If you’re craving a mountain escape to get in the holiday spirit, look no further than the historic Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Take in the majesty of the holiday decorations and feast on the sumptuous Sunday brunch buffet, complete with champagne and mimosas. Cheers!
Sing the Wonders of the Omni Grove Park Inn
We drove up to North Caroline from our home in South Carolina in 2014. We’re planning on returning for holiday Sunday brunch in a few weekends–that should let you know how much of a special tradition it is with our family.
You can make an entire day out of your trek to the Omni Grove Park Inn. Enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch; stroll the resort to take in the majesty of the decor and mountain views; decide which themed Christmas tree is your favorite; and stare in wonder at the artistic gingerbread creations.
Here’s a holiday playlist to get you ready for what awaits you at the Omni Grove Park Inn:
Naturally, the Grove Park Inn is a find in any season, but to celebrate the lead-up to Christmas, it is positively stunning! From the enormous centerpiece Christmas tree in the lobby, roaring stone fireplaces, and more than 100 uniquely themed Christmas trees lining the hallways, you are surrounded with holiday imagery.
My teen and tween love to walk the hallways and decide which tree is their favorite. Usually, a tree with animals on it wins, but they also loved the ice cream tree.
“Do You Hear What I Hear?”
Not only will the halls be festooned with red, green and all garland in between, but you will enjoy the sounds of the holidays as well. The classical guitarist playing chords of Silent Night gets me every time! Check the events calendar on the Omni Grove Park Inn website to see what offerings will be there.
“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”
One of the main attractions at the Omni Grove Park Inn is the National Gingerbread House Competition for adults and kids alike.
This was especially meaningful for us because my kids’ school received a wonderful honor: their former second grade teacher and her class earned second place in the Kids’ Division competition! Seeing that gingerbread house was a pride-filled moment for my children. Our other favorite was titled “Holiday Parade” with the fire engine in front of Toyland.
“Go Tell It On the Mountain”
But the big event for us was the Sunday brunch in the Blue Ridge, aptly named for its amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Reservations this time of year are essential as this brunch is extremely popular. Offered from 12:00-2:30pm, the $ 38 per person price tag gets you access to three rooms brimming with food and desserts, including a carving station, raw bar, and made to order omelets.
My favorites were the eggnog stuffed French toast, the cheddar grits, carving station, and the dessert bar. However, I was a bit underwhelmed by the shellfish since we had some grit in the oysters. (Then again, we are a tough bunch when it comes to our oysters.) Bring your appetites because you will be tempted to eat almost everything!
If the Sunday brunch at $39 is not your thing, try one of the other dining options:
- Continental breakfast buffet, $17
- Full breakfast buffet, $24
- Friday night seafood buffet, $42
- Saturday night prime rib buffet, $42
Gratuity is included on parties of eight or more. Attire is Resort Casual (despite that, my son couldn’t wait to wear his suit!). Reservations are recommended. Oh, and one last thing: holiday parking rates (from November 18-January 3): $10 for 0-3 hours and $2 each additional hour/$15 maximum.
Don’t miss the Sunset Terrace for a reindeer and sleigh overlooking the mountains. This photo-opportunity spot has a reindeer poised at the front of a sleigh where you and your family and friends can climb in to take the most Christmas card worthy shots. The entire experience is memory-making magic!
For those of you who want to turn your “daycation” into an overnight, there are holiday packages available, and deluxe rooms start at $224/night. Here are some ideas for other places to stay and eat in Asheville and don’t forget to make time for the Biltmore House.
If dining or an overnight stay are outside the budget, no worries! The beauty is that you can still visit Omni Grove Park Inn and enjoy the ambiance and decorations without dining there.
To end with a classic Christmas tune, “Happy Holidays to you!”