Aug 14, 2015

Travel With Me: Asheville, NC

Where to Eat: Sunset Terrace

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, North Carolina

There's no place dreamier, in my opinion, than the Omni Grove Park Inn. As you are pulling up to the entrance, you immediately feel like you've stepped back into the F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jazz Age. A feeling takes over your body as you walk through the monstrous, wooden doors, and are immediately greeted with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains through the matching doors on the other end of the Great Hall.

Dinner at the Sunset Terrace is one of the most amazing dinners I've ever had. Between the sweeping views of the mountains, the amazing service, and delicious food; it's hard to compare it to anything else.

 As soon as you walk into the Great Hall you're met with history everywhere you look. I can just imagine F. Scott sitting at the Great Hall Bar with scratches of paper strewn about, and whiskey in an old fashioned glass, leaving sweat rings on the bar.

If you're standing toward the check-in counter, in the Great Hall and look to your left, you'll see a hallway to one wing. As you pass through, you'll see the elevator that was built into the rock chimney of the fireplace that flanks the left side of the Great Hall. Keep going down that hall, and you'll walk right into The Edison. Another restaurant at the hotel, with breath-taking views.

The Great Hall Bar sits right inside the Great Hall and offers Jazz Age, high-back couches and wing chairs for relaxing with cocktails and small bites. The back doors, which lead out onto the Sunset Terrace offer floor to ceiling views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Whether dining at The Edison or the Sunset Terrace, you definitely want to time your dinner reservation with the sunset. That's the whole point of dinner on the terrace, after all. The American Smash, handcrafted cocktail, is oh so delicious; you'll want to go ahead and just order two. #keepthemcomin'
Almost as soon as you sit down, you are greeted with warm biscuits served with honey and butter. At that point, the rest of the meal could have been awful and I wouldn't have cared. Biscuits are life, and the honey is the cherry on top, so to speak.

The Sunset Terrace is steak and seafood based, so we had to order the filet with tomato mozzarella and caesar salads, all around. If steak could taste like heaven in your mouth, it was this filet—cooked to perfection and the perfect amount of seasoning.
View of Downtown Asheville to the Left
Dinner wouldn't be complete without dessert and coffee. I believe the desserts change daily, so pictured above is the Hazelnut Creme Brûlée, and below is the Cherry Chocolate Cake. Both were simply scrumptious, and coffee always tastes better high on a mountain top, while the sun sets in the background. #AmIRight?

The Sunset Terrace on second level and the Sunset Cocktail Terrace on lower level and continues down to the left

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of the Omni Grove Park Inn and the Sunset Terrace. Even if you can't stick around for a meal, it's worth it to sneak up for a bit during the day, take in the view of the mountains, sip an old-fashioned in front of the fireplace, and stroll through the hotel wings imagining you'll bump into F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald at any turn.

The Grove Park Inn website notes which restaurants accept reservations and if they are needed. I highly recommend making reservations for the Sunset Terrace as far in advance as possible, and if you'll be there for dinner, make sure to check the time of sunset for the time of year and plan to be eating dessert around the time the sun sets. It's absolutely breath-taking!

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1 comment :

  1. One of the most dreamiest places I have ever seen & read about. Certainly something my husband and I would LOVE! Thank you so much for introducing me to this gorgeous Inn!


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