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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creates an inviting optical illusion: existing in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century era while not appearing the least bit outdated.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.
The Inn at Montchanin Village offers much more than simple accommodation in Delaware's Brandywine Valley; the inn is, in reality, a restored 19th-century hamlet with 28 guest rooms spread across 11 carefully restored buildings accessible via a maze of ornate gardens.
January 15, 1913, saw the opening of Wilmington's Hotel du Pont, one of the most lavish hotels of America's Gilded Age and an immediate rival to Europe's finest hotels. Today, the Wilmington, Delaware hotel is situated in the heart of the picturesque and historic Brandywine Valley. Hotel du Pont is as rich in history as it is in atmosphere; reminiscent of a time of craftsmanship and courtesy, a time of ease and elegance, and a time of sophistication and style.
The Hotel Lombardy offers accommodation evocative of a small town home in the center of the nation's capital. This is no coincidence: Hotel Lombardy's first incarnation was as a private residence converted to a classic European-style hotel in 1994, beautifully preserving the red-brick and limestone facade.
A true Washington institution, the Omni Shoreham has hosted inaugural balls for every president from FDR to Bill Clinton. To celebrate its ties to America's highest office, the hotel's nine presidential suites each bear the name of one of our great leaders. (Guests who express strong feelings may request to have the name plate on their suite changed.
On Capitol Hill, a patch of Irish green is found at the Phoenix Park Hotel, a handsome Georgian Revival-style hotel built in 1922. The hotel is equally popular with politicians, diplomats, business travelers and tourists. The Phoenix Park maintains an Old World ambiance with its Waterford crystal chandeliers, rich woodwork, Celtic rugs and European antiques.
Originally designed as a luxury apartment building over 100 years ago, the hotel promised "every convenience of a modern hotel with the restful quietude and exclusiveness of a private residence." The Churchill Hotel has just undergone renovations to maintain the beauty of its upscale, pristine design and gorgeous chandeliers.
Whether its business or pleasure that brings you to the nation's capital, the Henley Park is the place to stay. Upon entering its stately lobby, guests are greeted with the comfortable elegance that is the hallmark of the Henley Park Hotel. Charming and intimate in scale, the hotel exudes a serenity that is a welcome change from the bustle of downtown Washington.
Immediately after its opening in 1925, the Mayflower Hotel was known as the "Grande Dame of Washington, D.C.," boasting more gold than any other building in the country except for the Library of Congress.
This Victorian mansion in the heart of Washington, D.C. is the only inn in the nation's capital to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Initially built as two separate townhomes, this boutique hotel offers modern comforts in a historic setting. Each of the 54 guest rooms is decorated with period furnishings and some have Italian marble fireplaces.
The Willard InterContinental is located in the heart of the nation's capital on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, the Smithsonian museums and the downtown business and theatre districts. The Willard epitomizes world-class hospitality as the hotel of choice for heads of state and leaders of the world's business, cultural, social and political elite.
The Historic Inns of Annapolis were once personal residences of lords and governors and frequent stopovers for signers of the Declaration of Independence. Today they have been transformed into three charming historic inns that will take you back in time, with 124 guestrooms all handsomely restored and tastefully furnished in original and reproduction antiques.
Located in Baltimore's historic Fell's Point, the Admiral Fell Inn is a renovated urban inn located on Baltimore's celebrated waterfront. Comprised of seven adjoining buildings, some dating to the 18th century, the historic Inn retains its quaint charm and cozy ambiance yet offers modern amenities and the elegance of a luxury hotel.
Escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in first-class service and accommodations in a fabulous boutique hotel in Baltimore. Rich colors and a chic atmosphere set the tone for a luxurious experience at the historic Hotel Brexton.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Lord Baltimore Hotel was hailed as the largest hotel ever built in the state of Maryland. Built in the classic style popular during the 1920s, the hotel still holds timeless appeal for today's travelers. A convenient downtown location make the hotel ideally suited for business and leisure travelers alike.
