Historic Hotels of America Awards

The Mast Farm Inn Nominated for Four Historic Hotels of America Awards • Historic Hotels of America Announces 2014 Award Nominees, and The Mast Farm Inn of Valle Crucis, North Carolina is nominated for Best Small Historic Hotel, Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel, Best Hotel Historian of the Year, Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel.
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“The venerable North Carolina High Country institution is one of only six hotels in the nation to be nominated for four or more of the fourteen awards. Effectively in this stellar field of 83 finalists in fourteen categories, which includes The Waldorf-Astoria, The Plaza, The Brown Hotel, The Willard, The Fairmont, The Lenox, The Mayflower, The Inn at the Presidio, and The Grove Park Inn, only six hotels are finalists in more than 3 categories. These are The Mast Farm Inn of Valle Crucis, North Carolina, The Strater Hotel of Durango, Colorado, The Bedford Springs Resort & Spa of Bedford, Pennsylvania, The Royal Hawaiian of Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, The Jekyll Island Club of Jekyll Island, Georgia, and The Netherland Plaza of Cincinnati, Ohio.”
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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 congratulates all the 2014 award nominees,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “The nominees exemplify the finest historic hotels and their hoteliers from across America. Member Hotels and Recipients to be Honored at the Historic Hotels of America 2014 Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on October 2nd, 2014. 


WASHINGTON, D.C.—August 19, 2014 Historic Hotels of America is pleased to announce the nominees for its 2014 Awards of Excellence. Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers. The 2014 Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner will take place at The Hotel Hershey® (1933) in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Thursday, October 2 at 7 pm where the final award winners will be announced. Awards will be presented to recipients before an audience of owners, senior management, industry leaders, and representatives from the finest historic hotels.

Award recipients were selected from nominees received from across America from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America. As the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America provides the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America. Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence recognize the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a number of categories. The 2014 award nominee finalists are as follows:


Best Small Historic Hotel
The Mast Farm Inn (1792) Valle Crucis, North Carolina
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Castle Hotel & Spa (1910) Tarrytown, New York
Cavallo Point (1901) Golden Gate National Park, Sausalito, California
Caribbean Motel (1957) Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
The Chanler at Cliff Walk (1873) Newport, Rhode Island
Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort (1929) Tucson, Arizona
The Inn at Furnace Creek (1927) Death Valley National Park, California
Inn at the Presidio (1776) Golden Gate National Park, San Francisco, California
The Landmark Inn (1930) Marquette, Michigan
Lancaster Arts Hotel (1881) Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Lord Jeffery Inn (1926) Amherst, Massachusetts
The Middlebury Inn (1827) Middlebury, Vermont
The Smith House
(1899) Dahlonega, Georgia


Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel
• Simplicity,
The Mast Farm Inn (1792) Valle Crucis, North Carolina
Chestnut Grille,
Green Park Inn (1891) Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The Circular,
The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania
The Crystal Room,
Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa (1806) Bedford, Pennsylvania
Diamond Belle Saloon,
The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado
English Grill,
The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky
Equus Restaurant,
Castle Hotel & Spa (1910) Tarrytown, New York
French Kitchen,
Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
Murray Circle,
Cavallo Point (1901) Sausalito, California, Golden Gate National Park
Orchids at Palm Court,
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (1931) Cincinnati, Ohio
Penrose Room,
The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colorado


Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel
The Mast Farm Inn
(1792) Valle Crucis, North Carolina
The Chattanooga Choo Choo (1909) Chattanooga, Tennessee
Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama
Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort (1929) Tucson, Arizona
Hawthorne Hotel (1925) Salem, Massachusetts
Hotel Blackhawk (1915) Davenport, Iowa
Hotel El Convento (1651) San Juan, Puerto Rico
Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans, Louisiana
The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC
Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1886) Jekyll Island, Georgia
Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
The Plaza (1907) New York, New York
The Wigwam (1918) Litchfield Park, Arizona


