One of America’s Oldest Hotels Turns 100

Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, celebrates its centennial

Grove Park Inn

The Grove Park Inn, one of the United States’ oldest resorts, is marking its centennial in 2013 with a yearlong celebration.

Acquired by KSL Partners in May 2012, the resort is undergoing a $25 million restoration and renovation, half to be completed by the end of 2012, to coincide with The Inn's centennial celebration. The Grove Park Inn is welcoming the new era in a year of activities divided into three parts: music and entertainment, health and wellness, and arts and literature.

After kicking off the year with the 22nd annual Big Band Swing Dance Weekend featuring the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, and jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny and John Pizzarelli, the focus shifts to food and beverages in May.

From May until August, the hotel will host events like The Centennial Celebrity Chef Summer Series featuring guest celebrity chefs and their special farm-to-table menus, farm tours with the hotel’s chefs, and cookbook signings. Grove Park Inn will also serve Turn Back Time as You Dine, a retro-inspired menu created from the hotel’s original 1913 menu.

The year ends with spa cuisine cooking demos and special spa treatments. The resort is offering special packages, including the Once in a Lifetime Centennial package, which includes a limited-edition resort book and guest inclusion in the centennial time capsule.

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