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Historic Lord Baltimore Hotel to Participate in World’s Largest Ghost Hunt: National Ghost Hunt Day on Sept 29

September 17, 2018

Over the years, guests and hotel staff of the historic Lord Baltimore Hotel, built in 1928, have reported sightings and supernatural activity, and on September 29, 2018, the hotel, along with R.E.A.P. Investigations and Spirit Flows Studios, will kick off the Halloween season by taking part in the world’s largest ghost hunt as part of National Ghost Hunt Day © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

(Baltimore, Md.) – Over the years, guests and hotel staff of the historic Lord Baltimore Hotel, built in 1928, have reported sightings and supernatural activity. On September 29, 2018, the hotel, along with R.E.A.P. Investigations and Spirit Flows Studios, will kick off the Halloween season by taking part in the world’s largest ghost hunt as part of National Ghost Hunt Day. 

Activities will include three different supernatural settings including an intuitive development class with Spirit Flow’s Amanda Jackiewicz at 5:00 p.m., which will teach participants how to strengthen their intuition and heighten their awareness and conscientiousness. Following the workshop, Jackiewicz will conduct a limited amount of individual mediumship sessions from 6:00-7:30 p.m. During these sessions, guests will work one-on-one with Jackiewicz to communicate with loved ones that are living in the afterlife. For the final portion of the supernatural event, attendees will participate in a ghost hunt with the R.E.A.P. Investigation team led by Bill Reap beginning at 8:00 p.m. R.E.A.P. Investigations will hunt for ghostly activities throughout four areas of the hotel, including the Calvert Ballroom and the 19th floor, which are said to have heightened supernatural activities. At 10:00 p.m., the Lord Baltimore Hotel will join a live feed with more than 100 other locations as each conduct a ghost hunt at the same time.

All event proceeds will be donated to Back on my Feet, an organization that helps to combat homelessness through the power of running and community support.

Pricing for the National Ghost Hunt Day activities range from $20-50 per person. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-national-ghost-hunting-day-at-the-lord-baltimore-hotel-tickets-49226293168.

Lord Baltimore Hotel is also offering a discounted guest room rate for National Ghost Hunt Day participants. Reservations can be made online through: https://reservations.travelclick.com/85390?groupID=2360767#/guestsandrooms.

Held on the last Saturday of each September, National Ghost Hunt Day serves to enthusiastically commence the start of each new Halloween season.  Its noble intention is to globally observe the most haunted properties in the world while recognizing the novice, curious, experts and professionals that investigate paranormal activity in these iconic locations!  For more information, visit http://nationalghosthuntingday.com.

The Lord Baltimore Hotel is located at 20 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201 in the heart of downtown Baltimore and within walking distance to many local attractions. Recognized by the Historic Hotels of America as the “Best City Center Historic Hotel” in 2014 and one of the “10 Best Historic Hotels” by USA Today in 2015, the hotel towers over the Baltimore skyline at 23 stories and offers 440 new guest rooms and suites, more than 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, and dining options including The French Kitchen, LB Tavern, LB Bakery, LB Skybar and LB Speakeasy. Additionally, art plays a major role in the hotel design with more than 2,500 pieces of artwork displayed throughout the building. Originally built in 1928, the hotel was purchased in 2013 and completely renovated by Rubell Hotels.

The Lord Baltimore Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America (historichotels.org), the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

More information on the Lord Baltimore Hotel can be found at www.lordbaltimorehotel.com.

 

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Historic Hotels of America™ New Romance Super Site is Source for Getaways, Weddings, Celebrations

February 13, 2015
Jekyll Island Club, Georgia, a member of Historic Hotels of America which has just launched a super site dedicated to romance © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Jekyll Island Club, Georgia, a member of Historic Hotels of America which has just launched a super site dedicated to romance © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

WASHINGTON, DC- Looking for a weekend getaway or a romantic vacation or a destination wedding? HistoricHotels.org/Romance is your source for romance inspired travel and heartfelt ideas. Use Historic Hotels of America as your guide to plan a luxury retreat, a garden wedding, or a romantic night out on the town. From romantic escapes to reunions, weddings to honeymoons and of course, anniversaries, Historic Hotels of America turns romantic celebrations into life’s most cherished moments. With over 260 historic hotels, inns, and resorts, Historic Hotels of America is home to the largest collection of romantic hotels. When history meets romance, nothing can be sweeter.

Historic Hotels of America has launched its all new romantic escapes e-guide, featuring more than 150 pages of new and expanded content highlighting its most romantic historic hotels, more content and destinations continue to be added. From romantic getaways to reunions, weddings to honeymoons and anniversaries, the new HistoricHotels.org/Romance puts romantic historic hotels and destinations in the spotlight, turning romantic celebrations into life’s most cherished moments. HistoricHotels.org/Romance has a number of inspirational sections for travelers to peruse the site’s many romantic escapes, including:

Romantic getaways. Historic Hotels of America has romantic inns, hotels, and resorts that blend history, luxury, and location into the ultimate destination, perfect for weekend getaways or vacation stays. Home to one of the world’s largest free-span dome, the West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) in French Lick, Indiana is an architectural wonder and just one of many marvels that will take your beloved’s breath away during your stay. This hotel has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark French Lick Springs Hotel (1845), also located within French Lick Resort boasts a spa that offers the best in tranquility, the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing treatment with your loved one. Travelers can select from more than 30 romantic hotels in the upper Midwest.