Hotel Historian of the Year
• Danielle Deschamps,
The Mast Farm Inn (1792) Valle Crucis, NC
Ken Price,
The Palmer House Hilton (1871) Chicago, Illinois
Les Sossaman,
The Wigwam (1918) Litchfield Park, Arizona
Steven LaCasse,
Lord Jeffery Inn (1926) Amherst, Massachusetts
Thelma Kehaulani Kam,
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) Waikiki Beach, Hawaii and Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (1901) Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
William Defibaugh,
Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa (1806) Bedford, Pennsylvania


Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year
Abraham Lincoln Reading Hotel (1930) Reading, Pennsylvania
Airlie (1892) Warrenton, Virginia
Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California
The Edgewater (1948) Madison, Wisconsin
Lake McDonald Lodge (1914) Glacier National Park, Montana
Many Glacier Hotel (1915) Glacier National Park, Montana
Southern Hotel (1907) Covington, Louisiana


Historic Hotelier of the Year
Brenda Anderson, The Lancaster Hotel (1926) Houston, Texas
Christopher Diego, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (1865) Whitefield, New Hampshire
David Tamulevich, Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) Portland, Maine
Dean Lane, The Palmer House Hilton (1871) Chicago, Illinois
Douglas Brown, The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee
Gene-Michael Addis, Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
Jack Moyer, 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Jennifer Kimball, La Fonda (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico
Jim Sims, The Mimslyn Inn (1931) Luray, Virginia
Joshua Townsend, Capital Hotel (1873) Little Rock, Arkansas
Kelly Hoen, The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Kenneth Hayward, Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
Ken Price, The Palmer House Hilton (1871) Chicago, Illinois
Michel Sheer, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (1931) Cincinnati, Ohio
Nina Smiley, Mohonk Mountain House (1869) New Paltz, New York
Patty Henning, Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1886) Jekyll Island, Georgia
Philip Wood, The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC
Thomas Klein, The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (1907) San Francisco, California


Best Historic Hotel (75-200 Guestrooms)
Capital Hotel (1873) Little Rock, Arkansas, 94 guestrooms
Green Park Inn (1891) Blowing Rock, North Carolina, 88 guestrooms
Harbor View Hotel of Martha’s Vineyard (1891) Edgartown, Massachusetts, 114 guestrooms
Hotel Blackhawk (1915) Davenport, Iowa, 130 guestrooms
Hotel Lombardy (1929) Washington, DC, 140 guestrooms
The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC, 95 guestrooms
Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1886) Jekyll Island, Georgia, 157 guestrooms
The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort (1935) St. Simons Island, Georgia, 195 guestrooms
La Fonda (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico, 179 guestrooms
The Lancaster Hotel (1926) Houston, Texas, 93 guestrooms
Mayflower Park Hotel (1927) Seattle, Washington, 160 guestrooms
Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (1865) Whitefield, New Hampshire, 144 guestrooms
Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1896) Portland, Maine, 95 guestrooms
The Talbott Hotel (1927) Chicago, Illinois, 149 guestrooms
The Westin Poinsett (1925) Greenville, South Carolina, 200 guestrooms


Best Historic Hotel (200-400 Guestrooms)
Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa (1852) Mobile, Alabama, 238 guestrooms
The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky, 293 guestrooms
The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania, 276 guestrooms
Loews Don CeSar Hotel (1928) St. Pete Beach, Florida 277 guestrooms
Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa (1806) Bedford, Pennsylvania, 216 guestrooms
West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) West Baden Springs, Indiana, 243 guestrooms
The Wigwam (1918) Litchfield Park, Arizona, 331 guestrooms


Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms)
French Lick Springs Hotel (1901) French Lick, Indiana, 443 guestrooms
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (1931) Cincinnati, Ohio, 561 guestrooms
Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans, Louisiana, 570 guestrooms
The Mayflower® Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel (1925) Washington, DC, 657 guestrooms
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (1901) Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, 791 guestrooms
The Omni Grove Park Inn (1913) Asheville, North Carolina, 514 guestrooms
The Palmer House Hilton (1871) Chicago, Illinois, 1,641 guestrooms
The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee, 464 guestrooms
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, 562 guestrooms
Waldorf-Astoria (1931) New York, New York, 1,413 guestrooms


