owned a pharmaceutical company in the late 1800s, but he also had a dream to build the most unique resort of its kind here in the beautiful mountains of the Asheville area. Mr. Grove wanted a special home here in the Asheville North Carolina
area. His idea to create a resort that overlooked the mountains of the Blue Ridge area became a reality on July 12, 1913. The Grove Park Inn
was built in just over a year and without the help of architects or contractors. The Inn has become known as the finest resort hotel in the world
and certainly here in Asheville North Carolina
. This grand resort
was built of granite boulders taken from Sunset Mountain which were hauled to the site by wagon trains, and then fitted into place by Italian stonemasons. Famous people and statesmen from all over have enjoyed visits to the Grove Park Inn
including our current President of the United States.
More about the Grove Park Inn
During World War II the Inn was leased by the U.S. Government and used to house diplomats. The Navy department converted the Inn to a rest center in 1942. The Army also used the Inn after 1944 until the end of the war as a Redistribution Center where soldiers stayed upon coming back from duty overseas until they could be reassigned. The Inn changed hands many time before 1955 until it was purchased by Dallas magnate Charles Sammons. A new era for the Inn arrived in 1982 when a multi-million dollar expansion was begun and provided for the renovation of the main lodge, adding a wing, and remodeling the Country Club.
The Grove Park Inn - Asheville NC
Golf Course and Spa at the Inn
The golf course at the Grove Park Inn
was actually there in 1899 before the hotel was actually built. The course was redesigned by Donald Ross
in 1924 and is now owned by the resort. The course is a par-70 course and is a member club that is also open to the public and guests. In 1999 the Inn embraced a 60 million dollar expansion that added the 40,000 square foot spa that now serves as the Inns centerpiece. Located largely underground the spa was designed to be one of the finest in the world with most guests wanting to spend the majority of their time in this rejuvenating area of the current resort. Famous guests of the Grove Park Inn include Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Jerry Seinfeld, William Howard Taft, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bobby Jones, Will Rogers, President Obama, Harry Houdini and scores of other famous and influential people. The Grove Park Inn
is a must see while here in the Asheville NC area.
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