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New Dance Event Happening at Grove Park Inn

Friday, July 31st, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – As part of the 2010 Musical Adventure Weekend series, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is pleased to announce the addition of a new concert and dance event to its already formidable line-up. “Swing Dance Sunday” will make its debut on January 24, 2010, and will feature music from The Russ Wilson Orchestra and the DJ talent of Michael Gamble.

Dancers and music lovers have the option of buying general admission tickets for $15 each or of taking advantage of great rates and purchasing a package. One-night packages are available starting at $179 for double occupancy and include a two-hour dance workshop, reserved preferred seating at the concert, resort accommodations and breakfast overlooking the mountains in The Blue Ridge Dining Room.

“This new event is the perfect opportunity for people to enjoy the Grove Park Inn experience at its finest and at a great rate,” states Susan Phillips, Director of Marketing & Communications. “Whether you want to kick up your heels on the dance floor or simply listen to the music and enjoy our great food and legendary service, this event opens the door to a multitude of opportunities.”

In addition to Swing Dance Sunday tickets, a limited number of general admission tickets to the Resort’s other Musical Adventure Weekends also go on sale on Saturday, August 1, 2009. Concerts include The Glenn Miller Orchestra, David Sanborn, Gaelic Storm and more.

For concert and package information, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800-438-5800 or visit www.groveparkinn.com/Happenings.

Wine Dinner Debuts New Grove Park Inn Wines

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa announces a wine dinner on Friday, August 28, 2009 which will feature new vintage Grove Park Inn wines, as well as the debut of one new wine, Grove Park Inn Merlot, Sonoma County 2006. A total of five wines will be paired with a six course menu, prepared with fresh local ingredients and select specialty products.

The Inn welcomes noted Sonoma County California vintner Kerry Damskey, who will co-host the dinner. Damskey has 27 years in the wine-making industry and has achieved international recognition for creating exceptional wines.

The new Grove Park Inn wine is the result of Damskey’s collaborative effort with Inn executives, Jeff Piccirillo and Kevin Schwartz. “Balance is the key to creating a beautiful wine to represent the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa,” stated Kevin Schwartz, the Inn’s Assistant Director of Food & Beverage, Sommelier, and Certified Specialist of Wine.

“The Grove Park Inn and the entire Sunset Terrace team are both pleased and proud to present this opportunity to share in the union of outstanding food and spectacular wine, which has resulted from our collaboration with Kerry Damskey,” said Jeff Piccirillo, Executive Director of Food & Beverage at The Grove Park Inn.

In addition to The Grove Park Inn’s sparkling wine, Jean-Luc Crémant de Bourgogne, the Inn will introduce its three latest Sonoma vintages which include Grove Park Inn Sauvignon Blanc, 2008; Grove Park Inn Chardonnay, 2008; and, Grove Park Inn Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006. New to the Grove Park Inn label will be Grove Park Inn Merlot, 2006. The Merlot is described as an alluring and approachable wine with notes of cherry, clove, and cinnamon, followed by a velvety finish.

For Wine Dinner reservations, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.5800 or 828.252.2711 or visit http://www.groveparkinn.com/Leisure/Dining.

Grove Park Inn & Spa Hosts ‘Labor Day Beach Music Weekend’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE, NC – When was the last time you danced the night away? This Labor Day weekend, you can shag to your heart’s content or just sit back and groove to popular Carolina Beach Music tones by Chairmen of the Board at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, North Carolina on September 5th and 6th.

The last in the Resort’s "Summer Weekend Total Experience" series, this event weekend brings the beach to the mountains with special rates and two nights of complimentary Carolina Beach Music dance. In addition to entertainment throughout the weekend for the whole family, Resort guests staying Saturday and Sunday can also add an extra night for just $100. Better yet, they can opt for the special Labor Day package and take advantage of the Shag Dance lessons (the official state dance of both North and South Carolina), a sensational Coastal Seafood Buffet – and more!

"Where else can you dance and sing along to old Carolina Beach Music standards as you look out over the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains?" asked Susan Phillips, Director of Marketing & Communications at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.

Saturday night’s headliners, Chairmen of the Board, have been riding the Carolina Beach Music wave since the 1980s, with enduring songs such as "Gone Fishin" and "Carolina Girls." Originally out of Detroit, their rollicking R&B style is a perfect match for the Carolina Beach crowd. Then, on Sunday night, The Fabulous Kays, known for the "Doo Wop Song" and "Soul-d Out," will splash on the scene with more beach music hits.

The Labor Day Beach Music weekend at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa begins on Friday, September 4th with weekend activities for the entire family including history tours, pool games, an extensive variety of live music, fabulous food, and lots of dancing.

