Growing up in Michigan, I’ll never forget the irrepressible sense of awe when I first set my eyes upon Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel.
The island is only approachable by ferry, no cars are allowed on the island, and the sound of horses clip-clopping around the paved streets is easily recalled in my memory. But the jewel in the crown of the magnificent island is most certainly the Grand Hotel.
Opened in 1887, the Grand Hotel features the world’s longest front porch and has hosted a seemingly infinite list of the world’s dignitaries, rich, and famous.
But to top it all off, in 1980, the film Somewhere In Time was filmed at the Grand Hotel, starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer, and the magic and allure of this place was forever etched into my soul.
When I left home for college, and started to do a bit of traveling, I quickly learned that there were other hotels that also possessed this same magical allure, but offered it in very different flavors.
Wham! I’m hooked on historic hotels!
A few years ago, we learned of an organization called the Historic Hotels of America®. A program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation®, Historic Hotels of America® identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. Historic Hotels of America preserves the authenticity of America’s most prominent lodging addresses and offer visitors a remarkable travel experience to savor, celebrate and share. Member hotels are promoted nationally and internationally to those who prefer historic settings for their leisure and business travel.
Sweet! There’s over 600 hotels on this list for us to explore!
In no particular order, here are 10 historic hotels on our bucket list:
10 Historic Hotels of America on The Roaming Boomers® Bucket List
- The Broadmoor – Colorado Springs, Colorado
- The Plaza – New York, New York
- The Greenbriar- White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
- The Queen Mary – Los Angeles, California
- The Awahnee – Yosemite National Park
- Jekyll Island Club Hotel - Jekyll Island, Georgia
- Omni Mount Washington Resort – Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
- Oheka Castle – Huntington, New York
- The Grove Park Inn and Spa – Asheville, North Carolina
- The Buccaneer – St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Honestly, this list doesn’t begin to touch the historic hotels and resorts we’d love to visit. However, it a great place to start.
How about you? Do you have a favorite historic hotel? Is there a historic hotel you’d love to visit?
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