Best City Center Historic Hotel
The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (1907) San Francisco, California
Georgian Terrace Hotel (1911) Atlanta, Georgia
The Heathman Hotel (1927) Portland, Oregon
Hotel Lombardy (1929) Washington, DC
Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans, Louisiana
The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC
The Lenox (1900) Boston, Massachusetts
Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh (1916) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Palmer House Hilton (1871) Chicago, Illinois
The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee
The Plaza (1907) New York, New York
Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) Portland, Maine
The Saint Paul Hotel (1910) Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado
The Talbott Hotel (1927) Chicago, Illinois


Best Historic Resort
The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Buccaneer (1653) St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Castle Hotel & Spa (1910) Tarrytown, New York
Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
Hotel El Convento (1651) San Juan, Puerto Rico
Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1886) Jekyll Island, Georgia
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (1901) Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (1923) Ojai, California
The Omni Homestead Resort (1766) Hot Springs, Virginia
Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa (1806) Bedford, Pennsylvania
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) Waikiki Beach, Hawaii


Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year

Barker Family, The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado
Beach Family, Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont
Belz Family, The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee
Boughton Family, The Colony Hotel (1914) Kennebunkport, Maine
Genzlinger Family, Ledges Hotel (1890) Hawley, Pennsylvania
Martin Family, Paso Robles Inn (1891) Paso Robles, California
Melius Family, OHEKA CASTLE (1919) Huntington, New York
Smiley Family, Mohonk Mountain House (1869) New Paltz, New York
Widman Family, Wentworth Mansion (1886) Charleston, South Carolina


Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion
Airlie (1892) Warrenton, Virginia
Boone Tavern Hotel of Berea College (1909) Berea, Kentucky
Cavallo Point (1901) Sausalito, California, Golden Gate National Park
The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (1907) San Francisco, California
Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama
The Heathman Hotel (1927) Portland, Oregon
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (1931) Cincinnati, Ohio
Inn at the Presidio (1776) San Francisco, California, Golden Gate National Park
Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1886) Jekyll Island, Georgia
The Lenox (1900) Boston, Massachusetts
Lord Jeffery Inn (1926) Amherst, Massachusetts
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (1901) Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Paso Robles Inn (1891) Paso Robles, California
The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado


Historic Hotels of America Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century Service)
Bob Louis, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (1931) Cincinnati, Ohio
Brian LaFountain, The Omni Homestead Resort (1766) Hot Springs, Virginia
Charles Schumacher, The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado
Crystal Brandt, The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania
Mike Childs, Paso Robles Inn (1891) Paso Robles, California
Patty Henning, Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1886) Jekyll Island, Georgia
Stephani Bann, Lancaster Arts Hotel (1881) Lancaster, Pennsylvania


“Historic Hotels of America congratulates all the 2014 award nominees,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “The nominees exemplify the finest historic hotels and their hoteliers from across America.
The Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence Committee is delighted to announce the 2014 nominees and looks forward to awarding winners at the historic and beautiful Hotel Hershey® on October 2. From San Juan, Puerto Rico to Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, all the nominees represent inspiring, captivating, and distinctive hotels.”

Tickets for The Historic Hotels of America 2014 Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner are available. The dinner will take place at The Hotel Hershey® on Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00PM. Tickets for the dinner are $160 for one seat and $1,250 per table (for 8 seats). Contact the Historic Hotels of America +1 202 772 8000 or scalhoun@historichotels.org to reserve tickets. The 2013 Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner was held at the historic Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Please click here to view award winners.


About 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. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation® with 32 charter members. Historic Hotels of America has more than 250 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, 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; 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, please visit www.HistoricHotels.org.
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