Tickets for concerts on Saturday and Sunday nights are available to Resort guests on a complimentary basis and should be requested at the time of booking. Seating is limited. Labor Day weekend packages are available starting at $529. For reservations or information about the Labor Day Beach Music Weekend, please the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.5800 or 828.252.2711 – or visit us at www.groveparkinn.com (and click on "Concerts & Events" for more information about Labor Day weekend entertainment).

Grove Park Inn Prepares for Centennial Celebration

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa has begun a multi-phase renovation leading toward the Inn’s hundredth birthday celebration in 2013. Awarded to construction firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner & Associates of Duluth, GA, the project encompasses restoration of the Inn’s distinctive tiled roof to be completed between June 2009 and November 2010. WJE employees assigned to the project will live and work in the Asheville area, contributing to Western North Carolina’s economy.

Dedicated to preserving the iconic historical look and structural integrity of the property, hotel management has committed resources to restore the Inn’s main roof to the quality and specifications befitting the landmark property, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America.

Despite the project scope and timeline measures have been taken to ensure little to no effect on resort guests. "An important aspect of the project is the steps that have been taken to minimize the impact on GPI’s guests. The project is being completed in phases so that the entire Main Inn isn’t under scaffolding all at once. Additionally, the scaffolding being used on the Main Inn is spaced far enough apart to allow the guestrooms to maintain the beautiful mountain views that our guests know and love," said Jeff Bridgman Development Analyst in a recent interview.

For information on Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa go to: www.groveparkinn.com

Twitter Tweets Used to Celebrate Grove Park Inn’s 96th Birthday

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE, NC – In less than 90 minutes The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa gave away 96 free rooms exclusively through Twitter. A "Tweet" was sent out at 11:00am this morning to those following E.W. Grove on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ewgrove) and the first 96 who called a special “800” number was provided a free one night deluxe Mountain View accommodation stay at the historic resort located in Asheville, North Carolina.

"There certainly is a developing trend for the hospitality industry to promote on Twitter," Said Ron Morin, Executive Director of Operations at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. "With our move toward more of an online presence Twitter seemed a unique way to give away 96 free stays."

"We launched this promotion to celebrate The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa’s 96th birthday celebration in July," says Susan Phillips, Director of Marketing and Communications at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. "We are one of the first major companies to launch a major giveaway as a way to reach and communicate with current and new customers. E. W. Grove plans to continue Tweeting to his loyal followers."

The Grove Park Inn was inspired by the internet success of one of its recent guests, President Barack Obama, who stayed at the Resort while preparing for his second debate with Senator John McCain. The Grove Park Inn is devoted to seeking creative endeavors and E.W. Grove on Twitter is a brilliant example.

Edwin Wiley (E.W.) Grove, who was a druggist who made millions creating and selling his elixirs and tonics, has a large following of Twitterers. In 1890 more bottles of "Grove’s Tasteless Tonic," were sold than Coca Cola™. Grove dreamed of building a place where people could go to relax, rejuvenate and forget about their woes became a reality in 1913.

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 thirteen Spa Resorts in the world. 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. For information on The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa go to: www.groveparkinn.com

Twitter is a free site where people can post updates of up to 140 characters to a webpage, an activity typically called microblogging. Other users can "follow" the updates or send direct messages, and the site can even be updated by SMS. The site, founded in 2006, is estimated to have between 4-5 million users and is believed to be the third-most used social network after Facebook and MySpace.

Grove Park Inn Offers Complimentary Concerts With Accommodations

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, NC is providing their guests sizzling added value this summer. Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekends will all include evening concerts and dances featuring nationally known entertainers. In addition, the weekends will offer family activities including pool parties, complimentary dance instruction, history tours, live music throughout the day and night and even a revolutionary Tea Party, Asheville style. The complimentary events are open to all guests staying at the Resort.

The concert series kicks off during Memorial Day weekend with "The Bellamy Brothers" and the "Alison Brown Quartet." On the evening of May 23 Nashville recording artist Alison Brown takes the stage with her unique blend of bluegrass and extraordinary musicianship. On May 24th guests will be treated to a concert by national hit makers "The Bellamy Brothers" performing a concert of their hits like "Let Your Love Flow."

July 4th will truly be an American Celebration at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa as American Idol’s Bo Bice performs in concert on Independence Day. The concert will be followed by a fantastic view of a fireworks display, courtesy of the City of Asheville and an ice cream social. Throughout the weekend guests will have the opportunity to interact with Revolutionary War re-enactors, attend pool parties, participate in a historical scavenger hunt and enjoy a special Independence Day Buffet in the Blue Ridge Dining Room.

