The Omni Grove Park Inn Introduces New Restaurant, Eliminates Outdoor Parking Fees & More

The historic Grove Park Inn has undergone some new changes during its centennial-year celebration. Recently acquired by Omni Resorts a little over a month ago, the Omni Grove Park Inn is dedicated to keeping to the inn's historic roots, as well as its arts and crafts heritage, as it wraps up the finGrove Park Inn Photo by Stefani Pereiraal phase of renovations that began in January of 2013.

As part of the renovation process, the Omni Grove Park Inn just opened its new restaurant EDISON, craft ales + kitchen, named after Thomas Edison. What does Thomas Edison have to do with the Grove Park Inn, you wonder? Edison was part of the self-titled group of friends, The Vagabonds, which included Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. The threesome frequently traveled together and shared a love of camping and of the great outdoors. They visited the Grove Park Inn upon its opening in 1913 and from there continued a summer tradition of stopping at the inn en route to car camp in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Vagabonds were known for setting up camp celebrity-style, which included all of the comforts of home. (PBS aired a great presentation capturing some of these classic moments. You can watch a clip here.)

In addition to the history behind the name, EDISON promises to meet Asheville's high standard of innovative cuisine and signature drinks with a focus on local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails and casual Southern comfort food all its own. Check out EDISON's menu here.
Grove Park Inn Photo by Stefani Pereira
True to its focus of displaying and promoting the area's arts and crafts sector, The Omni Grove Park Inn now features the beautiful work of local craftsman, Rob Kleber of Earth in Home in the restored Great Hall, EDISON, the Main Inn guest rooms, and many of the public areas. Members of the renowned River Arts District, Nancy Hilliard Joyce and Akira Sataki, are among the artists showcased in EDISON, while local crafts and products can be found in the redesigned retail spaces from Asheville Tileworks, Portfolio Metalworks, Recover apparel, Spiritex, Crooked Condiments, and French Broad Chocolates.

To encourage visitors who may not be staying onsite, The Omni Grove Park Inn has waived its outdoor parking fees. Fees are still required at the two parking garages and during select special events at the inn throughout the year.

Managing Director Gary Froeba states:

As we open EDISON, craft ales + kitchen on July 31 and conclude the restoration of the inn, we want to extend a warm welcome to our friends and neighbors by eliminating the current fee for outside parking. What better way to say ‘You’re invited’ than to welcome our guests to park in our outdoor lots free of charge?"

We invite each member of the community will come to visit The Omni Grove Park Inn to dine, to relax, to stay the night, to play, to rediscover this grand hotel and all she has seen over the last one hundred years on Sunset Mountain.

We hope that you mGrove Park Inn Grounds Photo by Stefani Pereiraake the Omni Grove Park Inn a destination on your travel itinerary during your stay in Asheville. The grandness of the inn, the gorgeous grounds, the history and ambiance, as well as the shops, restaurants, outdoor recreational activities and spa will keep you coming back for more. It's a wonderful day  trip (or more) and a must-see attraction.

Do you have plans to visit the Omni Grove Park Inn during your upcoming Asheville vacation? Let us know and tell us what you think of the new restaurant and the completed renovations. We always love hearing from our readers.

Cheers to history, new culinary adventures and free parking!

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