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Airport information

Asheville Regional Airport is over 60 years old and going through a huge expansion plan.  Currently, six major airlines hold gates in AVL including Allegiant, American, Delta, JetBlue, Sun Country and United. The airport is located in Fletcher, NC – 17 miles from the Omni Grove Park Inn. 

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Local transportation

There are several options to travel from the airport to the resort hotel, from taxis to mobile rider-shares to rental cars and more. Here is a lengthy list of options that you may want to consider.


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Drive and Park

The Omni Grove Park Inn offers plenty of parking, both in the parking lot and in their parking garage. 

The rates are:
  Valet Parking = $30 per day
Self Parking = $20 per day
 
 

 
 
Where is it being hosted?

The Omni Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28804


There’s a reason guests have been staying at The Grove Park Inn for over one hundred years. They come for relaxation, rejuvenation and to breathe in the clean mountain air. The Inn, set atop Sunset Mountain, features guestrooms with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its lush Donald Ross–designed golf course. Choose one of the Inn’s oldest rooms in The Main Inn furnished   with Roycroft Arts and Crafts décor. Or opt for something larger and more modern with a room or suite located in our newer Sammons and Vanderbilt Wings, including our exclusive Club Floor.  WebsiteVideo: 
Self-Guided Tour of Grove Park Inn


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Resort Amenities


The normal resort fee is included in the group room rate; waived for our group.  So, enjoy the numerous amenities and the splendor of The Grove Park while you are here:


    •    High Speed Internet (6 MB) in Guest Rooms & Common Areas
    •    Access to the 50,000 SF Sports Complex
    •    Access to Racquetball Courts
    •    Access to Indoor Pool
    •    Access to Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar
    •    On-Property Shuttle Service
    •    Toll Free & Local Calling
    •    In-Room Coffee
    •    Newspaper available in the Lobby
    •    Access to the Sunset Hiking Trail
 
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Hotel Room & Suites

This historic hotel, built in 1913, has three buildings tied in together with each holding its own unique characteristics.  The Main Inn, Sammons Wing and Vanderbilt Wing each have its own style of décor.  The room décor for rooms within each wing have the same décor, regardless of which direction the room is facing.
 
$ 229 per night = Standard Room (group rate)
The standard rooms are run-of-house, which means that you may be placed in any of the three wings of the resort hotel.  Be aware that the NWA convention will be held on the 8th floor of the Vanderbilt Wing.  
Standard King photo
Standard Double photo
 
$ 289 per night = Deluxe Mountain View
The Deluxe Mountain View are in the Main Inn and face the Mountains.
 
$ 319 per night = Premium Mountain View
The Premium Mountain View Rooms are in both the Sammons Wing and the Vanderbilt Wing and face the Mountains.
 
$ 579 per night = Executive King Suite

Executive Suite photo
 
 
$ 679 per night = Club Floor Room
The Club Floor is an exclusive, adult-only (21+) floor with personal concierge service. The Club Floor rooms offer a spa-like bathroom featuring a single effervescent bath and a spacious walk-in hydro-shower. Club Floor guests enjoy turndown service, continental breakfast, evening cocktails with hors d’ oeuvres in the Club Floor Lounge, access to the Spa Fitness Center, and garage or valet parking. *Guests not staying on the Club Floor are not permitted access to this level, and key card access is required for the elevator Club King photo


 
Hotel Reservations


PHONE:  Guests may call the Central Reservations Office at 800-438-5800 to make reservations. 

ONLINE:  Guests may also access room reservations via online booking using the following weblink:

A one night’s deposit is required to confirm all room reservations.


                                                
Sports Complex

 
The 50,000 sq. ft. Sports Complex houses an indoor fitness and family pool kept at the ideal temperature to play in year round.  Get energized at the Fitness Club, featuring personal training sessions, fitness classes like Yoga and Pilates, treadmills, elliptical trainers, free weights and more than 20 Paramount stations.  Or play indoor tennis on the courts.The Sports Complex is complimentary usage by ‘registered’ guests.

