Perched along scenic beaches, meandering rivers, and calm lakes, Historic Hotels of America set the stage for a distinctly unique vacation near the water.
Originally built in 1852, the landmark Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa is located in Mobile's revitalized downtown, situated near the riverfront and Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center
As the only surviving hotel in Selma's downtown historic district, the St. James Hotel has witnessed much of the dramatic history that has played out in this picturesque Southern city. Built in 1837 atop the banks of the Alabama River, it was a home-away-from-home for visiting plantation owners, business men and even occasional travelers of less illustrious repute.
El Tovar Hotel, a former Harvey House is considered the premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2012. It opened its doors in 1905 and was most recently renovated in 2005. On May 28, 1987, The El Tovar Hotel was designated by the U. S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark.
Phantom Ranch is tucked beside Bright Angel Creek on the north side of the Colorado River and is the only lodging facility below the canyon rim. In 1913, President Theodore Roosevelt's enthusiasm for the Grand Canyon helped lead to its incorporation into the National Park System in 1919. The Fred Harvey Company was granted the concession for the camp in 1922. They hired the American architect Mary E J Colter to design permanent lodging at Phantom Ranch.
Perched above the Victorian village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas -- recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations -- is the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, a landmark hotel that echoes the recuperative splendor of the surrounding Ozark Mountain region.
For a building that has stood since 1905, one of six built in the University of Arkansas that year, the Inn Carnall Hall creates an inviting optical illusion: existing in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century era while not appearing the least bit outdated. Two pairs of dramatic, all-white columns flank either side of the entrance to this Colonial Revival inn.
Considered "the front porch of Little Rock," the Capital Hotel, a landmark inn, has been a beacon to Southern culture since it first opened its doors in 1870.
Julia Morgan, renowned as the architect of the Hearst Castle at San Simeon, was also the architect of the Berkeley City Club, also known as her jewel, "the little castle". Built in eleven months, this six-story landmark opened in 1930 as the "Berkeley Women's City Club" with a membership of over 4,500.
The Inn at Furnace Creek was built by the Pacific Coast Borax Company of Twenty Mule Team fame as a means to save their newly built Death Valley Railroad.
Situated in the seaside village of La Jolla, known as the "Jewel of the Pacific", the Four Diamond Grande Colonial offers classic European styling in the intimate setting of a boutique hotel.
Nestled into the heart of Napa Valley, the Napa River Inn stands out as an upscale boutique hotel offering traditional comfort, convenience, and personal service to both leisure and business travelers. Surrounded by the valley's world-renowned vineyards, beautiful scenery, excellent restaurants, and favorable climate, the inn sits snugly along the banks of the Napa River on 2.5 riverfront acres.
In the mid-1800s, the Paso Robles region -- known for its mineral hot springs -- was a rest stop for travelers of the Camino Real trail who indulged in the area's therapeutic watering hole. Today, the Paso Robles Inn carries on this tradition with 30 of its 100 guest rooms outfitted with hot spring spas.
Occupying an entire city block, the Mission Inn is a destination in and of itself. This remarkable property took more than 30 years to complete and combines design elements from throughout the Southwestern United States, particularly the California mission style, as well as several Mediterranean countries.
The Sofia Hotel is a serene oasis in the city of San Diego. Thoroughly renovated and updated, the hotel emphasizes guest comfort and convenience. No detail has been spared, from ambient lighting, luxurious bed linens and bath amenities to in-room spa services and pet-friendly accommodations.
Cavallo Point in San Francisco is a statement of sustainable luxury and green living, and it is the home of the Institute at the Golden Gate, an environmental program of the National Parks Conservancy.
Hotel Whitcomb is a marvel of early 19th century and Edwardian architecture that can be seen throughout the hotel. The Austrian crystal chandeliers, marble columns, rare Janesero wood paneling, intricately carved ceiling molding and beautiful Tiffany stained glass at the front desk and in the piano bar are but a few of the spectacular features of this exquisite historic property.
