By Roger Cox, Editor
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Omni Grove Park Inn has been a landmark in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains since it opened in 1913. The original Inn, constructed of granite, endures, its Great Hall dominated by massive fireplaces and its rooms notable for their Arts & Crafts furnishings. A newer, more contemporary wing brings the total number of rooms to 513.
Recreation abounds, including 6 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, an 18-hole Donald Ross golf course, and an expansive sports center (with indoor swimming pool, racquetball court, and separate cardio and weight rooms), and a 43,000-square-foot spa. Omni Hotels & Resorts acquired the Inn in mid 2013 and invested $25 million in resort upgrades.
The tennis allure resides in the setting 2,500 feet up in the Blue Ridge Mountains and its three indoor courts. Tennis Pro Wayne Forester teaches private lessons and adult and junior clinics, and the weekly calendar also includes ladies' and men's nights.The retail shop within the Sports Complex offers both tennis balls and attire for purchase, however is not expansive enough to offer racquets or shoes.
Pro Shop: 828-252-2711, ext. 1046
Spa & Fitness
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There are two general options for guest rooms: the Main Inn, whose rooms though smaller have Arts & Crafts era antique furnishings, CD players, refrigerators, coffeemakers; and the Contemporary Wing, whose rooms are larger and furnished with reproduction Arts & Crafts pieces. Rates below do not include tax, which is currently 11%. Two-bedroom suites are also available.
Visit the website for current rates
General Tourist Information. For general information about travel within North Carolina, visit the North Carolina Division of Tourism website. For specific information about the Asheville region, visit the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau.