ASHEVILLE NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa is proud to announce Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville, the RED trolley, as “The Official Trolley” of The National Gingerbread House Competition. This designation pairs two of Asheville‘s tourism partners with “must do” activities for visitors and locals during the holidays. As “The Official Trolley” for the Competition, guests on board will be able to enjoy the gingerbread festivities by simply disembarking the trolley at The Grove Park Inn tour stop. Gray Line Trolley guests will also be provided with exclusive narration about The National Gingerbread House Competition.
Gray Line operates the red sightseeing trolleys seen all over Asheville. The Gray Line Trolley Tour of Asheville provides locals and visitors with historical narration and transportation around town, including unlimited “hop-on/hop-off” privileges at nine trolley stops. Reservations are not required but may be made online at www.graylineasheville.com.
While at the Resort, be sure to linger at the 19th annual National Gingerbread House Competition display which is in place through January 1, 2012. This year’s Competition included entries from across the U.S., and it’s a family holiday tradition that enthralls children of all ages. Learn more about the intricacies of making these works of art and the judging process by taking a “Stories of Gingerbread” guided tour. Hour-long tours are available Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 & under. Advance reservations are required; call 800-438-5800.
During your visit, take advantage of a guided history tour of the Resort focusing on the behind the scenes stories about past events and famous people who visited. You can also participate in an evening sing-along party at Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar, hear a hammered Dulcimer concert, listen to live music from local entertainers in The Great Hall Bar, and join The Grove Park Inn staff chorus in bringing cheer and singing holiday songs weekdays at 1:00 p.m. (through December 23rd).
The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is a four-diamond resort overlooking Asheville’s skyline and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Built in 1913, the Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America and among Travel + Leisure’s Top five Spa Resorts in the United States. Amenities include a world-class spa, Club Floor, award winning fine dining, Donald Ross golf course, tennis, swimming, sports complex, retail shops, nightly entertainment and children’s programs. The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is proud to be the home of The National Gingerbread House Competition.
ASHEVILLE NC – Hundreds of entries from over 20 states were scrutinized by a panel of 11 elite judges, with winners from four categories selected at today’s 19th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in beautiful Asheville, N.C.
“Each year The National Gingerbread House Competition becomes even more competitive with such a wide variety of gingerbread creativity. Our judges come prepared to select winners whose overall scores are often separated by only a few points,” said Ronald E. Morin, Vice President and Managing Director at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. “This year we have contestants entering from as far away as South Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. The determination shown by competitors to travel with their gingerbread creations hundreds of miles reflects a significant commitment to this competition.”
Entries were judged on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme. Except for the base, the entries must be constructed entirely of edible materials. Each year, The National Gingerbread House Competition awards more than $12,000 in cash and prizes, with the grand prize winner receiving a $3,000 cash prize, a two night Club Floor stay at The Grove Park Inn, complimentary access to Grove Park’s world-renowned Spa facilities, and dinner and breakfast for two daily. Photographs of the winning entries will be available on www.groveparkinn.com.
Winners in this year’s National Gingerbread House Competition are:
Grand Prize Winner: Ashley Howard – Winter Springs, Florida;
Adult (18 years and older):
Second Place: Heather Lewis – Austell, Georgia;
Third Place: Barbara Evans & Mary Jo Dowling – Edlestein, Illinois.
Teen (13-17 years old):
First Place: Carly Owens – Swannanoa, North Carolina;
Second Place: Julia Navin – Franklin, Tennessee;
Third Place: Laura Malanowski – Newton, North Carolina.
Youth (9-12 years old):
First Place: Lydia Gentry – Hendersonville, North Carolina;
Second Place: Carley Cantrell – Cookeville, Tennessee;
Third Place: Gabriella Arthur – Easley, South Carolina.
Child (5-8 years old):
First Place: Abby Adkins – Kodak, Tennessee;
Second Place: Kristen Dodd – Arden, North Carolina;
Third Place: Lydia Koenig – Mathews, North Carolina.