The first hotel to open in The Presidio of San Francisco, a National Historic Landmark, the Inn at the Presidio is an historic restoration of Pershing Hall, an Army Bachelors Quarters built in 1903, when the U.S. Army occupied the 1,491 acres to protect the country.
The Omni San Francisco Hotel provides luxury accommodations in the heart of downtown San Francisco - the jewel of California. This beautiful Nob Hill hotel is located right on the cable car line and is only a short walk to Union Square, the San Francisco neighborhood that has become a mecca for high-end shopping and art galleries.
The Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel in San Francisco, was built in 1875 and was reputedly the largest, most luxurious and costly hotel in the world. On October 2, 1875, the Palace Hotel officially opened to capture the hearts of the American public. The Palace Hotel quickly gained prominence among the traveling elite visiting San Francisco.
It is said that greatness springs from tragedy. For proof of this, look no further than San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel. The Beaux Arts-style property, designed by celebrated architect Julia Morgan (the genius behind the grandiose Hearst Castle), was about to open when its city suffered a devastating earthquake on April 18, 1906.
When it opened in 1933, this decadent Art Deco landmark in seaside Santa Monica became an immediate attraction for stars of the silver screen seeking relief from hot summers in neighboring Hollywood.
Perched on a majestic bluff overlooking the sweeping Pacific Ocean, The Pierpont Inn & Spa is a romantic Ventura Beach landmark on the charming California coast. Constructed in 1910, this historic hotel was the brain child of Joesphine Pierpont when the Pacific Coast Highway became a popular trail to explore the Western coastline. Pierpont commissioned famous architect Sumner P. Hunt to design a Craftsman-style bungalow inn that would later become The Pierpont Inn & Spa that stands today.
Hotel Boulderado reached its name by merging Boulder and Colorado, a memorable mutation of its host city and state that captures the inviting qualities of both locations. The mountain hotel sits within the downtown historic district, enveloped in Boulder's surprisingly hip small-town chic, while the imposing conical peaks of the Rocky Mountains surround the town.
For over a century, dreamers, farmers, investors, and even a Prussian Count have envisioned a grand future for the Colorado Springs area. One man, Spencer Penrose had the dedication and vision to bring the dream to reality. That dream was The Broadmoor, which officially opened on June 29, 1918 and marks its 90th anniversary in 2008.
The four-story red brick Strater Hotel is an exceptional example of American Victorian architecture, highlighted by original white stone cornices and ornamental brickwork. The interior of the property transports guests back to Durango's heyday and blends American history with Victorian charm and modern convenience.
The majestic splendor of the Rocky Mountains provides a breathtaking backdrop for the classically elegant Stanley Hotel. Inside, its gleaming wood, soaring ceilings and understated elegance are coupled with world-class hospitality. Nestled on 35 pristine acres, the hotel offers guests unparalleled natural beauty and a wealthy of outdoor activities.
Since 2001, we've consecutively received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for both the hotel and our dining room. Our dining room has also received the DiRoNa Award, and Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence, every year.
Walking through The Gasparilla Inn's pillared entrance and into the lobby, you experience the feeling of Florida as it was meant to be. Guests are instantly embraced with the tranquil civility of a time that once was -- and still is -- at this classic resort.
The 1926 Colony Hotel & Cabana Club calls to mind the romantic Flagler era of Florida Mediterranean architecture: three bright yellow stories topped by twin domed towers that echo the color of the historic building's striped awnings. The Colony Porch Bar and retail store fronts are located on Atlantic Avenue. The guestroom windows are sheltered from the Florida sun by colorful yellow-and-red awnings.
Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant stands as the only remaining hotel from Jacksonville's heyday as the beach playground of the rich and famous. After a careful restoration, this historic beachfront hotel welcomes guests with a refined elegance and a timeless quality that evokes its glamorous past.
