|WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2, 1999 -- The National Trust for
Historic Preservation announced the addition of five hotels to its
program, National Trust Historic Hotels of America. This selection brings
the total membership to 133 hotels in 39 states, the District of Columbia
and Puerto Rico.
"The addition of these five properties allows us to remain true to
our mission of aligning and showcasing hotels, resorts and inns that
combine history and architectural significance," said Nina Smiley, chairperson
of the advisory board of National Trust Historic Hotels and proprietor/director
of marketing for Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y. Smiley
added, "Our goal is to bring these historically special environments
and their authentic experiences to the attention of the traveling
public by providing alternatives to commonplace lodging."
National Trust Historic Hotels is a marketing association of hotels
selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for historic integrity,
architectural quality and outstanding preservation efforts made by owners
and managers. To qualify, hotels must be at least 50 years old, listed
in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized
locally as having historic significance.
The hotels vary in size, location, style of architecture, meeting and
dining facilities, special amenities and room rates, which range from $65
to $15,000 per night. The National Trust Historic Hotels collection
is comprised of establishments ranging from luxury hotels in major cities
to small-town inns, remote country retreats and polished resorts.
|The Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Ark.
-- Perched above the Victorian village of Eureka Springs is The Crescent
Hotel, a palatial Queen Anne-style structure built by Arkansas governor
Powell Clayton, later ambassador to Mexico. By the time the Grand Old Lady
of the Ozarks opened in 1886, the railroad had reached the village, bringing
in thousands of tourists eager to sample the healing waters of the local
springs. Today, visitors to The Crescent enjoy fine accommodations, impressive
views of the Ozarks, and can still meet a horse-drawn surrey at the front
door for a ride through town. Located in the Eureka Springs Historic District
which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. (68 rooms
|The Grande Colonial, La Jolla, Calif.
-- Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, The Grand Colonial is just steps away
from the beach or the village of La Jolla with it shops, restaurants and
art galleries. Opened as the Colonial Apartment Hotel in 1913, the
Colonial revival-style hotel has entertained such guests as Gregory Peck,
Dorothy McGuire and Jane Wyatt, who performed at the nearby La Jolla Playhouse.
Peck's father filled prescriptions in the pharmacy that was once located
within the hotel. The pharmacy quickly became the meeting spot in town
where locals and visiting celebrities enjoyed chocolate Cokes from the
soda fountain. Recently renovated, many Grande Colonial guestrooms offer
ocean views. (75 rooms and suites)
Hotel and Garden Suites, Mendocino, Calif. -- A charming vestige
from Mendocino's 19th-century boom days as a lumber port, the Mendocino
Hotel offers visitors scenic ocean views and garden surroundings. The yellow
clapboard hotel was known as the Temperance House when it opened in 1878,
and was a sanctuary in a lively logging town of saloons and pool halls.
The hotel's original structure, including the lobby, kitchen, dining room
and upstairs rooms remains intact and has been handsomely restored. The
newer rooms and suites feature Victorian furnishings and historical photographs
that evoke Mendocino's pioneer past. A 19th-century bank teller's booth
serves as the front desk. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
(51 rooms and suites)
Inn, Northeast Harbor, Mt. Desert Island, Maine -- Named for
a chief of the Penobscot Indian tribe who summered in the area in the early
17th century, the Asticou Inn quickly drew others with the same idea when
the hotel opened in 1883. Schooner captain A.C. Savage built the Victorian
country inn to cater to "rusticators," the wealthy visitors to Mt. Desert
Island who sought a rustic retreat away from city heat during the summer
season. Fire destroyed the original inn in 1899, but it was rebuilt the
following year. This seasonal inn is open May through October. (47 rooms)
|The Inn at Newport Beach, Newport, R.I.
-- Since the latter half of the nineteenth century, Newport has been one
of the most popular places to spent the summer season, made famous by its
expansive sandy shores and the mansion-like cottages. After the great hurricane
of 1938 wiped out the town's numerous beachside establishments, the Toppa
family opened its new inn on the beach two years later, but set back 100
feet. The New England Gambrel style inn is still Newport's only beachfront
hotel. Displays of historic memorabilia are found throughout the hotel.
Guestrooms were completely refurbished during a 1998 renovation and overlook
either the ocean or the bay. (50 rooms and suites)
Representing nearly 24,000 rooms, National Trust Historic Hotels of
America ranks in the top 20 of hotel consortia according to Hotels magazine.
The directory of member hotels can be purchased by sending a $3 check
or money order to National Trust Historic Hotels of America, 1785 Massachusetts
Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Rooms at any of the 133
member hotels can be reserved by calling 800-678-8946 or a travel planner.
When reservations are made through this number, a portion of the cost is
returned to the non-profit National Trust.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, chartered by Congress
in 1949, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting
the irreplaceable. It fights to save historic buildings and the neighborhoods
and landscapes they anchor. It has six regional offices, owns 20 historic
sites, and works with local community groups in all 50 states.