Farthest geographical distance traveled:
The Connerley Family (Jennifer, Kelsey, Mackenzie & Kaitlyn – Naples, FL
All entries from The National Gingerbread House Competition will be displayed at The Grove Park Inn from November 16th, 2011 through January 1st, 2012 and at The Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Community viewing days are Sundays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Resort guests who have booked accommodations, dining or Spa treatments may view the displays at any time. Groups and bus charters should call ahead for reservations.
For more information, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.5800 or 828.252.2711 or visit www.groveparkinn.com.
ASHEVILLE, NC – Comedy Classic Weekend at The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa will be bigger, better and funnier than ever for 2012. Actor, comedian, writer and all-around funnyman Jeff Jena will be your host for two nights of laugh out loud comedy during the 24th Annual Comedy Classic March 9th-11th, 2012.
Friday March 9 will feature five of the nation’s funniest comedians including:
- Andrew Kennedy of Comedy Central
- Rachel Feinstein, of the TV show “Comics Unleashed”
- Mike Armstrong, a regular guest on The Bob and Tom show
- Mike Green, the subject of a new documentary, Be Funny
- Ralph Harris, one of today’s hottest comedic and acting talents in the country
Tickets for the Friday night show are only $30, but get them quick! This special price is available only for a limited time.
Saturday night brings even more laughs with:
- Ryan Hamilton of NBC’s Last Comic Standing
- JR Brow, a finalist in San Francisco’s prestigious International Comedy Competition
-Our headliner, Kathleen Madigan, who is a veteran of Tonight With Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing and the star of the new Showtime special, Gone Madigan.
Tickets for Saturday night’s show are only $40 for a limited time.
In addition to individual tickets, weekend Comedy packages with room accommodations and tickets are available. Book now at this special introductory offer before prices increase.
For more information on Comedy Classic 2012, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.0050 or 828.252.2711; visit www.groveparkinn.com, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ewgrove and Facebook at www.facebook.com/groveparkinn.
ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is holding a special golf tournament to benefit the Asheville Fire Department’s Fallen Firefighters Fund. On Monday September 12, from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., firefighters, police officers and EMS workers who present their badge can play 18 holes of golf at The Grove Park Inn’s award winning, Donald Ross designed course for a $25 donation. Volunteers will also be stationed at the golf course collecting donations until 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Fallen Firefighters Fund, set up by the Asheville Fire Department and Mission Health System to assist the family of Capt. Jeff Bowen, an Asheville firefighter who was killed in the line of duty on July 28, 2011, as well as firefighters who were injured that day.
In support of this golf fundraiser, Grove Park Inn employees will also be selling hot dogs and soft drinks, with proceeds benefitting the Fund. There will also be a raffle for a round of golf, a one night stay at the legendary Grove Park Inn, and other great prizes. To register to play in this special tournament, or for more information, contact Mike Marshall of the Asheville Firefighters Association at 828-775-8650.
Visit www.groveparkinn.com, for more information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ewgrove and Facebook at www.facebook.com/groveparkinn.
ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville‘s legendary resort is now pet friendly. The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is now accepting guests of the four-legged variety for the first time in its almost 100 year history. A new section of “pet-friendly” rooms in the Vanderbilt Wing of the Resort will come with a special turndown amenity. The Inn is offering guests who bring their pets on vacation a variety of trails and walking routes for exercising, as well as a special walking area for pets near the new pet-friendly rooms. “More and more of our guests were telling us they love to come to The Grove Park Inn on vacation, but they hated leaving their precious pets behind,” said Kevin Cross, Director of Rooms for The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. “This is the perfect solution for a stress-free vacation for a lot of pet lovers. Now they can come enjoy pet-friendly Asheville and the scores of outdoor activities in the area without having to worry that their dog or cat is back home and lonely.” In addition to the many in-room amenities for guests and their pets, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa will also provide guests information on local pet stores, vet clinics and other pet-related services to help support other local pet-friendly businesses. To make sure that pets of guests at The Grove Park Inn will experience the Resort’s legendary service, there’s even a special in room dining menu for pets now, featuring such items as Chicken “Pup” Pie and Meat Woof. While in public areas, pets must be kept on a leash or in a carrier. Restrictions to locations within the Resort for pet access include the Great Hall Lobby, any Food & Beverage outlets, the Sports Complex, The Spa and pool areas. This exclusion does not apply to service dogs. For more information, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.0050 or 828.252.2711; visit www.groveparkinn.com, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ewgrove and Facebook at www.facebook.com/groveparkinn. Deborah Potter, Public Relations Manager (866) 474.6680 (828) 210.7840 [email protected] The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804
ASHEVILLE, NC – Twelve elite judges have now been selected for the 19th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. The popular holiday competition will take place at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa on Nov. 14th. Contestants from across the United States will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and a chance to show their gingerbread house on ABC’s Good Morning America.
