It's Chrismastime in North Carolina and I was recently lucky enough to be sent to a meeting at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The historic Grove Park Inn shines during Christmas when its mammoth stone hearths and warm furnishings show off the abundent greenery and trimmings.
The Inn had been greatly expanded since my family last stayed there but I was really impressed with the state of the Inn. In the early 20th Century when the Inn was constructed, the Arts and Crafts Movement was in full swing and patent medicine baron Edwin Grove liberally applied those design concepts throughout the Inn.
Today, the Arts and Crafts Movement is still evident in the massive stonework throughout the Inn along with a very important collection of Stickley and Roycroft oak furnishings. I enjoyed it thoroughly.