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Top 10 US Historic Resorts
From Southwestern ranches to revolutionary colonies, the United States is filled with historical sites from coast to coast. Sprinkled along the East, you’ll find inns hiding within the mountains with beginnings from the 1800s to plantations blooming with generations of southern hospitality. Head West where original Spanish and English influences continue to shine through modern amenities. To discover the past, these top historic resorts will allow you to discover the America’s beginning and all the struggles and beautiful flourishes that have followed.

Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth, Michigan

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Founded as the Union House, Theodore Fischer renamed the boarding house "Fischer’s Hotel" in 1888. Since then, Fischer’s Hotel has transformed into the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, in coordination with Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth. A stay at Bavarian Inn is a step into traditional Germany. View authentic German architecture such as the Glockenspiel, indoor and outdoor murals, and traditional wood carvings amongst other sites. In addition to the traditional German sites, the inn carries the German spirit into its entertainment. Enjoy genuine German music each night as well as shops filled with attire and other goods. A stay at Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth is like stepping foot in Germany, but to really take in the true German experience, dining at Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a must. Grandma Dorothy’s classic German dishes keep the crowds coming. Dive into golden chicken, warm breads, noodle soup, schnitzel, sauerbraten, and homemade ice cream. Bavarian Inn is your one stop shop for all things German on the banks of the Cass River.


One Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Fun facts

Glockenspiel is the German term for "bells play" or "musical bells." The Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel is a 35-bell carillon and illuminated clock all from Germany!

Related Onsite Offerings

While staying at Bavarian Inn, check out their indoor water park with four pools and two water slides. They also have an outdoor pool and hot tub just for adults.


Skytop Lodge

Skytop, Pennsylvania

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Opening its doors in 1928, Skytop Lodge was first envisioned three years earlier as a towering resort on the peak of a high plateau in the Poconos. The realized vision was an awe-inspiring structure exuding the grand spirit of the Roaring Twenties. Built to reflect the beauty of its surroundings, Skytop Lodge was constructed from stones and woods found on the property. Today, this historic Dutch Colonial lodge overlooks a 5,500-acre mountain estate. Over the years, a diverse array of travelers have made Skytop Lodge their temporary home. From couples looking for an intimate retreat to families on vacation, this Poconos paradise welcomes everyone. Hike through the mountain trails, tee off on the onsite golf course, rejuvenate at the onsite spa, or savor the many dining options. A wide variety of lodging options includes the Main Lodge, the Inn, and cottages. Full private baths, complimentary Wi-Fi, and direct access to the natural splendor make for an unforgettable stay. Stay at the Skytop Lodge and make your own history!


One Skytop, Skytop, Pennsylvania 18357

Related activities

Swing away at Skytop Lodge's award-winning, 18-hole, 6,656-yard golf course. West Mountain serves as your backdrop for excellent mountain-style golf and roaming water, vibrant wildflowers, and truly stunning views make for a hole-in-one experience!

Related Onsite Offerings

At the onsite spa,indulge in a variety of treatments and behold the magnificent views of the lush bowling green, the exquisite flower gardens, and the majestic Delaware Water Gap.

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Within the Santa Cruz River Valley, set amidst the Tumacacori and Santa Rita Mountains is the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. A member of Historic Hotels of America, Tubac is housed on 500 acres of the Otero Ranch. In 1789, the King of Spain gave this land to Don Toribio de Otero, who began a ranch and dedicated the land to supplying food and weaponry to soldiers. Throughout generations, Otero Ranch became the largest cattle empire in Arizona, and the ranch remained in the family until 1941. But, it wasn’t until 1959 when the ranch became Tubac. Today, the resort’s Spanish architecture and Southwestern warmth hold the integrity of the original Otero name while providing guests with a historical and hospitable getaway. Tubac Golf Resort and Spa’s history resonates within modern accommodations and amenities. You’ll feel comfortable in one of four lodging options: Hacienda King Suites, Casita Suites, Posada Rooms, or the original Otero House. The resort’s pristine, 27-hole golf course includes breathtaking views of the mountains and surrounding landscape, and the hacienda style spa will leave you feeling refreshed. You may also wish to indulge in the heated pool and Jacuzzi or the resort’s Stables Grille, where you’ll enjoy fine Mexican fare.


1 Ave de Otero Road, Tubac, AZ 85646

Extra Stops

Add more history to your historic stay with a visit to Tubac Precidio State Park or Tumacacori National Historical Park.

