As a spiritual entrepreneur and senior writer for Spiritual Biz Magazine, I regularly find myself staying at some of the worlds most exquisite hotels. Very often these hotels are located in a region known as an Energy Vortex.
For those not familiar, a Vortex is an area where earth’s natural electromagnetic energy creates intersections, this is also known as ley lines. It is widely believed that these energy vortexes are spiritual, paranormal portals that lead to other dimensions. These unique locations not only inspire one to feel a sense of heightened awareness but can also lead to profound experiences such as a rejuvenation of well-being, internal energy flow, universal connection, awe, insight, and even gnosis.
Speaking of vortexes, my most recent stay within one took place 3 weeks ago while Kimberly and I visited Asheville, North Carolina. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a hotel called The Omni Grove Park Inn. This awe-inspiring resort opened in 1913 and was built almost entirely from granite boulders hewn from Sunset Mountain.
On our way up the mountain, as we approached the hotel, we immediately began to detect a flow of electricity in the air. Feeling a heightened state of awareness my thoughts crystalized, and as we pulled into the grand entranceway of The Omni Grove Park Inn, I immediately knew why. The elevated views of the Blue Ridge mountains were magnificent and the architecture was absolutely extraordinary. Made entirely of rough granite stones, some weighing 10,000 pounds, it boggles the mind how this was constructed in 1913 with just the power of men, mules, wagons, ropes and a single steam shovel.
The lobby of the hotel was breathtaking. You enter into what they call The Great Hall, and great it is with 24 ft vaulted ceilings and two massive fireplaces flanking the hall, each measuring 36 ft wide. Kimberly was called to the fireplace like a moth to a flame. There in front of each fireplace was a row of rocking chairs, which she gladly settled into with a book and a cocktail later that evening.
Understated elegance is the perfect description of the room. Furnished in traditional arts and crafts design, the room boasted a sweeping view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The bed and pillows were perfect, and I had one of the best nights of sleep in months.
There are many activities to partake in at the resort, but be sure to visit the 40,000 sq ft subterranean spa. It was truly like nothing I had seen before. The collection of underground caves and corridors makes you feel enveloped in the warm cradle of nature. The staff was courteous and totally professional. The hot and cold dipping pools were exactly what I needed to get my blood flowing and raise the overall vibration of my being. I then got my exercise swimming laps in the Olympic size, heated, indoor swimming pool so I could justify a decadent dinner at their celebrated restaurant, 1913.
Before dinner we browsed in the gift shops; they have everything from high-end resort wear to gifts for the entire family. There are numerous restaurants to choose from, but 1913 takes the cake. The wine list is extensive and impressive, featuring wine from around the globe, including one of my favorite Barolo’s. Since I had gotten my exercise in earlier in the day, I was ready to explore all the chef had to offer.
The meal began with a smoked eggplant soup served in a ladle, yes an actual ladle on the plate. This was a moment when I wished for a large bowl as it was absolutely delectable. A deconstructed lobster pot pie then arrived for Kimberly in a copper pot topped with fluffy puff pastry. They deconstructed it tableside and when it was served before her, it was a beautiful site to behold.
I opted for the duck au jus; it went beautifully with the bottle of Italian Borolo. The meal was absolutely decadent and the majestic setting left me feeling content as a king. My lips glistening with duck fat, I grinned across the table at Kimberly and said, “I can get used to this.” The staff surprised us with a small truffle to finish off the meal. My taste buds were delighted.
In conclusion, The Omni Grove Park Inn is a place of joy, and don’t be surprised if you see Abraham Hicks holding a workshop while you’re there. Like I said, it really is a vortex.