Asheville, North Carolina
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The weekend finally arrived where Logan and I were able to spend some time away, just the two of us! We headed on the road, but not far from home, and chose Asheville, North Carolina and the beautiful The Omni Grove Park Inn. Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Omni Grove Park Inn has been hosting travelers for over a century and many notable figures have chosen this hotel for their stay, too.
The Great Hall Bar:
Once you arrive, guests are swooned by outdoor mountain views and the indoor Great Hall Bar, a central gathering place boasting high ceilings, large stonework and floor-to-ceiling fireplaces. On the Friday that we arrived, a pianist was performing live music and The Great Hall Bar was lively and inviting. It’s such a great place to meet up with friends or to meet new friends while traveling.
The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn
We had heard so many great things about The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn but we were ready to experience it for ourselves! Logan and I enjoyed a couples’ massage but besides the actual spa treatment, we were in for a big treat. The “secret cavern” type feel of The Spa made it romantic, mystical and so unique. Boasting separate women’s and men’s lounge areas, a combined couples’ area and many indoor and outdoor pools, we could have spent an entire day at The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn.
My favorite feature of this expansive, relaxing space was the many fireplaces located throughout The Spa, from the indoor lodge spaces to poolside, both indoor and out. These spaces made for the perfect cozy corner to read a book and chat while enjoying the fire’s warmth. Logan really enjoyed the mens’ Steam Room post-massage and the therapeutic waterfalls in the hot tub which help to ease muscle soreness.
Most impressive was the no cell phone policy, forbidding spa guests from using technology while enjoying The Spa. At first I thought I’d want to be able to use my phone to take pictures for memories of our experience but then I realized that a visit to The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn is really something indescribable and something you have to experience for yourself.
Logan and I discovered the most comfortable chairs in all of the place in the underground walkaway leading to the spa. You don’t have to have a spa reservation to be able to relax in the stone-lined lobby to the sound of waterfalls. We really enjoyed spending time just chatting and enjoying each others’ company in the lobby without having to be in the actual spa.
On-site Walking Paths:
We were pleasantly surprised to find walking paths from the front entrance of The Omni Grove Park Inn for hotel guests to enjoy the great outdoors. Logan and I enjoyed the Sunset Trail, a light walking path offering beautiful views and sounds of streams and wildlife and even greater photo opportunities with stone bridges and pathways.
The Omni Grove Park Inn, from the moment you arrive, screams history. Over one century old, the hotel has hosted presidents to pop stars. It’s so interesting to walk around the beautiful building and see artifacts from the early 1900’s and the ways that the hotel has developed over the years.
As much as we enjoyed being on the go, we also enjoyed just being still and sitting on the terrace of The Omni Grove Park Inn. The hotel has tons of seating options to kick back and unwind located throughout the property, and we specifically enjoyed the rear terrace with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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And Do Good:
Since launching Say Goodnight to Hunger in June 2016, Omni Hotels & Resorts has made a donation to Feeding America® that helps provide one meal for every completed stay. To date, nearly 18 million meals have been donated to help Feeding America® provide nutritious meals for food banks to feed children, families and seniors in communities across the United States. All of 60 Omni properties are actively participating by supporting food banks and pantries in their local communities where they live, work and play.
More than 42 million Americans live with limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, including 13 million children. One in seven Americans relies on food banks to feed themselves and their families. To help combat this national problem, Omni Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Feeding America®, a nationwide network of 200 food banks that provides food and services to more than 42 million people annually, to make a meaningful impact in communities across the country.
Additionally, as the Official Hotel of the PGA TOUR®, Omni Hotels & Resorts will help provide four meals for a family in need for every birdie-or-better made during each PGA TOUR event. This past season we’ve donated over 222,000 meals through the local Feeding America® food bank in each tournament’s home city.
Omni is committed to helping the local communities in which they are located, so these donations will directly benefit food banks in the 42 communities where Omni Hotels & Resorts’ 60 properties operate. For each completed stay at any participating Omni, regardless of how the reservation is made, Omni will donate one meal to a family in need.
Through this program, Omni hopes to Say Goodnight to Hunger for good.