Fun facts

Tubac Golf Resort and Spa was developed by a group of businessmen headed by Bing Crosby, who was fond of the game of golf.


The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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On the north end of West Mountain in the Arkansas woodlands, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa overlooks the valley below. Built by the Eureka Springs Improvement Company and the Frisco Railroad and presented to the public on May 20, 1886, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa was and continues to be a luxurious getaway where Southern hospitality meets the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Today, the quaint mountain town still holds its quiet, clean nature, and that same atmosphere resonates at the 1886 Crescent. A stay at the 1886 Crescent means resting your head amongst a beautifully detailed headboard and wall decor rich in color and historical charm. You will savor the delicacies at the 1886 Steakhouse as well as the view and the fare at Sky Bar Gourmet Pizza. The New Moon Spa and Salon will rejuvenate you for exploring the Arkansas Art Trail, where you’ll find national and naturally spectacular sites.


75 Prospect Ave, Eureka Springs AR 72632

Related activities

For a haunting stay, check out "America's Most Haunted Hotel," and learn about the legends of guests who have arrived but never left 1886 Crescent Hotel.

Related Onsite Offerings

The 1886 Crescent Hotel now presents the Crescent Theater. Enjoy performances highlighting the tales of Eureka.


The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

St. Simons Island, Georgia

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Blending Southern history and modern amenities, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort fuses the past and present to create an unforgettable stay! Situated on St. Simons Island, this stay bursts with history, from the streets (which are lined with live oaks and Spanish moss) to the quaint boutique shops. Sink your toes in the sand, as the resort is located directly on the Atlantic Ocean shoreline. Opened in 1935, this historic hotel has been updated throughout the years, yet retained its warm Southern hospitality. Make a splash in the sparkling blue swimming pools, which overlook the ocean, or stay dry with a round on the resort's award-winning golf course. Relax at the Royal Treatment Cottage with a selection of massage treatments. Beach villas, suites, and rooms include amenities like hot tubs, gas grills, beach access, and stunning ocean views. A historically fun stay awaits!


201 Arnold Road,St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522

Related activities

Enjoy the finest in Southern golf when you tee it up on the 18-hole, par-72 course, which bends around towering oaks, and across lakes and lagoons.

Related Onsite Offerings

Stop by ECHO, the resort's oceanfront restaurant that features classic coastal cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere, or sample some lighter fare at The Sea Shack Bar + Bites.


Vineyard Bed & Breakfast

North East, Pennsylvania

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Built at the turn of the century, Vineyard Bed & Breakfast interweaves the Old World charm of yesteryear with the luxurious amenities of today. Surrounded by grape vineyards, apple orchards, and fruit farms, this second-generation homestead hearkens back to a simpler time. Suites include private fireplaces, cable television, and breathtaking Lake Erie views. The family rooms features a large stone fireplace that takes up most of the wall. If you'd like to make some of your own history, explore the local area, where activities abound. You're just minutes from wine tasting and tours, beach combing, sunbathing, fishing, and boating. If you'd prefer some in-town attractions, try antiquing, shopping, sightseeing and more. Swing away on spectacular surrounding golf courses or pamper yourself with spa treatments at Peak n’ Peek Resort. History and hospitality unite!


10757 Sidehill Rd, North East, Pennsylvania 16428


You're in for a treat in the fall during grape harvest time, when you can watch the harvesting process and enjoy the intoxicating aroma of fresh Concord grapes.

Related Onsite Offerings

Slow down and enjoy the old-fashioned porch swing located in the property's private gazebo. Take in the breathtaking Lake Erie sunsets!


The Historic Powhatan Resort

Williamsburg, Virginia

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Take a trip back 200 years in the small Virginia town of Williamsburg during your stay at The Historic Powhatan Resort, and you will find yourself amidst the culture and daily life of the colonial era. The Historic Powhatan Resort offers a touch of colonial flair with the Manor House, which was established in 1735. With a face of brick and paned windows, the Manor House reflects the style of the “New World,” but inside, visitors are welcomed with warm and modern accommodations. The one- to four-bedroom apartments provide generous living space with kitchens and master bed and baths. The decor is rich yet clean, welcoming a comfortable stay. While staying at the Powhatan Resort, exploring the streets and history of Williamsburg and the surrounding cities is like stepping back in time. Watch a blacksmith at work at James Anderson’s Public Armoury or head only six miles down the road to the first American Settlement in Jamestown as well as the Museum of the American Revolution at the Yorktown Victory Center. Or, if you’re looking for some more modern thrills, Head to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, where you will scream from the tops of the roller coasters.


