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Historic Hotels of America Announces 2015 Award Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C.—September 9, 2015 Historic Hotels of America is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2015 Awards of Excellence. Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers across the nation. The 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner will take place at West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) at French Lick Resort in West Baden Springs, Indiana on Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m. The final award winners will be announced to recipients before an audience of owners, senior management, industry leaders, and representatives from the finest historic hotels across the United States.

Award recipients were selected from nominees received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America. As the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America provides the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America. Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence recognize the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories. The 2015 award nominees are as follows:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year
• Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland-Downtown (1912) Portland, Oregon
• The Graylyn Estate (1932) Winston-Salem, North Carolina
• Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center (1927) Baton Rouge, Louisiana
• Hilton Chicago (1927) Chicago, Illinois
• St. Louis Union Station- a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (1894) St. Louis, Missouri
• The Westin Portland Harborview (1927) Portland, Maine

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel
• Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont
• 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
• Cork Factory Hotel (1865) Lancaster, Pennsylvania
• The Edgewater (1948) Madison, Wisconsin
• French Lick Resort (1845) French Lick, Indiana
• Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
• Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
• Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection (1915) Davenport, Iowa
• Hotel Brexton (1881) Baltimore, Maryland
• The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania
• The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC
• The Lenox (1900) Boston, Massachusetts
• Mast Farm Inn (1792) Banner Elk, North Carolina
• The Nittany Lion Inn of the Pennsylvania State University (1931) State College, Pennsylvania
• The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee
• The Pfister Hotel (1893) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• The Smith House (1899) Dahlonega, Georgia
• The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado
• The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) Honolulu, Hawaii

Sustainability Champion
• Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont
• The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky
• Cavallo Point (1901) San Francisco, California
• 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
• The Edgewater (1948) Madison, Wisconsin
• Hilton Chicago (1927) Chicago, Illinois
• The Lenox (1900) Boston, Massachusetts
• The Nittany Lion Inn of the Pennsylvania State University (1931) State College, Pennsylvania
• The Saint Paul Hotel (1910) Saint Paul, Minnesota
• The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado
• Union Station Hotel, Autograph Collection (1900) Nashville, Tennessee
• The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1901) Washington, DC
• Xanterra Parks & Resorts

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)
• Boone Tavern Hotel of Berea College (1909) Berea, Kentucky
• Castle Hotel & Spa (1910) Tarrytown, New York
• Cork Factory Hotel (1865) Lancaster, Pennsylvania
• Green Park Inn (1891) Blowing Rock, North Carolina
• Hotel Brexton (1881) Baltimore, Maryland
• Hotel El Convento (1631) San Juan, Puerto Rico
• Kelley House of Martha's Vineyard (1742) Edgartown, Massachusetts
• Mast Farm Inn (1792) Banner Elk, North Carolina
• Nottoway Plantation (1859) White Castle, Louisiana
• The Smith House (1899) Dahlonega, Georgia
• Timberline Lodge (1938) Mount Hood, Oregon

Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms)
• Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont
• 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
• Harbor View Hotel of Martha's Vineyard (1891) Edgartown, Massachusetts
• Hawthorne Hotel (1925) Salem, Massachusetts
• Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
• Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection (1915) Davenport, Iowa
• The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC
• Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1886) Jekyll Island, Georgia
• The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort (1935) St. Simons Island, Georgia
• La Fonda on the Plaza™ (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico
• Old Edwards Inn and Spa (1878) Highlands, North Carolina
• The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado
• Union Station Hotel, Autograph Collection (1900) Nashville, Tennessee

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms)
• The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania
• Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center (1927) Baton Rogue, Louisiana
• Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue (1926) New Orleans, Louisiana
• Loews Don CeSar Hotel (1928) St. Pete Beach, Florida
• The Nittany Lion Inn of the Pennsylvania State University (1931) State College, Pennsylvania
• The Omni Grove Park Inn (1913) Asheville, North Carolina
• Providence Biltmore Hotel (1922) Providence, Rhode Island
• West Baden Spring Hotel (1902) West Baden Springs, Indiana
• The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1901) Washington, DC

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms)
• French Lick Springs Hotel (1845) French Lick, Indiana
• Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans, Louisiana
• The Fairmont San Francisco (1907) San Francisco, California
• Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
• Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh (1916) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee
• St. Louis Union Station- a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (1894) St. Louis, Missouri
• Waldorf Astoria Hotel (1931) New York, New York

Best City Center Historic Hotel
• The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky
• The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (1907) San Francisco, California
• Hawthorne Hotel (1925) Salem, Massachusetts
• Haywood Park Hotel (1923) Asheville, North Carolina
• Hilton Milwaukee City Center (1928) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• Hotel Boulderado (1909) Boulder, Colorado
• Hotel Brexton (1881) Baltimore, Maryland
• Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans, Louisiana
• Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
• Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Boston, Massachusetts
• Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh (1916) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• Palmer House®, A Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois
• The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee
• The Plaza (1907) New York, New York
• Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) Portland, Maine
• The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado

