If you like things that go bump in the night, we have legendary stories to share. The halls of many of our historic hotels are rumored to have played host to more than just paying customers. Believe or don't believe, but one thing is certain - these friendly hauntings are sure to make for a visit you'll talk about for years.
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.
Nestled into the heart of Napa Valley, the Napa River Inn stands out as an upscale boutique hotel offering traditional comfort, convenience, and personal service to both leisure and business travelers. Surrounded by the valley's world-renowned vineyards, beautiful scenery, excellent restaurants, and favorable climate, the inn sits snugly along the banks of the Napa River on 2.5 riverfront acres.
In the mid-1800s, the Paso Robles region -- known for its mineral hot springs -- was a rest stop for travelers of the Camino Real trail who indulged in the area's therapeutic watering hole. Today, the Paso Robles Inn carries on this tradition with 30 of its 98 guest rooms outfitted with hot spring spas.
Located in historic Railroad Square, the Hotel La Rose is centrally located to Sonoma County's wineries, Redwood forests, and Pacific coastline.
Hotel Boulderado reached its name by merging Boulder and Colorado, a memorable mutation of its host city and state that captures the inviting qualities of both locations. The mountain hotel sits within the downtown historic district, enveloped in Boulder's surprisingly hip small-town chic, while the imposing conical peaks of the Rocky Mountains surround the town.
The four-story red brick Strater Hotel is an exceptional example of American Victorian architecture, highlighted by original white stone cornices and ornamental brickwork. The interior of the property transports guests back to Durango's heyday and blends American history with Victorian charm and modern convenience.
The majestic splendor of the Rocky Mountains provides a breathtaking backdrop for the classically elegant Stanley Hotel. Inside, its gleaming wood, soaring ceilings and understated elegance are coupled with world-class hospitality. Nestled on 35 pristine acres, the hotel offers guests unparalleled natural beauty and a wealthy of outdoor activities.
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.
Immediately after its opening in 1925, The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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, and four more stories were added, creating a 400-room historic hotel, with a fancy frontage, complete with marble accents. After a complete renovation in 2010, the hotel is once again the “Grand Dame” of Davenport, offering guests 130 spacious rooms and suites, 6 elegant meeting rooms, and refined service.
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.
After more than $70 million in renovations, the former Heidelberg Hotel has been reborn as Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Hotel. Adjacent to the Shaw Center and River Center Convention Center, it is less than five minutes from the Louisiana State Capitol and only three miles from Louisiana State University.
The intimate yet elegant Bienville House, a historic hotel in New Orleans, caters to tourists and corporate travelers alike. The hotel calls to mind a stately French Quarter manor house, with decorative wrought iron balconies and a gracious flagstone courtyard.
Hotel Monteleone is one of the last, great family-owned hotels in America, having been operated by four generations of the Monteleone family over the past century. When it was founded in 1886, Royal Street, on which it sits, was the most fashionable and elegant street in New Orleans.
Le Pavillon Hotel embraces the true history of one of the nation's most distinct cities. The historic hotel in New Orleans sits on the site of one of the city's first great plantation homes. When this first-generation skyscraper opened in 1907, Le Pavillon Hotel became an instant signature in the historic heart of the Big Easy.
The Colony Hotel is spectacularly situated amid glorious and manicured gardens on a rocky promontory above the Atlantic Ocean. The white wooden structure was built in 1914 and spans a full 300 feet, topped by a cupola and the weather vane of a large ship. The wrap-around Ocean Porch and the gazebo offer views of the ocean and river.
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.
As you pass through the sculpted bronze doors of this historic hotel, you are enveloped in the charm and timeless beauty that have made the Omni Parker House a Boston landmark since 1855.
The spirit of the past is vibrantly alive in the historic Concord's Colonial Inn. It was from here the local farmers and militiamen mustered to meet the advancing British troops on that fateful April day in 1775.
At the tip of Cape Cod's distinctive tip sits the eclectic village of Provincetown, home to the Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa. Originally established a bustling seaport, Provincetown was once inhabited by a rowdy mix of smugglers, outlaws and raucous mariners.
