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Benbow Inn


    Benbow Inn
 in Garberville
    Benbow Inn
 in Garberville

2018 Awards of Excellence Winner

Hotel Historian of the Year Award

This award is presented to a hotel historian who best demonstrates a passion for preserving, displaying, and interpreting the history of his or her hotel, a true ambassador of the past.


Teresa Porter, Owner, Benbow Historic Inn (1926) Garberville, California

Teresa Porter, Owner of Benbow Historic Inn was awarded the 2018 Hotel Historian of the Year Award at the 2018 Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence Ceremony & Gala, held at The Broadmoor (1918) on November 1, 2018. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence are presented to hoteliers demonstrating innovative leadership, stewardship, and contribution to furthering the recognition, preservation, and celebration of these preeminent historic hotels and their histories. As stated in The Times Standard “A dedicated ambassador of the past, Teresa placed her historical time stamp on the ten new suites by naming each after the founder’s original brother and sisters. She worked tirelessly uncovering personal belongs, cataloguing, and researching relics and artifacts that belong to each sibling. Her assiduous journey through the past connected her to a second generation Benbow family member. This connection was a historical break through. It opened the doors for Teresa to befriend a family member and obtain hundreds of letters, photos, paintings and personal possessions that are now on display in each of the ten new suites telling that siblings story.”

Click here to watch a video featuring Historic Hotels of America Hotel Historian of the Year 2018, Teresa Porter.


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