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|N.C. Destination: A romantic weekend in Asheville|
|Escape to the peace and tranquility of this scenic mountain town|
|Published Monday, February 10, 2014|
|PHOTO/COURTESY GRAND BOHEMIAN HOTEL ASHEVILLE|
|Check into one of the Junior Suites as Asheville's Grand Bohemian Hotel, featuring custom lighting, plush bedding and large velvet-tufted headboards. The spacious bathrooms boast natural rain style showerheads, marble vanities, stone flooring and oversized soaking tubs that open up into the bedroom area.|
Valentine's Day falls on a Friday. So why not escape for the entire weekend on a romantic getaway? No need to go far. With its towering mountains and serene views, Asheville, one of America’s most beautiful cities, is just a two-hour drive away. It’s an ideal destination for a romantic weekend of fine dining, relaxing spa treatments and staying in five-star accommodations.
Check into one of the most luxurious hotels in the state – The Grand Bohemian Hotel. With 104 guestrooms and suites, this Tudor-inspired hotel reflects the edgy, eclectic artistry of Asheville, mixing Old-World ambiance with the amenities of modern society.
Guestrooms feature custom lighting, plush bedding, large velvet-tufted headboards and spacious bathrooms with natural rain style showerheads, marble vanities, stone flooring and oversized soaking tubs that open up into the bedroom area.
Have dinner at the property’s Red Stag Grill, where the menu features locally farmed ingredients and the works of local artists adorn the walls.
The Grand Bohemian is located in the Historic Biltmore neighborhood. Take an after-dinner stroll and walk hand-in-hand along the brick sidewalks and quaint tree-lined streets of Biltmore Village. There you will find an array of locally owned boutiques, fine restaurants and galleries selling everything from designer clothing to rare antiques.
Relax and recharge in the sanctuary of The Spa at Grove Park Inn. The 43,000-square-foot world-class spa offers everything from facials to massages, body treatments and nail services. Book a treatment or check on the availability of Spa Day Passes, which allow guests to enjoy The Spa’s amenities (hot tubs, steam room, eucalyptus inhalation room, sauna, waterfall whirlpools, plunge pools and fireside lounges) without a treatment.
Watch the sunset while having dinner at Vue 1913. An American twist on a classic European style restaurant, Vue features art deco décor and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Vue’s Valentine’s Day special is a 3-course pre fixe menu for $60. Options include oysters, pear salad, petite beef filet and lobster ravioli, seared duck, chocolate raspberry cake and other items. Reservations are recommended.
A trip to Asheville would not be complete without a visit to its prized jewel, The Biltmore Estate. A National Historic Landmark and one of the country’s top architectural wonders, the 250-room mansion features breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a charming winery and an 8,000-acre backyard.
Where to find it in Asheville:
- The Grand Bohemian Hotel – 11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803; (828) 505-2949; www.bohemianhotelasheville.com
- Red Stag Grill – 11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803; (828) 505-2949; www.bohemianhotelasheville.com
- The Spa at the Grove Park Inn – 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804; (800) 438-5800; www.groveparkinn.com
- Vue 1913 – 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804; (800) 438-5800; www.groveparkinn.com
- The Biltmore Estate – 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803; (800) 411-3812; www.biltmore.com
- Biltmore Village – 10 Brook St, Asheville, NC 28803; (828) 277-9670; www.biltmorevillage.com
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