Experience Historic Hotels of America
Blooming Washington, DC
Every year Washington, DC bursts into color during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a three-week festival celebrating the blooming of the cherry blossoms and arrival of spring. This year’s festival, from March 20 through April 17, is full of events honoring both the American and Japanese cultures which is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike.
Historic hotel members The Fairfax at Embassy Row (1927, pictured above), Omni Shoreham Hotel (1930), Capital Hilton (1943), The Morrison-Clark Inn (1864), The Henley Park Hotel (1918), Hotel Lombardy (1929), The Willard InterContinental (1901), Washington Hilton (1965), Phoenix Park Hotel (1922), The Churchill (1906) and The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection (1925) are all conveniently located around the city, providing ample opportunities for guests to not only experience the beautiful cherry blossoms but the city itself.
Hitting the Bourbon & Whiskey Trails
Many have heard the phrase “all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon” without truly knowing the reasons behind the statement. Learn its true meaning by hitting Kentucky’s Bourbon and Tennessee’s Whiskey Trails to sample these two liquors, comparing their differences along the way.
Begin the journey in Louisville, the official gateway city for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. While staying at The Seelbach Hilton Louisville (1905), a luxurious hotel in downtown, visit the Stitzel-Weller Distillery and Whiskey Row to begin learning about the art of bourbon. Visitors should continue to Lexington’s Four Roses and Wild Turkey distilleries before heading to Lawrenceburg’s Woodford Reserve and Bourbon Town Ranch. Afterwards, seek out Boone Tavern Hotel of Berea College (1909), 40 miles from Lexington, to unwind and enjoy elegant accommodations in a historic setting.
Cross over to Tennessee to begin the Whiskey Trail, and stay at Union Station Hotel (1900, pictured above), a former train station in the heart of Music City, while visiting craft whiskey distilleries Corsair Artisan Distillery, Popcorn Sutton Distillery, Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, Collier and McKeel, and Speakeasy Spirits. Continue south to Chattanooga for a stay at Chattanooga Choo Choo (1909), formerly a terminal station, and experience a tasting at Tennessee Stillhouse, a micro-distillery and tasting room located directly across from the historic hotel. Rates are starting from $99 per night.
Remembering San Antonio's Missions
Everyone remembers the Alamo, located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, but most are unaware of the four additional Spanish colonial missions within the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. Located along the banks of the San Antonio River, visitors can access these magnificent structures, founded between 1690 to 1720, through the River Walk’s 10-mile long Mission Reach extension.
Ideally situated in downtown San Antonio, perfect for those setting out to discover the historic treasures of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, are The Crockett Hotel (1909), The Menger Hotel (1859), The Emily Morgan San Antonio – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (1924, pictured above), and Omni La Mansion del Rio (1852). Begin discovering these hidden missions now with rates starting from $164 per night.