“The National Gingerbread House Competition at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa has gained a large following since it was launched in 1993. It’s a true holiday tradition and we are thrilled to get the 2011 competition off and running,” said Ronald E. Morin, Vice-President and Managing Director at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.
Returning judges for the 2011 National Gingerbread House Competition are:
Gerry Hempel-Davis (Richmond, Va.): A judge at every National Gingerbread House Competition since its inception, Ms. Davis is the author of four books and was a lifestyle contributor for several years on NBC’s Today Show and part of the production team at CBS for the Ed Sullivan Show.
Nicholas Lodge (Norcross, Ga.): Chef Lodge is recognized worldwide as a top instructor in the sugar craft arts and the author of numerous books. In 2010, Lodge was named one of the “Top Ten Pastry Chefs,” as well as one of the “Top Ten Cake Artists” in America, by Dessert Professional Magazine. He is the owner of the International School of Sugar and Confectionary Arts in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nadine Orenstein (New York, N.Y.): Curator of the Department of Drawings and Prints of The Metropolitan Museum of Art specializing in Dutch, Flemish and German art, Ms. Orenstein earned her Ph.D. from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.
Colette Peters (New York, N.Y.): Ms. Peters has written five best selling books on cake decorating and teaches the art worldwide. Modern Bride magazine named Ms. Peters as “Trend Setter of the Year,” while Pastry Art & Design magazine named her to its “Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America.”
Mark Seaman (Chicago, Ill.): Founder of Marked for Dessert, a boutique cake shop in Chicago, Mr. Seaman is recognized for his special occasion and wedding cake design. Seaman teaches in The French Pastry School’s L’Art du Gateau—The Professional Cake Decorating and Baking Program and also guides the “International Pastry Tour” throughout France.
Steven Stellingwerf (Sioux Falls, S.D.): Mr. Stellingwerf has been involved with the sugar arts for more than 30 years. He travels throughout the U.S. and internationally teaching cake decorating, candy and gingerbread classes and is the author of “The Gingerbread Book.”
Denny Trantham (Canton, N.C.): Denny Trantham is the Executive Chef for The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. He attended Johnson and Wales University where he earned his Associate Degree in Applied Science of Culinary Arts and was awarded the Cordon Bleu award.
New media judges for the 2011 National Gingerbread House Competition are:
Mike Bettes (Atlanta, GA.): Mike Bettes is the co-host of The Weather Channel’s “Your Weather Today” on weekday mornings from 7 to 10 a.m. and the host of the popular Weather Channel franchise “The Great Tornado Hunt.”
Heather Childers (New York, NY): Heather currently works as a National News Anchor and Correspondent for the Fox News Channel based in New York. Heather can be seen anchoring America’s News Headquarters Weekends with Gregg Jarrett from 4 to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
Rachel Hardage (Birmingham, AL): Rachel Hardage is the Executive Editor of Southern Living magazine. A Tennessee native, she started her magazine career at Glamour in New York City, where she covered news, fashion, relationships, and entertainment. After more than a decade in Manhattan, she now lives in Birmingham and is enjoying her return to sweet tea, warmer weather, and college football.
Leah McGrath (Asheville, NC): Leah McGrath is the corporate dietician for Ingles Supermarkets. Leah writes regularly for several WNC magazines, is a weekly guest on WLOS-TV and WMYA-TV in Asheville where she presents recipe and nutrition information segments, and is a local radio talk show host.