The beach comes to the mountains on Labor Day weekend as the Resort presents two nights of Carolina Beach Music dances with national recording artists "Chairmen of The Board" and "The Fabulous Kays." The weekend offers complimentary shag dance lessons, daily live music throughout the Resort and the option to enjoy the Coastal Seafood Buffet in the Blue Ridge Dining Room.

"This new "Total Experience" added value concept guarantees that all of our guests will have unforgettable summer holidays." said Maddy Winer, the Resort’s Entertainment Director.

"Weekend Packages are available and continue to be a great value. You can just stay the night of the concert but the ultimate is to stay the entire weekend and enjoy all our special activities."

Packages and individual room nights are available by calling (800) 438-5800. For more information, go to: www.groveparkinn.com and click on "Concerts & Events."

American Idol Star to Perform at the Grove Park Inn

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – July 4th will truly will be an American Celebration at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa as Bo Bice performs in concert on Independence Day. The concert will be followed by a fantastic view of a fireworks display, courtesy of the City of Asheville and an ice cream social. The event is open to all guests staying at the Resort that evening.

The weekend begins on Friday, July 3rd with a tribute to America’s past – The Asheville Tea Party where guests will enjoy a party atmosphere with Americana trivia games for all ages, goodies to feast on, music and, of course, tea. Throughout the weekend guests will have the opportunity to interact with Revolutionary War re-enactors, attend pool parties, historical scavenger hunt and enjoy a special Independence Day Buffet in the Blue Ridge Dining Room.

Husky-voiced American Idol singing sensation Harold “Bo” Bice hails from Helena, Alabama. During Spring and Summer 2008, Bice continued his tour promoting his See the Light album. He also simultaneously spent a few weeks participating in a special tour called It Was Forty Years Ago Today with Todd Rundgren, Denny Laine, Lou Gramm, and Christopher Cross. The tour paid tribute to the Beatles’ ground-breaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (original release date was June 1, 1967).
“The Grove Park Inn is offering all guests staying at the Resort the opportunity to see Bo Bice in concert as well as participating in all the other Fourth of July activities,” said Maddy Winer, the Resort’s Entertainment Director. This new “Total Experience” concept guarantees that all of our guests will have an unforgettable Fourth of July weekend experience. Packages are available and continue to be a great value but you can just stay on the night of July 4th and still enjoy Bo Bice in concert as well as all other activities offered that day.

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Introduces Elixir for Economic Woes

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is pleased to announce the launch of Grove’s Magical Elixir 2.0 Campaign (www.GrovesMagicalElixir.com). The Resort has returned to its historic roots and developed a new viral marketing campaign and website celebrating Founder Edwin W. "EW" Grove’s infamous elixirs and tonics that eased the daily challenges of the human body and spirit. The campaign uses this metaphor by highlighting the Resort’s offerings as modern day "Elixirs" for various ailments, including woes associated with the current economic climate.

Grove was a druggist, who made millions with his concoctions in the 1890s, selling more bottles of “Grove’s Tasteless Tonic”, than Coca Cola(R). With his great success, Grove realized his dream of building a place for relaxation and rejuvenation. Working side by side with 400 men, he built a place that offers the comfort of home and the luxury of a resort, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, North Carolina.

"This campaign gives people a chance to make their own ‘Elixir’, in true E.W. Grove style," says Craig Madison, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa’s President & CEO. "It’s a great way to choose a remedy for personal ailments the economy may be provoking. Someone may simply need an elegant meal and a night away from home or a few days enjoying golf and spa treatments. It really puts the ‘Elixir creation’ in the hands of our guests."

"This campaign is definitely one of a kind. There’s nothing else out there with the look and feel of our video and web site. The video, available for viewing on YouTube, is a high energy glimpse of The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa," added Susan Phillips, The Resort’s Director of Marketing & Communications. "When you go to www.grovesmagicalelixir.com, you can create a personalized e-Card with an Elixir prescription to send to friends and delivered in the voice of E.W. Grove himself. The Text-to-Speech technology, developed by Acapela Group, adds a fun and unique way of ‘talking’ to our customers."

With the new campaign, The Resort hopes to connect with customers by using current social networking technology in an intriguing and innovative way.

Paula Poundstone to Headline 21st Comedy Classic Weekend at the Grove Park Inn

Monday, February 9th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Comic Paula Poundstone is scheduled to headline The 21st Comedy Classic Weekend to be held at the Grove Park Inn on March 13-15.

Poundstone has served as a guest correspondent ant on the Tonight Show and the Rosie O’Donnell Show, hosted her own program on the Bravo network, and is a regular on a Prairie Home Companion. Other comics featured will include Tommy Pescatelli and Sonya White.

For more information on the 21st Comedy Classic Weekend, please visit www.groveparkinn.com or call 800-438-5800.