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Ring in the New Year at Grandover

Count down the hours to the New Year with a host of activities at Grandover. Spend New Year’s Eve playing a leisurely round of golf on one of our Championship golf courses. Rain, snow, or shine, you can pop into the Colony Bar for refreshments and a little relaxation during your game. Choose from an extensive array of Martini’s or any number of internationally renowned Vodkas to sip at the bar or while lounging by a roaring fire near the stone hearth.

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Splash away the Christmas shopping stress with a few laps around the indoor/outdoor pool before heading over for an indulgent full-body massage at The Spa. A myriad of choices from Swedish to Deep Tissue to Volcanic Stone massage awaits you and, if you choose, a significant other for a delightful couple’s experience. Or pamper yourself with an exotic body treatment that will give your skin a rejuvenated look while providing your mind a sense of healing.

Finalize the last hours of the year with a sumptuous meal at the DiValletta restaurant where you’ll find succulent cuisine artfully crafted to tantalize the senses and enchant the palate. A special dinner menu for two has been prepared and can be found in our New Year’s Eve package. Our head chef has created a work of art with every dish so that every meal is a masterpiece.

After dinner, stroll the grounds, take in the local fireworks, and ring in the New Year with a getaway to Grandover.

How Do Hotels Get Star Ratings And Where Should You Look For The Best Experience?

Have you ever wondered how different hotels get rated? Hotel ratings such as a 5-star (or diamond) can have totally different meanings across organizations, individuals and geographical locations. For our purposes today, we’ll focus on ratings in the U.S., but European hotels have a whole bunch of interesting ratings that can be found in this article.

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Nationally Trusted Sources:

In the U.S., ratings by Forbes Travel Guide or AAA provide either stars or diamonds based on a plethora of criteria including:

  1. Location proximity to scenery, history and other nearby activities.
  2. Amenities including room service, fine linens and roomier accommodations.
  3. Accessibility, hospitality, cleanliness and many other factors.AAA Four Diamond Award

Forbes is reported to base its ratings on over 500 criteria! In fact, if a hotel rating is provided by either Forbes or AAA, there is a high probability than an anonymous and unbiased rater employed by the travel guide has actually visited and stayed at the hotel in question as a guest.

 

Online Booking and Review Sites:

Outside of Forbes and AAA, there are a variety of online booking portals such as TripAdvisor.com Priceline.com, Hotels.com, and Hotwire.com, for example. These portals offer ratings and reviews posted by guests that have stayed in the recent past. These reviews and star ratings can provide you with a variety of first-hand experiences from people of all walks of life and give you a well-rounded summary of what your experience with that hotel or resort may be like.

greensboro hotel trip advisor ratingsHow To Decide Where To Look:

How do you know which travel guides’ ratings to use in your quest for the best hotel experience? If you want luxury accommodations with the best amenities possible, use Forbes or AAA’s rating system as a starting point. Once you’ve established a couple of options, we’d recommend checking out the online review portals to get a variety of first hand experiences as well as the best accommodations for your budget.

Grandover is celebrating its 15th year being honored with the AAA Four Diamond Award. For more details on this rating, please view our profile on the AAA website. Visit our web page for more information about our Greensboro, NC hotel.

2014 Home Sales In North Carolina

The NC Association of Realtors Market Sales Statistics show that three areas in North Carolina stand out in home sales. It comes as no surprise that these areas are the most densely populated in the state or that these areas rank highest in employment, health care facilities, financial institutions, technology, and universities. These three state-central areas, ranked in descending order of home sales are Charlotte (on the border of North and South Carolina), the Triangle (encompassing the capitol city of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill), and the Triad (encompassing Winston Salem, Greensboro, and High Point). Charlotte residents experienced an increase of 4% in home sales over June of 2013 while the Triangle region saw an uptick of 6% in the same time frame.

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Of the regional homes sales reported however, the largest increases in sales occurred in Hendersonville (32%), Fayetteville (23%), Asheville (22%), and Haywood County (22%). Of these four, only Fayetteville does not lie within the Appalachian mountain range along the border with Tennessee, likely making these sales of vacation cabins and cottages with potential rental income.

Statistically, the most popular home sizes are 3 or 4 bedrooms with at least 2.5 baths and a bonus room or office that can be used as a home office, guest room, craft or sewing area, media room, and the like. Most new homes constructed currently are no less than 1,800 square feet (not including attached garage) and are open-based floor plans with larger openings (or fewer walls) between adjoining living spaces, providing an open view and much more daylight to the heart of the home’s interior. Kitchens of today are laid out for the amateur as well as the professional chef alike, providing ample granite counter tops that do not stain, burn, discolor, chip, or crack, and lots of cabinet space for storage as well as sizable pantries for canned and dry goods. Stainless steel appliances are the most requested by new home builders.

