Monday, December 2, 2013

Asheville's Grove Park, Poinsette in Greenville, S.C., named to historic hotels list

                                                  Grove Park Inn (N.C. Tourism photo)

Historic Hotels of America -- an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation -- has added 21 more  hotels and resorts to its list. The list includes two noteworthy places in the Carolinas: Asheville's Grove Park Inn and The Poinsett, in Greenville, S.C. 

The program "Identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance." Properties also must be at least 50 years old.

The full 2013 inductee list (and the date those properties opened):

American Empress, floating boutique hotels on the Pacific Northwest's Columbia and Snake rivers (19th century)
American Queen, a floating boutique hotel on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers (19th century)
Benbow Inn, Garberville, Calif.  (1926)
Hotel Lana’i, Lana’i City, Hawaii (1923)
Inn at Price Tower, Bartlesville, Okla. (1956)
Inn at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (1843)
Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park  (1913)
Ledges Hotel, Hawley, Pa. (1890)
Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park (1915)
Mizpah Hotel, Tonopah, Nev. (1907)
 Moana Surfrider Westin Resort & Spa, Honolulu (1901)
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, Calif. (1963)
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Resort & Spa, Sonoma, Calif. (1928)
The Jefferson, Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C. (1923)
The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville (1913)
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Va. (1766)
The Sayre Mansion, Bethlehem, Pa. (1858)
The Talbott Hotel, Chicago, Ill. (1927)
The Westin Poinsett, Greenville, S.C., (1925)
Timberline Lodge, Timberline, Ore. (1937)
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, Tubac, Ariz. (1789)

Places located in the Carolinas already on the full list::

The Dunhill Hotel, Charlotte
Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill
Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock
Mast Farm Inn, Banner Elk
Haywood Park, Asheville
Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Highlands
Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston
Wentworth Mansion, Charleston
Kings Courtyard Inn, Charleston
John Rutledge House, Charleston

If you're familiar with any of these places, you'll get the drift: time-honored elegance.

While the aim of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is to save important buildings, having your property designated by Historic Hotels of America is also good for business: You can find links to all the hotels/inns/resorts 
at and use the "Destinations" link to open up a map showing where these places are located. Zoom in and you'll be able to find links to the individual properties, which are located from Honolulu (The Royal Hawaiian) to the New England coast  (Newagen Seaside Inn, in Southport, Maine); from on Michigan's Mackinac Island (Grand Hotel) to U.S.V.I. (The Buccaneer).

The list includes are more than 240 hotels in all.

If where you stay is an important aspect of where you go, you'll want to check the full lineup.