From chic and contemporary to timeless and majestic, the resorts of Historic Hotels of America feature amenities and services expected by discerning travelers. Some of the finest names in golf are included at these authentic historic locations.
The newly renovated Radisson Admiral Semmes Hotel has been a Mobile landmark since its opening in 1940. Closed due to damage from Hurricane Frederic in 1979, the hotel was beautifully restored in 1985.
For more than 165 years, the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Spa & Golf Club has served guests with true Southern hospitality.
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.
Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a romantic hideaway with the rustic splendor of a Mediterranean villa. Its 119 casitas and guestrooms serve as an oasis for guests seeking tranquility and solitude. Set in the Valley of the Sun, the hotel is located in the beautiful Phoenix-Scottsdale resort community, with the majestic Camelback Mountain providing a striking visual backdrop.
The spirit of the Otero family lives on at Tubac. The family's original hacienda houses meeting room and guests can dine within the walls of the 200-year-old barn. The scenic beauty of the Tumacacori and Santa Rita mountains are a stunning backdrop and offer a multitude of outdoor activities.
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.
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.
Hotel Durant – Berkley is a 144-room historic hotel, just steps away from the Sather Gate at the University of California at Berkeley. It is a full service, green certified, contemporary hotel that is a soulful reflection of the area’s history, academics, collegiate charm, and quirky humor.
Boasting luxury accommodations, America's first full-service spa, and championship golf courses, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is a historic retreat affording a true Southern California ambiance and picturesque natural landscape.
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.
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.
Located in historic Railroad Square, the Hotel La Rose is centrally located to Sonoma County's wineries, Redwood forests, and Pacific coastline.
Built in 1927, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is the ultimate Wine Country, California destination offering the state-of-the-art Willow Stream Spa, access to championship golf courses, signature dining experiences, including the Michelin award-winning Santé Restaurant, and exceptional accommodations and hospitality.
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 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.
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.
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.
Southernmost House is one of Key West's most historic beach hotels. This elegant hotel has been the Florida boutique hotel of choice for Presidents, royalty, and famous figures such as Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.
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 Resort & Spa has embraced since it opened back in 1888.
There's no mistaking the Don CeSar. 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.
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.
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.
The Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo, a Doubletree by Hilton, has 320 fully-refurbished guestrooms and suites that provide upscale, contemporary lodging for vacationers exploring the charms of Hilo and nearby attractions, such as stunning waterfalls, Volcanoes National Park, snorkeling, and surfing off the beautiful bay and ocean coasts.
As Waikiki's only true destination resort, Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort offers the perfect mix of exceptional resort accommodations and classic Hawaiian hospitality. Originally developed by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser in 1955, this historic Honolulu hotel affords the widest stretch of white sand on Waikiki, a serene beachfront lagoon, lush tropical gardens and cascading waterfalls, majestic views of Diamond Head and romantic seaside sunsets.
Opened in 1901, Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa is situated in the heart of Waikiki Beach in Oahu and offers a true Hawaiian experience with the extravagance of elegant accommodations, unparalled hospitality, and superb amenities, defining the ultimate destination for a luxury Hawaiian vacation.
From its opening in 1927, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort has been recognized as an icon of luxury resort travel. Known to the world as "The Pink Palace of the Pacific," The Royal Hawaiian is a lifestyle destination, mirroring the quiet confidence and impeccable standards expected by discerning travelers.
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is an international destination resort, upholding a timeless tradition of luxury and aloha. Guest amenities at the 252-room resort include an award-winning 18-hole golf course, 11-court seaside tennis club, a beach club, island dining, homes, and villas.
Built in 1923, Hotel Lana'i is a historic landmark on the secluded island of Lana'i, where miles of unspoiled natural beauty awaits every guest. The hotel boasts 11 charming guestrooms furnished in a Hawaiian-plantation style exuding a true, relaxing ambiance where every guest is treated with unrivaled hospitality.
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.
The Morris Inn at Notre Dame offers 150 guestrooms, including 18 spacious suites. With three distinct dining options — Sorin’s, Rohr’s, and the Wind Family Fireside Terrace, guests will find the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy a business lunch, family gathering, special occasion, or a casual meal.
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.
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.
Over 120 years ago, since its opening in 1891, Harbor View Hotel has been nicknamed the “Grand Dame” of Martha’s Vineyard and introduced a new era for Edgartown and Martha’s Vineyard. With an extraordinary view of Edgartown Harbor from the historic hotel's broad veranda, Harbor View became a summer haven for wealthy New Yorkers visiting the Vineyard.
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.
Cranwell Spa and Golf 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nestled in the woods of Newbury, Ohio, Punderson Manor Lodge is the perfect family-friendly escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. These rustic, yet modern accommodations are ADA accessible and local lore has it that this historic hotel is haunted by at least 12 long-term spirits.
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.
Today, the Buccaneer is the Virgin Island’s longest running resort, but its beginnings were anything but luxurious. In it’s turbulent past, St Croix has been under the control of the French, Dutch, English, Spanish, Danish and Americans, all influences which have enriched the island’s culture. The area’s first building was erected in 1653 by Charles Martel, a Knight of Malta, and was hidden from the sight of roving pirates and marauders who plundered the seas off the island.
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.
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.
From the alluring island of Puerto Rico and the vibrant city of San Juan, the Caribe Hilton is a AAA Four Diamond award-winning beach resort where ordinary ceases to exist and paradise never ends. Featuring a secluded beach, oceanfront swimming pools, nine restaurants, a full-service spa, and 65,000 sq ft of meeting space, the historic Caribe Hilton boasts the ultimate Caribbean experience.
Since its inception in 1919, the historic Condado Vanderbilt Hotel has catered to sophisticated San Juan travelers who place one aspiration above all else – to pursue a lifestyle of five-star luxury and leisure within some of the world’s most exclusive destinations. Discover Puerto Rico as it is meant to be experienced at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel where exacting service, luxury accommodations, exquisite amenities, and fine dining are a hallmark of every stay.
On certain occasions, tragedy can inspire greatness. Such is the case of Rhode Island’s Newport Beach Hotel & Suites (formerly known as the Inn at Newport Beach.) A massive hurricane in 1938 wiped out the town’s numerous beach establishments. Two years later, after the sand settled, the Toppa family decided to build a new inn on the beach, positioning the property 100 feet from the rocks and the ocean’s crashing waves.
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.
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.
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.
Woodstock Inn & Resort is a year-round destination in the village of Woodstock, Vermont that embraces the vision of Laurance and Mary Rockefeller.
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.
Guests can discover the natural beauty of Virginia from Keswick Hall, a destination historic hotel. Guests can while away their time while hitting a few rounds of golf, enjoying luxurious spa treatments, horseback riding, and even seeing the sights from a hot air balloon.
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.
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.
A storied oasis of thought, Airlie is a serene getaway from the everyday, the premier destination for conferences, retreats, and scenic getaways in Northern Virginia. Situated on 1,200 well-manicured acres at the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains, Airlie is a dedicated Warrenton, VA hotel and conference center with expansive meeting space and unmatched conference support.
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.
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.
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.
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