North Carolina hotel named ‘best small historic inn’

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Green Park Inn (1891) in Blowing Rock, North Carolina (Google Maps)

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — When guests stay at the Jefferson in Washington, the Peabody Memphis or Michigan’s Grand Hotel, they know they are supporting a hotel of historic significance.

Come Thursday night, they are also staying at a hotel that has won one of the Historic Hotels of America’s 2015 Awards of Excellence, which were announced Thursday evening.

A program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Historic Hotels of America will accept only member hotels that have been designated by the U.S. secretary of the interior as a National Historic Landmark or that are listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The hotels also have to be recognized as having historic significance and be at least 50 years old.

The National Trust founded the group with 32 charter members in 1989, and it now has more than 260 historic hotel members in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The members are mostly (but not all) independently owned properties.

The 2015 Annual Awards were announced October 8 at an awards ceremony at West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) at French Lick Resort in West Baden Springs, Indiana.

Historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, and Historic Hotels of America leadership nominated the properties.

The 2015 award winners

1. Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (under 75 guest rooms)

Green Park Inn (1891) Blowing Rock, North Carolina

2. Best Historic Hotel (75-200 guest rooms)

The Jefferson, Washington (1923)

3. Best Historic Hotel (201-400 guest rooms)

Loews Don CeSar Hotel (1928) St. Pete Beach, Florida

4. Best City Center Historic Hotel

Hawthorne Hotel (1925) Salem, Massachusetts

5. Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 guest rooms)

The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee

6. Best Historic Resort

Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan

7. Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year

Hilton Chicago (1927) Chicago

8. Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel

Plume, The Jefferson, Washington (1923)

9. Hotel Historian of the Year

Michaelene Lusk Norton, The Lancaster Hotel (1926) Houston

10. 2015 Historic Hotels of America Historian of the Year Award

Stanley Turkel, author and consultant

11. Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year

The Lusk Family, The Lancaster Hotel (1926) Houston

12. Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel

French Lick Resort (1845) French Lick, Indiana

13. Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion

Xanterra Parks & Resorts

14. Historic Hotels of America Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century Service)

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

15. 2015 Historic Hotelier of the Year

Dean Lane, Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago

16. 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

Gayle Cook

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