Friday, November 2 Optional Tours
Please note that both tours include a boxed lunch.
Guided Waterfall Hike
The Falls at DuPont State Forest – Located between the charming towns of Hendersonville and Brevard – the 10,000 acre DuPont State Forest is home to over 90 miles of trails leading adventurous hikers to beautiful waterfalls, tranquil mountain lakes, and beside rushing streams. On this moderate hike your friendly guides will take you to three of these splendid waterfalls (High Falls, Triple Falls and Hooker Falls). Several of the waterfalls you will see were filmed in the movies Last of the Mohicans and The Hunger Games. Make sure to bring your camera and plenty of film because this place is truly a photographer’s dream! Also, please wear appropriate shoes for light hiking.
Your Magical Hike Amongst the Waterfalls will be held according to the following schedule:
2:15 PM Depart for your Guided Hike amongst the Waterfalls – please meet at the Vanderbilt Wing Atrium, 7th level
3:00 PM Approximate time of arrival at the Trailhead for a fun filled afternoon of moderate hiking
5:00 PM Approximate time of departure for return to the Omni Grove Park Inn
5:45 PM Approximate time of arrival at the Omni Grove Park Inn
Cost Per-Person is $119
Includes: transportation, professional hiking guide, entrance fee, gourmet boxed lunch, bottled water, soda, snacks, and all taxes
Asheville Microbrewery Tour
A talented guide will accompany the group to visit Asheville’s Best Microbreweries according to the following itinerary:
2:15 PM Depart for the Asheville Microbrewery Tour – please meet at the Vanderbilt Wing Atrium, 7th level
2:30 PM Arrive at Highland Brewery located in downtown Asheville
In December 1994, when downtown Asheville was sleepy, Highland rolled out its first kegs from the basement to the alley. Built almost entirely of retrofitted dairy equipment, our original brewery could produce up to 6,500 barrels of beer per year in about 12,000 square feet of space. Today, we have capacity to brew over 60,000 barrels annually with room to grow. Until 1998, our beer was available only in kegs and hand-filled 22-oz. bottles. (We still fill our liter bottles by hand today.) That year, we added a four-head bottling machine which enabled us to start packaging in 12-oz. bottles. In 2002, a used Krones bottling line was installed, capable of filling 7,200 12-oz. bottles per hour. Although we brewed twice daily, four days per week, the demand for our beer continued to exceed supply. We brew four times a day, five days per week on a 50-bbl brew house. Our cellar has 24 fermenters, mostly 200bbls in size, and growing. We can bottle up to 320 bottles per minute, averaging 800 cases per hour. Our bottling line is a state-of-the-art 2015 KHS 48-valve rotary machine. Our can line is a 2008 Vimercati 14-valve rotary canner with the capability of 70 cans per minute.
3:45 PM Arrive at Hi-Wire Big Top Brewery located in Historic Biltmore
Located a half a mile from the Biltmore Estate, Hi-Wire Brewing opened the 27,000 square foot Big Top Taproom & Production Facility in the summer of 2015. This Big Top brings the brewing process to life by giving craft beer drinkers the opportunity to enjoy a taste of Hi-Wire’s approachable and balanced ales and lagers beside the tanks where they were created. Our flagship and seasonal offerings are brewed to be balanced and approachable, how brewers have been striving to brew beers for thousands of years. Brewing beers with a connection to the past is important to us. We love to brew traditional styles that honor the heritage of our craft and pay respect to those who have crafted beer before us. Yet, as an American craft brewer, we are elated to participate in the culture of experimentation that has developed here. With the opening of the Big Top Production Brewery & Taproom, our South Slope Specialty Brewery has become an experimental hub for creating exciting barrel-aged sour and wild ales in addition to housing our pilot system for recipe development and fun small-batch creations. We love taking care of our people and giving our staff an environment to work where they feel empowered.
