We arrived late Monday morning to enjoy the sites and maybe do some shopping. If you've not had the chance to visit the Grove Park Inn or even Asheville in Western North Carolina, you're missing out on an amazing treat.
Our stay began with a flawless check in and our gasps when we saw the views from our room. Snow-cap-covered Blue Ridge Mountains, an amazing golf course and light flurries of snow falling. The room alone was amazing. Closest to the most amazing bed we've ever slept in! (not as good as the Westin Hotel Beds, but I concur, lol).
The food was insanely good, albeit pricey, but it's worth it for a treat like this. We explored all these nooks and crannies all around this old place. Tons of pictures of past presidents and other famous people hanging on the walls, so much history, just awesome.
We went downtown and visited a couple places for lunch. A mediocre muffaletta at Mayfel's followed by an incredible chocolate cafe called "French Broad Chocolate Lounge" where we had a couple truffles (cayenne, dark chocolate truffle and a fennel olive oil ganache truffle), a pot de creme (which is like the best pudding you'll ever eat), wife had a real hot chocolate made with ganache and I had the best espresso I've drank since this Italian espresso cart at the Hethrow airport in London, England. I mean, this entire dessert experience was an awesome relief from the bitter windy 20 degree cold outside.
Enjoy a few pics.
Cayenne pepper and fennel truffles, whoa.
Pot de creme and the best espresso to wash it down :)
The golf course covered in a flurry of snow
View of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the balcany
Grove park facade
View from our room
Fireplace you can stand in! They kept this thing blazing the entire time.