 
GPI Golf Course

Framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this legendary Donald Ross designed golf course offers a unique 18-holes that are contoured out of our rolling landscape with tree-lined fairways, challenging bunkers and receptive bent greens. Designed by the legendary Donald Ross in 1926, the 6,400-yard, par-70 course is contoured out of the rolling landscape with tree-lined fairways, challenging bunkers and receptive bent greens. And, its elevated tee boxes mean you get amazing views with each drive. The course is considered one of the top golf courses in North Carolina. It is also among the top ten courses 100 years or older according to Golf Digest, though it certainly doesn’t show its age. Masterfully restored in 2001, it reflects the glory and spirit of Donald Ross’ original design. Tee times can be reserved by contacting the pro, Zach Hepp at (828) 252-2711 ext. 1044 or Email at [email protected] For INDIVIDUAL golf reservations, call 1-800-438-5800

Pamper yourself in our $50 million 43,000-square-foot subterranean spa featuring cavernous rock walls, arches, tunnels and 20 water features. The main pool area features two therapeutic waterfall pools, a warm mineral pool and lap pool with 6,500 fiber-optic stars embedded in the ceiling and constant underwater music. Enjoy exhilarating contrast pools, an inhalation room and eucalyptus-infused steam room. The 10 pools are mineral-based and contain traces of sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Three fireside lounges await you with overstuffed chairs, warm blankets, light snacks, hot organic teas and herbal infused waters. And step outside to enjoy fireplaces, whirlpool, and a tiered outdoor terrace with panoramic mountain views. Video:


NOTE: You MUST have a room reservation to be able to set a Spa appointment! Contact Shanda or Amber for spa reservations: Shanda. [email protected] and [email protected]
or call for INDIVIDUAL spa reservations at 1-800-438-5800
 


In-House Shopping


Visit the Shops at The Emporium 1913 in the Vanderbilt Wing for all your retail therapy. These four interconnected shops, Cloth, Seely & Grove, The Pink Pig, and Marketplace, provide you with everything you need from logo merchandise and local crafts to unique house made treats and gourmet chocolates. Or visit the Christmas, Art and Gift Shoppes along the Carolina Hallway on the path to the Sammons Wing.


 
Restaurant Dining


EDISON, CRAFT ALES + KITCHEN is an inventive bar and restaurant that brings together the food culture and local flavors of downtown, with expansive indoor and outdoor seating that offers spectacular views of the mountains. EDISON serves NC craft beers, small batch bourbons, handcrafted cocktails, and regionally inspired food in a contemporary, fun, and artistic setting. Several renowned artists who celebrate the creativity of the area and call this community home are showcased in the indoor dining room, offering our patrons a true Asheville experience.

VUE 1913, AN AMERICAN BRASSERIE offers guests a comfortable and stylish setting for a leisurely meal designed only with the love of food in mind. The brasserie style format allows our chef the flexibility to truly showcase the best local rustic ingredients of each season. All dressed up with an art deco and panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Vue 1913 is the perfect fit for your everyday dinner plans and your special occasions. 

BLUE RIDGE is a farm-to-table artisanal buffet overlooking the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. The award winning Friday night Seafood Buffet, Saturday night Prime Rib Buffet, and phenomenal Champagne Sunday Brunch are the perfect way to end any week. Groups of 10 or more ….. Make your meal reservations as soon as possible. For INDIVIDUAL or smaller group restaurant reservations, call 1-800-438-5800 

 
Nightlife


THE GREAT HALL BAR is the perfect place to gather to really get a feel for the history and tradition of the Inn. Sip a signature martini and enjoy the grandeur that has made generations of guests feel they've left the ordinary behind. Flanked by immense 14-foot stone fireplaces and steeped in old-world rustic charm, The Great Hall Bar is a wonderful place to meet before dinner or a romantic nightcap. Enjoy appetizers, entrees, light fare and desserts throughout the day, and nightly entertainment.

PRESIDENTS LOUNGE caters to your before and after dinner plans with a fine selection of wines by the glass and small plates. Looking out across the cityscape of downtown Asheville you can relax and savor flights of chocolate as the sunset paints the sky. Presidents Lounge honors our rich history, having hosted ten Commanders in Chief at the Inn throughout the years.

ELAINE’S DUELING PIANO BAR is a fun atmosphere and time to have.  You might mistake our musicians for comedians. But that’s okay.  You might actually dance and sing the night away. So grab a group of friends and get here for the tunes and laughter.
 