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Given that Charlotte and the Triangle are larger areas offering North Carolina luxury homes, the Triad has its own qualities about which to boast. To travel from Charlotte to the Triangle via Interstate – and vice versa – one must pass through the Triad. From the Triad it is about a one hour drive to Charlotte via I-85 and closer to one and a half hours to Raleigh via I-40. If you have business in all three areas or if partners within the same household are doing business in two or three regions, it makes perfect sense to reside in the Triad.

The Triad has many neighborhoods of luxury homes in North Carolina that provide the convenience of a central location, a short drive to anywhere in the state, East or West, North or South. At Grandover, our luxury homes and estates are nestled in quiet parklands only minutes from the junction of Interstate 40 and Interstate 85. Grandover residents enjoy year-round resort living and mild winters with an approximate driving distance of four hours or less to the most popular destinations in the state. Whether you love hiking and skiing in the mountains or the warm tropical breezes and sunshine of the beach, Grandover in the Triad puts you at the heart of it all.

For more information on North Carolina 2014 real estate, visit NCRealtors.org

Follow this link for more information on Grandover’s luxury homes in North Carolina.

Top 5 Amenities of a Luxury Resort

What amenities make a resort “luxurious?” Below are the top five characteristics that create a premier refuge for travelers seeking the most memorable escape.

1. Rooms:

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Comfort is paramount in luxury accommodations. Rooms should be spacious, clean, with cloud-like bedding, downy-soft linens, sound-proof walls, sumptuous carpeting, breathtaking vistas, tiled baths, wide-screen HD TV, and all the technological advances one could require for entertainment or communication.

2. Spa:

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A visit to the spa should be a memorable event, one that leaves you relaxed, revitalized, and transformed. Whether you have time for a full-body massage or body treatment, prefer a couples experience or require only a facial or manicure, The Spa at Grandover delivers a host of luxury spa treatments to suit your schedule.

3. Recreation:

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It simply would not be a resort without a modicum of recreation. The foremost activity in North Carolina luxury resorts – and in many other states – is championship golf courses, of which the Grandover Resort offers two. Other activities offered by luxury resorts include tennis and racquet ball; zip lines or climbing walls; kids’ clubs; swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, and/or rafting; hiking and backpacking; skiing and snowboarding; wine tasting; and assorted exploratory excursions beyond the resort’s gates to take in the local arts, crafts, and entertainment.

4. Food:

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One of the highlights of any luxury resort is the gourmet food. Specialty dishes are most often the Chef’s twist on regional fare which will leave you satiated and returning again for more. A variety of regional dishes and wines are served at the Grandover resort including: creamy shrimp and grits; fluffy Southern biscuits; crab cake salad; North Carolina farmstead cheese; and wines created by nearby vintners from locally-grown grapes.

5. Service:

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Last but certainly not least is the service provided. What sets the luxury resort apart is the staff that anticipates your every need and prepares well in advance to provide as if you were the only guest. Attention is paid to the minutest detail, your wishes heeded, the smallest request remembered. Herein lies the true luxury of any resort.

To test the amenities of the best resort North Carolina has to offer, contact Grandover for more details.

What Home Buyers are Looking For in the NC Triad Area

It is safe to say that what home buyers in the Triad are looking for in a new home is equal to what home buyers everywhere are seeking: great location, excellent condition, and the best investment money can buy. Below we’ve assembled a buyer’s guide for those of you looking at luxury homes for sale in North Carolina.

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  1. Location, Location, Location!: Location is still number one on the list and home buyers today are looking for homes in urban neighborhoods in the best school districts. Some of the amenities of these neighborhoods include nearby markets, theaters, and shopping centers as well as gyms, recreational facilities, spas, salons, coffee houses and taverns.
  2. Low/No Maintenance: Home buyers want lawns that are large enough for children and pets to play in, entertain guests and family, or even to create small gardens. At the same time the new home should be built for easy access to utilities and less hassle for cleaning and maintenance. With the right architect, builder and landscape team, you can have the home of your dreams without the extra work.
  3. Flex Space: Flex space allows the home buyer to decide what they want or need such as a home office or a media room, a home theater or a playroom for the children, a man cave for him or a craft room for her. Any flex space is a welcome bonus to the Triad home buyer.
  4. Transitional Closet Space: When you hear “transitional closet space,” think storage areas where there is room for everything and everything has a place. Shelves, drawers, short rods, tall rods, cubicles, lighting, and mirrors come together to create a convenient, upscale dressing room that would turn any walk-in closet green with envy. Placed off the master suite, transitional closets provide the homeowner with ample space to accommodate year-round wardrobes for two.
  5. Technological Functionality or “Smart Homes”: High-tech houses or “smart homes” are in demand now more than ever before. Remote control lighting and security within the home or away; whole-home audio/video, networking and communications; automated climate control; hot water on demand (tank-less water heaters); touch-less faucets and toilets; and automated window coverings are some of the newest innovations today’s tech-savvy home buyers are looking for.
  6. Timeless Décor: Hardwood floors; large eat-in kitchens with ample storage, new stainless steel appliances, and an abundance of granite counter tops; one or more fireplaces; loads of natural lighting; open floor plans; neutral coloring throughout; and eye-catching curb appeal round out the wish list for home buyers in the Triad. Most home buyers are looking for a home that is move-in ready in a family-friendly neighborhood that is convenient to schools and work while providing a plethora of amenities.