Grand Hotel (1887) on Mackinac Island, Michigan is the ideal location for a couple to steal away for a romantic getaway. In addition to the hotel’s five-course dinner served in the Main Dining Room, the Woods Restaurant, an opulent Tudor mansion accessible only by horse-drawn carriage, nestled in the wooded interior of Mackinac Island.

Weddings. Ambiance, architecture and history blend to create a storybook wedding. In Paso Robles, California where orange rays streak through lush gardens, your wedding photos will be works of art thanks to the Paso Robles Inn’s (1891) breathtaking gardens. With a number of outdoor wedding venues to choose from, couples can exchange their vows next to a babbling brook, then dance the night away at a fireside patio reception. Select from more than 19 romantic hotels in California.

Eureka Spring, Arkansas is often known as “The Wedding Capital of The South.” The 1886 Crescent Hotel’s (1886) picturesque location atop West Mountain and its proximity to Thorncrown Chapel make the hotel one of the most photographed wedding ceremony and reception sites in the contiguous six-state region.

Honeymoons. Create the honeymoon experience of your dreams and sweep your new bride or groom off their feet. Historic hotels are the perfect backdrop to set off on your newlywed celebration. The Caribe Hilton San Juan (1949) is the perfect locale for your romantic honeymoon with tranquil waves lapping at the shore of the secluded beach and seductive trade winds swaying into exotic gardens. Guests will come to understand why this AAA Four Diamond award-winning San Juan beach resort is the perfect backdrop for a honeymoon, or select from four romantic hotels in Puerto Rico.

As Waikiki’s only true destination resort, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort Honolulu (1955) has everything newlyweds will need for the most romantic honeymoon including breathtaking beaches, luxurious accommodations, fine dining, scenic views, and fun activities. Or select from the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (1901), the first lady of Waikiki, or The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) the pink palace of the Pacific.

Celebrations. Take time to celebrate life’s special moments. From engagement parties, anniversary getaways and life’s other important celebrations, Historic Hotels of America has just the right setting to commemorate your important milestone. The Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) in Baltimore, Maryland is the ideal setting for an engagement party, bridal shower, or anniversary party. With a great city-center setting, The Lord Baltimore is the perfect location for all of your out-of-town guests with attractions and shops mere steps away. The French Kitchen sits at the top of the lobby’s grand staircase in the historic mirrored Versailles Room, and focuses on market-driven interpretations of classic French bistro fare, perfect for your special party or event. Travelers can also select from over 28 romantic hotels in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia region.

Reunions. Family history is born out of love and strengthened when those roots are cherished. For this reason, historical, romantic settings lend way for great family reunion inspiration. One of America’s most scenic routes, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the perfect setting for romantic drives and family adventure. Winding through North Carolina, this scenic highway boasts hazy mountains and colorful woodlands, idyllic for a family reunion getaway. The Green Park Inn (1891) in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is a reunion favorite with generations of history peaking in the High Country mountains. Choose from over 12 hotels in the Carolinas.

“This is a year-round campaign launching in time for Valentine’s Day. Romance is not just one day a year, it is year-round at our historic hotels,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “Love stories are breathless moments that stand the test of time. Write your next chapter at one of the many Historic Hotels of America, where ambiance, architecture, and history blend to create timeless romance. Historic Hotels of America is the largest collection of the most romantic hotels anywhere. Whether you’re courting, celebrating, rekindling, or reminiscing, we have the romantic escape for you.”

From booking a romantic getaway with your stunning sweetheart or planning the next family reunion, take a look on HistoricHotels.org/Romance where Every Day is Valentine’s Day at Historic Hotels of America.

Historic Hotels of America® is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Founded in 1989 with 32 charter members, today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 260 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties.  More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, visit HistoricHotels.org.

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Historic Lord Baltimore Hotel Introduces Inclusive Packages to Experience City’s Rich Culture

June 30, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland's Inner Harbor is walking distance from the historic Lord Baltimore Hotel © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Baltimore, Maryland’s Inner Harbor is walking distance from the historic Lord Baltimore Hotel © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Lord Baltimore Hotel, one of the crowning architectural jewels of Baltimore, Md. when it was built in 1928, has new inclusive guest packages to enrich guest experiences during their visits to Charm City. The historic hotel has partnered with the most popular cultural venues in the area, including the National Aquarium, the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art, to provide affordable outings to engage visitors in the rich culture that is present throughout the city.

Seasonal offers and inclusive packages are the latest expansion to the recently restored and renovated hotel. The grand French Renaissance landmark, included on the National Register of Historic Places and regarded as a member of Historic Hotels of America, underwent a complete aesthetic transformation to bring the hotel back to life and officially re-opened in March of this year.

