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The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Introduces ‘Girlfriends Getaway’

Friday, October 30th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa has the perfect way for you to reconnect with that long lost friend from high school or college with our Girlfriends Getaway package. There’s no better way to connect with good friends than with this relaxing and fun-filled package. Make a date with “the girls” and meet up at our historic mountain retreat. A visit to our celebrated world class Spa gets your Girlfriends Getaway started. Slip into luxurious robes, then swim, relax in our sauna or simply idle in our outdoor whirlpool with its incredible views. The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa offers a variety of activities such as dining, shopping, golf and a state-of-the-art sports and fitness center. At the end of a fun-filled day, girlfriends can retire to their room for a night of gossip and heart-to-hearts: Just like old times!

The Girlfriends Getaway Package includes:

– Accommodations

– Dinner served in your room or at award winning Blue Ridge Dining Room

– Daily breakfast

– Passes to The Spa at The Grove Park Inn Resort

Call (800) 438-5800 for more information or to speak to a reservations specialist, or visit www.groveparkinn.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ewgrove and Facebook at www.facebook.com/groveparkinn.

Grove Park Inn & Spa Teams Up with BMW for Ultimate Test Drive

Monday, October 19th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa invites guests to take the ultimate road trip! For a limited time this fall, participants can take their turn behind the wheel of the Ultimate Driving Machine, while staying at the ultimate mountain retreat. The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa has teamed up with BMW to offer a BMW Blue Ridge Driving Package. As part of the deal, guests will spend an afternoon cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway in a brand new BMW with a full tank of gas – the ultimate test drive.

Guests will receive a $50 Grove Park Inn gift card, breakfast daily and a choice of select BMW models for an extended test drive. Gift cards may be used to prepare a gourmet lunch basket to go at Tastings of Grove Park or add on a luxurious treatment at Grove Park’s world-class spa to experience the ultimate in relaxation.

This year’s selection of cars includes the Z4 Roadster, the 128i Convertible, the 335Ci Convertible, the 750Li, X5d (diesel), the X6 and the MINI Cooper S. Selection of test drive vehicles are subject to change without notice.

The BMW Blue Ridge Driving Package includes:

Two nights of accommodations, breakfast daily, a $50 Grove Park Inn gift card and one three hour BMW test drive.

Grove Park Adds New Event to National Gingerbread Competition

Monday, October 12th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Celebrate the National Gingerbread House Competition at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa with a new “Stories of Gingerbread” tour for 2009. Each year, gingerbread artists from around the country compete in the annual competition. Now for the first time, guests will be taken behind the scenes of the popular holiday event to learn how the intricate homes are constructed, what materials were used in the designs, and other special tidbits that make the National Gingerbread House Competition a treat for people of all ages.

Guests who sign up for the “Stories of Gingerbread” tour will receive a special, commemorative lapel pin that is sure to become a collector’s item. “Stories of Gingerbread” tours will be held at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The cost for the special tour is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. With these fanciful entries on display throughout the resort, guests will enjoy sugar and spice and everything nice! The “Stories of Gingerbread” tours begin November 23, 2009. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 828-252-2711, ext. 409

The Grove Park Inn & Spa Introduces Special Package for Parents-To-Be

Monday, September 28th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is introducing the perfect getaway for parents-to-be. The historic resort provides the perfect setting for one last relaxing getaway before the arrival of new family members. Expectant parents are invited to rest, rejuvenate and reconnect before entering (or re-entering) parenthood with The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Parents-to-be Babymoon Retreat Package.

Whether you’re welcoming your first child, your fifth, or adopting, this package includes everything you’ll need to relax and prepare for the arrival of your little one. Enjoy accommodations, breakfast daily, a special Grove Park Inn gift basket and discounts on dining and spa. Mom also gets her choice of a Mother-to-Be Wrap or a Maternity Massage at our world-class Spa and dad gets either a Spa Day Pass or a round of golf on our acclaimed Donald Ross course.

The Parents-to-be Babymoon Retreat Package includes:

-Two nights of accommodations

-Breakfast daily, your choice of the Blue Ridge Dining Room’s lavish buffet or In Room Dining

-Mom’s Choice: Mother-to-Be Wrap or Maternity Massage

-Dad’s Choice: Spa Day Pass or 18 Holes on our Donald Ross Golf Course
Grove Park Inn gift basket

-20% off a treatment at our world-class Spa, excluding Nail Treatments and Saturday appointments

-20% off dinner for two at your choice of Horizons, The Sunset Terrace or Blue Ridge Dining Room.

