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The American South charms visitors with history and hospitality. Relax on a wide porch after a day spent exploring cobblestoned streets and visiting preserved landmarks. Clink glasses and swap stories of great adventures in a new city. For dinner, choose one of these restaurants inside Historic Hotels of America, each with its own story.

Explore all Historic Hotels of America or discover the featured the hotels in the American South below:

The Smith House (1899)
Dahlonega, Georgia

Book a stay at The Smith House Enter the Smith House Restaurant through a gold mine shaft, a clue to Dahlonega’s heyday. What you’ll find is that there are no reservations or even menus here. Instead, guests share tables and pass heaping plates of buttermilk fried chicken and creamy mashed potatoes, a staple here since 1922, when a room and a meal was just $1.50 a day. It’s all part of The Smith House, a gracious inn that’s an easy drive from the Appalachian Mountains or the city of Atlanta.

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Lüke at Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue (1926)
New Orleans, Louisiana

Book a stay at Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue While exploring the culinary wonders of New Orleans, take the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar to the Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue, just steps away from the city’s charming French Quarter. Admire the hotel’s elaborate facade and ornate grand foyer – and then dine at Lüke, reminiscent of the European brasseries that once dotted the city. You’ll experience Chef John Besh’s passion for Louisiana food, made from ingredients gathered from the restaurant’s farm, as well as Gulf oysters and Louisiana shrimp.

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Circa 1886 at Wentworth Mansion (1886)
Charleston, South Carolina

Book a stay at Wentworth Mansion In Charleston, a city that defines Southern hospitality and good food, the Wentworth Mansion (a former private residence, now an inn) offers a 21-room tribute to the city’s grand past – along with Circa 1886, where chef Marc Collins puts a fresh, healthy spin on classic South Carolina dishes (try the Carolina gold rice and popcorn cake, with blue crab and rock shrimp). Find the restaurant in the mansion’s original carriage house with the old stable doors and beautiful heart-of-pine floors.

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Trellis Room at Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa (1886)
Charleston, South Carolina

Book a stay at Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa Located in the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, built in 1852, the Trellis Room’s show kitchen and cathedral Tiffany glass ceiling will have your attention – at least until the food arrives (try Gulf shrimp scampi or the Alabama lump crab cake served with garlic aoli). After your meal, walk along sparkling Mobile Bay beneath swaying palms.

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