Best Historic Resort
• The Buccaneer (1653) Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands
• Castle Hotel & Spa (1910) Tarrytown, New York
• El Convento Hotel (1651) San Juan, Puerto Rico
• French Lick Resort (1845) French Lick, Indiana
• Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
• Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1886) Jekyll Island, Georgia
• The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort (1935) St. Simons Island, Georgia
• Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (1865) Whitefield, New Hampshire
• The Omni Grove Park Inn (1913) Asheville, North Carolina
• The Omni Homestead Resort (1766) Hot Springs, Virginia
• Timberline Lodge (1938) Mount Hood, Oregon

Hotel Historian of the Year
• Al Rossi at The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania
• Barry Baldwin at the Cork Factory Hotel (1865) Lancaster, Pennsylvania
• Bob Beach at the Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont
• Doug Weatherford at The Peabody Memphis (1861) Memphis, Tennessee
• Ken Price at Palmer House®, A Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois
• Marie Stagg at Nottoway Plantation (1859) White Castle, Louisiana
• Michaelene Lusk Norton at The Lancaster Hotel (1926) Houston, Texas
• Tina Connor at French Lick Resort (1845) French Lick, Indiana
• Thelma Kehaulani Kam at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) Honolulu, Hawaii

Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel
• Bix Bistro at the Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection (1915) Davenport, Iowa
• Boone Tavern Hotel of Berea College (1909) Berea, Kentucky
• Café du Parc at The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1901) Washington, DC
• Chestnut Grill at the Green Park Inn (1891) Blowing Rock, North Carolina
• The Circular at The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania
• Cork & Cap Restaurant at the Cork Factory Hotel (1865) Lancaster, Pennsylvania
• Diamond Belle Saloon at The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado
• The Dining Room at Boone Tavern Hotel of Berea College (1909) Berea, Kentucky
• The Dining Room at The Nittany Lion Inn of the Pennsylvania State University (1931) State College, Pennsylvania
• English Grill at The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky
• Equus Restaurant at Castle Hotel & Spa (1910) Tarrytown, New York
• French Kitchen at Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
• Penrose Room at The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colorado
• Plume at The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC
• Station Grill at St. Louis Union Station- a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (1894) St. Louis, Missouri
• 1886 Steakhouse at 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
• 1741 on the Terrace at Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
• The Terrace Room at Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh (1916) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• Woods Restaurant at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year
• The Beach Family at the Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont
• The Baldwin Family at the Cork Factory Hotel (1865) Lancaster, Pennsylvania
• The Lusk Family at The Lancaster Hotel (1926) Houston, Texas
• The Welch Family at The Smith House (1899) Dahlonega, Georgia

Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century Service)
• Adina Cloud at French Lick Resort (1845) French Lick, Indiana
• Bill Ott at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
• Peter Mortensen at The Pfister Hotel (1893) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• Romally Dominguez at The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1901) Washington, DC
• Willie Parker at The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee

Historic Hotelier of the Year
• David Tamulevich at Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) Portland, Maine
• Dean Lane at Palmer House®, A Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois
• Doug Browne at The Peabody Memphis (1861) Memphis, Tennessee
• Gene-Michael Addis at Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
• Jack Moyer at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
• Jill Fannin at the Cork Factory Hotel (1865) Lancaster, Pennsylvania
• Joe Vezzoso at French Lick Resort (1845) West Baden Springs, Indiana
• Kellie Linder at River Street Inn (1817) Savannah, Georgia
• Ken Hayward at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
• Lorry Mulhern at Blowing Rock Inn (1891) Blowing Rock, North Carolina
• Matt Zolbe at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel (1931) New York, New York
• Philip Wood at The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC
• Rod Barker at The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado
• Sara Brooks at the Napa River Inn (1884) Napa, California
• Susan Anselona at the Radisson Martinique on Broadway (1898) New York, New York

“Historic Hotels of America congratulates all the 2015 award nominees,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “The nominees exemplify the finest historic hotels and their hoteliers from across America. The Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence Committee is delighted to announce the 2015 nominees and looks forward to awarding winners at the historic and beautiful French Lick Resort on October 8. From San Juan, Puerto Rico to Honolulu, Hawaii, all the nominees represent inspiring, captivating, and distinctive hotels.”

Tickets for The Historic Hotels of America 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner are available. The awards ceremony and dinner will take place at West Baden Springs Hotel on Thursday, October 8 starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $160 for one seat and $1,250 per table (for 8 seats). Contact Historic Hotels of America +1 202 772 8000 or scalhoun@historichotels.org to reserve tickets.

The 2014 Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner was held at Hotel Hershey® in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Please click here to view past award winners. To view a video with highlights from the 2014 Awards Ceremony, click here.

About Historic Hotels of America™
Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members. Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 260 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit HistoricHotels.org.

Click here to see the About Historic Hotels of America video. To view the Historic Hotels of America 2015 Annual Directory ebook or download the free app on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and the Windows Store.

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