Wintering in the Mountains

| January 15, 2012 |

When looking for interesting destinations for your employer (or yourself), don’t miss the jewels of America. We spent Christmas in Asheville, which is known as the Paris of the South. There seems to be some truth to it.

While different in architecture, The Grove Park Inn in Asheville is on a par with and just a few miles from the Biltmore in Asheville.

The Grove Park Inn (showing the rear of the main building) was designed in 1913 following the English Arts and Crafts design movement that flourished from 1860 to 1910  

The hotel had a forest of Christmas trees, each decorated differently with a wealth of colorful ornaments  

The Blue Ridge mountains that surround Asheville offer many invigorating hikes and views 

Trout fishing for the love of it, because there were few if any trout in evidence that cold day 

And on a quirky note: with all that nature has to offer, it seems not to be able to compete with the lure of texting. Who knows, these three young ladies may have been texting each other.


Tags: Five star hotels, holiday season

Category: Blog, Travels

About the Author (Author Profile)

Steven Ferry is chairman of the International Institute of Modern Butlers and the author of bestsellers "Butlers & Household Managers 21st Century Professionals" and "Hotel Butlers, The Great Service Differentiators." He also trains and consults for the profession around the world.

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