Deborah Holt Noel (Raleigh NC): Deborah Holt enjoys the dual role of producer and reporter for several UNC-TV local productions. She is the host of a weekly travel program, profiling North Carolina’s unique offerings for lodging, dining, recreation, and leisure.
Applications for The National Gingerbread House Competition are now available at www.groveparkinn.com. Contestants may deliver their gingerbread houses to The Grove Park Inn Grand Ballroom starting on Sunday, Nov. 13th, from 2 -8 p.m. and again on Monday, Nov. 14th, from 7-8:30 a.m. The judging begins on Nov. 14th, with the awards presented that day at 5 p.m.
Hundreds of entries are expected across four categories: Adult (18 years and older), Teen (13-17 years old), Youth (9-12 years old) and Child (5-8 years old). Entries are judged on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme. The National Gingerbread House Competition™ awards more than $12,000 in cash and prizes. The grand prize winner receives a $3,000 cash prize, plus a two night Club Floor stay at The Grove Park Inn & Spa Resort, complete with dinner for two and breakfast daily at the historic hotel. All contestants will receive a personalized certificate.
All of the entries will be on display at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa from Nov. 16, 2011, to Jan. 1, 2012. The public is invited to view the displays any Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Groups and bus charters are required to call ahead for reservations.
About The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa: The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is one of the South’s most venerable and famous grand resorts. Built in 1913 from granite stones mined from Sunset Mountain, the resort overlooks the Asheville skyline and provides guests with majestic views of the legendary Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a monument of comfort and relaxation, offering 512 guest rooms and suites, a four-diamond restaurant and other fine dining establishments; a Donald Ross designed golf-course; a retail village comprised of four specialized boutiques; fitness facilities; and a spectacular, award-winning spa.
ASHEVILLE, NC – Passion and artistry collide during this dream weekend for lovers of all things Celtic, and back by popular demand for 2012 are Celtic Superstars Gaelic Storm! The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa invites guests to celebrate the Scots-Irish heritage of Western North Carolina with the finest in dance, literature, food, drink and music during Celtic Adventure Weekend, Feb. 3-5, 2012. With tickets for Gaelic Storm now on sale for an incredibly low price of only $30 each, this show is certain to sell out fast!
It has now been more than a decade since Gaelic Storm’s career lifted off with their appearance in the blockbuster film Titanic. Since their big-screen debut 11 years ago, the band’s fan base continues to multiply with each new album, turning the one-time-pub-band into one of the premier touring acts in the Celtic music genre.
Gaelic Storm blows back into Asheville at 8 pm on Saturday, February 4 for another raucous, crowd-pleasing performance. Individual tickets are now on sale and this special pricing will be available only for a limited time.
Irish dance demonstrations and workshops, scavenger hunts and sheepdog trials demonstrations are also part of this fun weekend. Two night Celtic Adventure Weekend Package prices start at an average of $125 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.
The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is a four-diamond resort overlooking Asheville’s skyline and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Built in 1913, the Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America and among Travel + Leisure’s Top five Spa Resorts in the United States. Amenities include a world-class spa, Club Floor, award winning fine dining, Donald Ross golf course, tennis, swimming, sports complex, retail shops, nightly entertainment and children’s programs. The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is proud to be the home of The National Gingerbread House Competition™.
ASHEVILLE, NC – Celebrate our nation’s birthday in grand style with a multitude of activities designed to keep your family and friends all entertained. Our 4th of July celebration has something for everyone! Included in the package, our “Independence Day” buffet features a delicious spread of favorites, weekend activities also include “An Evening With Joey + Rory – Acoustic Duo” in concert, live music and entertainment throughout the resort, the colonial-themed Harbor Party with games, face painters, treats, and a chance to win prizes. It’s old-fashioned patriotic fun for the whole family!
An Evening With Joey+Rory is sure to be the highlight of the weekend. Through a mixture of traditional country flavor and new millennium marketing, including corporate sponsorships, reality TV and a national ad campaign with Overstock.com, Joey+Rory have built an impressive fan base and won Country Music Association & Academy of Country Music nominations and awards.
