This weekend the First Family took a getaway to Asheville, North Carolina. The Obamas’ lodging place? The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, a sprawling and lavish hotel in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since opening in 1913, the Grove Park Inn has played host to previous presidents, entertainers, business tycoons, and literary figures.

The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed there on numerous occasions in the 1930s. The best time for literary travelers to visit is in September, when the scribe is lauded with a birthday salute. This year the three-day fest will take place Friday, September 24 – Sunday, September 26.

On the agenda is live music, tours of the room the scribe occupied (number 441), a poetry contest, and cooking demonstrations. And guests who really want to get into the swing of things can learn to dance the Charleston with flappers in the Great Hall — the hotel’s spacious lobby with 24-foot ceilings and two 14-foot stone fireplaces whose chimneys conceal elevators still used to transport guests to their rooms.

[Photo © The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa]