Grab a group of friends and head to a spa resort for a relaxing getaway. Our terrific selection of historic spa hotels can make your next trip extraordinary.
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
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 117 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.
Hotel Valley Ho was cool back in 1956 when it first opened its doors, before Downtown Scottsdale was downtown. It's every bit a chic hotel now, after an expansive, but meticulously groomed, $80 million 2005 renovation.
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.
Overlooking La Jolla Cove and the sky blue Pacific Ocean, it's easy to see how La Valencia Hotel took its inspiration from Mediterranean resorts. Walk toward "the Jewel of La Jolla," as La Valencia is known, and you pass the colonnade flanking the palm-shaded patio before entering the historic lobby.
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.
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 100 guest rooms outfitted with hot spring spas.
Occupying an entire city block, the Mission Inn 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.
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.
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.
Inspired by American Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, The Jefferson, Washington, DC is a historic hotel illustrating and celebrating its namesake throughout its design and character. Blending distinct European and Washingtonian styles with America's past and modern luxuries, the stately Beaux Arts hotel was built in 1923, originally constructed as a luxury residential building, home to the city's 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.
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 d?cor 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.
Nestled on a quiet, tree-lined street, the Brazilian Court is an elegant boutique hotel that recalls the classic era of Palm Beach in the 1920s. Its residential locale is convenient to beaches and fashionable Worth Avenue, yet set apart from the hustle and bustle.
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.
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 Renaissance Vinoy Resort and 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.
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.
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 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.
The Eldridge Hotel is Lawrence's most luxurious hotel. Located in the heart of exciting downtown Lawrence, the hotel is surrounded by many shops, galleries, dining and entertainment venues. Built in 1926, The Eldridge is one of four hotels to occupy the current site dating back to 1856 when it originally opened as the Free State Hotel.
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.
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.
Choose Le Pavillon Hotel to embrace 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 Portland Regency Hotel is Portland's premier full-service hotel, boasting first-class elegance and outstanding service. Situated in the heart of the "Old Port District", the hotel is surrounded by a variety of specialty shops, galleries and restaurants which have been converted from the warehouses and commercial buildings that were original to the city's maritime heritage.
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.
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.
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.
Affording an elegant old world charm with the luxury and sophistication of modern day, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel began as the distinguished Pantlind Hotel in 1913. An integral part of the renaissance of Western Michigan, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, with the historic wing and new Glass Tower, is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids contributing to the growing skyline of the business and entertainment district.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa 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.
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.
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.
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.
Boasting the opulence of the American Victorian era, the American Queen Steamboat offers a truly unique way to explore the diverse American landscape along mighty rivers. The largest steamboat ever built, this magnificent triumph of American ingenuity affords authentic 19th century elements throughout the staterooms and interior, reminiscent of a time of leisurely and romantic travel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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