The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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Asheville, as one of America's premier vacation destinations, has as you would expect a large number of spas. The choices range from simple rustic mountain settings to the truly world class luxury of the Grove Park Inn. Asheville's well deserved reputation as a spa destination dates back to for hundreds of years, when visitors from the South Carolina and Georgia low country ventured to nearby Hot Springs to relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs still found there.

For a world class spa experience, the Grove Park Inn Spa is second to none. Completed in 2001, the 40,000 square foot spa is one of the finest in the world and features stone and timber construction, cascading waterfalls, waterscaped gardens and harmonious landscaping. Built into the face of Sunset Mountain and largely underground, the spa reflects the strong mountain arts and craftsExterior of the Spa at the Grove Park Inn Resort traditions with a palette of soft greens, rust and ochre. Arts and crafts decorations abound, including torchieres that illuminate the main spa pool. The pool area, with its ocean themes, is absolutely spectacular. In addition to a relaxation pool and a lap pool, the area also boasts plunge pools and whirlpools, and there are a wide range of services and treatments offered. Saunas, steam rooms, inhalation rooms, treatment rooms and outdoor sun decks are only steps away. A personal account of her own experience by writer Liza Schillo will give you an insider’s view of just how wonderful the Spa at the Grove Park Inn  really is.  Grove Park Inn Spa Review


Appalachian Spa Ventures (In home services), 828-926-7950, 230-1441
Around Town Massage (In home services), 828-713-8845
Asia Bed and Spa (Bed & Breakfast Spa Retreat) 828-255-0051
Blissful Rituals Personal Spa Retreat, 57 Broadway, Asheville NC 28801, 828-545-2867
Blue Lotus Ayurveda -Ayurveda, Panchakarma Clinic & Day Spa, 822 Haywood Road, Asheville
          NC 28806, 828-713-4266
Brown Mountain Bodywork: 960 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805, 828-407-1662
Chestnut Hill Salon & Spa: 155 E. Chestnut Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-236-0034

Grove Park Inn: 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville NC 28804, 828-252-2711
L'eau de Vie Salon/Spa: 20 Battery Park Avenue, Suite 203, Asheville NC 28801, 828-258-9741
Pi Salon.Spa, 16 Brook Street, Suite 150, Asheville NC 28803, 828-274-1210
Relax & Rejuvenate of Asheville, Inc., 5 Regent Park Blvd., Suite 105, Asheville NC 28806,

Wild & Furry Animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, by Lee James Pantas

Sachi Massage and Wellness  211 Merrimon Ave., Suite 201, Asheville, NC 28801; 828-575-9166
Sensibilities Day Spa, 59 Haywood Street, Asheville NC 28801; 828-253-3222
                                   43Town Square Boulevard, Suite 100, Asheville NC 28803; 828-687-8760
Shoji Spa & Lodge, 90 Avondale Heights Road, Asheville NC 28803, 828-299-0999, 828-299-1999

Shoji Spa Review
by Susanna Pantas

    You find the Japanese style Shoji spa and lodge after a drive along a country lane that ends with a quiet and serene grouping of wooden Japanese style buildings nestled in the mountains. You can book reservations for overnights at one of their private dwellings, with several options to pick the accommodation right for you. They have 4 dwellings available – two that can sleep up to two people, and two that can sleep up to four. Each of the lodging available has a distinct feel with varying amenities (WiFi, fireplaces, air conditioning).  Their spa offerings include private soaks in the outdoor salt-water tubs, massage therapy, a 180 degree wet cedar sauna, and 2 private open air outdoor showers for contrast water therapy.  The spa appointments can be booked for individuals, couples, or groups. You can book a massage with one of their licensed bodywork and massage therapists, and select from a variety of massage options such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Four Hands, Hot Stone, Prenatal and Japanese-inspired elements of Thai and Shiatsu.  My visit included an hour long hydrotherapy soak in the mineral salt tub intermixed with the refreshing contrast therapy of cool showers to rejuvenate, as well as well as some time in the cedar sauna. The pleasant smell of incense wafted through the air while I thoroughly enjoyed some restorative time under a canopy of trees, sipping locally made herbal tea and munching on Japanese tea crackers. 

Spa at Biltmore Village, 18 Brook Street, Suite 104, Asheville NC 28803; 828-277-2639
The Salt Spa of Asheville, 473 Hendersonville Road, Suite B, Asheville NC 28803, 828-505-1838
The Poseidon Spa, Grand Bohemian Hotel, 11 Boston Way, Asheville NC 28803, 828-398-5540
White Gate Inn & Cottage Spa, 173E Chestnut Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-253-2553,
          (800) 485-3045

Other Spas In The Mountains
Blowing Rock:
Westglow Resort & Spa:  2845 Highway 221 South, Blowing Rock NC 28605,  800-562-0807
La Petite Spa: 33 Rosman Highway, Brevard NC 28712; 828-883-2238

Bryson City:
The Spa at Lakeview at Fontana: Bryson City NC 28713, 800-742-6482
Adawehi Wellness Center and Retreat: 93 Adawehi Lane, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-5260

Rock Barn Golf and Spa
: 3791 Clubhouse Drive, Conover NC 28613, 828-459-1125
Flat Rock:
The Spa at Highland Lake:  Highland Lake Road, Flat Rock NC 28731, 828-693-5070
Fountain of Youth Day Spa & Salon: 516 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville NC 28792, 828-698-2954.
Serenity Day Spa: 814 C Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville NC 28792, 828-692-1162.
Highlands: Old Edwards Inn and Spa: 445 Main Street, Highlands NC 28741; 866-526-8008
Hot Springs:
Hot Springs Resort & Spa: 315 Bridge Street, Hot Springs NC 28742, 828-622-7676
Lake Lure: Spa at Rumbling Bald Resort: Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure, 112 Mountains Boulevard, Lake Lure NC 28746; 800-419-3854

Lake Lure:
The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa2771 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC 28746; 828-625-2525
Lake Toxaway:
The Greystone Inn & Spa: Greystone Lane, Lake Toxaway NC 28747; 800-824-5766
The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa: 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville NC 28786; 800-627-6250



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