when I say, this was the best grilled cheese I have ever tasted. And the beautiful outdoor seating area with gorgeous views and fireplaces makes it even better.
On my actual birthday we spent the day at the Grove Park Inn Spa. Wow. The spa is a truly amazing and tranquil experience at the Grove Park, and definitely my favorite of all the spas that I have visited. The subterranean spa features rock walls, arches, tunnels, and a variety of different water features, plunge pools, sauna rooms, and treatments. 43,000 square feet of pure relaxation was the perfect way to spend my 25th birthday. The heated pool on the spa deck allowed us to soak in the beautiful mountain view and refreshing mountain air, all while keeping warm.
Overall, our experience at the Grove Park was wonderful and we hardly left the resort at all. There was no reason too. We did take a quick little drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The leaves were not changing quite yet, but regardless it was still just as pretty as any other season.