If your plans for a little one include adoption, our reservations specialists will be glad to customize a package to suit your needs.

For more information, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.0050 or 828.252.2711; visit www.groveparkinn.com, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ewgrove and Facebook at www.facebook.com/groveparkinn.

The Grove Park Inn to Sponsor Holiday Fireworks

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville City Council has voted to accept a $40,000 donation from The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa to pay for fireworks during the upcoming holiday season. “Seasonal Sizzle at Seven” is a business stimulus campaign centered around three firework programs to be fired off at 7:00 P.M. on the first three Saturdays in December in downtown Asheville. This campaign will encompass the first 19 days of December with various customer oriented specials. The goal is to stimulate the local economy during the holidays.

“This is the second year we have sponsored the Seasonal Sizzle at Seven, and we believe it is a valuable economic tool for the local business community,” said Ron Morin, Executive Director of Operations at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. “Local merchants have told us that Seasonal Sizzle at Seven was very good for business last year because it brought more people to the downtown area for shopping and dining. We believe everyone will benefit again this year.”

In addition to the free fireworks sponsored by The Grove Park Inn Spa & Resort, Asheville residents and holiday visitors will also enjoy live entertainment, seasonal specials at local restaurants, and extended hours of evening shopping in downtown Asheville’s eclectic boutiques and craft galleries.

Grove Park Inn Offering Resort Memberships

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009


ASEHVILLE, NC – For the first time in almost a decade, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa opening up memberships for its award winning golf and sports facilities to members of the Asheville community and surrounding areas.

The facilities and services which are now available to the public include an 18 hole Donald Ross golf course, tennis and racquetball courts, a 50,000 square-foot sports complex with men’s and women’s locker room facilities, fitness center, tennis and golf pro shops and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

Designed by the legendary Donald Ross, the Grove Park Inn Resort Golf Course is rated as one of the best in North Carolina. Golfweek magazine included the course in its 2005 “America’s Best” listings and Golf Digest named it in 2004 as “one of the ten best courses in the United States that is 100 years old or more.” Other awards include “Top 100 Golf Courses” by the North Carolina Golf Panel in 2009 and a ranking of 48 in the “Top 100 Golf Resorts” by Conde Nast in 2007.

In addition, those who purchase a Grove Park Inn Resort Membership will receive special rates for accommodations and a 15% discount when dining at any of Grove Park Inn’s four award winning restaurants.

For more information about purchasing a Grove Park Inn resort membership, please contact Bernard Chandler at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.5800 or 828.252.2711 or visit www.groveparkinn.com.

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Announces New Public Relations Manager

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa announced today that it has named Deborah Potter as Manager of Public Relations. Potter will be in charge of press releases and news media relations. She is a former reporter and news room manager for WLOS-TV and WSPA-TV, a former editor for the Asheville Citizen Times and served as press secretary for former U.S. Rep. Charles H. Taylor.

“We are so pleased to have such a high-caliber and talented media professional join our team,” said Susan Phillips, Director of Marketing Communications for The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. “Deborah has wonderful contacts with our local media and she will be a great help as we expand our public relations with regional and national media outlets.”

Potter is a native of Avery County and a graduate of Western Carolina University. She lives in Swannanoa with her daughters Kaylie and Kerrigan.

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is currently hiring in all departments. For more information on job openings, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.5800 or 828.252.2711 or visit www.groveparkinn.com.

Grove Park Taps Beverly Hanks to Market Fitzgerald Condominiums

Friday, August 28th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The wholly owned development entity of The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa—recently selected Asheville-based real estate firm Beverly-Hanks & Associates, Inc. as the listing agent to drive sales at The Fitzgerald Condominiums, located on the historic grounds of The Grove Park Inn. “We’re very excited to be selected to represent The Fitzgerald,” said Neal Hanks, President of Beverly-Hanks. “The Fitzgerald is a premier offering in Asheville. It has a coveted location at the historic Grove Park Inn, just minutes from downtown. And it offers a finished product with finished amenities.”

