1 . The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa

Asheville, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 438 - 5800

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Grove Park Inn near downtown Asheville is luxury lodging at its finest. The inn itself was built of granite boulders hewn from Sunset Mountain. Many a celebrity have chosen the inn for its solitude and beautiful views: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harry Houdini, George Gershwin and Elenor Roosevelt resided at Grove Park, not to mention several U.S. presidents.

The Grove Park Inn was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1973 after a full restoration, but it isn't a museum by any means. It's one of Travel and Leisure's top 5 Spa Resorts in the country. The inn, just 2 miles north of downtown Asheville, is framed by the Blue Ridge and Great Smokey Mountain ranges and surrounded by state and national parks. The hotel offers seasonal packages with a sporting or relaxing environment. Rejuvenate in the luxurious spa or tee off on the signature golf course. There's also a total sports facility featuring indoor tennis courts, racquet ball court, indoor pool and fitness club.

Longest run/trail/road etc.

The Great Smokey Mountains National Park has 800 miles of trails running through forest and mountains, including the scenic Appalachian Trail.

Getting there

The Grove Park Inn is five minutes from downtown Asheville and a short drive from the famous Biltmore Estate. From I-240 in Asheville, go north on Charlotte Street to Macon Avenue. Turn right on Macon Ave, and continue for a approximately 0.8 miles. The Grove Park Inn entrance will be on the left.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Inn has something for the whole family, including those furry family members. One of the few hotels in the area to offer a pet program, the inn welcomes dogs up to 60 pounds.

2 . Mountain Lodge & Conference Center

Flat Rock, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 920 - 4608

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Mountain mystique and chic combine at Mountain Lodge & Conference Center. Both rustic and refined, this lodge showcases Asheville's natural splendor and elegant accommodations. Surrounded by towering peaks, lush woodlands, and meandering streams, outdoor adventures abound at this luxurious lodge!

Before exploration, indulge in relaxation in the cosmopolitan comfort of the Lodge. Begin the day with a scrumptious complimentary breakfast as you soak in the idyllic mountain scenery. Stretch out in your one-bedroom or studio suite, both of which feature flat-screen televisions, free high-speed wireless internet, DVD players, and more. Business becomes pleasure in the spacious meeting facility. Audio/visual equipment, on-site catering, and natural scenery make for a productive corporate retreat. After a tranquil stay onsite, go explore the many nearby attractions. Ruggedly beautiful peaks and cascading waterfalls highlight hikes through Pisgah National Forest while additional mountain trails can be blazed through Blue Ridge Parkway, Chimney Rock Park, and DuPont State Forest. Horseback ride through Biltmore Estate's 8,000 lush acres, get your adrenaline pumping with a whitewater rafting expedition, or tube down the Green River. For those urban adventurers, downtown Asheville features more than 100 retail shops and 30 independent galleries. Luxury and leisure await at Mountain Lodge!

Address

755 Upward Road, Flatrock, NC 28731

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Frequenters of the fairway can swing away at a handful of nearby golf courses. Get in nine holes at Highland Golf Club, tackle terrain changes at Cummings Cove Golf Club, or challenge a bevy of water hazards at Broadmoor Golf Links.

Related activities

Countless nearby mountain streams and creeks are perfect for wild, pristine trout fishing. Whether you're looking to hook rainbow, brown, or brook trout, a fantastic fly fishing experience awaits in the Asheville area!

3 . Inn on Biltmore Estate

Asheville, North Carolina

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The award winning Inn on Biltmore Estate attracts world travelers and locals to its 8,000-acre grounds in the Blue Ridge mountains. In recent years, The Inn on Biltmore has caught the attention of Forbes, Wine Spectacular, Travel and Leisure, AAA and Opentable.com for its dining, winery and accommodations.

Residents will feel like personal guests of George and Edith Biltmore during their stay at the Inn. The dining experience is unrivaled according to Opentable.com, who selected Inn on Biltmore as the Diner's Choice winner for 2012. An English Tea is served daily from 2:30-4:30, in which guests may choose tea, Kir Royale or sparkling wine to enjoy with traditional English finger sandwiches, scones, or fruit breads. The Spa is an extension of luxury and hospitality consistent with the Inn on Biltmore, offering an array of services and packages for guests. There are numerous estate events throughout the year including a summer concert series and a two-month long celebration of Christmas at Biltmore beginning in early November. Many packages include admission to the Biltmore house and gardens.

