Unexpected Revelations • We are attending The Historic Hotels of America Annual Conference & Awards from Sunday, September 28th, to Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. To make a long story short… "WOW!" It is without a doubt one of the world’s finest hotels and resorts, providing unmatched comfort, service, quality and value. Add to all that "magic with a capital M" and you have a unique destination. And you need to discover the city Milton Hershey, chocolate, this hotel created, and learn the history of this most remarkable and admirable of men. It’s a place, history, and historical figure well worth your exploration.
Of course we had heard many times about the Hershey Hotel, Hershey, Pennsylvania, The Hershey Company, and Milton Hershey, very much like one hears "you have to see Venice". Often enough you nod and say sure. But being here we can assure you that such is the case, you will not regret an extended visit. We are here for five days of meetings & workshops, and hopefully to see our hard work and luck pay off in the form of a very prestigious award for excellence in our field. We are nominated for 4 awards of the 14. Yes it’s true, recognition and acknowledgement are important for an organization composed of numerous people working very hard to meet the highest standards. You can read more about that by clicking here. But the real revelation for us, is this fabulous history, alive and kicking in full glory. Idealistic self-reliant capitalism with a heart and soul at its very best. As if you needed one more reason to love Chocolate!
About The Hotel Hershey | Surrounded by 300 acres of manicured gardens, fountains, reflecting pools, and lush woodlands, The Hotel Hershey, established in 1933, remains the ultimate expression of Milton S. Hershey’s remarkable success. After numerous bankruptcies and failed business endeavors, Milton Hershey opened the world’s first modern chocolate factory in central Pennsylvania in 1905.
This rural community offered a plentiful supply of fresh milk, an essential ingredient for the growing success of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. In an effort to give something back to the community, Milton Hershey built a model town that provided his employees and their families with an attractive and comfortable place to live, work, and play. During the Great Depression, Milton Hershey undertook a major construction program to bolster the local economy, and The Hotel Hershey was built to provide the latest in comfort and leisure activities for guests. Designed by using postcards of Milton Hershey’s favorite Spanish Mediterranean hotels, The Hotel Hershey helped transform Hershey, Pennsylvania, into a year-round resort destination, featuring deluxe accommodations, unique culinary experiences, distinctive golf, a chocolate-theme spa, and Hersheypark®, a world-class theme park for families and guests of all ages. | WebSite | FaceBook | Pinterest | YouTube
About Milton S. Hershey |Part I|Part II|Part III|Part IV|Part V| Raised in rural central Pennsylvania, hampered by the lack of a formal education and nearly bankrupt by the time he was 30, Milton S. Hershey went on to become not only one of America’s wealthiest individuals, but also a successful entrepreneur whose products are known the world over, a visionary builder of the town that bears his name and a philanthropist whose open-hearted generosity continues to touch the lives of thousands. | Milton S. Hershey on The Hershey Company | Milton S. Hershey on Bio
It was at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago that Hershey first became fascinated with the art of chocolate making. While there, he purchased some German machinery, had it shipped to Lancaster and began producing chocolate coatings for his caramels. But aware of the growing demand for chocolate itself, he soon started the Hershey Chocolate Company. For years, he worked at perfecting a viable recipe for making milk chocolate – a process which up to then had been kept a closely guarded secret by the Swiss. Finally, through trial and error, he hit upon the right formula of milk, sugar and cocoa that enabled him to realize his dream of mass-producing and distributing milk chocolate candy. What had once been a luxury for the rich was to become an enjoyment that anyone could afford – the Hershey bar. | WebSite
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.
Today, 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 District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated historic hotels. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. | WebSite | FaceBook | Twitter | Pinterest | InstaGram | Google+
About The Historic Hotels of America Annual Conference & Awards |The Historic Hotels of America Annual Conference features five days of exceptional networking, comprehensive educational sessions, and extraordinary speakers.
From latest distribution technologies to the best practices of award-winning historic hotels, each part of conference provides quality information that is relevant and applicable to the growth and profitability of historic hotels.
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The Mast Farm Inn is an award-winning historic country inn & restaurant in the Valle Crucis Historical District of North Carolina, which has been welcoming guests since the 1800s. The Mast Farm Inn is a Historic Hotels of America hotel, a Select Registry Inn, and is on The National Register of Historic Places.