BMW Girls’ Weekend
The Grove Park Resort and Spa located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina has been host to many U.S. presidents but during this past April it was host to a wonderful group of ladies who are passionate about their BMWs.
BMW Car Club of America offers this trip to its female members for a multi day event which includes a day of driving at the BMW Performance center in Greenville, SC, two nights at the Grove Park, lunch at the Biltmore Estate and then a drive back to Greenville through the twisty Blue Ridge Parkway while cruising in the latest luxury and performance BMW has to offer.
A close friend of mine who has participated in this girls trip several years in a row called me last minute and asked if I could join them at the Grove Park, since they had fewer ladies sign up than they did in past years. They have had as many as 72 women in previous years. I jumped at the opportunity. I always enjoy meeting other woman who share the same passion I do for automobiles.
That Saturday morning, I made the two hour trek from my home in Charlotte in my BMW x5. It made me feel good to drive the appropriate car for the occasion. (although I was a little disappointed the valet didn’t park my car out front with all the new BMWs) and as I neared the resort my friend called to inform me to head directly to the spa for an 80 minute massage. Well okay.. if you insist! These girls know how to travel!
After the massages we all met up in the spa restaurant for a late lunch and I got to meet the whole group. I truly enjoyed meeting the other five ladies and the gentleman who is in charge of the entire event. They were all down to earth and very accepting of me barging in last minute on their weekend festivities. I got to spend the afternoon catching up with my friend, visiting some art galleries and a quaint car museum. We all gathered back together in the evening to take a bus into town for dinner. We ate at a great little bistro in downtown Asheville.
Our dinner conversations switched between fashion interests to car control, favorite wines to favorite road courses. It was like the “perfect storm” for me. Finding a group of women who I could discuss the four story shoe store in Ashville with and in the next sentence talk about the incredible carbon-ceramic brakes on the new M6
In the morning, the group invited me to join them for the day at the Biltmore and if I had planned properly, I would have in a heartbeat. Next year, I am signing up for the whole shebang!
I was very appreciative of opportunity to join this group. The more I explore the automotive world outside of just my racing experiences; it amazes me to see so many other ladies so passionate about cars and it is so great to connect with them.
For those ladies reading this that may interested in learning more about this trip and other awesome benefits the BMW Car Club of America have to offer visit their website at www.bmwcca.org.