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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
For more than 165 years, the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Spa & Golf Club has served guests with true Southern hospitality.
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creates an inviting optical illusion: existing in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century era while not appearing the least bit outdated.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.
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.
Fabulous spa, legendary golf course, luxurious retreat from the world: whatever your definition, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is a favorite among many. The 220-acre Ojai Valley Inn & Spa features 305 rooms and suites, four excellent restaurants, a new golf clubhouse, and a Spanish Colonial conference center.
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 98 guest rooms outfitted with hot spring spas.
Occupying an entire city block, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa 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.
As splendid now as when it opened to great fanfare in 1926, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco is one of the city's finest historic hotels. Situated at the crest of illustrious Nob Hill, and at the crossing of three cable car lines, this venerable San Francisco landmark is minutes from Union Square, Chinatown, and the Financial and Theater Districts.
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.
Located in historic Railroad Square, the Hotel La Rose is centrally located to Sonoma County's wineries, Redwood forests, and Pacific coastline.
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.
Set in the woodlands of southeastern Connecticut, The Spa at Norwich Inn is a premier resort situated on 42 landscaped acres of trees, perennial gardens, ponds, and an inviting, placid reflecting pool.
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.
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 city of Lakeland was born amid the railroad boom of the late 19th century. By the 1890s, twenty-five trains per day would stop at the Lakeland depot. The advent of the automobile brought more well-heeled visitors from the Northeast in even greater numbers. The Terrace Hotel opened in 1924 on the site of the previous Tremont Hotel, which had stood for almost forty years.
Casa Claridge 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 decor 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.
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 Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & 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.
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.
Welcome to the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, one of the most beautiful landmark hotels in history. With its unique architecture and cultural diversity, it was originally built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club, a luxury men's club for members of the Shrine organization. Unfortunately, in 1934 the club had been a victim of the stock market crash and was forced to close its doors.
Through detailed renovation, restoration and an extreme passion for refurbishing the past, French Lick Resort Casino, established in 1845, has re-opened its doors and returned to its original charm and grandeur. For over two centuries the Pluto Mineral Springs and its medicinal waters have drawn visitors to French Lick and our legendary resort.
Whether travelling for business or pleasure, guests at the historic 424-room Omni Severin Hotel will discover the convenience of a prime downtown location and the luxury of a elegantly updated classic hotel. In the heart of the downtown Wholesale District, the hotel is ideally located where you'll find the the biggest names and the brightest attractions the city has to offer.
An architectural marvel, West Baden Springs Hotel is the crown jewel of French Lick Resort's $500 million restoration. The turn-of-the century National Historic Landmark offers 246 exquisitely appointed rooms, a world-class spa, championship golf, and a wide array of dining and entertainment options.
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 Omni Royal Orleans is a proud part of history on its legendary site. From the 1830's onward, this single block of the French Quarter has witnessed all that was and is New Orleans. From creole hedonisa to the austerity of the civil war, reconstruction, a sad decline to the rebirth in the modern world.
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.
Located in the East Ferry Street Historic District of Midtown Detroit, The Inn on Ferry Street sets the standard for elegant Victorian guest quarters and dedicated service. Just steps from the state's finest museums, acclaimed Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University, the Inn is a relaxing change of pace from the standard business hotel.
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.
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 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.
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.
Just minutes from downtown Cincinnati lies the picturesque village of Mariemont, Ohio, envisioned by its founder Mary Muhlenberry Emery as a "National Exemplar" in practical town planning. In the heart of the town sits the Mariemont Inn, a striking three-story Tudor structure.
The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is a true French Art Deco hotel masterpiece. Opened in 1931, the hotel was an integral part of the first multi-use complex in the United States. Described as a "city within a city," the complex featured an office tower, hotel, fully automated garage, shopping complex, and restaurants.
Since its grand opening in 1882, the original Palace Hotel became an instant landmark on the downtown cityscape. Always at the forefront of modern guest amenities, the urban poasis provides guests with luxury accommodations, exemplary service, and the grandeur of an original 8-story French Second Empire masterpiece.
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.
Upon opening in 1925, The Westin Poinsett was deemed "Carolina's Finest," ushering in a tradition of luxury and service that now exceeds 85 years. Located in the heart of downtown Greenville on Main Street, the elegant 12-story hotel has been renovated to its original grandeur, worthy of early notable guests.
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.
The claim that everything’s bigger in Texas shouldn’t merely be taken literally. Witness the Driskill, Texas’ premier luxury hotel positioned in the heart of the state capital. The 189-guest room structure may seem modest by some standards, but its historic grandeur and perfectly restored facade and interiors make it one of Austin’s largest, most rewarding experiences. Cattle baron Colonel Jesse Driskill built the hotel in 1886 to rival the palaces of New York, Chicago, St. Louis and San Francisco and to serve as a showpiece for his adopted frontier town.
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.
Housed in two inter-connected historic buildings, The Ashton is Fort Worth’s only small luxury hotel. Soaring twelve-foot ceilings are luxuriously appointed and offer the finest in classic ambience with modern amenities. The hotel’s elegant Café Ashton has become one of the city’s most popular fine dining spots.
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.
Designed by Houston architect Joseph Finger and built in 1926 amid a regional and national economic boom, the Italian Renaissance-style Auditorium Hotel welcomed a growing population of tourists and professionals to its beautiful corridors and rooms.
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 Crockett Hotel is an historic hotel in San Antonio, that stands where Davy Crockett and an outnumbered band of Texas settlers defended the southeast palisade of the Alamo during a 13-day siege in Feb-March 1836. Mexican forces defeated the courageous defenders of the Alamo in that battle, but shouts of “Remember the Alamo” inspired the Texas and Sam Houston to victory over the Mexican army at San Jacinto just a little more than a month later.
Located adjacent to the Alamo, the original Menger Hotel was constructed on the site of Menger′s brewery, the first brewery in Texas. Opening on February 1, 1859, "the finest hotel west of the Mississippi River" was host to such notables as Sam Houston, Generals Lee and Grant and Presidents McKinley, Taft and Eisenhower—Teddy Roosevelt even recruited the Rough Riders in the Menger Bar.
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.
Walter J. Kohler, Sr. founded his Tudor-style hotel to provide lodging for immigrant laborers who worked at Kohler Co. Today, the hotel stands as a testament to Kohler's commitment to the people living in the town of Kohler, Wisconsin, and the people who come to visit. The concept of gracious living has long been a Kohler Co. mainstay, spread by its innovative, world-famous bathroom designs, a concept that also served as the guiding force behind the 1981 renovations to The American Club.
Step through the doors of this splendid, six-story limestone Art Deco building and you're transported to the heady mid-1930s, an era where hospitality thrived, luxury was de rigueur, style and comfort wasn't a contradiction and "home away from home" wasn't cliche. The Metro originally housed commercial offices and shops, but its location fated its evolution into a luxury hotel and in 1998 Hotel Metro came into its own.
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.
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