7. Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North CarolinaGet More Info
About 40 miles outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Grove Park Inn’s original builder Edwin Wiley Grove wanted to design a lodge that reflected the “majesty of the mountains,” according to historical records from the National Park Service. His concept called for building the lodge with natural rough stones from nearby mountains. Local architects couldn’t grasp the idea, so he enlisted his son-in-law, who had no formal training, to design the building. Grove Park Inn was built in five sections to resemble the rise and fall of a mountain range. Granite boulders quarried from Sunset Mountain were used in its construction, including the inn’s chimneys.
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