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This series, Historical Hotels of America, offers over 30 episodes that showcases notable hotels across America. Hotels steeped in history are examined in this one hour documentary style show. Viewers are treated to footage of the hotel, inside and out, along with legends, history and sometimes ghost stories. The show emphasizes the architectural features and heritage, along with the importance of keeping the history alive. The National Trust for Historic Preservation partnered to produce the series. The grandeur of historic hotels is a major feature of the series and provides plenty of architectural eye candy for the hungry viewer's appetite.

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1 Season, 34 Episodes
January 1, 2008
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  • These quintessential Nashville, TN hotels are located in the heart of Music City USA. Both hotels are steps from the State Capitol and Legislative Plaza and within walking distance of historic 2nd Avenue.

  • Originally built in 1930 for William A. Rockefeller, The Point in Saranac, NY, encompasses rugged shorelines, ancient forests and mountain lakes. Constructed on a peninsula stretching into Upper Saranac Lake, The Point honors its guests with its combination of hospitality, grace and rustic elegance.

  • Le Pavilion Hotel is located in the heart of New Orleans, LA. The hotel boasts the largest gas lantern in the United States, which hangs burning at the front porch. It is a short stroll to the French Quarter, and Mississippi Riverfront attractions.

  • La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, CA has delighted both guests and residents alike. Lush tropical gardens, breathtaking ocean views, outstanding dining and sumptuous guestrooms are all hallmarks of one of the finest San Diego Hotels.

  • One of the most exclusive mountain retreats in North America, is nestled on the secluded wood-lined shore of Lake Placid, NY, and offers breath-taking views of the age-old Adirondack Mountains. A romantic and rustically elegant retreat.

  • The Jefferson Hotel has been recognized by discerning visitors and guests as one of the grandest hotels in America. Reminiscent of a more gracious era and located in the Historic Region of Richmond, VA, The Jefferson has something to offer everyone.

  • Originally constructed in 1883 by four Philadelphia millionaires, The Sagamore features elegant decor, with the Lodges, decorated in a relaxed Adirondack style. This 16th Century English style resort is situated in Lake George, NY, near the Adirondack Mountains.

  • Monmouth Plantation in Natchez, MS is set high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Established in 1716 as Fort Rosalie by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, the city, is the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River & rated "One of the top ten most romantic places in the USA". Monmouth Plantation is a glorious return to the antebellum South.

  • Mohonk Mountain House is located on the spectacular Shawangunk Ridge in New Paltz, NY. This "Victorian Castle" sits imposingly on low cliffs by a mountain lake and suits those who want to get outdoors. Surrounded by thousands of acres of unspoiled forest and winding trails, Mohonk provides a beautiful natural setting for relaxation and renewal of the body, mind and spirit.

  • Encompassing an entire city block in the heart of southern California's downtown Riverside, the Mission Inn was built between 1876 and 1931 by voracious collector Frank A. Miller. Docent-led tours highlight the history of The Mission Inn and the more than 6,000-piece art collection on display throughout the hotel. The Mission Inn is close to historic sites, antiques shopping, golf and museums.

  • A stay in this elegant antebellum Charleston, SC home offers the opportunity to experience history as well as the warm hospitality for which the south is famous. John Rutledge, one of the 56 signers of the US Constitution, built his home in 1763. Now exquisitely restored, it is one of only 15 homes belonging to those signers to survive - and the only one to now accommodate overnight guests.

  • Experience the gracious hospitality of a bygone era at this magnificent St. Louis, MO hotel located inside historic Union Station. This beautifully restored National Landmark is filled with shops, restaurants and entertainment.

  • When the Hotel du Pont opened its doors, it rivaled the finest hotels of Europe. French and Italian craftsmen spent 2 1/2 years sculpting, carving, gilding and painting the ornate structure. Its suites featured cozy fireplaces and polished brass beds made up with imported linen. Located in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington, DE.

  • Since 1766, The Homestead has offered visitors an incomparable retreat and an incredibly grand escape. Nestled amidst the beauty of Virginia's Allegheny Mountains in Hot Springs, VA, The homestead boasts 15,000 acres of relaxation and recreation for the whole family. Year 'round you may choose from among dozens of activities to please a variety of discriminating tastes.

  • Beautifully located in Sulphur Springs, WV, The Greenbrier has been rated one of the "Best of the Best" golf resorts in the world, rated the #1 resort spa in North America and the Caribbean, and named as one of the top 20 family resorts in North America. The Historic Greenbrier has thoroughly and elegantly preserved the charm and allure of a 19th Century southern resort.

  • Since 1833 the beautifully restored Green Mountain Inn offers the perfect blend of modern comfort and classic elegance. The Inn is ideally situated in Stowe, VT in the heart of historic Stowe Village - offering guests the true flavor of classic New England.