When The Raphael Hotel opened in the heart of Kansas City, it was the pioneer in the "boutique hotel" trend, offering individualistic accommodation with European charm, character, intimacy, personalized service and exceptional value.
Big Cedar's main grounds can be a busy place - but you'd never know it from the quiet comfort of your own lodge or cabin. The heritage resort near Branson offers specialty lodging accommodations evident in the traditions of quality that is the hallmark of its founder. Guests choose from a variety of rooms in three distinctly different lodges, a cozy knotty pine cottage, or a beautifully crafted log cabin.
The Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, offers a rare treat in landmark hotels: unfettered access to two historic city landmarks sharing the same street address.
Built in 1914, the Omni Majestic Hotel in downtown St. Louis is a beautifully restored National Historic Landmark that combines an atmosphere of timeless elegance with impeccable service. Guestroom accommodations in this boutique St. Louis luxury hotel are appointed with such refined furnishings as 19th century poster beds and rich mahogany woods.
The Omni Bretton Arms Inn was built as a private home in 1896 and was first opened to guests in 1907. The inn was a part of the larger Mount Washington and Mount Pleasant Hotels which hosted a variety of visitors and was the distinguished headquarters for the Conference Secretariat during the 44-nation Bretton Woods Monetary Conference in 1944.
Mount Washington Resort was the creation of industrialist Joseph Stickney, who built The Mount Washington Hotel in 1902. The sparking white and red-roofed Spanish Renaissance-style hotel, with its grand, colonnaded veranda, was the setting for the historic Bretton Woods Monetary Conference in 1944.
General Ebenezer Brewster, whose home occupied the present site of the Inn, founded the Dartmouth Hotel in 1780 but later burned to the ground and was replaced two years later on the same site by the Wheelock Hotel. From 1901 - 1903, Dartmouth College carried out extensive renovations to the facility, which was then renamed the Hanover Inn.
Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club exemplifies New England. Its century-old history ties the historic hotel to the region's heritage while seamlessly offering all the high-end amenities of any modern hotel alongside pristine, panoramic views of New Hampshire's White Mountains.
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.
On a rainy night in 1865, a group of travelers en route to Montreal was stranded when their stagecoach hit a muddy rut and overturned. Despite the late hour, they found a warm welcome at the nearby Dodge farmhouse and were so captivated by the hospitality of their hosts and the spectacular surroundings that they prolonged their stay.
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.
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.
For over seventy years, the JW Marriott Essex House New York has been an oasis of class and elegance on the edge of Central Park. The hotel offers stunning views of Central Park and the New York skyline, complemented by luxurious appointments and first-class service.
Warren & Wetmore built this historic landmark hotel in 1926. The Berkshire Hotel was purchased in May 1978 by the Dunfey Hotels Corporation, which included the Omni Hotels and Dunfey Hotels groups. The property received a $9.5 million face-lift in 1979.
For over 100 years, The Hotel Martinique has elegantly reflected the rich history of its vibrant and dynamic location. Designed by Henry Hardenbergh, who also designed the Waldorf Astoria, the Plaza Hotel, and the Dakota Apartments on Central Park.
Since before the Revolutionary War, the Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn has welcomed guests to the beauty of the Hudson Valley. The property has operated continuously since 1766, retaining much of its colonial charm and character, while offering modern conveniences to guests seeking a historic vacation.
A classic example of 1920s hotel construction, the Jefferson Clinton, a historic hotel in Syracuse, has a contemporary sensibility. This 68-room, 11-story hotel was built in 1927, but offers modern upgrades and a much-lauded environmentally friendly philosophy. A convenient downtown location is within easy access of the downtown business district, Syracuse University, the Carrier Dome and area hospitals.
For a long time, New York's Hudson River Valley has been the quiet side of the otherwise hectic Manhattan vibe; the meandering river weaves through a verdant topography of towering trees, interlacing a small collection of historic towns that reflect a time when even the Big Apple was merely a seed of its future self.
