October Retreat | Day 1

This past weekend, we traveled to Asheville where my mum was attending a Needlepoint.com Stitching Retreat. It so happened to fall on the weekend of my birthday, so we fit in some celebrations as well.

Our first stop after getting checked in at the Omni Grove Park Inn, was of course settling in at our room in the Sammons wing of this massive hotel. (There are three separate areas for guest rooms, the main historical part of the inn and the Sammons and Vanderbilt Wings.)

View of the Sammons Wing we were staying in during our time at the Omni Grove Park Inn.
View of the Sammons Wing we were staying in during our time at the Omni Grove Park Inn.
The view from our room.
The view from our room.
My bed for our stay.
My bed for our stay.

Now up to the Sunset Terrace for lunch…

The Sunset Terrace had massive gas heaters all along the ceiling keeping guests warm as they looked out on the view below...
The Sunset Terrace had massive gas heaters all along the ceiling keeping guests warm as they looked out on the view below…
Rainy Asheville...
Rainy Asheville…
Biscuits and Honey Butter
Biscuits and Honey Butter
Mum had the Caesar Salad.
Mum had the Caesar Salad.
I had the Turkey Sandwich and a side salad.
I had the Turkey Sandwich and a side salad.

After lunch we headed over to the Vanderbilt Wing to see where the Conference Room where mum would be attending her needlepoint class the following afternoon. On the way there I took a snap of the set up about one of the inns notable guests… F. Scott Fitzgerald.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's typewriter...
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s typewriter…

Since phones are off limits in the spa… I didn’t get any pictures. (Seriously, if you are going there to enjoy yourself, why wouldn’t you want to be able to have some photos to remember it by?)

I did snap this picture of my spa portfolio and my iPad while I was in the 'quiet' relaxing room.
I did snap this picture of my spa portfolio and my iPad while I was in the ‘quiet’ relaxing room.

After spending some time in the spas relaxing rooms both before and after our pedicure treatments, we headed over to the Spa Cafe for some dinner.

My Chicken Salad Sandwich...
My Chicken Salad Sandwich…
Mum had hummus and salad...
Mum had hummus and salad…
Since I was there celebrating my birthday, I received a rose from the spa.
Since I was there celebrating my birthday, I received a rose from the spa.
I also purchased this elephant stuffed with a soothing lavender pouch that can be heated up, and we both received stones and chocolates as part of the pedicure service.
I also purchased this elephant stuffed with a soothing lavender pouch that can be heated up, and we both received stones and chocolates as part of the pedicure service.

After relaxing in the room a little, we headed over to the hospitality suite for Needlepoint.com where mum picked up her goodie bag and looked at some of the items on display. (She was the official finisher for the display items on showcase during the event.)

The poison bottles where finished by mum aka The Needlepoint Finisher.
The poison bottles where finished by mum aka The Needlepoint Finisher.

Now time to head back to the room and turn in for the evening…

Stay tuned for Day 2.

~theavidpen

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