If you clicked on CNN today, you probably spotted a familiar Asheville landmark on the national news organization’s website: the Grove Park Inn. The hotel was recently featured in an article named, “8 fabulous hotels still fresh at 100.” The Grove Park Inn turns 100 this July.
Nearly two weeks ago, Xpress reported that the historic inn Grove Park Inn will have a new owner for the second time in nearly two years. On the morning of June 12, Omni Hotels & Resorts announced it would purchase the property, along with four other resorts. All five properties are owned by KSL Resorts.
Here’s what CNN had to say about the famous local lodging:
GROVE PARK INN, Asheville, North Carolina
Opening date: July 12, 1913
Easily distinguishable by its granite exterior and red clay-tile roof, the Grove Park Inn has long been a favorite mountain retreat, hallowed for its sweeping views, Southern hospitality and rustic yet refined Arts and Crafts design. A recent $25 million renovation, timed by current owner KSL Resorts to coincide with its anniversary celebrations, ensures this grande dame is back to form; even the giant fireplace in the lobby is working again.
Famous guests: Thomas Edison, Helen Keller, Henry Ford
Historical fact: In 1930, William Howard Taft resigned from the Supreme Court in the hotel’s Great Hall.
Photo courtesy of Grove Park Inn