Packages currently being offered include:

Lord Baltimore Hotel guests are guaranteed a holistic cultural experience with the “See It All” package containing two Water Taxi passes that will cruise them across the iconic Baltimore Harbor. The experience continues with Harbor Passes, which include admission to plunge under the sea at the National Aquarium, discover the scientific phenomena that empower our planet at the Maryland Science Center and receive a panoramic view of the city from the 405-foot Top of the World Observation Level. Baseball fans will have the option to check out one of Baltimore’s favorite pastimes at Sports Legends at Camden Yards, while guests with children can find amusement at the hands-on Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

Visitors with a curiosity to uncover the city’s rich past can select the “History, Past & Present” package that celebrates the War of 1812*. This package includes two tickets on the Water Taxi for an excursion to Ft. McHenry, where Maryland-native Francis Scott Key authored the Star-Spangled Banner – celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The historical experience continues with two tickets to the Babe Ruth Museum featuring their “O” Say Can You See: The Star Spangled Banner in Sports exhibit, and two 1812 Bicentennial Passport/Discount books.

Baltimore celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner with Star Spangled Summer from June 13-September 1, 2014 and Star Spangled Celebration from September 10-16, 2014. For more information on the many events and activities taking place as part of the celebration, visit http://www.starspangled200.com.

Hotel guests seeking to swim through every facet of the National Aquarium can purchase the “Lord & Lady Puffin Aquarium” package, which comes with a two 2-day passes to the Aquarium. In addition to trekking through the rainforest exhibit or exploring the Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Blacktip Reef, visitors receive tickets to enjoy a 4-D Immersion Film experience and a plush Lord and Lady Puffin.

Vacationers looking to get in of shape during their stay in Baltimore can participate in the “Fit To Be Royal” package, which comes with access to all of Elite Fitness’ group outings, passes to Brick Bodies, and discount coupons to City Sports and Under Armour in Harbor East. And a work out wouldn’t be complete without a bottle of water and a Power Bar.

“Our packages offer those traveling to Baltimore the opportunity to really get out and explore our wonderful city – full of history and culture,” said Gene-Michael Addid, general manager for the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Guests staying in one of the hotel’s 440 rooms and suites can also enjoy dining, lounging and one of the city’s only rooftop event spaces offering panoramic views of Downtown Baltimore. The hotel features exceptional dining options including its signature restaurant, French Kitchen, and the contemporary take on a small-town American coffee house, LB Bakery, as well as LB Tavern, serving handcrafted cocktails and light fare.Art exhibitions are planned throughout the hotel’s public spaces and will highlight local, national and global artwork.

Rubell Hotels, a family-owned business well known for transforming architecturally significant historic hotels into affordable cultural hubs, acquired the property in March 2013 and immediately began applying the vision of owners Mera, Don, Jason and Jennifer Rubell – combining their love of art and architecture with a bright, modern feel. Interior designer Scott Sanders, formerly the lead interior designer at Ralph Lauren, who specializes in distinctive residential and commercial interiors for notable clients and properties, spearheaded the design, which typifies his “New American Style.” Inspired equally by classic men’s haberdashery and the six historical Lords Baltimore, Sanders has used traditional menswear fabrics in unconventional ways, resulting in an interior that seamlessly combines a fresh, clean modern look with all the warmth and grandeur of a historical property.

The Lord Baltimore Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Baltimore and within walking distance to many local attractions. Towering over the Baltimore skyline at 23 stories, the hotel offers 440 new guest rooms and suites, more than 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space and dining options including the French Kitchen, LB Tavern and LB Bakery. Art plays a major role in the hotel design with more than 2,500 pieces of artwork displayed throughout the building. Originally built in 1928, the hotel was purchased in 2013 and completely renovated by Rubell Hotels. The Lord Baltimore Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.historichotels.org), and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201, http://www.lordbaltimorehotel.com.

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Historic Lord Baltimore Hotel Reopens After Total Restoration to Grandeur

March 26, 2014
The historic Lord Baltimore Hotel reopens after a complete renovation that has restored its grandeur.

The historic Lord Baltimore Hotel reopens after a complete renovation that has restored its grandeur.

The Lord Baltimore Hotel, one of the crowning architectural jewels of Baltimore, Md. when it was built in 1928, reopens with a grand ribbon cutting on March 27 after being completely restored and transformed by Rubell Hotels

Every surface has been touched by craftsmen, artisans, artists and designers to bring the hotel back to life.

The grand French Renaissance landmark, a member of Historic Hotels of America, features 23 stories comprised of 440 guest rooms and suites, more than 20.000 square feet of event space, several dining and lounging spaces, one of the city’s only rooftop event spaces, and more. The landmark hotel is included in the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America.

Rubell Hotels, a family-owned business well known for transforming architecturally significant historic hotels into affordable cultural hubs, acquired the property in March 2013 and immediately began applying the vision of owners Mera, Don, Jason and Jennifer Rubell – combining their love of art and architecture with a bright, modern feel. Interior designer Scott Sanders, formerly the lead interior designer at Ralph Lauren, who specializes in distinctive residential and commercial interiors for notable clients and properties, spearheaded the design, which typifies his “New American Style.” Inspired equally by classic men’s haberdashery and the six historical Lords Baltimore, Sanders has used traditional menswear fabrics in unconventional ways, resulting in an interior that seamlessly combines a fresh, clean modern look with all the warmth and grandeur of a historical property.