The Claridge Hotel is one of the best-kept secrets of Miami's famous South Beach. Its grand Mediterranean architecture, unique interior atrium lobby, and ideal location across from the pristine waters of South Beach, together create the ultimate getaway spot.
Situated on Collins Avenue, South Beach's premier location for shopping, dining and entertainment, The Hotel is "a gem at the ocean." The distinctive touches of designer Todd Oldham are everywhere, especially in the stylish lobby, with its custom-crafted furnishings and vibrant jewel tones.
Enter a classic era of grace, elegance and style at National Hotel Miami Beach, an authentically restored Art Deco landmark that epitomizes the mood and d?cor of the 1940's, redefined with a modern panache. Designed by Roy France, one of the period's foremost architects, National Hotel was one of the grandest luxury hotels on Miami Beach when it opened in 1940.
Overlooking the tranquil waters of Tampa Bay, Safety Harbor Resort and Spa is a one-of-a-kind destination rich in history and hailed for exquisite hospitality. Tucked away in the quaint town of Safety Harbor aptly called “The Health Giving City”, the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa has remained a highly revered refuge for rest, relaxation and renewal for nearly 100 years.
The town of St. Augustine, Florida, carries the unique distinction of being the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States, a cultural honor that the landmark Casa Monica Hotel has embraced since it opened back in 1888.
There's no mistaking Loews Don CeSar Hotel and Spa. Instantly known as Florida's Pink Castle when it opened back in 1928, this ten-story hotel sits on the sugary sands of St. Pete Beach, an island in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club is right out of the Florida of your mind. The salmon-colored Mediterranean Revival building opened in 1925 and has overlooked Tampa Bay ever since.
The Greyfield Inn is a graceful colonial-style hotel on Georgia’s Cumberland Island, once the preserve of the Carnegies and other wealthy industrialists, and since 1972, a protected National Seashore. Built in 1900 for Margaret Ricketson, the daughter of Lucy and Thomas Carnegie and niece of Andrew Carnegie, Greyfield was opened to guests by Margaret’s daughter and her family in 1962 as a way of ensuring the property’s preservation.
Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges.
The refreshing architectural complexity of Savannah's River Street Inn reflects both the building's importance in the late 1800s and the pragmatics of the cotton industry. Taking up an entire city block and wrapped around a gorgeous central atrium, the five-story structure first operated as storing, grading and exporting facility for cotton.
St. Simons Island is one of Georgia's Golden Isles, lying midway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. The islands are a popular resort playground, offering a mix of natural beauty, rich history and quaint charm, coupled with the allure of inviting year-round weather.
From it's opening in 1927, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort has been recognized as an icon of luxury resort travel. Known to the world as "The Pink Palace of the Pacific", The Royal Hawaiian is a lifestyle destination, mirroring the quiet confidence and impeccable standards expected by discerning travelers.
From the carefree New Orleans to the charming Memphis, explore the Lower Mississippi River with a voyage aboard the American Queen Steamboat and experience authentic Southern hospitality, dynamic cultural experiences, vibrant river ports, and sites, including Antebellum mansions, centuries-old shaded oak trees, and historic plantations.
Hotel Monteleone is one of the last, great family-owned hotels in America, having been operated by four generations of the Monteleone family over the past century. When it was founded in 1886, Royal Street, on which it sits, was the most fashionable and elegant street in New Orleans.
The Colony Hotel is spectacularly situated amid glorious and manicured gardens on a rocky promontory above the Atlantic Ocean. The white wooden structure was built in 1914 and spans a full 300 feet, topped by a cupola and the weather vane of a large ship. The wrap-around Ocean Porch and the gazebo offer views of the ocean and river.
The Portland Regency Hotel is Portland's premier full-service hotel, boasting first-class elegance and outstanding service. Situated in the heart of the "Old Port District", the hotel is surrounded by a variety of specialty shops, galleries and restaurants which have been converted from the warehouses and commercial buildings that were original to the city's maritime heritage.
