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Bright Angel Lodge, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2012, was built in 1935, has a natural, rustic character, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by famed architect Mary E J Colter.
El Tovar Hotel, a former Harvey House is considered the premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2012. It opened its doors in 1905 and was most recently renovated in 2005. On May 28, 1987, The El Tovar Hotel was designated by the U. S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark.
Phantom Ranch is tucked beside Bright Angel Creek on the north side of the Colorado River and is the only lodging facility below the canyon rim. In 1913, President Theodore Roosevelt's enthusiasm for the Grand Canyon helped lead to its incorporation into the National Park System in 1919. The Fred Harvey Company was granted the concession for the camp in 1922. They hired the American architect Mary E J Colter to design permanent lodging at Phantom Ranch.
The Wigwam is one of Arizona's original iconic hotels. Originally built by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to house sales executives in the early 1900s the resort evolved as a popular tourist destination when executives convinced their company president, Paul Litchfield (and original descendant of The Mayflower), to expand the small lodge into a winter retreat.
In 1929, John and Helen Murphey created Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, a desert oasis and "home away from home" ranch school for girls only. Inspired by early Moorish architecture, it showcases many details that were crafted by the Murpheys themselves.
Savor the romance of the Old West while enjoying the finest in modern comforts at Rancho de los Caballeros. For nearly 60 years, guests have enjoyed a warm welcome from the Gant family in the style of the Spanish caballeros - "gentlemen on horseback." The ranch captures the easy charm of a graceful hacienda complete with hand-hewn beams, whitewashed walls and colorful Mexican tiles.
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.
The Inn at Furnace Creek was built by the Pacific Coast Borax Company of Twenty Mule Team fame as a means to save their newly built Death Valley Railroad.
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. The award-winning Spa Ojai, George C. Thomas Jr.
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.
The first hotel to open in The Presidio of San Francisco, a National Historic Landmark, the Inn at the Presidio is an historic restoration of Pershing Hall, an Army Bachelors Quarters built in 1903, when the U.S. Army occupied the 1,491 acres to protect the country.
When it opened in 1933, this decadent Art Deco landmark in seaside Santa Monica became an immediate attraction for stars of the silver screen seeking relief from hot summers in neighboring Hollywood.
Perched on a majestic bluff overlooking the sweeping Pacific Ocean, The Pierpont Inn & Spa is a romantic Ventura Beach landmark on the charming California coast. Constructed in 1910, this historic hotel was the brain child of Joesphine Pierpont when the Pacific Coast Highway became a popular trail to explore the Western coastline. Pierpont commissioned famous architect Sumner P. Hunt to design a Craftsman-style bungalow inn that would later become The Pierpont Inn & Spa that stands today.
Hotel Boulderado reached its name by merging Boulder and Colorado, a memorable mutation of its host city and state that captures the inviting qualities of both locations. The mountain hotel sits within the downtown historic district, enveloped in Boulder's surprisingly hip small-town chic, while the imposing conical peaks of the Rocky Mountains surround the town.
For over a century, dreamers, farmers, investors, and even a Prussian Count have envisioned a grand future for the Colorado Springs area. One man, Spencer Penrose had the dedication and vision to bring the dream to reality. That dream was The Broadmoor, which officially opened on June 29, 1918 and marks its 90th anniversary in 2008.
The four-story red brick Strater Hotel is an exceptional example of American Victorian architecture, highlighted by original white stone cornices and ornamental brickwork. The interior of the property transports guests back to Durango's heyday and blends American history with Victorian charm and modern convenience.
The majestic splendor of the Rocky Mountains provides a breathtaking backdrop for the classically elegant Stanley Hotel. Inside, its gleaming wood, soaring ceilings and understated elegance are coupled with world-class hospitality. Nestled on 35 pristine acres, the hotel offers guests unparalleled natural beauty and a wealthy of outdoor activities.
Overlooking the tranquil waters of Tampa Bay, Safety Harbor Resort and Spa is a one-of-a-kind destination rich in history and hailed for exquisite hospitality. Tucked away in the quaint town of Safety Harbor aptly called “The Health Giving City”, the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa has remained a highly revered refuge for rest, relaxation and renewal for nearly 100 years.
