With crisp air and autumn foliage popping up, fall has officially arrived. During these last few months of the year, we often turn to nostalgic times of days past. At Omni Hotels & Resorts, we love to celebrate the rich history our properties have to offer. Country Living placed four Omni hotels on the list of “50 of the Most Stunning Historic Hotels in America.” We invite you to turn back the clock and check out these historic hotels below.
The Omni Homestead (older than the United States itself) is perhaps the most historic of all the Omnis, and recently received the 2016 Historic Hotels of America Award for Best Historic Resort. The Homestead, built and named in honor of the homesteaders — those who camped out and built the hotel, opened in 1766 (ten years before the inception of the U.S.). This historic site has hosted 23 U.S. presidents. Notably, Thomas Jefferson spent three weeks soaking in the pools in Hot Springs (now, the aptly named “Jefferson pools” on property). This year, The Omni Homestead Resort is celebrating its 250th anniversary with daily celebrations. Learn more about The Omni Homestead Resort’s history here.
Boston, one of America’s most historic cities, is home to Omni Parker House, where politicians, literary heroes and actors have gathered since its opening in 1855. Countless U.S. presidents have walked through the halls of Parker House, and President John F. Kennedy even proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in this historic spot. On a culinary note, Parker House invented the famed Parker House Roll and perfected Boston Cream Pie (the official state dessert of Massachusetts). Learn more about Omni Parker House’s history here.
Edwin Wiley Grove, known as the “Father of Modern Asheville,” invented Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic, which in its heyday was a household staple and sold more bottles than Coca-Cola. From this lucrative invention came the idea of a massive hotel, built by Fred Seely and 450 men working 10 hour shifts, six days a week. Seely promised Grove that the hotel would be built in one year. The Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913, just three days shy of the one-year mark. Learn more about The Omni Grove Park Inn’s history here.
Omni Mount Washington, a superstructure built by Joseph Stickney, was built in two years by 250 Italian craftsman. From it’s inception, Mount Washington has played host to a cast of intriguing characters including Thomas Edison and three U.S. presidents. In 1986, the United States Department of the Interior recognized the historical and architectural significance of The Mount Washington Hotel with a National Historic Landmark designation. Learn more about Omni Mount Washington Resort’s history here.