The Fitzgerald is a picture of strength in today’s market, offering itself as a limited collection of 24 elegant residences. Each unit overlooks the celebrated Donald Ross Golf Course and provides breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and downtown Asheville. Units range in size from 1,969 to 2,843 square feet, with prices beginning at $1 million. A host of privileges and amenities are available to owners through an exclusive Grove Park Inn Community Membership, including complimentary, unlimited access to the nationally acclaimed, award-winning Spa, golf privileges at the Inn’s Donald Ross Golf Course and access to a 50,000 square-foot Sports Complex.

Already, The Fitzgerald has generated a lot of interest and momentum—25% of the units have closed and the first residents have moved in. To help Beverly-Hanks drive sales at The Fitzgerald, GPI Ventures has also enlisted the help of a local sales and marketing firm, The Carolina Agency, a small group of Senior-Level only marketing specialists who have a great deal of experience in high-end real estate and master-planned communities. Additionally, The Fitzgerald is listed as a featured community at downtown Asheville’s Private Mountain Communities (PMC), the recognized authority on Western North Carolina real estate and mountain living.

According to Craig Madison—a former marketing agency owner and current President and CEO of The Grove Park Inn—the combination of Beverly-Hanks, The Carolina Agency and PMC offers exactly the right mix of experience and talent to take The Fitzgerald to the next level. “We’ve enjoyed a good deal of early success in the local market,” he says, “but it’s now time to take a more targeted and integrated message to the regional and national markets. The team of players we’ve assembled—with their industry experience in upscale lifestyle-based communities and extensive knowledge of our market—enables us to do that.”

For anyone desiring to learn more about The Fitzgerald or to take an up-close tour of the property, a model residence is now open daily—Monday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Grove Park Inn is Hiring

Monday, August 17th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Even in light of the economy’s recent downturn, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa announced today that it has over 40 positions that will be filled over the next 30 days. The Resort has a variety of job openings available in hourly, salaried, and management positions in several departments including accounting, food and beverage, front desk, grounds, guest services, housekeeping, laundry, marketing, retail, and telecommunications.

“In the midst of tough economic times, we had limited filling any open positions,” states Rachel Monroe, Director of Human Resources at The Grove Park Inn. “However, over the past few months we have seen an increase in travel demand at our property, which has certainly encouraged us to be cautiously optimistic about the future. As a result, we are actively recruiting qualified individuals to fill these open positions and become part of The Grove Park Inn family.”

Applications are available online. To learn more about specific jobs and to apply online please visit www.groveparkinn.com/Leisure/Careers.

Grove Park Announces Entry Guidelines for Gingerbread House Competition

Friday, August 14th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Do you have what it takes to earn gingerbread glory? The only way to find out is to get baking and enter the 17th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition taking place at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in scenic Asheville, N.C.

“This event has gained national recognition since The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa held the first competition back in 1993. We now receive hundreds of entries from across the country and it has blossomed into a true holiday tradition,” said Ronald E. Morin, Executive Director of Operations at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.

Judging by a professional panel takes place across four categories: Adult (18 years and older), Teen (13-17 years old), Youth (9-12 years old) and Child (5-8 years old). Entries are judged on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme. Except for the base, the entries must be constructed entirely of edible materials. The maximum size of gingerbread houses in the competition cannot exceed two feet wide, two feet long and two feet high.

The event takes over The Grove Park Inn Grand Ballroom. Contestants may deliver their gingerbread houses starting on Sunday, Nov. 15th, from 2 -8 p.m. and again on Monday, Nov. 16th, from 7-8:30 a.m. The judging begins on Nov. 16th, with the awards presented that day at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The National Gingerbread House Competition awards more than $12,000 in cash and prizes. The grand prize winner receives a $3,000 cash prize, plus a two night Club Floor stay at The Grove Park Inn & Spa Resort, complete with dinner for two and breakfast daily at the historic hotel. All contestants will receive a personalized certificate.

“The judges have a very difficult time selecting a winner in each category because of the level of creativity that contestants bring to this event. Moreover, we have guests return to the Grove Park Inn year after year just to take part in the tradition of viewing these gingerbread houses during the holidays,” said Heather Brannan, Special Events Manager at The Grove Park Inn. “It’s truly one of my favorite times of year at the resort.”