“Since the first time I laid eyes on the Lord Baltimore Hotel, I knew that I had to become a part of this architectural gem that is such an important piece of Baltimore’s history,” said Mera Rubell of Rubell Hotels. “Over the past year, my family and I have become immersed in Baltimore’s art, culture and community and it feels like a perfect fit.”

Upon entering the grand lobby, guests feel as if they are in a “social living room,” complete with a massive gold Murano glass chandelier, towering glossy white columns and intimate groupings of mid-century inspired lounge seating. Complimentary high-speed internet is available throughout the hotel as are 50” high-definition televisions with 60 complimentary HD channels. The LB Tavern, just off of the lobby, is a communal gathering space where guests can enjoy cocktails in a library-like setting. Seven large, multi-colored Candida Höfer photographs of libraries of the world, on loan from the Rubell Family Collection’s museum in Miami, are featured throughout this space, and additional lounge seating gives this corner of the hotel a chic and sophisticated atmosphere.

440 guest rooms and suites feature dark wood tones with clean lines, contemporary art, velvet drapes and plush mattresses that leave guests feeling like they are in a luxurious loft. Every guest room includes complimentary high-speed internet, a television with 60 HD channels, refrigerator, coffee maker, digital safe and bedside charging station. Four penthouses overlook the Lord Baltimore’s two rooftop areas, which feature a panoramic view of downtown Baltimore. The rooftop gardens and penthouses are available for private events. Guests can also enjoy the new state of the art gym with a range of LifeFitness equipment.

In keeping with the history found in every nook and cranny of the hotel, the Lord Baltimore’s updated Calvert Ballroom highlights the space’s original scenic murals, crystal Baccarat chandeliers, and six balconies, which are symbolic of the six Lords Baltimore. Sanders added a chic modern layer to the event space by choosing layers of gold textured wallpaper, platinum gray linen wallpaper with glossy white trim and a swirling array of gray, black and gold carpet.

“The Lord Baltimore Hotel highlights everything that is special about Baltimore – history, cuisine, art and architecture,” said Gene-Michael Addis, general manager. “From our modern yet comfortable guest rooms and suites to our unmatched meeting spaces and sweeping views of downtown, the Lord Baltimore appeals to everything that a guest or visitor to Charm City could ask for.”

The Lord Baltimore Hotel features unparalleled dining options including its signature restaurant, French Kitchen, which offers classic French fare in contemporary preparations. Inspired by the familiar bright colors used in Matisse paintings, Sanders transformed the historic Versailles dining room using a bright, modern aesthetic. Additionally, guests can enjoy the LB Bakery, a contemporary take on a small-town American coffee house, featuring house-made breads, pastries, salads and sandwiches.

Art exhibitions are planned throughout the public spaces and will highlight local, national and global artwork. Additionally, the hotel will feature a signature gift shop, SideShow, an outpost of the American Visionary Art Museum’s museum shop.

The Rubell family – whose Rubell Family Collection in Miami is widely acknowledged as one of the top contemporary art museums in the world – is known for its talent in discovering emerging artists, emerging cities, architectural gems and emerging neighborhoods. The Rubells believe deeply that the key to the economic success of a city is dependent on its cultural relevance. They often invest deeply in areas they feel have strong cultural potential, and their transformation of the Lord Baltimore Hotel indicates the beginning of what is sure to be a long-term commitment to the cultural life of Baltimore.

On Thursday, March 27, the Lord Baltimore Hotel will hold an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. featuring Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Councilman William Cole and other dignitaries.

The Lord Baltimore Hotel is located at 20 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201. More information can be found at www.lordbaltimorehotel.com.

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Portland’s Historic Heathman Hotel Invites Guests to Join GM Chris Erickson For Tuesday AM Run

June 7, 2013

Calling all fitness buffs! Tie those laces tight, grab that lucky headband and get ready to take a run through downtown Portland with the Heathman Hotel’s GM. Every Tuesday, guests and members of the Portland community are invited to join General Manager (and marathon runner!), Chris Erickson, as he embarks on his morning run through Portland. The Run with the GM Program and Package is the ideal way for Portland-based runners and Heathman Hotel guests to stick to their fitness routines while on the road and see the city in a completely different light.

“I enjoy starting each morning with a run through the beautiful city of Portland before the rest of the community wakes up,” says Chris Erickson general manager for The Heathman Hotel. “I’m thrilled to welcome our guests and fellow runners in the area who share my passion. This new program allows Portland-based runners to experience a few of my favorite city routes and out-of-towners to stay fit on-the-road and take-in the beautiful sights this city has to offer.”

For travelers looking to mix fitness with pleasure during their visit to Portland, the Run with the GM Package offers guests the required essentials to help prepare and recover from a morning run. Additionally for every package purchased, the Heathman will donate $20 to One Fund Boston to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.