If you should find yourself wanting any and all of these characteristics in your future home, schedule an appointment today with a realtor at Grandover, where luxury meets location! Come home to resort living all year round. For more information regarding our North Carolina luxury homes and amenities, or to view our current listings, contact Grandover Realty.

Grandover October Entertainment Schedule

Grandover’s Lobby Bar has live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night from 6:30-9:30PM.

Coming up in the next two weeks are:

  • Tonight! 10/17 – Brother E. Clayton West
  • Tomorrow night! 10/18 – Travis and Steph
  • Friday 10/24 – Corey Hillman
  • Saturday 10/25 – Jessica Mashburn
  • Friday 10/31 – Brother E. Clayton West

October Lobby Bar

Scottish Highlands Fall Wedding At Grandover

Calling all ‘Outlander’ fans: nc wedding fireplaceIf you’re looking for a romantic wedding that will be grander by far than all the rest, why not consider a Scottish Highlands-themed wedding replete with a cavernous fireplace, a great hall, and traditional décor at the finest wedding venue in North Carolina. Surrounded by a colorful forest kissed by an early autumn frost in the scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the grounds and structures of the Grandover beckon visitors from near and far to enjoy the luxurious accoutrements our ancestors could not have imagined.

Dress the men in traditional kilts made from a colorful Clan tartan complete with woolen hose and sporrans ‘round their waists. Set about wreaths and garlands of heather and arrangements dotted with thistle, bluebells, cranberries, or gorse. Set alight a thousand twinkling candles to cast a fairy tale glisten among the throng of guests.  Adorn the bride and her maids with touches of bluebells or gorse and lots of greenery. Replace the traditional white ribbons and bows with sumptuous plaids reminiscent of the Highland Scots.

Scottish Wedding

There’s no better NC wedding reception site than Grandover and its elegant ballrooms to accommodate your guests. Whether space is needed for less than 200 or for as many as 600 guests with plenty of room for dining and dancing, you’ll find that the Grandover’s verdant lawns and grand reception areas are the perfect location for your nuptials.

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If you’re planning a fall wedding next year, speak with one of our wedding specialists at 336-294-1800 or fill out a wedding plan form today!

Luxury Homes For Sale At Grandover’s Griffin’s Gate Community

If you are an individual, couple or single-family household in the market for a new dwelling, luxury North Carolina homes for sale or being built in the much-coveted gated community known as Griffin’s Gate. Only 46 homes will be built in this area bordering the championship East Golf Course. Surrounded by lush fairways, these custom homes range between 2800 and 3400 square feet offering spacious luxury at every turn.

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Choose from several large, open floor plans that provide plenty of generous bedrooms and ample baths as well as a bonus area suitable for a home office or theatre. Enjoy the serenity of verdant greens fringed by clusters of both evanescent and evergreen trees from the comfort of the indoors or a shaded terrace. Work with one of our custom North Carolina home builders to customize your home for quiet, gracious living or for frequent entertaining and gourmet meals. You’ll relish unrestricted access to Grandover’s golf courses, Pro Shop, elegant dining at DiValetta Restaurant, and the blissful spa.

Further, Griffin’s Gate homeowners will enjoy a number of amenities and privileges such the services of a full-time Activities Director, Personal Trainer, and Tennis Pro, as well as exclusive use of the Grandover Swim & Racquet Club.

swim and raquet club

Grandover is located near some of the finest public schools in the area as well as a number of magnet and/or choice schools and private academies offering personalized learning, smaller classrooms, academic encouragement, and ethnic and cultural diversity. With the city of Greensboro just minutes away, you’re never too far from arts, entertainment, and nearby historic and cultural attractions.

If you’re ready to begin a new life as a pampered, year ‘round resort resident, contact Grandover Realty to make your move now.