A stone's throw from the entrance to the Biltmore Estate, the Grand Bohemian Hotel is snugly situated in the center of Biltmore Village, offering guests a chic and charming place to call home during a visit to Asheville. Taking design cues from the famous estate that now serves as a neighbor, the lobby of the hotel could've easily been a hunting lodge for the Vanderbilt family. A four-sided, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace is the centerpiece of the inviting space, which is accented with warm hues, wood paneling, animal trophies, antler chandeliers and rich furnishings. The Old World charm and aesthetic overflows to the guestrooms, which boast velvet-tufted headboards, plush bedding, original artwork and luxe bathrooms. An easy drive to Asheville's many hikes, restaurants and attractions, the Grand Bohemian puts you at the center of the city's vibrant culture and scenic vistas, but with the relaxing Poseidon Spa, the Grand Bohemian Art Gallery and the Red Stag Grill at your fingertips, you may never want to leave.

SLEEP

In addition to guestrooms in the main hotel and guestrooms in the Manor House across the street, guests have their choice of executive king rooms, which include a large living room and an additional 200 square feet, or one-bedroom suites with a dining area and private sitting room with a pull-out sofa bed. Rooms are spacious and well-appointed with roomy bathrooms that boast oversized soaking tubs, glass-enclosed showers with rain-style showerheads, and carved wood and marble vanities.

EAT

The Red Stag Grill — serving breakfast or brunch, lunch and dinner daily — continues the hunting lodge feel, both in décor and fare, with a menu that incorporates local ingredients into contemporary European cuisine. Game-heavy entrées shine on the dinner menu in dishes like the Quail Two Ways appetizer and the Mountain River Elk Loin (served with potato-leek soubise, broccolini, grilled spring onions and huckleberry vincotto) while the breakfast and lunch offerings run the gamut of lighter fare (think fresh smoothies and salads) to heartier dishes like smoked trout Benedict and shrimp and grits.

RELAX

Located on the third floor, the Poseidon Spa is small but proficient at dispensing relaxation. The adept staff utilizes hot stones, heated towels, healthy oils, therapeutic botanicals and natural products in the array of massages, facials and body treatments offered for men and women. Add an enhancement — ranging from a collagen eye treatment to an ocean foot polish — for an even more luxurious treatment. You won't regret it!

PLAY

It's easy to spend an entire day touring the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, which, in addition to the 179,000-square-foot mansion, also includes breathtaking gardens, shopping, dining and the Biltmore winery, the most visited winery in the country. If you're looking for excitement, head over to the Adventure Center of Asheville for a canopy zip line tour. The two-hour tour, which includes 11 zip lines, overlooks both downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains for an unforgettable adventure.

11 Boston Way

Asheville, NC 28803

828-505-2949

bohemianhotelasheville.com

Fly: AVL

Drive: 295 miles

Photos courtesy of Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville and exploreasheville.com