Run with the GM Package includes:

  • · Deluxe overnight accommodations the Monday before run day
  • · Adidas Employee Store coupon
  • · Unlimited bottles of Heathman water
  • · Tuesday morning run with the GM at 7am sharp – rain or shine!
  • · Post-run 12 oz. juice delivered to guestroom
  • · In-room breakfast from the hotel’s Running Menu
  • · 500 frequent flyer miles from any of the hotel’s participating airline partners including United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic

Rates for the one-night Run with the GM Package start at $259, are based on availability and do not include tax or service.

The Run with the GM Package is available on Monday evenings. Guests who wish to book this package all other days of the week, will be provided with maps full of the GM’s favorite running routes. For an additional fee, travelers also have the option of adding a second night, in-room pre-run dinner from the hotel’s Running Menu, and in-room massage (advance reservations required). Guests may call 800.551.0011 for more information or to make a reservation.

For more information about the Run with the GM program, be sure to check out their dedicated Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/151607451677028/

Historic Heathman Hotel

Built in 1927 and located in the heart of Portland, Ore.’s, cultural district, this 150-room luxury hotel maintains strong partnerships with local arts and culture organizations and is Portland’s premier arts hotel. An independently owned luxury boutique property, the Heathman Hotel is a member of the Preferred Hotel Group and Historic Hotels of America. The Heathman has received the prestigious Four Diamond distinction from AAA for 26 consecutive years. In 2013, the hotel was featured on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotels rankings. The hotel was recognized in 2012 by Travel + Leisure as one of the top 50 World’s Best Hotels. In 2011, the hotel was included on Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the world’s best hotels in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards. In 2010, the hotel was selected as the top Mid Luxury Hotel for business in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine. Additionally, the Heathman was recognized for overall excellence on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2005 Gold List and was featured in the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 editions of Travel + Leisure’s top 500 World’s Best Hotels list. The hotel also received Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The hotel also was recognized by Energy Trust of Oregon in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for its commitment to sustainability and conservation efforts; the property continues to work toward EnergyStar certification and recently received Green Seal Silver certification. The Heathman Hotel and its sister property, Heathman Kirkland, encompass the art of hospitality in the Pacific Northwest.

For reservations, visit www.heathmanhotel.com.

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Portland, Oregon Proves It’s Great Being Green

Portland Offers Rich Cultural Landscape

Portland: City of Books, Brews, Blooms & Bikes

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Historic Hotels of America Announces its Top Six Vacation Packages

May 28, 2013

Selected from more than 3,000 packages and unique experiences on HistoricHotels.org

 

Admission to novelist Edith Wharton's The Mount is included in Cranwell Resort's Culture in the Country Package , in the magnificent Berkshires of Massachusetts, a mecca for culture and nature enthusiasts © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Admission to novelist Edith Wharton’s The Mount is included in Cranwell Resort’s Culture in the Country Package , in the magnificent Berkshires of Massachusetts, a mecca for culture and nature enthusiasts © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

This summer, Historic Hotels of America offers travelers more than 3,000 packages many including special rates, overnight accommodations, historical tours, Civil War Sesquicentennial packages, and so much more. Six of the travel packages below were handpicked from more than 3,000 offers featured on HistoricHotels.org. Here travelers can discover and explore hotel offers, specials, historical fun facts and much more.

In addition to these special featured packages, Historic Hotels of America is offering travelers summer specials and packages from more than 240 hotels across 46 states on HistoricHotels.org.

Featured packages and promotions from Historic Hotels of America:

Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club (1894) Lenox, Massachusetts

Culture in the Country Package

Celebrate the Berkshires this summer at the Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club. The Cranwell boasts a world-class spa, historic golf course, indoor pool, and three restaurants. The Culture in the Country package includes:

  • · Classic resort accommodations
  • · $20 dining credit for any of the Cranwell’s restaurants (including the Music Room, The Wyndhurst and Sloane’s Tavern)
  • · Full use of the Spa at Cranwell with heated indoor pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and fitness center
  • · Two tickets per package to your choice of cultural venues, including Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, the Berkshire Botanical Garden, Chesterwood (a National Trust site), Hancock Shaker Village, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Edith Wharton’s The Mount, and the Norman Rockwell Museum
  • · Additionally, reserve a Culture in the Country Package midweek in July and August and receive two complimentary lawn tickets per package and a Maplewood parking pass for the Tanglewood performance on that date.*

Rates start from $240 per night midweek with double occupancy, exclusive of room tax. *Tanglewood tickets and parking pass only available with midweek hotel reservations on the following dates: July 7, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28, and 31; August 4, 7, 11, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22, and 25.

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Eureka Springs Four-Day Three-Night Historic Vacation
Treat your family or friends to a mini-vacation in the Ozark Mountains this summer. Enjoy overnight accommodations, historic attractions (including a ghost tour of America’s Most Haunted Hotel), massages, and more. This escape includes:

  • Four days / three nights in Premium Double / Double Room (based on availability)
  • Four tickets to the Eureka Springs Historical Museum per stay
  • Four tickets to a ghost tour of “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” per stay
  • Two one-hour massages in the hotel’s New Moon Spa & Salon per stay
  • Four tickets to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge per stay
  • Self-guided history tour of the hotel, including a souvenir guidebook

Rates start from $654 for a 3-night stay (Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of stay. Offer expires December 28, 2013 and is subject to availability.)

Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama

Bellingrath Gardens & Home Package

Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and Successful Meetings named the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa among their best hotels for 2013. Come experience exceptional Southern Hospitality with a modern twist. Book the Bellingrath Gardens & Home package, which includes:

  • · Deluxe guestroom accommodations
  • · Two one-day tickets to historic Bellingrath Gardens & Home per stay
  • · Daily Breakfast buffet for two

Rates start from $278 per night

Mimslyn Inn (1931) Luray, Virginia

Civil War Sesquicentennial Package

Enjoy a self-driving tour, Discover and explore 24 historic sites and battlefields within two hours of the Inn. The Civil War Package includes:

  • · A packaged lunch prepared for two (per stay) by the culinary staff at the Mimslyn Inn
  • · A bottle of wine made from grapes grown in vineyards near The New Market Battlefield
  • · Dinner for two per stay at Circa ‘31 with the menus and recipes created from the same foods that were available during the 1860’s
  • · Historic Guestroom for two nights

Rates start from $450 per night

Hacienda del Sol (1929) Tucson, Arizona

Breakfast with a Side of History Package

Explore the Southwest and book the “Breakfast with a side of History” Package at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, which includes:

  • Nightly accommodations
  • Daily breakfast for two (inclusive of tax and gratuity)
  • Guided historic walking tour of Hacienda del Sol

Rates start from $204 per night (Valid April 1 – Dec 31, 2013 Two night minimum stay on weekends. Based on availability.)

French Lick Springs Hotel (1901)French Lick, Indiana

Historic Experience Package

Book the three night Historic Experience package, which includes:

  • · Historic guestroom for 3 nights
  • · One souvenir DVD highlighting French Lick Resort
  • · One Guided Historic Landmarks Walking Tour per person
  • · $30 Breakfast Credit per day

Rates start from $183 per night (Rate code is HHA3)

Travelers can select from over 3,000 dynamic hotel packages, extraordinary historic experiences, and hot deals found exclusively on HistoricHotels.org. For more information about Historic Hotels of America’s specials and deals, including summer specials and packages, please visit www.historichotels.org/hotel-deals/.

Historic Hotels of America is committed to providing guests with the lowest published rates online, as a part of the Price Match Guarantee. If a lower rate is found on another website within 24 hours of booking a reservation, simply submit a claim form and the lower rate will be honored. For terms and conditions, please refer to http://www.historichotels.org/price-match-guarantee.php. When booking on HistoricHotels.org, you’ll never pay a booking fee and rates are clearly marked with cancellation policies and few pre-booking or deposits. If you prefer to book your reservation by phone or if you have questions about hotels or an existing reservation, call 800-678-8946.

Special Offer

If you book before August 31, 2013 on HistoricHotels.org, you’ll also receive a complimentary one-year family membership (a $30 value) to the National Trust for Historic Preservation*. In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping to protect places that matter, your family will enjoy a savings of up to 50% at participating Historic Hotels of America, a subscription to Preservation magazine, and discounted admission to over 600 historic places worldwide.

Historic Hotels of America  is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation® with 32 charter members. In 2007, Preferred Hotel Group partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to grow and enhance Historic Hotels of America. Historic Hotels of America has more than 240 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or recognized as having historic significance. For more information, visit www.HistoricHotels.org, call 800-678-8946.

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Spa at Cranwell historic resort in Berkshires celebrates 10 years with 10 specials, giveaway contest

April 1, 2012

Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club, a grand, historic hotel, is celebrating the opening of one of the largest resort spas in the Northeast 10 years ago in 2002. Festivities kick-off with “10 for 10” Specials: one special a month for 10 months © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club, a grand, historic hotel, is celebrating the opening of one of the largest resort spas in the Northeast 10 years ago in 2002. Festivities kick-off with “10 for 10” Specials: one special a month for 10 months. In addition, select treatments will be offered on the 10th of each month at 2002 prices ($85 for a Swedish Massage and $95 for a Classic Facial – both for 50-minute services).

Monthly specials will be announced online via a dedicated Spa Anniversary web page www.cranwell.com/spa10 where visitors can also register to win a drawing for the Grand Anniversary Prize, “The Cranwell Spa Day” for 10 Friends. The Spa Day will include a Swedish Massage or Classic Facial, a Spa Pedicure and Spa Café Lunch for each guest. (For further information about the Spa Anniversary specials, visit the website or contact the Spa at Cranwell at 413-881-0721.)

The Spa at Cranwell offers more than 50 services ranging from massages to detoxifying wraps and restorative body treatments. Many of the resort’s guest rooms are linked to The Spa by heated, glass enclosed walkways featuring views of landscaped gardens and wooded grounds. Highlights of the space include 16 treatment rooms, a 60-foot indoor pool with 20-foot glass wall, a state-of-the-art fitness center with daily classes, and a Spa Shop offering a wide assortment of spa essentials.