The Newagen Seaside Inn's casual elegance epitomizes the spirit of Down East hospitality. Situated on 19 acres at the south end of Southport Island, the inn offers accommodations in both the main inn and guest cottages, all of which afford stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Writer Rachel Carson asked that her ashes be scattered nearby on the ocean's edge.
Over 120 years ago, since its opening in 1891, Harbor View Hotel has been nicknamed the “Grand Dame” of Martha’s Vineyard and introduced a new era for Edgartown and Martha’s Vineyard. With an extraordinary view of Edgartown Harbor from the historic hotel's broad veranda, Harbor View became a summer haven for wealthy New Yorkers visiting the Vineyard.
Welcoming guests since 1742, Kelley House of Martha's Vineyard is ideally located in the heart of historic Edgartown. Framed by lush elm trees and iconic 19th Century whaling captains homes, Kelley House is a classic New England establishment offering authentic nautical artifacts and artwork mingled with historic brick fireplaces, rich woodwork, and beautiful guestrooms and suites in four distinct buildings, many with porches and views of the sea.
At the tip of Cape Cod's distinctive tip sits the eclectic village of Provincetown, home to the Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa. Originally established a bustling seaport, Provincetown was once inhabited by a rowdy mix of smugglers, outlaws and raucous mariners.
In 1856, historic tavern owner William Norwood found his livelihood destroyed when local temperance advocate Hannah Jumper led 200 female cohorts on a raid to rid the town of the evils of alcohol - an exploit so successful, the town of Rockport remained dry until 2005.
The old-world elegance of Grand Hotel envelops you the moment you step onto Mackinac Island and board a horse-drawn carriage taxi or stroll the short distance to the hotel. Either way, your passage will be peaceful; cars aren't allowed on Mackinac Island -- one of the many traditions that still reign from the opening days of Grand Hotel back in 1887.
Often dubbed America's all-natural theme park, Mackinac Island has escaped many of the trappings of the last century. Disembarking on the island is truly like stepping back in time. Motor traffic is prohibited on the island, so walking, biking, and horse and buggy are the preferred modes of transportation. Guests at the historic Island House Hotel enjoy stepping back in time.
With the majesty of Lake Superior on one side, the rolling terrain of historic downtown Marquette on the other and decades of history within its walls, the name chosen for the Landmark Inn is, if anything, an understatement.
The St. James Hotel opened in 1875 as 11 civic-minded Red Wing businessmen saw the need for upscale lodging due to a burgeoning primary wheat market. The hotel was and still is decorated in the Victorian style, a style prevalent at the time of its opening. Its downtown location provided a destination for travelers both by riverboat, railroad, and horse. The St. James Hotel offers magnificent views of the limestone bluffs, the Mississippi River, and historic downtown Red Wing.
Experience the rolling hills and limestone bluffs that surround the Midwest landscape with a journey through the Upper Mississippi River aboard the American Queen Steamboat. From the dynamic St. Louis to the lively twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, discover picturesque geography, abundant wildlife, and cultural gems from St. Louis to St. Paul.
Since 1915, Many Glacier Hotel has offered a unique, one-of-a-kind experience to explore the magnificent landscape of Glacier National Park, Montana. Situated on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake the hotel is comprised of five-story Swiss-style chalets offering 215 guestrooms that exude a Swiss-alpine ambiance.
Lake McDonald Lodge is a picturesque destination situated on the eastern shore of the magnificent Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park offering charming accommodations amid breathtaking views of the lush natural landscape. Comprised of a main lodge, row of cabins, and a 1950s era motor inn, the lodge was established in June 14, 1914 and offers 100 guestrooms furnished with charming comforts.
The "Grand Dame of the Sea" -- as Wentworth by the Sea is affectionately known -- has set the model for coastline New Hampshire accommodations for over a century. When it opened in 1874, Wentworth was the largest wooden structure on the state's coast, a hub for social, business and political luminaries from around the world.