The town of St. Augustine, Florida, carries the unique distinction of being the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States, a cultural honor that the landmark Casa Monica Hotel has embraced since it opened back in 1888.
The Greyfield Inn is a graceful colonial-style hotel on Georgia’s Cumberland Island, once the preserve of the Carnegies and other wealthy industrialists, and since 1972, a protected National Seashore. Built in 1900 for Margaret Ricketson, the daughter of Lucy and Thomas Carnegie and niece of Andrew Carnegie, Greyfield was opened to guests by Margaret’s daughter and her family in 1962 as a way of ensuring the property’s preservation.
Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges.
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.
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.
The Colony Hotel is spectacularly situated amid glorious and manicured gardens on a rocky promontory above the Atlantic Ocean. The white wooden structure was built in 1914 and spans a full 300 feet, topped by a cupola and the weather vane of a large ship. The wrap-around Ocean Porch and the gazebo offer views of the ocean and river.
The Newagen Seaside Inn's casual elegance epitomizes the spirit of Down East hospitality. Situated on 19 acres at the south end of Southport Island, the inn offers accommodations in both the main inn and guest cottages, all of which afford stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Writer Rachel Carson asked that her ashes be scattered nearby on the ocean's edge.
Referred to as the “Inn of Distinction,” Inn at 202 Dover is a meticulously restored historic Colonial Revival hotel in the Easton, Maryland Historic District. The historic inn provides personalized service, luxury accommodations, and modern conveniences a short block from downtown shopping, art galleries, restaurants, and cultural attractions.
Welcoming guests since 1742, Kelley House of Martha's Vineyard is ideally located in the heart of historic Edgartown. Framed by lush elm trees and iconic 19th Century whaling captains homes, Kelley House is a classic New England establishment offering authentic nautical artifacts and artwork mingled with historic brick fireplaces, rich woodwork, and beautiful guestrooms and suites in four distinct buildings, many with porches and views of the sea.
The Cranwell Resort is as rich in history as it is with hospitality. Over the years, the historic inn has hosted the likes of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Oliver Wendell Holmes, the Vanderbilts, and President William McKinley.
In the late 1990s the forgotten mill town of North Adams became a haven for technology companies and was infused with new life. Sparked by the visionary efforts of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), which has renovated parts of a sprawling mill complex, the Porches Inn represents a new twist on hospitality.
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.
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.
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.
Built in 1910, the historic Sacajawea Hotel is a step back into time to the charming countryside of Three Forks, Montana offering luxury accommodations, a heritage rich experience, and Western hospitality. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the property sits on a scenic lot near some of the most magnificent outdoor attractions in the nation, including Yellowstone National Park, Lewis and Clark Caverns, and Headwaters State Park.
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.
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.
La Fonda is a Santa Fe landmark, just steps away from history and art museums, a variety of galleries and shops, historic churches and, of course, the Plaza. The historic inn's Pueblo-style architecture features thick wood beams, latilla ceilings, and carved corbels.
The Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa provides guests with the complete Santa Fe experience. A 450 acre resort nestled in the Tesuque Valley just three miles from the Plaza downtown, providing exceptional dining, award-winning spa, and on-site recreational activities such as horseback riding, skeet and trap, tennis, hiking and mountain biking on our trails which connect to the Santa Fe National Forest directly behind the resort.
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.
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 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 Mast Farm Inn, a North Carolina institution, is an award-winning and world renowned historic country inn and restaurant in the Valle Crucis Historical District of North Carolina, which has been welcoming guests since the 1800s. While there have been extensive historically accurate renovations and improvements, the hospitality remains southern rural mountain traditional, attentive, and sincere.
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 Carolina Inn has sat on the doorsteps of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's campus, serving as the central meeting place for students, academics, faculty, local townspeople and visitors, since it opened in 1924. Though the property itself has evolved since John Sprunt Hill first built the inn, its luxury has remained constant.
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.
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.
Nestled in the heart of the majestic Columbia River Gorge, the Columbia Gorge Hotel refreshes the spirit with lush flowering gardens, pure mountain air, and old-world Mediterranean luxury.