Address

1 Antler Hill Road, Asheville, NC 28803

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Antler Village provides an excellent place for dining, shopping, and historical visits. Specialty wineries and pubs are laced throughout the village, exuding a village-like atmosphere, and there's even a farm to explore farm life in the early 1900s.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Cottage on Biltmore Estate is a two-bedroom, two-bath personal cottage for an exclusive getaway, in which guests still have access to the Estate and Inn and all its ammenities, with the added benefit of butler services and estate and local transportation.

4 . Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort

Asheville, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (828) 254 - 3211

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The Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort is the place to meet in Asheville. And what could do a body more good than a game of tennis or golf? Situated in central Asheville, the 125-acre resort is comprised of a sprawling golf course and fitness complex.

The Crowne Plaza Resort has something for those who need a relaxing respite and something for those seeking adventure. Although the Crowne Plaza's land in the city's center has a rich history dating back to before the Civil War, the resort is entirely up to date, having upgraded its guest rooms, public spaces, golf course, and fitness center in the past five years. The resort is home to the Asheville Racquet club, and offers on-site personal training. For more rustic recreation, the resort has a scenic walking trail on grounds. And there's a canopy tour for the adventurous at heart, which includes a zip line, walking bridges and a "flying staircase." The spa is just the right thing for wrapping up an active day. The Adelaide Spa offers a serene environment for stress reduction and recovery from the outside world.

Address

One Resort Drive, Asheville, NC 28806

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Looking for more things to do around town? Whitewater rafting is nearby at Wildwater Ltd, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open to visitors year round. Or, you can take in a play at the Flat Rock Playhouse.

Related Onsite Offerings

To take in more of Asheville's offerings, the resort offers one and two day packages that include tickets to the Biltmore estate Winery and Gardens. There's also a packages golf and tennis lovers which includes unlimited golf and and court times.

5 . Brookstone Lodge

Asheville, North Carolina

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The Brookstone Lodge is a new hotel in "mountain-style" deco, a fitting way to take in the fantastic Blue Ridge Mountains which are always on display. The hotel is just minutes from the Biltmore Estate and next door to Asheville's Fun Depot to entertain kids of all ages.

Guest rooms have all the "standard" amenities including Direct TV for a 32" flat screen, granite tub and vanity, and microwave and refrigerator to mention a few. The hotel offers guests a heated indoor pool and hot tub with open patio. And when guests are don relaxing, they can find tons of things to do in the city. The things to do in Asheville range from skiing, hiking, rafting for the adventurous, and galleries and shopping for a more laid back visitor. America's largest home, the Biltmore Estate is nearby, as are the Blue Ridge Parkway Trails. Aside from excellent accommodations, the Brookstone has a venue for meetings and special events which include four different seating styles: theater, reception, banquet and classroom.

Address

4 Roberts Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Mountain range

Mount Mitchell, located in Mount Mitchell State Park, marks the summit of the Black Mountains, ascends more than a mile high (6,684 feet). See the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Mount Mitchell!

Longest run/trail/road etc.

The Dupont State Forest has nearly 100 miles of multi-use trails and roads throughout the forest. The Forest is open for many recreational activities, including mountain biking, hiking, swimming, and kayaking.

6 . Renaissance Hotel

Asheville, North Carolina

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A very modern spot in a traditional city, the beautiful, newly updated Renaissance Asheville Hotel is the product of a multimillion dollar renovation. The newly updated public spaces and restaurant have placed the hotel among some of the best in downtown Asheville. There's room for the whole family though, including the family pet. The hotel is dog-friendly for breeds up to 40 pounds.

Imagine a beautifully appointed hotel nestled among the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountain ranges and it would look something like the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. Guest rooms offer every convenience including a plug in panel to power up digital devices as well as hi-speed Internet. The hotel offers fitness facilities for guests which include cardio equipment and free weights as well as an indoor lap pool. Getting out and about is no problem. There are a number of local tour services, or if you just want to explore, there are a number of National Parks just outside the city, as well as museums and art centers. Don't be afraid to try the Ghost Trolley, touring the oldest, most haunted mountains in Asheville.

Address

31 Woodfin Street Asheville, NC 28801

Related activities

Downtown Asheville is your oyster with local activities going on year round. There is relaxation and recreation within walking distance of the hotel. The Sensibilities Spa is 0.3 miles from the hotel. The closest bike trail is just a half mile from the hotel. Of course the hotel has fitness and recreation facilities.

Fun facts

The Renaissance Asheville Hotel is a member of the Green Hotels Association. Their Writer's Bistro offers sustainable dining, preparing food from locally grown and raised ingredients.

7 . Hotel Indigo

Asheville, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (828) 239 - 0239

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Even the name Hotel Indigo conveys convenience, reliability and beauty with a splash of urban style. This downtown Asheville hotel welcomes the savvy traveller who appreciates a "passion for excellence and expects effortless service."

