Jess & Julie Stryker present:
Historic Hotels & Lodges
Free Virtual Tours of Classic Hotels, Lodges and Resorts
Please join us as we explore some of the best historic hotel, historic inn, historic lodge, and historic bed & breakfast properties in North America. We hope you will want to visit them yourself after getting a taste of them here.
Our goal in creating this website is to give you an in-depth look at these historic inns, hotels and lodges. We personally visit each property, and stay in one of the guest rooms if possible. Many of the properties are romantic inns, perfect for a get-away. We have included lots of photos and details of what to expect if you visit. The information generally includes a list of room amenities, facilities, and services... even how quiet the rooms are! We also try to present you with a little history, a few architectural details and show you some "behind-the-scenes" things most guests don't see. We even provide some information not usually in the travel agent brochures, like the name and story behind any local ghosts!
For more tips on reserving a room, there is a great article on the topic by Kurt Repanshek at The National Park Traveler: Keys to Booking Your National Park Vacation. Most of the suggestions in the article apply to hotels outside the parks as well.
Featured Hotels and Lodges
National Historic Landmarks:
National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior. They must possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States to be named a National Historic Landmark.
|Timberline Lodge, Government Camp, Oregon. Timberline Lodge, which opened September 28, 1937, is a hand-made wonder, with a borderline rustic architecture. Located at the tree line on the slopes of Mt. Hood. Huge stone fireplaces, open wood beam ceilings. As a bonus the lodge is filled with original art. National Historic Landmark.|
|The Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. The Mount Washington Hotel is located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The hotel opened in 1902, and was built to be a luxurious hotel for the wealthy. The Mt Washington is a classic grand hotel, with an absolutely stunning lobby. National Historic Landmark.|
|The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, California. The Ahwahnee Hotel opened on July 16, 1927, as a first-class hotel for wealthy visitors to Yosemite National Park in Central California. An architectural masterpiece, the Ahwahnee features huge walk-in fireplaces and views like no place else on earth. National Historic Landmark.|
Historic Hotels and Lodges:
|Grant Grove Village, King's Canyon National Park, California. Grant Grove Village has a number of historic buildings, including lodging cabins. Most have been recently updated inside. In addition to the historic cabins the John Muir Lodge at Grant Grove is a modern motel facility. Grant Grove is one of my favorite places, my wife and I go there often.|
|The Silver King Hotel, Florence, Arizona. The Silver King Hotel in Florence, Arizona was built in 1876. Originally an adobe building, a red-brick addition was built in 1895, which remains today. The Silver King is partially restored but, unfortunately, is no longer used as a hotel. So this is one we have not actually stayed in!|
|The Saint James Hotel, Selma, Alabama. Built in 1837, the Saint James Hotel has now been restored/rebuilt to look typical of a hotel in the early 1800's, although not exactly like the original. It is a new, modern hotel built within the original hotel shell and with the style and flair of the original. A beautiful hotel!|
|The Redmont Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. This 13-story historic hotel was built in 1925. It is still in operation as a hotel, and has been restored and modernized within the historic context. The exterior appearance of the hotel is almost unchanged from the original.|
|The Walthall Hotel, Jackson, Mississippi. The Walthall Hotel began sometime in the early 1920's as a bakery/restaurant, which was expanded into a full hotel in 1928. The first floor has been fully restored to original condition, with original mahogany paneling.|
|The Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor, Maine. The Asticou Inn is located just outside of Acadia National Park in Maine, USA. Situated on Mount Desert Island in the town of Northeast Harbor, the Inn was originally built in 1883. It burned down in 1899 and the current building dates from 1901. If you're looking for a hotel that still retains all of it's original charm, the Asticou Inn fits the bill.|
|State Game Lodge, Custer State Park, South Dakota. The lodge was built between 1919-1922 by Cecil C. (C.C.) Gideon. It served as the summer white house for Calvin Coolidge in 1927 and President Dwight D. Eisenhower also was a guest in 1953. Fully restored.|
|Zion Lodge, Zion National Park, Utah. The Zion Lodge Western Cabins were built between 1927-1929. The cabins feature fireplaces with rough-cut stone chimneys, porches, and rustic exterior framing. The cabins are fully restored to original appearance with modern amenity updates such as gas logs in the fireplaces and air-conditioning.|
|Oregon Caves Chateau, Oregon Caves National Monument, Oregon. The Oregon Caves Chateau is like no others. Covered with tree bark siding, huge posts and beams inside, original furniture, original floorplan, and all the features of a classic rustic lodge. A real stream flows through the middle of the hotel dining room. This lodge is in almost original condition. Staying here is as close as you will ever get to going back in time to 1934!|
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Groupon, working with Expedia, sometimes features really great bargains on a few of the hotels featured here on my website. Offers come and go and vary constantly, but it's worth the time to scroll through them. For example, I saw an offer for rooms at the fabulous Mount Washington Hotel Bretton Woods for 50% off! That's one of my all time favorite hotels at a super great price. -Jess
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