The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of the South’s best-loved resorts. Built in 1913 with granite stones mined from Sunset Mountain, the resort overlooks the city of Asheville, N.C., and provides majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With its distinctive undulating red clay tile roof and original Roycroft furnishings and fixtures, The Grove Park Inn captures the essence of the Arts and Crafts movement.
The neo-classical 10-story facade of the Dunhill Hotel has been a permanent feature in uptown Charlotte since it opened in 1929. Designed by architect Louis Asbury Sr., the Dunhill's first incarnation was as the fashionable Mayfair Manor apartments.
In the shadow of the great Smoky Mountains sits the quaint village of Highlands, North Carolina. Here, nature's splendor offers a relaxing respite from the pressures of everyday living. Life moves a little slower and the stresses of the modern world seem to pale next to the grandeur of Mother Nature.
Founded in 1895, Pinehurst is a quintessential resort encompassing three historic hotels, a wealth of recreational activities, and 2,000 breathtaking North Carolina acres. Set in one of America's only National historic landmark Districts, Pinehurst recalls a pleasant time gone by.
Explore the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress where voyages between Portland, OR and Clarkston, WA will reveal soaring mountains, charming river towns, dramatic landscapes, abundant wildlife, and frontier spirit.
Located just outside the limits of the town of Bedford Springs, this sprawling 2,200 acre resort has been welcoming guests and making history for more than 200 years. Its red brick façade is distinguished by white columns, a porte cochere and a series of additions that amble their way up the hillside. The result is a charming combination of old and new elements that work in harmony against the rocky hills of south central Pennsylvania.
The stately Historic Hotel Bethlehem has been restored to its original 1922 grandeur. Palladian windows provide dramatic views of the downtown district. Seven large murals by artist George Gray retell the history of Bethlehem, from its founding by Moravian brethren to its position as industrial center. Classically styled guestrooms offer views of the city’s Main Street or the noted Bethlehem Star on South Mountain.
The Gettysburg Hotel has a tradition of hospitality that dates to 1797, when James Scott first opened his tavern. In the summer of 1863, the hotel played witness to one of the seminal events in American history as Union and Confederate troops swarmed over the small town of Gettysburg during a pivotal and bloody three-day battle. President Lincoln honed the immortal words of his Gettysburg Address at the Wills House, just steps away from the hotel.
This beautiful and serene inn is a top 25 AAA 4-Diamond Historic Hotel, decorated with carefully chosen Arts & Crafts style furnishings such as hand-screened Bradbury and Bradbury wallpapers and hand-made Fulper tiles. The 21 rooms are true to the Arts and Crafts style and enhanced with featherbeds, luxury linens, and modern amenities. Environmentally responsible as well, the inn has been recognized for its water and energy conservation. The owners have prepared farm-to-table meals for decades as early pioneers of the concept. Owner-chef Grant Gezlinger prepares homemade artisan breads and delicious entrees in The Chestnut Tavern.
After returning from a trip to Europe, chocolate king Milton S. Hershey dreamed of building an elegant hotel on a hilltop overlooking the town that bore his surname. In 1933 that dream became a reality. Today The Hotel Hershey offers a magnificent mix of European splendor set amid 300 panoramic acres of picturesque countryside that reflects the vision of its founder.
Cork Factory Hotel was once the home of a 19th century cork manufacturing giant. After lying abandoned for several years, the historic site was converted into a luxury boutique hotel, restaurant, and event facility.
The 63-room Lancaster Arts Hotel is a boutique hotel in revitalized downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Using the backdrop of a classic red brick warehouse, the vibrant and eclectic hotel is infused with thoroughly modern touches.
Located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country near Lancaster, The Inn at Leola Village --an exercise in historic preservation--opened in 2000 after acquiring a local farm slated for demolition. Guests can stay in three of the five restored agricultural structures including two 19th-century farmhouses and a tobacco barn.
The Mansions on Fifth is notable for its historic legacy and ties to Pittsburgh’s past. The restoration of the Mansions involved an unwavering commitment to preserving as much of the historical detail and integrity of the Mansions as possible. In her new chapter as a luxury hotel, The Mansions’ future involves an equally strong commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.
