Friday, March 25th, 2011...10:09 am

Post-Wedding Romance in Asheville, NC HONEYMOONS

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Thinking about your honeymoon?   Consider Asheville, North Carolina — one of the most beautiful and yep, romantic spots on the East Coast, with the spectacular Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks as backdrops.   Asheville is just a short plane ride from Long Island — a plus for me, as I’m not a huge fan of air travel.  I had the pleasure of visiting recently and this place is a nature-lover’s paradise with tons of outdoor activities — hiking, biking, rafting, zip lining, or just picnicking by a lush waterfall…Asheville offers a plethora of fine dining opportunities, and there’s lots of street-buzz — shopping, arts and crafts fairs and outdoor concerts… So where to stay?

Just across the street from the famous Biltmore House, a historic 8,000-acre estate that’s a must-see, is the four-star luxury Grand Bohemian Hotel, a boutique hotel unlike any I’ve ever visited before.  With just 104 guestrooms and suites, this new property exudes old-world, rustic charm within an intimate, upscale hunting lodge decor.   One step into the lobby reflects an eclectic combination of mounted deer heads, leather furnishings, imported wood paneling and an amazing collection of original artworks created by an international array of artists.  (The hotel”s art gallery is not to be missed).   In stark contrast however, guestrooms offer an assortment of modern amenities, such as four-fixture bathrooms which include separate areas for vanity, shower, toilet and oversized soaking tubs, down comforters & pillows, LCD televisions with Roomlinx® technology and wired & wireless high-speed Internet access.    And the hotel is in a convenient, central location to all.   I’d go back in a flash.