5:00 PM Arrive at Green Man Brewing located in downtown Asheville South slope
Award winning ales since 1997, Green Man was founded in downtown Asheville, originally as a brew-pub. New ownership and a fresh approach spurred evolutionary change at Green Man in 2010. No longer a brew pub, Green Man was able to focus on production, distribution and growth. With the help of the original brewer, John Stuart, and his team, Green Man has evolved into a respected and well-known brewery, known for consistent, traditional ales with a constant eye on quality. Using English and Belgian yeasts and specialty grains gives the beers their unique appeal and distinctive style. These brewers are known for their Gold Ale, Pale Ale, IPA (India Pale Ale), ESB (Extra Special Bitter), Stout, Porter, and Cask Conditioned Ale.
6:15 PM – Approximate time of return to the Grove Park Inn.
Cost Per-Person is $119
Includes: transportation, professional guide, tasting fees, gourmet boxed lunch, bottled water and all taxes
Saturday, November 3 Optional Tour - Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Tour
After the Saturday night dinner at Biltmore Estate, attendees will have the option to enjoy the Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Tour – an unforgettable tour of the Biltmore Estate decorated for the Christmas season. Those that have registered for the tour will depart the dinner venue at approximately 8:45pm and be transported back to the Grove Park Inn at 10:00pm after the tour.
At Biltmore House, you will discover the grandeur of the 255-room Chateau built by George Vanderbilt in the late 1800s. In America’s largest privately-owned residence, you will be able to view an incredible display of furnishings, sculptures, paintings, books, and other treasures collected from around the world. A visit to Biltmore Estate during the Christmas season always takes on a special meaning. It was on Christmas Eve in 1895 that George Vanderbilt first welcomed guests into his home. On this evening you’ll still find that same warm feeling of welcome at the Biltmore Estate. Traditional sights and sounds of the season magically transform this grand Victorian Estate into a place of wonder. Throughout the House, rich velvet ribbon and evergreen garlands garnish banisters and doorways. Live holiday music fills the air. Aromas of gumdrop trees, fresh spices and flowers float along corridors. Scores of live trees bedecked with delicate Victorian ornaments handmade of feathers, silk, lace and glass recall the splendor of another time. The gift shops will be open. You will have the opportunity to taste several Biltmore wines and browse a wide selection of gourmet foods, coffees, wine products, and glassware. The Christmas Shop and Biltmore Book Store along with the Chocolate will surely give you the opportunity to be that special gift for someone dear to your heart.
The cost for this elegant tour is $69.50 per person and includes Candlelight Tour admission to the Biltmore House and transportation for the return to the Grove Park Inn. Please use the link at the bottom of this page to register.
Loosen up at The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Twenty water features, including numerous mineral-based pools, complement our subterranean spa with cavernous rock walls, arches and tunnels. Enjoy 43,000 square feet of peace and quiet along with two therapeutic waterfall pools as well as a lap pool blanketed with 6,500 fiber-optic stars and underwater music.
Escape to the private men’s and women’s exhilarating contrast pools, inhalation rooms, saunas and eucalyptus-infused steam rooms. Then grab a warm blanket, light snack and hot organic tea at three fireside lounges with comfortable, oversized chairs as you enjoy one of Condé Nast Traveler’s top resort spas in North America.
The Spa is an 18 or older facility. Due to increased demand, we are unable to guarantee the availability of day passes or treatments on any specific day. We recommend making Spa treatment reservations as you make your room reservation to ensure the best selection and times.
Asheville, NC is recognized as having one of the strongest most innovative culinary scenes in the country. Here at The Omni Grove Park Inn you will find some of the finest, locally sourced restaurants in town that will certainly delight the foodie in your family. From restaurants to bars to terraces with breathtaking mountain views, there are so many ways to please your palate at this resort. Reservations are recommended at many of the restaurants so review the symposium agenda and start planning your trip today. Please call the hotel at either number below to make your reservations.
PHONE: (800) 438-5800
CONCIERGE: (828) 252-2711
If you would like to book a party of 12 or more, please contact Leshall Conklin at (828) 252-2711 ext. 7049 or by email.