Select a first-hand experience of the Civil War by taking a tour led by expert historians and tour guides. This in-depth look into history is a memorable experience for any traveler.
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
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creates an inviting optical illusion: existing in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century era while not appearing the least bit outdated.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.
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 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.
The Smith House has maintained its long tradition of old-fashioned hospitality dating back to 1899 when the house was originally built on a vein of gold ore. Located in the quaint town of Dahlonega, Georgia, the Smith House is a country inn that serves home-cooked country fare in the family-style dining room, while providing modern day luxuries to its guests.
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.
This once glorious, high-end Hotel Blackhawk was built in 1915, during an economic boom period in Davenport. It originally was a seven-story hotel. In the 1920's, money was flowing into the city, and so four more stories were added, creating a 400-room brick historic hotel, with a fancy frontage, complete with marble accents around the windows.
Stay the night in one of Boone Tavern's spacious heritage accommodations, where the understated elegance of handmade furniture, made by Berea College woodcraft is enhanced with modern amenities. Become part of the unique Berea lifestyle where quality and tradition blend with Southern hospitality and the youthful vigor of the college campus.
Ornate detail, exceptional service and long-standing tradition of hospitality have made The Brown beloved by visitors and locals alike. The 16-story classically rendered exterior is complemented by stunning English Renaissance architectural detail on the interior, including spectacular hand-painted plaster relief ceilings.
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.
The South’s most magnificent remaining antebellum mansion, Nottoway Plantation splendidly overlooks the Great Mississippi River, and continues to entice visitors, from near and far, to take a step back in time to the days of glory and grandeur. With a natural backdrop of colorful gardens and two hundred-year-old oaks, Nottoway is the ultimate blend of Southern history and hospitality, and an exceptional choice.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Named for Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion (the "Swamp Fox"), the Francis Marion Hotel became an instant landmark in Charleston the moment it opened in 1924. Rising 12 stories above the Historic District, the landmark hotel offers spectacular views of Charleston's church steeples, antebellum mansions and famous harbor, providing easy access to the wealth of Charleston's historic attractions.
A National Historic Landmark, the John Rutledge House Inn was built in 1763 by John Rutledge, a noted signer of the U.S. Constitution, governor of South Carolina, and briefly, chief justice of the Supreme Court. The historic inn incorporates two carriage houses plus the distinctive home.
Charleston’s antebellum hotel, Kings Courtyard Inn, is designed in the Greek Revival style with unusual Egyptian accents. Built in 1853, it is one of King Street’s oldest historic buildings and has served many roles in its 150-year history, from housing popular shops, to a private residence and an inn catering to plantation owners and merchants.
The Wentworth Mansion, built in 1886 as a private residence for the wealthy cotton merchant Francis Silas Rodgers, invites guests to enjoy the preserved opulence of America’s Gilded Age.
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.
Camino Real Hotel is a national historical landmark. Adjacent to the lobby, the Dome Bar is crowned by the original Tiffany Dome. The historic Dome Bar is the original lobby of the hotel and you won't want to miss the two story vaulted ceiling with wall of cherry stone and gold scallion. The hotel is the ultimate historic vacation hotel and has been El Paso's grand hotel for 90 years.
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.
Renowned as the largest living history museum in the world, Colonial Williamsburg offers visitors a taste of 18th-century life through its architecture, costumed interpreters and historical reenactments.
Nestled in the Ohio River Valley between the uncompromising beauty of the West Virginia foothills and the majestic Ohio River, the century-old Blennerhassett stands today as a reminder that it is possible to merge old-world atmosphere with all the modern-day amenities that make a historic hotel a genuine treasure.
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