Cranwell is located in the Berkshire is just two and one-half hours from New York City and Boston in the historic New England village of Lenox, Massachusetts. This award winning resort features 96 distinctive guest rooms and suites, an 18-hole historic golf course set on 380 hilltop acres, and is home to one of the largest resort Spas in the Northeast. With three restaurants and spacious banquet rooms, Cranwell also hosts numerous year-round conferences, weddings and social events.

Cranwell Resort received the Condé Nast Traveler: 2011 Readers’ Choice Award and is listed in Zagat’s “Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts & Spas”. Additional recognitions include SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award for one of “Best Spa Resorts for Golf” and the Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence.

Cranwell is a partner with Stash Hotel Rewards an innovative hotel rewards program that enables travelers to quickly earn free nights at distinctive, independent hotels without blackouts or expiration date restrictions. The resort is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ brand and is also a long time member of Historic Hotels of America (www.historichotels.org), which preserves the authenticity of over 200 of America’s most prominent historic hotels and inns.

Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club, 55 Lee Road, Lenox, MA 01240, Toll free: 1-800-272-6935, Phone: 413-637-1364, info@cranwell.com, reservations@cranwell.com, www.cranwell.com.

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New Orleans, Hotel Monteleone host 2011 ‘Festigals’ Girlfriend-Getaway, Oct 6-9

September 8, 2011

New Orleans and the Hotel Monteleone are hosting the ultimate girlfriend getaway weekend, “Festigals”, in the city which AAA Southern Traveler Magazine calls the “Best Large City for a Weekend” and the “Best Girls Getaway in America”.

The ultimate girlfriend getaway weekend, from Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 9 offers:

  • Lunch with CNN Special Correspondent, Soledad O’Brien
  • A block party featuring ‘hot’ New Orleans firemen
  • A participatory parade called the ‘Stiletto Stroll’
  • A chocolate and wine event
  • Singing, clapping, and dancing at a gospel brunch

“Women work harder than anyone,” said Founder Diane Lyons. “FestiGals is the ultimate reward…a weekend-long event away from work, family, and responsibilities that promotes women, fashion, food, friendship, and fun for a cause.”

Women attending the weekend will be able to stay busy or rest and relax between the planned FestiGals activities. Optional escapades include a trip to Houmas House Plantation; a city tour of New Orleans; cooking lessons; and an arts & antiques visit to Magazine Street.

In addition to Soledad O’Brien’s keynote address, taken from her critically-acclaimed memoir, “The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities”, Saturday’s program offers the S.H.E. series. Dynamic guests will speak on a variety of topics dedicated to self, heart, and empowerment, (S.H.E.).

Home base for the weekend will be Hotel Monteleone, a member of Historic Hotels of America. Participants will enjoy two award-winning restaurants, the famous Carousel Bar, a heated rooftop pool, Spa Aria, an exercise facility, a business center, and valet parking. Participation in FestiGals is $225 for the FestiGals Ultimate Package (individual events priced separately), and $159 per night at the Hotel Monteleone.

A portion of the net proceeds of tagged FestiGals events will benefit ‘Women for Women International’ and ‘Dress for Success New Orleans’. Click Here to register. To sign up for FestiGals updates, email info@festigals.org or call 855-GAL-WKND (425-9563).

About FestiGals

The mission of FestiGals® is to provide a fun, safe and enriching weekend for women to relax, enjoy high-quality special events, and explore the cultural diversity and rich heritage of New Orleans, while contributing to Women for Women International and Dress for Success, whose missions are to empower women by giving them a hand-up, not a hand-out.

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Historic Hotels of America® Commemorates the Civil War Sesquicentennial With New Website Featuring Packages, Deals, Experiences

July 13, 2011
Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
The Chattanooga Choo Choo, a Historic Hotels of America member, lets you stay in the actual railroad cars, now converted to accommodations. The Chattanooga railroad figured prominently in the Civil War; near the hotel, visit the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, the first military park in the nation © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

To commemorate the four years of observance of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, Historic Hotels of America® has unveiled enhancements to its new interactive website featuring over 100 Civil War hotel packages and Hot Deals plus 500 Experiences.

Whether taking a journey to a Civil War event in South Carolina or experiencing a Civil War getaway to Pennsylvania, Historic Hotels of America’s Civil War Hot Deals section features packages closely linked to this important period in history.

When searching through the Experiences section on historichotels.org, visitors will find Civil War packages at hotels near more than 100 Civil War Battlefields, including Antietam, Maryland, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; 180 Civil War Programs with topics such as art and music; 150 Civil War Tours through Manassas in Virginia or Fort Sumter in South Carolina; 140 Civil War Re-Enactments from battles to living history demonstrations; and 60 Civil War Lectures ranging from clothing to weapons.

“These website enhancements allow travelers to have fun navigating and exploring Civil War packages while learning more about battlefields, historic homes, the Underground Railroad, and more,” said Thierry Roch, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America.

Guests who book on historichotels.org through September 30, 2011, will receive a one-year family membership to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Benefits include: 10 percent discount at participating Historic Hotels of America, discounted admission to over 600 historic places worldwide, subscription to Preservation magazine, and advance notice of special offers and historic experiences.*

Historic Hotels of America’s Civil War website enhancements are constantly expanding. Travelers are invited to check back often to find exciting journeys in history. Learn more on www.historichotels.org.

