Here’s part of the story I wrote last week for the Asheville Citizen-Times about the Grove Park restoration work:
Renovation work is touching all aspects of the 100-year-old getaway, from its high-ceilinged Great Hall indoors to its outdoorterraces that offer mountain sunset views.
Nearly 200 rooms in one wing are getting an update, a retail shop area will be remade and there’s a restaurant and bar under construction.
Some of the biggest changes are being made to the inn’s spacious Great Hall, the massive room visitors and guests often first enter. One of its two giant fireplaces recently received $200,000 worth of construction to return it to a working fireplace. Its six big columns have been stripped to their core and re-covered with handcrafted wooden panels, all done by a local woodworker in the inn’s well-known Arts and Crafts style.
The hall’s main desk has been removed and a small coffee shop and bakery is taking shape in its place.
A much smaller check-in desk sits on the opposite side of the room. The hall’s original Stickley furniture is being refurbished. And the Great Hall will be air conditioned for the first time.