Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Christmas at the Grove Park Inn, Asheville
Old friends from out of town visited us over the Thanksgiving holiday. Since they are in the tourism business, they stayed at the Grove Park Inn and invited us to come by on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the tree lighting ceremony.
It was a zoo to get there for the get together. We did find a parking space and squeezed into the grand but very crowded main lobby. It was beautifully decorated with a roaring fire in the huge stone fireplace. Normally I find the lobby very cold temperature wise but that night it was toasty with the fire and all the people crowded inside.
Saint Nick made his entrance and settled in to read aloud Twas the Night Before Christmas to the many children waiting for the tree to be lit. It was hard to hear over the din but his costume was splendid. A nice change from the usual red Santa outfit. Once the story was told, the tree was lit with much fanfare and children lined up to get their photos taken with St. Nick.
We ordered drinks and occupied one of the Mission style tables to listen to the band sing holiday favorites sprinkled with mellow music from days gone by. The kids were up dancing with a great many others. It was a wonderful way to begin the holiday season.
The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa opened its stately doors in 1913. As an award winner of AAA's Four Diamond award Grove Park Inn is known for its legendary service, authentic Arts & Crafts décor, and its grandeur. The resort overlooks the Asheville skyline and provides majestic views of the legendary Blue Ridge Mountains. Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa offers 512 guest rooms, including a club floor, themed suites, exquisite dining options, a world-class Spa and a famed 18-hole Donald Ross golf course. For more info call 828 252-2711 or go to www.groveparkinn.com