  • Located in Santa Barbara, CA, the El Encanto Hotel features a Mediterranean-like setting on the exclusive Riviera residential district above the Mission Santa Barbara. The historic hotel allows you to relax and rejuvenate in the of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.

  • Once home to Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, and Jean Harlow, this stunning Sunset Boulevard landmark hotel in Riverside, CA was designed in 1929 by architect Leland A. Bryant. Experience the pure elegance, sophistication and fantasy of the Argyle Hotel--considered to be one of the most important Art Deco structures in Los Angeles.

  • Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, at the foot of the Massanutten Mountains and originally a 1797 stagecoach stop, this Middletown, VA distinctive inn gracefully blends its 18th century ambience with 20th century comfort. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Highlighted are the facilities, history, cuisine and special amenities.

  • Located in Macon, GA, the 1842 Inn blends the amenities of a grand hotel and the ambience of a country inn. The guest rooms and public areas of the Inn dwell within a Greek Revival antebellum house and an adjoining Victorian house that share a quaint courtyard and gardens. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  • The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA, is one of the few remaining American inns in continuous use since the 18th century. As immortalized in Norman Rockwell's painting Main Street, Stockbridge, the Inn epitomizes New England tradition. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  • The Pontchartrain Hotel is an imposing structure with its brick facade and architectural style. A cherished landmark in the historic Garden District of New Orleans, The Pontchartrain Hotel has been satisfying the desires of its discerning guests since the 1920's. With their longstanding tradition of hospitality, The Pontchartrain Hotel truly is the heart and soul of New Orleans.

  • The Hotel Hershey combines old-world elegance, state-of-the-art amenities. and uncompromising service to continue its tradition as one of America's grand Hotels. Located on a hilltop overlooking Hershey, PA, the 1930's hotel is part of Hershey Resorts, which also includes The Spa At The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Golf Club, Hershey Park and ZooAmerica North America.

  • If ever there were a Tavern that represented the essence of picture-book New England, it is here in Grafton, VT. People come here to find two rare commodities: peace and quite. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Highlighted are the facilities, history, cuisine and special amenities.

  • A Victorian mansion located in the heart of Washington, DC, Morrison-Clark is the only inn in the nation's capital to be listed on the Register of Historic Places. Built in 1864 as two separate town homes, this elegant boutique hotel offers modern comforts amidst historic charm. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  • Washington, D.C.'s largest luxury hotel, this national landmark hotel is located in the heart of Washington's business district. The hotel is conveniently located just four blocks from the White House, and minutes away from Smithsonian museums and national monuments. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  • Since 1968, La Fonda has continued the same tradition of providing warm hospitality & excellent service while maintaining historic integrity and architectural authenticity. Located at the end of the Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, NM. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Highlighted are the facilities, history, cuisine and special amenities.

  • The King & Prince Beach & Gold Resort is located on St. Simons Island, GA, one of Georgia's fabled Golden Isles. Called San Simone by 16th Century Spanish explorers, today's visitors delight in an irresistible mix of natural beauty, rich history and quaint charm. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  • Here, on an unhurried island off Georgia's colonial coast, awaits a world of compelling contrasts and perfect balances: old and new, rich history and modern comforts, grand surroundings and simple pleasures, river and ocean. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Highlighted are the facilities, history, cuisine and special amenities.

  • The legendary Delta Queen has been at home on the Mississippi River system since 1947. Lovingly preserved and maintained, she's an echo from the Great Steamboat Era. Bask in her hospitality & try playing her vintage calliope. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Highlighted are the facilities, history, cuisine and special amenities.

  • One of the most celebrated Philadelphia hotels, this French style 1902 hotel is located in the heart of the downtown and historic theater districts. It is a short stroll to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and other attractions. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Highlighted are the facilities, history, cuisine and special amenities.

  • Experience the Victorian ambiance of this Americus, GA castle-like hotel located just 10 miles from world-famous Plains and Andersonville National Historic sites. Built in 1892, the Windsor occupies nearly an entire city block. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Highlighted are the facilities, history, cuisine and special amenities.

  • Regarded among the world's great hotels and the crown jewel of Williamsburg, VA. The Williamsburg Inn is decorated in an elegant English Regency style and is located in Colonial Williamsburg, a living, working 18th Century town. The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Highlighted are the facilities, history, cuisine and special amenities.

  • Rising from water's edge on the quaint Island of Coronado in San Diego, this hotel is considered one of America's most beautiful & classic historic resorts. USA Today called the Del "one of the top ten resorts in the world." The program was produced in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Highlighted are the facilities, history, cuisine and special amenities.

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