3601 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23188

Related activities

The Powhatan Bar and Grille is open seasonally for breakfast and dinner dining, or check out King's Arms Tavern for a more classic, colonial dining experience.

Getting there

From the airport take I-64 to exit 242A (Jamestown/ Route 199 West). Follow Route 199 West for 5.5 miles to the fifth traffic light. Turn left onto Route 5W (John Tyler Hwy). Continue for 1.8 miles to the second traffic light. Turn right onto Route 615 (Ironbound Road). Powhatan is located just under a mile on the left hand side. From Richmond take the I-64 to exit 234 (199E). Follow Route 199 East for approximately 8.5 miles to the first traffic light. Turn right onto John Tyler Hwy (Route 5). Continue for 1.8 miles to the second traffic light. Turn right onto Route 615 (Ironbound Road). Powhatan is located just under a mile on the left hand side.


King's Creek Plantation

Williamsburg, Virginia

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Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown are all right off your doorstep at King's Creek Plantation, where history comes to life. Relive the vivid story of the United States' birth in the streets of America's Historic Triangle. Then, return to the comfort of the resort, where Old World ambiance and modern amenities interweave.

Combining the classic charm of a village with the exceptional amenities of an upscale resort, King's Creek Plantation is a landmark in luxury. The Cottages, The Townes, and the Estates offer quaint cottages, spacious townhomes, and elegant houses. Sleeping anywhere from two to 14, there's enough space for every type of vacation. Make a splash in any of the many swimming pools, grab a bite to eat at the snack bar, or warm up in the sunroom. Flat-screen televisions, fireplaces, and wet bars add to the at-home feeling. Head into Williamsburg and be surrounded by American history. Horse-drawn carriages teeter along the streets, actors stroll around in the garb of the time, and historic architecture dots the city. Learn more at world-class museums, art galleries, and theaters. Find additional entertainment with sensational shopping, exquisite dining, outstanding golf and theme parks, and gorgeous scenic trails and waterways. History is around every corner at King's Creek Plantation!


191 Cottage Cove Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Fun facts

Williamsburg was founded in 1632 as Middle Plantation as a fortified settlement on high ground between the James and York Rivers.

Related Onsite Offerings

Additional amenities abound like barbeque grills, basketball courts, and picnic areas. There's never a dull moment here!


Grand Central Hotel

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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Built in 1883, this hotel and spa is on the National Register of Historic Places and makes for a perfect historical vacation. The healing powers of the Eureka Springs were discovered in 1850 by Dr. Alvah Jackson and make for a great destination on your vacation! Soon after the discovery of the healing water, the Grand Central Hotel was built in 1880 as a stagecoach terminal. As many as 100 people a day would head through the hotel to get to the healing waters. In 1985, the true potential of the building was recognized and a massive reconstruction took place. In 1987 the upper two floors were redone and the lobby was rebuilt to what it is today. This grand hotel now houses a massage parlor, nail salon and grand ballroom. Visit this historic destination and enjoy the onsite Grand Taverne restaurant, local shopping and dining and onsite spa which offers a variety of services and packages!


The Grand Central Resort 37 North Main Street Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632


The spa offers four different packages which allow you to stay at the hotel and pamper yourself at the same time!

Fun facts

The hotel was originally a stagecoach terminal for passengers coming to Eureka Springs from the North.


Fullerton Inn

Chester, Vermont

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The land on which the Fullerton Inn sits is rich with the history of welcoming, Green Mountain inns. Originally, The Ingraham House, built in the 1840s, occupied the spot, but it was destroyed in a fire in the 1880s. As time passed, a new inn was built, The Fullerton Inn, which has taken on a number of different names since. Despite the changes, The Fullerton Inn has continued to provide a quaint and inviting bed and breakfast experience. During your stay, enjoy fine dining at the Inn’s restaurant or sample comforting dishes and Vermont brews at the tavern. The village of Chester is a great place to explore. Indulge in the shops, galleries, and antique shops sprinkled throughout the village. The Inn also features entertainment year round. Vinny DiBernardo plays rock and pop hits with his guitar and harmonica while Matt Meserve plays your favorites on the grand piano.


Route 11, Chester, Vermont 05143


The population of Chester, Vermont is approximately 3,044.

Mountain range

Chester is within the Green Mountains of Vermont.