Inspired by civic pride, the city of Salem established the Hawthorne Hotel to serve as a community focal point. The classic brick structure stands prominently on the city's common and has figured prominently in the historic area's community and social life.
Since 1773, The Red Lion Inn has been welcoming travelers to the beauty of the Berkshires with traditional New England hospitality. The inn has hosted five presidents and numerous other notable figures, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Cullen Bryant and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
With the majesty of Lake Superior on one side, the rolling terrain of historic downtown Marquette on the other and decades of history within its walls, the name chosen for the Landmark Inn is, if anything, an understatement.
The St. James Hotel opened in 1875 as 11 civic-minded Red Wing businessmen saw the need for upscale lodging due to a burgeoning primary wheat market. The hotel was and still is decorated in the Victorian style, a style prevalent at the time of its opening. Its downtown location provided a destination for travelers both by riverboat, railroad, and horse. The St. James Hotel offers magnificent views of the limestone bluffs, the Mississippi River, and historic downtown Red Wing.
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.
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.
From the summit of Bear Mountain, one can see the towering skyline of New York City. Only 45 minutes away from the Big Apple, guests can find a rustic mountain retreat ranging from technology-free log cabins to accommodations which offer modern day comforts.
Situated in the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains, The Sagamore opened in 1883 and was a social center for the wealthy visiting Lake George. After closing in 1981, the hotel was reopened a few years later and restored to its original grandeur. Today the resort offers a wealth of recreational and dining opportunities for guests who enjoy "roughing it" with an elegance in the woods.
The 2001 restoration of the historic building, erected in 1866, became a symbol of revival to the Buffalo community. The Mansion on Delaware Avenue is a wonderful example of Second Empire architecture, with its mansard roof, porticos and huge rounded, hooded windows harking back to a time when Buffalo was a profitable port and manufacturing center.
It is not hard to imagine the finger lake region of frontier days when you stay at The Otesaga Resort Hotel. Otesaga, named for the Iroquois word for " A Place of Meetings," is located on the southern shore of Lake Otsego in Cooperstown, New York, and ranks as one of America's original grand lakeside hotels.
Perched high atop a bluff overlooking the meandering Hudson River Valley, sits the Castle Hotel & Spa - a quiet contrast to the hectic pace of the Big Apple. This impressive structure replicates the Norman architecture of medieval Europe with a massive stone facade and imposing towers and turrets—an unlikely vision to behold in upstate New York, just 30 minutes north of Manhattan.
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.
Opening in 1891, rich in history and architectural integrity, Green Park Inn is the last of the “Grand Manor Hotels” in Western North Carolina. Built in the Queen Anne Victorian style, the historic hotel was the most modern accommodation in the High Country at the time, offering amenities such as hot and cold baths, electric bells to summon serving staff, and fresh water drawn from its mountain spring.
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.
Now proudly restored, the Colcord Hotel stands as Oklahoma City's premiere boutique hotel. An ambitious multi-million dollar effort has transformed the city’s first skyscraper into a downtown landmark hotel.
An oasis of gentility and charm in the beautiful Rogue River Valley, Ashland Springs Hotel is the premier choice for lodging in Southern Oregon. A two-year restoration project transformed this landmark hotel into a haven of taste and elegance reminiscent of small European hotels.
The Heathman Hotel is a downtown landmark, built in the late 1920s in the popular Italian Renaissance style. Then, as now, the hotel was a popular center of cultural activity. Its dramatic public spaces have been renovated in grand Art Deco style and provide the perfect backdrop for the hotel’s extensive collection of artwork.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Homesteader Charles J. Wort (pronounced "wirt") arrived in Jackson Hole in 1893, working the land like any other number of pioneers. In 1941 his sons, John and Jess, took local pioneering to a new level, building a luxury hotel—a ridiculous notion to many local ranchers and residents—on four lots that their father had purchased in 1915.
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