Penelope the Pineapple in Asheville

If we could all be so lucky to have Penelope the Pineapple’s travel itinerary…

After accepting a Resolution from the SC House of Representatives, Penelope ventured further upstate, hopped over the border, and drove through the mountains of western North Carolina. She cozied up for a few days at the Grove Park Inn, a gem of a hotel smack dab in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Penelope at the Grove Park Inn

The Grove Park Inn is a Historic Hotel of America- Penelope’s favorite kind of accommodations as of late (evidenced by both her vacation in Charleston and trip to Southern California.) Each of our hotels have a fascinating history to share, but the Grove Park Inn– well it’s hard not to get starry eyed while reviewing their wall(s) of famous guests. The Inn has been graced with visits from inventors, Presidents, movie stars, even pop culture icons like Mr. 80’s Fitness Guru Richard Simmons! Legendary writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda spent a great deal of time here, as well. The sight of smoky mountains every morning and a sinking sun each evening? Instant writer’s block relief.

Morning at Grove Park Inn

Both grand and cozy, the Grove Park Inn is perfect for a January jaunt to the mountains.  The inn will soon celebrate its 100th birthday – many of its original decorative and architectural features are still in place. Like, the massive stone fireplaces in the lobby and funky, suspended light fixtures.

The Grove Park Inn is around the corner from downtown Asheville, so Ms. P went out exploring to discover an eclectic mix of coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants.  After getting her belly full at Mela on North Lexington Ave for an Indian food buffet, she mosied over to the Grove Arcade. Penelope stopped in the Battery Book Exchange and Champagne Bar to peruse the history section. Here, she stumbled upon a book about her beloved Charleston: site of her five-week vacation this fall. In its pages, she recognized photos of her two favorite inns, the John Rutledge House Inn and Wentworth Mansion, before they were restored in 1989 and 1997 respectively. We think she’s feeling a little homesick for the Holy City…

Charleston in Asheville

Penelope had a fabulous weekend, fell in love with the inn and appreciate the staff’s warm hospitality. Thank you to our friends at Grove Park Inn for hosting Ms. Penelope the Pineapple. Let’s see where she turns up next!

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