Corner Kitchen recently received a nod from Birmingham Magazine as one of the top places to visit when you need a romantic getaway in Asheville. We have to agree with author Verna Gates that our charming restaurant nestled in Biltmore Village is a cozy spot to cuddle with your loved one whether you’re a tourist or not.
From the article:
The twists and turns of the Blue Ridge Parkway cuddle you tightly as you cling to the edge of ever more beautiful vistas. The thrill of every new discovery ignites the senses as you drive into romance built on high mountains and wide skies. Asheville, North Carolina enfolds you in its hills and valleys, perfect for a couple’s getaway for Valentine’s Day and beyond.
The views are ongoing, even as you arrive to The Omni Grove Park Inn, located on Sunset Mountain. Pulling up to the stately 1913 resort, a valet will quickly whisk away your car so relaxation can begin. The enormous 14-foot tall rock fireplaces in the lobby will call you down later, when you want a drink from the bar and a cozy couch to share together while the band plays. If there is a fire, the lobby smells of earth and wood and flames, like a call to quiet time.
Be sure to catch the sunset from your room before dinner at the inn. Dine at Vue 1913, which takes you back to the elegance of art deco, with curves that match the mountaintop. This AAA Four Diamond restaurant is known for its extensive wine collection and locally sourced, inventive menu. It is not uncommon to see couples in their wedding attire sitting at the next table. Ben, one of the waiters, tells stories about the people who were married here and continue to return year after year, with the oldest couple celebrating 75 years of marriage. For lovebirds, the resort offers a complete romance package that includes dinner at Vue along with your stay.
In the morning, hit the renowned spa at the Grove Park. The main pool room offers a selection of temperatures for everyone to enjoy. However, couples are likely to be spotted in the small waterfall massage pools. These more secluded pools feature falls that can either pound on sore spots or provide a touch of privacy. There are two couples massage choices—one includes a private bath, champagne, and strawberry chocolates.
On a trip to the neighboring Biltmore House, imagine the footsteps of the newly-wedded Edith Vanderbilt, who was brought here as a bride. Twenty-six years later, her daughter, Cornelia, was married at the estate. Cornelia and her husband would open the largest private home in America to the public in 1930. Tour the home, and then tour the winery. The tasting room can introduce you to some fine North Carolina wines for toasting later. Visit Biltmore Village, where you’ll find a good eatery at the Corner Kitchen. The pear salad and cornmeal encrusted Carolina catfish po’boy makes for a hearty meal.