The last time my husband and I went out for an overnight stay without children was either 2008 or 2009. How bad is it that I can’t remember? Since becoming a Mom of Multiples, my husband and I have needed a little getaway more than ever. However, child care is always a problem for moms with more than one kid, multiples or not. I wonder why no one wants to keep all my kids at once? Hmm….. So when discussing an overnight retreat, I knew that we couldn’t get away for more than one night. I wanted to go somewhere not that far away where I could sleep for longer than four hours straight on a comfortable mattress. Really, I don’t ask for much. For the longest time, the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, has been on my “bucket list” of places to visit. It sounded like a great place for an overnight stay for an exhausted mom of multiples. But I was wrong. Instead of being blandly great, our stay was absolute perfection. Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram received a sneak peek of our trip. But those few pictures were nothing compared to the photo eye candy that is to follow!
Omni Grove Park Inn is located in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. The Grove Park Inn is located outside of Asheville just a bit, so it is exclusive from the hustle and bustle of downtown. After driving up the road to the resort, we turned the corner and were met by this gorgeous sight.
The Grove Park Inn has a reputation of being a high-class resort, leaving me a tad bit intimidated as we rolled up in the driveway in our van. My foot was the only thing that stopped sippy cups and GoGurt wrappers from rolling out into the courtyard. But no one even gave our ride a second glance. The valet staff were friendly and informed us exactly where we needed to go and where to check in. Our check in experience was probably the fastest of any hotel that I’ve ever been, and that was even with me entranced by the two 36 foot wide fireplaces in the Great Hall.
We then drove down to the parking garage and went up to our room, which was located in the Sammons Wing portion of the resort. Our room was incredibly spacious, clean, and comfortable for a mom to put up her aching feet. Here are a few highlights of our room:
The little area outside of the bathroom conveniently held a Keurig, small refrigerator, and a large mirror. Across from the area was a closet with robes and a built-in safe.
The bathroom was a nice size and had all the usual bathroom necessities. My husband liked that the towels were nice and plush.
Confession: The biggest problem that my husband and I have an extremely comfortable bed. So comfortable, in fact, that we have issues when we go on trips because the bed is too lumpy, hard, squeaky, etc. The Grove Park Inn is the first time in my recollection that we have ever slept on a mattress as great as our own at home. I actually went to bed at 9:00 pm. Slightly sad, I’m sure, but I haven’t been able to go to bed that early in at least two years! I fell asleep to the hubby watching American Ninja Warrior. My mom, who was staying at the house with all four kids, heeded me to “not come back pregnant” when I left. Hmph..yeah, mom, that’s definitely not happening. Do you want to me leave you at the house with even more kids?
Our room also had a cozy sitting area that overlooked the golf course AND the mountains. There are very few places where you can get a view of both from the same window.
Before any of my readers get the idea that our trip only consisted of time in the room, let me set ya’ straight. The hubby and I toured the resort for nearly two hours and we still didn’t see everything that there was to see. We had to stop because of a fabulous dinner reservation, but I’ll get to more about that in a minute. One of the most fascinating aspects of the Omni Grove Park Inn is the massive amount of history that lies within its’ walls. A stroll up and down the corridors displays the inn’s past, and boasts of clientele such as a Presidents and movie stars. I loved the historical elevators, which gave me my first encounter with an elevatress. I really wish that I had gotten a photo with her. She was super, and, man, could she multi-task! She operated the elevator like a champ and gave us a little history run-down at the same time. The elevators in the Great Hall are original to the construction of the inn, and they are innovatively placed within the ends of the massive granite fireplace, concealing them to those in the Great Hall. Even if you’re simply passing through Asheville, stop by the Grove Park Inn just to see the elevators– especially if you’re a history buff.
The architecture of the resort is stunning. Here are a few photo highlights.
We unfortunately didn’t have any time for spa treatments– I was too busy snoozing– but the spa has been ranked among the best spas in the United States. And it’s no surprise why!
After our little self-guided tour, we headed up to our dinner reservation at Edison Craft Ale and Kitchen.
The hubby and I decided to splurge and get an appetizer, which we hardly ever do. We made an excellent choice of the pretzel bread. I followed this up with the grilled chicken BLT, and the hubby ate the grilled cheese, which was unlike any regular grilled cheese EVER! A shout-out to our waiter, Andrei C., who was helped make our dining experience great. Here are a few of our Instagram photos of our dinner.
Our trip was truly only for rest and relaxation. I was the first time I had slept for eight hours straight since, well, I can’t remember. But for adventure seekers, Omni Grove Park Inn has something for everyone. There is a sport complex and pool on the grounds, multiple restaurants/dining options, spa accommodations, and available whitewater rafting trips through the Nantahala Outdoor Center.
So what places are on your “bucket list” of places to visit? The Omni Grove Park Inn should definitely be on there!
Disclosure: A special thanks to the Omni Grove Park Inn for accommodating this exhausted mom of multiples and providing us with a discount. I’m so happy to share my personal words, photos, and experiences with my readers.