Situated in the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains, the Sagamore opened in 1883 and was a social center for the wealthy visiting Lake George. After closing in 1981, the hotel was reopened a few years later and restored to its original grandeur. Today the resort offers a wealth of recreational and dining opportunities for guests who enjoy "roughing it" with an elegance in the woods.
The 2001 restoration of the historic building, erected in 1866, became a symbol of revival to the Buffalo community. The Mansion on Delaware Avenue is a wonderful example of Second Empire architecture, with its mansard roof, porticos and huge rounded, hooded windows harking back to a time when Buffalo was a profitable port and manufacturing center.
It is not hard to imagine the finger lake region of frontier days when you stay at The Otesaga Resort Hotel. Otesaga, named for the Iroquois word for " A Place of Meetings," is located on the southern shore of Lake Otsego in Cooperstown, New York, and ranks as one of America's original grand lakeside hotels.
In 1869, rocky cliffs rising above a crystal blue glacial lake in the Hudson River Valley inspired Albert Smiley to create mohonk Mountain House as a resort where guests could renew body, mind, and spirit in a beautiful natural setting. Now, over 140 years later, it is still owned and operated by the Smiley family.
The Mast Farm Inn, a North Carolina institution, is an award-winning and world renowned historic country inn and restaurant in the Valle Crucis Historical District of North Carolina, which has been welcoming guests since the 1800s. While there have been extensive historically accurate renovations and improvements, the hospitality remains southern rural mountain traditional, attentive, and sincere.
Aboard the American Queen Steamboat, enjoy voyages along the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers and experience the storied culture and friendly smiles that inhabit the river ports along America's rhythmic heartland of charming towns and sights between the vibrant metropolises of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Chattanooga, and Nashville.
Today, the Buccaneer is the Virgin Island’s longest running resort, but its beginnings were anything but luxurious. In it’s turbulent past, St Croix has been under the control of the French, Dutch, English, Spanish, Danish and Americans, all influences which have enriched the island’s culture. The area’s first building was erected in 1653 by Charles Martel, a Knight of Malta, and was hidden from the sight of roving pirates and marauders who plundered the seas off the island.
The placement of the Skytop Lodge at the base of West Mountain in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains is perhaps the best indication that this grand resort has always been inextricably linked to its natural surroundings-and the 30 miles of hiking trails weaving through the 5,500-acre site merely reinforces that fact.
On certain occasions, tragedy can inspire greatness. Such is the case of Rhode Island’s Newport Beach Hotel and Suites (formerly known as the Inn at Newport Beach.) A massive hurricane in 1938 wiped out the town’s numerous beach establishments. Two years later, after the sand settled, the Toppa family decided to build a new inn on the beach, positioning the property 100 feet from the rocks and the ocean’s crashing waves.
A historic, luxury, European-styled boutique hotel, The Chanler at Cliff Walk boasts the best ocean view in Newport. This oceanfront hotel is only steps from Easton's Beach and a mile from downtown. Offering discerning travelers a glimpse of Newport's Golden Age, it is the first mansion and only hotel located on the famous Cliff Walk.
Within walking distance from Newport Harbor the Hotel Viking is nestled in the Historic Hill district on famed Bellevue Avenue. Once the summering destination of America’s wealthiest, the Hotel was opened in 1926 to accommodate their haute monde guests. With the most recent multi-million dollar renovation finished in 2007 this hotel is the perfect choice for a historic stay in the heart of Upscale Historic Newport Rhode Island.
A vision of Victorian elegance rising from the Texas sand and surf, the Galvez was known as the "Queen of the Gulf" on the day she opened in 1911. For nearly a century, this charming historic hotel has been the choice accommodation of guests as demanding and diverse as Teddy Roosevelt, Howard Hughes, and Frank Sinatra.
