Get your sleigh ready to climb up the mountains to Asheville, North Carolina for holiday fun. Looking for the best Christmas hotel in Asheville to celebrate the holidays? Then 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!
Best Christmas Hotel in Asheville: the Omni Grove Park Inn
Making an annual trip to the Omni Grove Park Inn is a holiday tradition for our family. Nestled in a residential community overlooking the mountains, the Omni Grove Park Inn dates back to 1913 and on the Historic Register of Hotels.
You can make an entire day out of your trek. 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 from the National Gingerbread Competition.
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 by 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 and the peacock 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.
TravelingMom Tip: The gingerbread competition is a big draw to the Grove Park Inn, so much so that they now have had to limit the touring hours for non-guests of the resort.
Starting November 26, 2017, and continuing through January 4, 2018, the competition is open to the public. As a means to preserve the overall guest experience, The Omni Grove Park Inn invites guests not staying at the resort to view the display after 3:00 pm on Sundays or anytime Monday through Thursday, based on parking availability and excluding holidays (December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1, 2018.)
“Go Tell It On the Mountain”
The big event for us was the Champagne 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 12:00-2:30 pm, the brunch includes three rooms brimming with food and desserts, including a carving station, raw bar, and made to order omelets; champagne or mimosa for adults 21 and up;
Pricing is $ 40 plus tax for adults; children ages 6-12 are $20 plus tax, and kids 5 and under eat free with paying adult.
My favorites were the eggnog stuffed French toast, the shrimp and grits, the bountiful seafood station, and the dessert bar, including Bananas Foster and bread pudding. Bring your appetites because you will be tempted to eat almost everything!
If the Sunday brunch is not your thing, try one of the other dining options:
- Continental breakfast buffet, $17
- Full breakfast buffet, $25
- Friday night seafood buffet, $44
- Saturday night prime rib buffet, $44
Gratuity is included on parties of eight or more. Attire is Resort Casual. Reservations are highly recommended.
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!
Parking: Your sleigh will require a parking fee of $20 (one charge per standard size vehicle, based on availability). Don’t feel like Scrooge: $10 of the parking charge goes to fund local non-profit organizations.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
The fireplace with its cozy rocking chairs in the main lobby is bustling with activity, including holiday music. Grab a hot chocolate or hot toddy from the gingerbread house concession stand.
Other Suggestions for Asheville
For those of you who want to turn your “daycation” into an overnight, there are holiday packages available starting at $219/night.
If dining or an overnight stay is 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. And there are plenty of FREE Asheville attractions.
To end with a classic Christmas tune, “Happy Holidays to you!”