Make your own history while retracing noteworthy steps and inspiring love stories in a historical setting around the nation this winter. 
Certain prestigious properties which have maintained authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hotels at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or recognized as having historic significance comprise Historic Hotels of America.   

Here is a sampling of some of the noteworthy and romantic stories and celebrities who have stayed at member hotels. 

The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco has been turning moments into memories since 1907, inspiring romantic books and movies for nearly a century. The Fairmont San Francisco’s Venetian Room was the venue for the legendary debut of Tony Bennett’s version of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” World-renowned, The Fairmont San Francisco hotel presents the grandeur and luxury of historic San Francisco and the perfect place for guests to stage their own love story.

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In 1929, John and Helen Murphey created Hacienda Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona, a desert retreat and “home away from home” ranch school for girls. The prestigious school’s roster boasted some of the country’s most elite families: Vanderbilt, Pillsbury, and Westinghouse. Hacienda Del Sol was converted into a guest ranch that attracted the Silver Screen’s most notable stars, among them John Wayne and Clark Gable. Legend has it that Hacienda’s Casita Grande was the favorite hideaway of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Today, the story continues, with simple pleasures, subtle beauty, and charming hospitality at this classic Arizona resort, lovingly renovated to preserve its historic roots.

 With backdrop of beautiful Sunset Rock and mountain panorama. the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, North Carolina provides a stunning setting.Ranked the #2 Most Romantic Hotel in the United States by TripAdvisor reviewers in 2012, the Inn is a favorite a destination for weddings, elopements, and vow renewals. A regular guest at the Old Edwards Inn from Atlanta credits the Inn with saving his marriage many times over through an escape to relax in the spa, dine in Madison’s Restaurant, and listen to Cy Timmons in Hummingbird Lounge.

 The Waldorf – Astoria Hotel has been the epicenter of New York’s cultural, social, and political life since it opened its famed doors in 1931. Not only was the hotel host to many legends, including Marilyn Monroe, Cole Porter, and Frank Sinatra, it has been the setting of numerous romances. among the world’s golden couples. Jack and Jackie Kennedy spent their wedding night in a Waldorf Towers suite. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco celebrated their engagement at the hotel. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor maintained their New York residence in The Towers, moving in when the Duke relinquished his throne for the woman he loved. That suite remains one of the hotel’s most coveted spaces, rightly named The Royal Suite, refurbished to emulate the Windsor’s former residence. 

Long before director Charles Reisner chose Dartmouth College’s Winter Carnival as the setting for his tangled romance, the 1939 film “Winter Carnival,” The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth College has seen many hearts won and lost. The Hanover Inn welcomes back alumni from the era of the film and at the same time helps recent grads plan their weddings at the Inn. Stories of Dartmouth romance walk hand in hand with the hotel’s history. The wife of a Class of ’42 grad remembered filling a letter to Hanover with the paper Kisses streamers from a bag of chocolates. Another alum recalled sitting in a rocker on the front porch of the Inn as he first glimpsed the woman who would be his wife.

 The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon is a captivating destination for a romantic getaway. The hotel has been named one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” by Condé Nast Traveler. The Heathman Hotel served as one of the settings in the popular and romantically themed 50 Shades of Grey book. Extravagant and romantic services and packages available for guests with romance in mind.

Green Park Inn

The Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina has hosted many famous guests as a getaway far from the public eye. One famous guest at the Inn on a romantic rendezvous was Marilyn Monroe. The staff at the Green Park Inn has not identified the dashing young man that slipped into her room in the evening, and slipped out shortly before dawn. The mystery remains. The Green Park Inn provides a romantic setting today, with the sounds of local piano legend, Charlie Ellis, in the elegant living room. 

“The stories and history, unique to each hotel, is what makes staying at a Historic Hotel of America a distinctive and memorable travel experience,” said Thierry Roch, Executive Director.   Travelers can select from over 3,000 dynamic hotel packages, extraordinary historic experiences, and hot deals. Historic Hotels of America provides guests with the lowest published rates online, as a part of their Price Match Guarantee. 

Historic Hotels of America has more than 235 historic hotels. For more information, see www.HistoricHotels.org.