Ideally nestled along the historic River Walk in downtown San Antonio, the Omni La Mansión del Rio is where history comes alive. The Texas Historical Commission and the San Antonio Conservation Society have designated Omni La Mansión del Rio as a historical treasure. The historic hotel includes 338 comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites, the award-winning Las Canarias restaurant and its Texas Hill Country-infused menu, flexible meeting and event space and unparalleled service standards.
Unlike a number of urban buildings that grow with its host city, the Riverwalk Vista actually contributed to the prosperity of San Antonio. The hotel’s first incarnation was a mercantile store built by Austrian immigrant George Dullnig in 1883. The three-story structure quickly became the city’s largest employer and, as such, offered several technological advancements, including a mechanical elevator, steam heat, a soda fountain and an on-site artisan well.
The name "Zion" means a place of peace and refuge. As a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres of cliffs, canyons, diverse plant and animal life, and uninterrupted beauty, Zion National Park is well-named. Its massive sandstone walls, some as high as 3,800 feet, offer an opportunity for serenity and reflection for all who visit.
Since 1801, The Grafton Inn at Grafton has been providing visitors with timeless elegance and the finest comforts and amenities. Located in a picturesque Vermont village, this historic inn in Vermont offers a true retreat from the everyday.
When Ardelia Beach, founder of the landmark Basin Harbor Club, first came to Vermont to establish a working farm that would take in summer boarders anxious to escape urban living, she could not have chosen a better locale. Unofficially described as Vermont’s West Coast, Lake Champlain is the sixth-largest lake in America, with more than 600 miles of shoreline bordering its 120-mile length.
In a city as steeped in history as Charlottesville, Virginia—home to U.S. presidents, witness of the ravages of the Civil War and the burgeoning Virginia wine industry—it’s a significant achievement for an inn to rise in prominence. The Blue Ridge Mountain locale of the Boar’s Head Inn would be enough to qualify such distinction, but this remarkable 573-acre property compliments the fresh mountain air and stunning scenery with gracious hospitality, gourmet cuisine and a sense of the past that doesn’t sacrifice a single modern amenity.
For over two and a half centuries, The Omni Homestead Resort has offered genuine Southern hospitality amid the Allegheny Mountains, boasting beautiful accommodations, championship golf courses, and an expansive conference center. A designated National Historic Landmark, this luxury resort offers modern amenities without compromising its historic charm.
It takes more than just guest rooms and beachside real estate to be known as the best hotel in the accommodation-dense locale of Virginia Beach—a fact that makes the Cavalier preeminence all the more remarkable. The Cavalier is composed of two buildings: the Colonial-style hilltop Cavalier on the Hill, first built in 1927, and the expansive Cavalier Beachfront, sitting on 18 acres of private beachfront and landscaped gardens.
The Mayflower Park Hotel was constructed in 1927, opening under the name of the Bergonian, and is the oldest continuously operating hotel in downtown Seattle. The building’s facade—complete with ornate terra cotta detailing—evokes a sense of history the minute the building meets your gaze.
The Pfister is known as the “Jewel of Milwaukee,” a Victorian masterpiece located just three blocks from Lake Michigan. The hotel’s elegance is further enhanced by the tradition of “salve” a philosophy that embodies the spirit of fine hospitality and is brought to life by each member of the hotel’s staff. The Pfister is set apart from other downtown hotels by a number of distinguishing features, including an ornate three-story lobby flanked by a grand marble staircase at one end and a massive fireplace at the other.
Lake Yellowstone Hotel was completed in 1891 as part of a series of hotels to accommodate visitors to Yellowstone National Park. Beginning in 1903, it was re-designed and expanded by architect Robert Reamer. His design included a clapboarded Colonial Revival structure and three porticoes that overlook the lake.
The accommodations in Yellowstone National Park aren't just places to stay, they are monuments to a long-standing ideal that special places in the world should be set aside and preserved for future generations. Staying in the park is the best way for visitors to experience all Yellowstone has to offer. On May 28, 1987, The Old Faithful Inn was designated by the U. S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark.
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