The Hampton Inn: Birmingham, AL

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From our very own Carolyn Faye Fox at The Improper Bostonian.

Start your visit by checking in at a conveniently located hotel. The elegant yet homey Tutwiler (officially known as the Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham Downtown Tutwiler) offers historic cachet and modern comforts, including a shuttle that’ll not only take you to and from the airport , but also around town, plus a complimentary hearty breakfast: eggs, bacon, grits, waffles, fruit, yogurt and, if you’re lucky—or if it’s Sunday—homemade biscuits.

 

Mission Inn Hotel and Spa: Riverside, CA

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From our very own Carolyn Faye Fox at The Improper Bostonian.

Sixty miles east of Los Angeles, in the heart of California’s Inland Empire, the sprawling city of Riverside isn’t exactly a hotbed of tourism…except for one remarkable place. Whether you’re an architecture buff, a spa devotee or a traveler who revels in the uniquely idiosyncratic, the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa will capture your attention and hold it for days on end.

For starters, this National Historic Landmark is the country’s largest Mission Revival-style building, taking up an entire city block. But there’s more than Mission going on here—original owner and developer Frank Miller was unconstrained by consistency, building wings in differing architectural styles and adding whatever details suited his taste. That’s why the row of flying buttresses along one side are merely Gothic decorative elements, instead of serving their usual structural function. Miller built the inn in stages, finishing the final Rotunda Wing in 1931, when Riverside was thriving as the birthplace of the California citrus industry and a destination for Hollywood celebrities and other notables; the Mission Inn was where they unpacked their trunks and stayed for months at a time.



Radisson Downtown: Salt Lake City, UT

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The Oxbow Hotel: Eau Claire, WI

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The Peabody Hotel: Memphis, TN

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Intercontinental Mark Hopkins: Knob Hill, San Francisco, CA

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From our very own Carolyn Faye Fox at The Improper Bostonian:

For more luxurious digs, check in to the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, which has epitomized San Francisco hospitality since it opened its elegant doors in 1926. In the morning, there’s an exceptional breakfast buffet, including ethereal shrimp dim sum dumplings; at night, the Top of the Mark restaurant offers unrivaled panoramic views of the city, as well as an extensive cocktail list. It’s also convenient. Located atop Nob Hill at the crossing of three cable car lines, the hotel is a six-minute walk to Union Square and just a block from the Grace Cathedral, a landmark famous for its Ghiberti doors, stained glass, AIDS interfaith chapel and labyrinths.

 

Grant Street Inn: Bloomington, IN

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Stowe Mountain Lodge Resort: Stowe, VT

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Fairmont Olympic: Seattle, WA

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel has redefined downtown sophistication. Built in 1924, Seattle’s premier hotel offers nearly a century of luxury service standards, while melding classic elegance with mid-century modern room décor. New rooms and corridors, as well as an updated gym, makes this classic a must-experience hotel in Seattle.

From our very own Carolyn Faye Fox at The Improper Boston:

For post-prandial snoozing, there’s the centrally located Fairmont Olympic, a historic 450-room hotel whose down pillows and duvets ensure luxuriously restful sleep. After a swim in the glassed-in rooftop pool or a run on the treadmill, you can indulge in a room-service breakfast poolside wearing a fluffy terry robe and slippers. And if you prefer to dine in the hotel one evening, the on-site Shuckers turns out a fine crab Louie salad, as well as an oyster-palooza of 13 kinds of oysters prepared nine different ways.