Natural beauty surrounds this upscale urban hotel. See the mountains and the downtown skyline in the same view. The Hotel Indigo offers tours and packages ranging from tickets to the Biltmore Estate and Winery, an Arts Tour, or a romantic stay with breakfast in bed. The hotel is minutes from parks and recreation and sits in the heart of Asheville's art scene - several arts districts supporting hundreds of artists. The city has a thriving music culture and opera and ballet performances are featured year round at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Highlights

One Fifty One Boutique Bar and Kitchen offers a gourmet small-plate menu prepared from locally grown ingredients. the restaurant features live jazz on Saturday and Sunday.

Getting there

The hotel is a 15 minute taxi ride from the Asheville Regional Airport. From the airport, turn left onto I-26W, then onto I-240 East. Take Exit 4C, and the hotel is on the right at the exit.

Related Onsite Offerings

One of the poshest places to have a board meeting or an downsized social event, the hotel's even facilities meeting room is professionally staffed and offers seating for 12, custom catering and free wi-fi access.

8 . Four Points by Sheraton

Asheville, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (828) 253 - 1851

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The next convenient downtown Asheville hotel is Four Points by Sheraton, offering classic comfort and style. It's a welcoming homey respite from a busy day of meetings, shopping or sightseeing in Asheville. The Four Points has 150 guest rooms, each with their signature Sheraton Four Comfort Bed and a 32" LCD flat screen TV.

The Four Points by Sheraton is near all the activity in Asheville. It is just two miles from the Biltmore Estate and very close to unique shops, restaurants and galleries. With lots of things to do in Asheville, you have to have someplace to lay your head at the end of the day. The Four Points offers guests comfortable lodging in stylish 100% smoke free rooms. The hotel offers its signature bath amenities and ergonomic office areas. The hotel affords 2,400 square feet of flexible meeting space which includes the ballroom which can be portioned into 4 smaller rooms. As a meeting place, its perfect for social events or business gatherings. There are catering and event staff available.

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The Asheville Art Museum is less than a half mile away, and even closer is the Folk Art Center. There are malls and markets nearby for a unique shopping experience.

Highlights

For Beer lovers, the hotel offers the Four Points by Sheraton Best Brews in its restaurant.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Four Points by Sheraton offers guest an outdoor pool (seasonal, a fitness facility and sun deck. There is a golf course nearby.

9 . Biltmore Estate

Asheville, North Carolina

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Like other Biltmore hotels, Biltmore Farms Hotels offer an escape to the mountains. The Biltmore Farms Hotels is a group made up of Doubletree, Hilton, Quality Inn, Residence Inn and Sleep Inn hotels to provide guests with economy lodging with that touch of Biltmore luxury.

Each of the Biltmore Farms Hotels has its own packages and special offers that will no doubt reflect the fantastic service and experience consistent with the Biltmore commitment to hospitality and service. All of the hotels are convenient to the Biltmore Estate and the fantastic Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as Asheville's unmatched reputation for dining. The sustainable agriculture and artsy atmosphere in the city bring a lot to the table with respect to dining in Asheville. The local restaurants take advantage of seasonal produce to bring diners an extraordinary experience that can only be had in Asheville.

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Number of resorts

There are five hotels in the Asheville area that make up the Biltmore Farms Hotels.

Dates and Prices

Packages vary with each hotel.

Fun facts

Asheville is the birthplace of Carl Sandburg and the site of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

The Holiday Inn is located just 1.2 miles from downtown Asheville, making it a convenient spot for business travelers. There are also leisure rooms available with extra amenities such as a sleeper sofa or whirlpool.

The Holiday Inn is designed for families on a budget because kids stay and eat free. Like all Holiday Inns, the hotel still provides standard amenities like in-room coffee makers and hi-speed Internet and of course a comfortable bed, but the Asheville Holiday Inn features a little added luxury with an indoor/outdoor mineral pool and spa. If you need more pampering and relaxation, there are 15 other spas to choose from in Central Asheville. The mountains in Asheville are beautiful, but downtown has something to offer as well. While at the Holiday Inn, take some of the museum attractions, fantastic restaurants and dining and shops or galleries.

Extra Stops

The Holiday Inn is five minutes away from "America's Favorite Drive," the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Highlights

Chef's Corner Lounge & Grille serves breakfast and dinner. For more of a night out, the hotel's Chef Corner Restaurant & Lounge is a casual spot to unwind from a busy day.

Related Onsite Offerings

The hotel has two 300 sq. ft. meeting rooms available to lodgers featuring a boardroom, state of the art A/V equipment and a 24 hour business center with fax, copy and print services.

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