About Historic Hotels of America®

Historic Hotels of America® was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation® with 32 charter members. In 2007, Preferred Hotel Group partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to grow and enhance Historic Hotels of America. With more than 235 hotels that have faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America.

To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, or recognized as having historic significance. Historic Hotels of America partners with Historic Hotels of Europe, a federation of 21 hotel associations in 21 countries, and with Historic Hotels of Mexico, an association of hotels and restaurants located in buildings of historical significance including haciendas, palaces, monasteries, convents, fortresses, country estates. For more information, visit www.historichotels.org.

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 Tennessee launches Civil War Heritage Trail in time for Sesquicentennial and slidehosw

 Chattanooga is key stop on Tennessee’s Civil War Heritage Trail and slideshow

Civil War comes home to Spring Hill on Tennessee’s Heritage Trail and slideshow

Battle of Franklin: Bloodiest 5 Hours of Civil War marks death of the Old Southand slideshow

 Carnton Plantation and ‘The Widow of the South’ on Tennessee’s Civil War Trailand slideshow

 Women Play Dramatic, if Unheralded Roles in Civil War and slideshow

Battlefield, Manor and Boyhood Home Frame Civil War Heritage in Murfreesboro, TN and slideshow

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Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel Ranked Among Top 10 Hotels in the U.S. by US News

June 24, 2011

The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville's historic grand hotel, was named by U.S. News named number six on its Best Hotels in the U.S. list, making it the only hotel located in the Southeast in the top 10 © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville’s historic grand hotel, was named by U.S. News named number six on its Best Hotels in the U.S. list, making it the only hotel located in the Southeast in the top 10.

After reviewing over 850 hotels in various destinations throughout the United States, U.S. News released this list of the top 10 percent, which has a total of 86 Best U.S. Hotels.

With the “Best Hotels” list in its inaugural year, the U.S. News team used a variety of criteria to review the hotels that made the list. According to U.S. News, “With an unbiased methodology, U.S. News evaluated close to 1,000 luxury hotels across 49 major U.S. destinations, analyzing ratings and awards from travel experts as well as user ratings. The result: rankings of the best hotels in each of those destinations.” The “Best Hotels” list will be updated annually. Additional information about The Hermitage Hotel’s ranking can be found on the U.S. News Travel Guide website here: http://tinyurl.com/3bppmfp

“It is a credit to the efforts of our tremendous staff that we continue to receive such distinctions as the U.S. News Best U.S. Hotels ranking,” said Greg Sligh, The Hermitage Hotel’s managing director. “Our guests consistently tell us that what separates and elevates their experience here is the genuinely friendly treatment they receive from our team members. They each feel like a valued family member.”

Other hotels on the Top 10 list include: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Trump International Hotel & Tower, New York, Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Central Park, New York, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, and Elysian Hotel, Chicago.

In addition to the U.S. News Ranking, The Hermitage Hotel remains the only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Award winning hotel in the state of Tennessee and in five of the eight contiguous states.

About The Hermitage Hotel and the Capitol Grille

Opened in 1910, The Hermitage Hotel, a member of Historic Hotels of America, has been woven into the history and memories of Nashville and her residents for over 100 years. In keeping with a deep respect for Nashville and the state of Tennessee, The Hermitage Hotel is committed to preserving the region’s heritage by putting into practice the traditions that make hospitality synonymous with The South.

This commitment extends to protecting the state’s historic and scenic landscapes through a relationship with The Land Trust for Tennessee. This relationship began in 2008 when a program was created in which guests may donate $2 for every night they stay in the hotel. To date guests have donated over $150,000.

The relationship was furthered in 2010 when the Trust graciously allowed the Capitol Grille to create a substantial period garden using sustainable practices on the property at Glen Leven. Glen Leven is an historic 66 acre farm located just 5 miles from The Hermitage Hotel and owned by the Land Trust for Tennessee. The Hermitage Hotel is the only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel in Tennessee and five contiguous states.

The commitment to preservation continues in the hotel’s Capitol Grille and Oak Bar. Relaxed, low key, and known as the place for Nashvillians “in the know”, the Capitol Grille is the best example of a regionally inspired southern steakhouse in Nashville. Chef Tyler Brown has found the best source for heritage breed beef which now graze on the grasses at Glen Leven. The farm at Glen Leven also provides the vegetables that are used in all seasonally planned dishes. Chef Brown is actively involved with Share Our Strength, an organization whose mission is to end childhood hunger by 2015, and the Chef’s Move to Schools program, an offshoot of the Let’s Move program. Also, by supporting the Southern Foodways Alliance, the team at the Capitol Grille works to assure that the recipes and methods passed from generation to generation are not lost. The Capitol Grille is Nashville’s only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond restaurant.

The Hermitage Hotel is the most likely location in Nashville to find a Who’s Who of the entertainment world. Guests have included Tom Cruise, Jon Bon Jovi, Scarlett Johansson and the Jonas Brothers, among many others.

More information about the hotel can be found at: www.thehermitagehotel.com and www.facebook.com/#!/hermitagehotelnashville.

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