The Grove Park Innsider

Ahhhh, Autumn! by Deborah
August 31, 2011, 1:00 pm
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Summer is winding down here at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. After a summer of record breaking hot weather across the nation, the temperatures are falling and fall is in the air! Here on SunsetMountain, that means cool, refreshing mountain breezes blowing through our resort. There’s even a chill in the air late at night, so if you’re coming to visit, pack a sweater. We’re saying goodbye to the summer of 2011 with one last big bash for Labor Day weekend. And for this party you’ll need your beach gear too!  🙂

We’re bringing the beach to the mountains for Labor Day weekend, with some great concerts and free entertainment in our Great Hall. Headlining our Labor Day Weekend will be Beach Music superstars Legends of Beach and the awesome Tams. It’s time to kick off your shoes one last time, as we say goodbye to the summer of 2011.

As sad as we are to see the summer of 2011 end, we’re also excited because one of our favorite times of the year is coming up! The leaves are slowly starting to turn here at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. That means F. Scott Fitzgerald Weekend is not far away, the fall color season is about to begin and that also means  —- drum roll —– The National Gingerbread House Competition™ will be here before we know it!   Ahhhh, we do love autumn! 🙂


Gingerbread 101 by Deborah
August 23, 2011, 10:19 am
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We’re getting giddy about gingerbread at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa!   Yes, we are aware that it’s only August, but if you’ve seen the creations that are entered in The National Gingerbread House Competition™, you know it takes weeks, sometimes months to build some of the entries. We recently held a “Gingerbread 101” workshop to get folks thinking about the competition. Close to 100 people attended to get tips on baking and building gingerbread structures.

Pastry chefs from The Grove Park Inn were  joined by Chef Geoffrey Blount of the culinary department at Central Piedmont Community College for the “Gingerbread 101” workshop. The chefs demonstrated all sorts of gadgets that can be used for building and decorating gingerbread structures. Now where’s that marzipan tube?!?!?

Judging for The 2011 National Gingerbread House Competition is set for Monday November 14th. We are already getting applications from people all over the country, so it’s going to be a big year for gingerbread. Several of the people who attended “Gingerbread 101” tell us they will enter the competition for the first time this year. Several “veterans” were at the workshop too, including some of the competitors who took home top prizes last year. Yes, several of them are already working on their entries. We’re a little like a cult when it comes to gingerbread houses.  Wouldn’t you like to join?

It’s Not Your Grandma’s Horizons by Deborah
August 15, 2011, 1:09 pm
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We recently made some changes at our flagship, fine dining restaurant Horizons.  Don’t fret. You’ll still get the same Triple A four star cuisine and service for which Horizons has always been known. But future guests at Horizons will notice some changes, including a refreshing, relaxed atmosphere. That’s right.  No more mandatory coats and ties! While Horizons is and always will be an elegant dining experience, we want you to know that we have relaxed our dress code. We want you to unwind, enjoy yourself and most importantly feel comfortable.  And where Horizons once had a pre-fixed, condensed menu of a few of the Chef’s selections, we are now offering soups such as the Lobster Bisque, second course fare like our Ahi Tuna in Chilled Lemongrass Ginger Broth & of course a variety of savory dinner entrees.  You can view Horizons current menu here:

With dazzling innovations on American classic cuisine using fresh ingredients from local farmers, a world-class wine list, incredible views of downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and exceptional service, your evening will add up to more than just a dinner out. Choose from our wallet-friendly a la carte menu and settle in for a relaxed, never rushed, delightful affair.  And there’s more!

In honor of our relaxed, new atmosphere, we are offering a 20% local discount every Tuesday & Wednesday for all Western North Carolina residents. That’s right. Just show your driver’s license, or other proof  that you are a local resident, and we’ll take 20% off your bill!  So with more variety now in both in price and style – what are you waiting for? If you need more convincing, watch this:     

Now we will be happy to take your reservation at 800-438-5800.

F&B Rock Stars! by Deborah
August 8, 2011, 3:28 pm
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We are so proud of our co-workers in the Food and Beverage Division at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa!  Division leaders just returned from a trip to Dallas Tx., where they picked up several prestigious accolades — including the Achievement of Excellence Award from the American Culinary Federation!  That’s no small potatoes!   It’s one of the most prestigious awards in the food service industry and we couldn’t be prouder. Executive Director of Food & Beverage Jeff Piccirillo, Certified Executive Chef, Certified Food and Beverage Executive, and Executive Chef Denny Trantham, Certified Executive Chef, accepted the award in recognition of the Resort’s commitment to excellence in food service. If you’ve ever eaten at any of our restaurants, you understand why. Our food is indeed legendary.