 

 
     
 
108th National Watermelon Association Convention & Annual Meeting

                            

 


Days and Dates

Sunday - Sunday, February 19-26, 2023

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Our Triumphant Return to the Blue Ridge Mountains

The National Watermelon Association is excited & thrilled to have Asheville and the Omni Grove Park Inn host our national convention & annual meeting once again. Our first adventure at GPI was in 2007, and we come back to the Blue Ridge Mountains that welcome us every step of the way.
 
There is so much information to share, so we have broken it down to some basic topics:


                           

 

USDA Framework May Have an Opportunity for YOU!
Shoring Up the Food Supply Chain and Transforming the Food System to Be Fairer, More Competitive, More Resilient


Last week the USDA announced the “Food System Transformation Framework,” a department wide program aimed at the food supply chain, including the fresh produce and products sector.  The framework is comprehensive and deserves to have the overarching details spelled out for you.
The devil is seemingly almost always in the details, and the NWA will communicate any additional information as it may arise.  Until that time, here is the layout of the framework:
PRODUCTION & PROCESSING
    •    $200 million for Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops Program for specialty crop operations that incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses to offset compliance costs of regulatory requirements and market-driven food safety certification requirements.
    •    Up to $600 million in financial assistance to support food supply chain infrastructure aimed at independently owned and available infrastructure such as cold storage, refrigerated trucks, and processing facilities are in short supply but essential to creating a more resilient food system. USDA will make investments to address the limited processing, distribution, storage, and aggregation capacity for a variety of food sectors, including high equipment costs, lack of competition, and limited supply chain and value chain coordination.
    •    Up to $300 million in a new Organic Transition Initiative to provide comprehensive support for farmers to transition to organic production through technical assistance, including farmer-to-farmer mentoring; provide direct support through conservation financial assistance and additional crop insurance assistance and support market development projects in targeted markets. This builds on the Organic Certification and Transition Cost Share program that was previously announced that provides pandemic assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP).
    •    Up to $75 million to support urban agriculture. The 2018 Farm Bill authorized the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production to award competitive grants to support urban agriculture. USDA will invest $20 million in funding a backlog of applications as well as an additional $10 million increase in money available for the 2022 funding year. Additionally, USDA will invest $40 million in cooperative agreements with organizations to support outreach and training activities for urban farmers.
    •    $400 million to create regional food business centers that will provide coordination, technical assistance, and capacity building support to small and mid-size food and farm businesses, particularly focused on processing, distribution and aggregation, and market access challenges. The business development needs of food businesses are distinct from other small businesses and existing business support networks such as those the Small Business Administration.
NUTRITION & FOOD SUPPLY
    •    Additional $40 million in the GusNIP Produce Prescriptions Program.  This program funds projects that demonstrate and evaluate the impacts of fresh produce prescriptions to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption, improve health, and reduce food insecurity. Since launching this program following the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, demand has increased by 30 percent each year. While our long-term goal is for this work to live at Health and Human Services and not USDA, it is still a step in right direction. We will also be putting out a positive statement on this through the Produce Prescription Collaborative.
    •    $100 million to create a new Healthy Food Incentive Fund, which will support school food authorities to innovate and accelerate their efforts to improve the nutritional quality of school meals to children.  With these funds USDA will support peer to peer learning and recognize local programs for their leadership, excellence and efforts to deliver health nutritious food.
    •    $60 million to leverage increased commodity purchases through Farm-to-School.  Farm-to-school programs are a proven model of increasing markets for farmers via child nutrition programs while also providing children healthy, fresh food. These grants to states and territories administering farm to school programs will support increased procurement and use of local foods in child nutrition program meals.
    •    Increases Healthy Food Financing Initiative to $155 million. Aimed at ‘food deserts’, this program provides grants and loans to entities that offer healthy food in communities that are underserved by grocery stores and other food retailers.
    •    $25 million to support SNAP technology improvements to modernize the delivery of incentive programs through SNAP’s electronic benefit transfer (EBT) technology.  Reliable, affordable, user-friendly technology is important to enabling producers and food businesses to accept SNAP benefits from customers.  This will support more project funds going to incentives rather than the administrative costs of delivering the incentive.
    •    Up to $90 million to prevent and reduce food loss and waste.  Wasted food results in unnecessary uses of energy as well as methane and CO2 emissions; reducing food waste can help the United States meet its climate commitments. USDA will invest an additional $30 million in the Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Program and will fund a feasibility study and corresponding actions that will support a National Food Loss and Waste Strategy.

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