An architectural gem atop a natural wonder, Timberline Lodge is an acclaimed ski lodge and mountain retreat on the south slope of Mt. Hood, standing 6,000 feet above sea level. Inviting a gracious warmth, Timberline Lodge is a historic luxury hotel featuring comfortable guestrooms and suites, refined and sustainable dining, a world-class ski and snowboarding facility, thoughtfully-appointed event spaces, and, most of all, distinguished hospitality.
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 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.
Settled between the flourishing natural beauty surrounding the Pocono Mountains, Ledges Hotel is a luxury historic destination in Hawley, Pennsylvania affording modern conveniences without sparing its rustic charm. Built in 1890, this Federal-style structure was originally built for the John S. O'Connor Glass Factory, illustrating the deep culture and heritage of the area's manufacturing industry.
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.
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.
A historic, luxury, European-styled boutique hotel, The Chanler at Cliff Walk boasts the best ocean view in Newport. This oceanfront hotel is only steps from Easton's Beach and a mile from downtown. Offering discerning travelers a glimpse of Newport's Golden Age, it is the first mansion and only hotel located on the famous Cliff Walk.
The name "Zion" means a place of peace and refuge. As a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres of cliffs, canyons, diverse plant and animal life, and uninterrupted beauty, Zion National Park is well-named. Its massive sandstone walls, some as high as 3,800 feet, offer an opportunity for serenity and reflection for all who visit.
Since 1801, The Grafton Inn at Grafton has been providing visitors with timeless elegance and the finest comforts and amenities. Located in a picturesque Vermont village, this historic inn in Vermont offers a true retreat from the everyday.
The Green Mountains of Vermont offer year-round delights. Tucked amid the picturesque countryside, the landmark Castle Hill Resort and Spa combines gracious hospitality with a scenic setting and modern amenities.
The Wilburton Inn, once the largest private estate in Manchester Vermont, was the summer home of Chicago millionaire and philanthropist James Wilbur. At the turn of the twentieth century, Robert Todd Lincoln, the President’s son, and his friend, Chicago businessman Albert Gilbert, created two vast neighboring estates. Gilbert situated his mansion on the crest of a hill with spectacular views of the mountains and the Battenkill Valley below.
The Middlebury Inn has been in continuous operation as a hotel for over 180 years. The Inn began as the Vermont Hotel, a brick "public house" opened by Nathan Wood in 1827. The inn changed hands and became the Addison House in 1852, and then saw improvements in 1865 at the hands of owner Darwin Rider, who ran a free carriage to all trains and operated a large livery for his guests.
When Ardelia Beach, founder of the landmark Basin Harbor Club, first came to Vermont to establish a working farm that would take in summer boarders anxious to escape urban living, she could not have chosen a better locale. Unofficially described as Vermont’s West Coast, Lake Champlain is the sixth-largest lake in America, with more than 600 miles of shoreline bordering its 120-mile length.
In a city as steeped in history as Charlottesville, Virginia—home to U.S. presidents, witness of the ravages of the Civil War and the burgeoning Virginia wine industry—it’s a significant achievement for an inn to rise in prominence. The Blue Ridge Mountain locale of the Boar’s Head Inn would be enough to qualify such distinction, but this remarkable 573-acre property compliments the fresh mountain air and stunning scenery with gracious hospitality, gourmet cuisine and a sense of the past that doesn’t sacrifice a single modern amenity.
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. The Wort Hotel, with its Tudor Revival architecture and rustic interiors, immediately became the central gathering place for locals and a destination for visitors.
Lake Yellowstone Hotel was completed in 1891 as part of a series of hotels to accommodate visitors to Yellowstone National Park. Beginning in 1903, it was re-designed and expanded by architect Robert Reamer. His design included a clapboarded Colonial Revival structure and three porticoes that overlook the lake.
The accommodations in Yellowstone National Park aren't just places to stay, they are monuments to a long-standing ideal that special places in the world should be set aside and preserved for future generations. Staying in the park is the best way for visitors to experience all Yellowstone has to offer. On May 28, 1987, The Old Faithful Inn was designated by the U. S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark.
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