Also during the trip toDallas, the USDA presented the 2011 awards for “Recipes for Healthy Kids”, as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative. The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa was also awarded first place in the Dry Beans and Peas category for the recipe they submitted in cooperation with our neighborhood school, Ira B. Jones Elementary of Asheville NC. This enabled Jones students to participate in the national cook-off event at the national convention. Under the direction of chefs at The Grove Park Inn, the team placed in the top three. Way to go Jones School and GPI!

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is also proud of the culinary team at AB Technical College who won the Southeast award in the Student Team National Championship. The Food and Beverage Division at GrovePark is actively involved in the schools culinary program, and provides funding for scholarships for students at AB Tech. Congratulations AB Tech and F&B!!!

Green Laundry by Deborah
August 2, 2011, 3:33 pm
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Workers in the laundry facility at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa are constantly searching for new ways to get “greener” – and we love this one!  The Laundry recently implemented a new ozone program, reducing its water & sewage usage by 70%. This new technology allows us to wash a pound of laundry using about a half gallon of water instead of the more than 2 gallons that were needed with the old system. Now that’s pretty cool! Er’ green. 🙂

The ozone system allows us to wash primarily in cold water.  Approximately 85% of our laundry is processed using this technology.  Ozone generators add ozone to the water, the water is then stored in a tank until the washers call for it.  At that time, we pump the ozone water into the machine for processing. By using ozone we save about a penny a pound in energy savings alone. This equates to around $55,000 to $65,000 in savings annually.

The new system in our laundry division also requires our machine operators to use fewer chemicals, which helps to protect our environment. This program greatly minimizes the operation’s environmental impact, and allows our laundry team to continue providing Legendary Service to our customers. Go Laundry!! Go Green!!

Congratulations to our Employee of the Quarter! by Deborah
July 28, 2011, 3:10 pm
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Meet Nancy Campbell, our Empoyee of the Second Quarter at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa!

Here’s what Nancy’s co-workers had to when they nominated her:

It is our honor to nominate Nancy Campbell for Employee of the 2nd Quarter. Words do little justice in describing this outstanding employee and person. Nancy inspires us by the hard work and dedication she exhibits every day she puts on her GPI uniform. She is quick to smile and have a kind word for all those who are fortunate to cross paths with her.  She performs her duties with grace and dignity; not coincidently, the same way she treats others.

Nancy served on the previous Culture Council and was always front and center when Culture came calling. From manning tables in front of the Melting Pot to painting the smoking bathrooms to getting up at 4AM on her day off to work “crowd control” at the Culture yard sale, Nancy gave her best to live the Culture of GPI.  None of  this is surprising to anyone who knows her, especially those who have been lucky enough to work with her. The words “can’t” and “no” do not seem to be in her vocabulary.

It is said that the little things in life make the biggest difference. They must have been thinking about Nancy Campbell when they wrote that. We are fortunate to have Nancyas a purchasing teammate; uniquely OURS, uniquely YOURS!

Congratulations Nancy!

Get Golfing! by Deborah
July 26, 2011, 2:50 pm
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The Golf Course at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is in prime condition and we’re offering some great deals for our friends who love to hit the links. So duffers, hacks and scratch golfers unite! We’ve offering a “Stay and Play” package designed with golfers in mind. With rates starting as low as $175 per person, per night, double occupancy, based on 2 night stay, you get a accommodations at our legendary resort, our breakfast buffet at Blue Ridge Dining Room (which is to die for!) and — get this —- as much golf as you can play while you’re staying with us! Now that’s a golfers dream come true!

Our golf course first opened for play in 1899 and was redesigned in 1924 by the great Donald Ross. The passing decades gradually altered its play, and in 2001, the resort undertook an ambitious $2.5 million program to restore the course to the past glory and spirit of its original Donald Ross design. The restoration program was a success and led to a number of accolades, including Golfweek’s “Best Restoration” award in 2002.

As early as 1919, British golfing greats Harry Vardon and Ted Ray made summer stops at our golf course to play exhibition matches. From 1933 through 1951, the PGA Tour came yearly, bringing to the course such golf immortals as Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson. Recent exhibitions have featured PGA stars Doug Sanders, Gene Littler, Fuzzy Zoeller and Chip Beck. Hall-of-Famers Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Gary Player have also walked these legendary fairways and greens. It’s the perfect time of year to play our course, with those cool mountain breezes and majestic views of theBlue Ridge Mountains. So what are you waiting for?