The 4th of July Celebration Package Includes:
Two nights of accommodations
Breakfast daily per adult, your choice of the Blue Ridge Dining Room’s lavish buffet or In Room Dining
Holiday Buffet in the Blue Ridge Dining Room
Free tickets to “An Evening With Joey+Rory – Acoustic Duo” in concert
(performing 7/2/11 at 8:00 PM)
Free tickets to the Harbor Party
Free admission to many of the weekend’s events and activities
Discount coupons for use during your stay.
ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is hosting an Inaugural Wedding Showcase from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday May 14 at the resorts historic Country Club. All Brides who are interested in wedding venues, as well as wedding add-ons, such as spa days, bridal showers, post-wedding brunches, bachelor outings for golf, bachelorette parties, and accommodations for guests are encouraged to attend.
Brides are invited to attend the Inaugural Wedding Showcase free of charge, and sample delicious offerings from The Grove Park Inn’s award winning restaurants: Blue Ridge Dining Room, Horizons, and Sunset Terrace, as well as Grove Park’s banquet and catering departments. Brides will be able to sample everything from wedding cake to spa treatments, as well as the experience of a virtual Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar. Guests will also be able to see an actual wedding ceremony set up in both indoor and outdoor locations, with décor samples from The Inn’s floral department. In addition, the resort’s audio visual company will be setting up a display to showcase the available audio visual showpieces that can be created for special events. Rooms and suites will also be available to view.
“Even if you have already chosen another site for your big day, we encourage all brides to attend this incredible showcase,” said Pola Laughlin, Director of Group Sales. “We have an amazing selection of on-site amenities that area brides may not be aware of, including a world-class spa, award winning restaurants and nightclubs which are all available for bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, honeymoons and more. If you’re planning a wedding, you won’t want to miss this!”
The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa will also be giving away major prizes such as a romantic honeymoon package, which includes accommodations on the Club Floor at The Grove Park Inn, a 50 minute Couples massage and more. Several other prizes will be given away. Brides who are interesting in attending should RSVP to [email protected]
ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa invites you to enjoy a special Mother’s Day weekend at our historic resort. The Inn is celebrating Mom with a relaxing assortment of activities designed just for her. Guests are invited to stroll past a stunning orchid display in the Great Hall, play a round of golf on our world-renowned Donald Ross course, take a guided history tour, watch a cooking demonstration or simply sit back and enjoy the natural beauty of Sunset Mountain and the tranquility of our award-winning Spa.
On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Moms can take advantage of a free a Makeover and Application Workshop. Cosmetology experts from the Spa and the Jane Iredale cosmetic line will be in our Great Hall to provide make up applications for our guests.
Top off the weekend with a fabulous brunch in one of our award-winning restaurants, listen to great, live music in the Great Hall and take in a floral demonstration. It’s the perfect weekend getaway for both Moms and Moms-To-Be.
“We go out of our way to make Mother’s Day an extra special day for Moms here at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa,” said Heather Brannon, Special Events Manager. “From beautiful fresh flowers, to make up tips from the experts at our gorgeous Spa, to wonderful dining options that give Mom a day off in the kitchen, we do everything to make sure Moms will always remember their special Mother’s Day at Grove Park.”
Don’t forget to stop by the Concierge Desk during your stay and fill out a card to register your Mom for the “Fit for a Queen” Mother’s Day basket. Write down your name, room number and a one-sentence description on why your mom is the greatest and turn it in to the Concierge. The winning card will be drawn at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 8, in the Great Hall. It’s the perfect way to show Mom just how special she is!
Local residents are invited to bring the family to enjoy a special Mother’s Day Brunch at one of our award-winning restaurants. The Mother’s Day Brunch in the Blue Ridge Dining Room will be served from 11a.m. to 2:30p.m. On the Sunset Terrace, enjoy our special “Three for $30” prix fix Mother’s Day brunch, which includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $30 plus service charge and tax. Hours are from 10a.m. to 3p.m. Mother’s Day Brunch will also be served in the award winning Horizons Dining Room from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m..