With a blend of classic elegance and modern sophistication, the renowned Omni William Penn Hotel has served as Pittsburgh’s premier hotel since 1916. This historic hotel features 597 beautifully appointed guest rooms including 38 suites, 52,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and five dining options.
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.
Located on the grounds of Pennsylvania State University, the Nittany Lion Inn offers comfort, conveniences and style to guests and visitors alike. Decorated in warm antiques with a Colonial country atmosphere, rich cherry-wood furniture and bright floral fabrics, the Inn has hosted the likes of Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Hayes and Louis Armstrong.
York, Pennsylvania, has been on the historian’s map ever since the American Revolution—then known as “Yorktowne,” the town served as the nation’s capital while Philadelphia was under British occupation. Despite its name, however, The Yorktowne Hotel embodies the history of another nostalgic era—the Roaring Twenties.
From 1909 to 1970, all trains to points south passed through Chattanooga’s famous terminal, which was designed by a 24-year-old architectural student from New York. The terminal’s first plans were modified at the behest of the president of the Southern Railway System to emulate the National Park Bank of New York.
The General Morgan Inn and Conference Center, a historic hotel in Tennessee, takes its name from the Confederate leader whose daring raids into the upper Midwest terrorized the Union Army during the Civil War.
Historian David Cohn once wrote, “The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of The Peabody Hotel… If you stand near its fountain in the middle of the lobby… ultimately you will see everybody who is anybody in the Delta…” Truly, in the minds of many, The Peabody is Memphis.
Located in the heart of Music City, adjacent to the state capitol, the Hermitage Hotel is the only remaining grand hotel in the city and the only commercial Beaux Arts structure in the state of Tennessee. Following the completion of a multi-million dollar restoration in 2003, this beloved hotel is once again a showplace that combines convenience with splendor.
A stay at the Union Station combines the elegance of the past with the modern conveniences of the present. The excitement of millions of travelers who passed within these walls remains almost palpable. For over a century, this massive turreted structure has been a distinctive feature of Nashville’s cityscape.
Originally built in 1832 as a private residence by a Virginia General, The Martha Washington Hotel & Spa has seen many different uses. From a private residence, it evolved into a finishing school for young ladies. When the armies of the Civil War battled in and around Abingdon, the building served as a hospital for wounded soldiers, and romantic stories of nurses and soldiers still endure to this day. After the Civil War, The Martha became a women's college, and today it is an elegant hotel, paying homage to its gracious Southern roots and enduring historic legacy.
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.
The classic Georgian Revival architecture of the Mimslyn Inn rises gracefully from the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley. The warmth and charm of the Mimslyn have been welcoming guests since 1931. The inn is in close proximity to all of the area’s signature attractions, including the spectacular Luray Caverns. Purchased in 2005 by the Asam family, the Mimslyn has undergone an intensive, year-long renovation.
Today a name inextricably connected with the finest in luxury accommodations and hospitality, Craddock Terry was once associated with shoes. The Craddock Terry Shoe Company was, in fact, the first shoe company south of the Mason-Dixon Line and the fifth largest in the world. Built on the edge of the James River in 1901, the factory immediately became the backbone of the city’s commercial success.
When Charles Dana Gibson and Irene Langhorne--better known as the Gibson Girl--hosted their engagement party on Halloween 1895, little did they know that their nuptial celebration would be the first in a long legacy of events at Richmond’s most revered hotel, The Jefferson. It opened that All Hollow’s Eve over 100 years ago, and from that moment it was a sight to behold.
Nestled in Historic Downtown Staunton in the heart of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, this 124-room hotel captures the spirit, history and charm of the old South. Originally built in 1924, the property underwent a complete top to bottom renovation in 2005 and has was lovingly restored to it's original grandeur.
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.
Regarded among the world’s greatest inns, the Williamsburg is the crown jewel of the Colonial Williamsburg hotels, offering luxurious accommodations adjacent to the country’s most celebrated live interactive history museum.
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