For those who want to transform their sleeping time into a night of
historical relaxation then they should stay in any of the five Historic
Hotels in the State of North Carolina: The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa
in Asheville, The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, The Dunhill Hotel in
Charlotte, Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club in Southern Pines and Brookstown
Inn in Winston Salem. These places are preserved with the collaborative
efforts of the government and their management.
The Grove Park Inn in Asheville is built in 1913 and owned by Edwin W.
Grove and is notable for its distinctive structure which is made from
granite stones which were mined from Sunset Mountain. Guests of the
hotel will find an amusing site for overlooking the city and the Blue
Ridge Mountains. Some of the keynote speakers during its inauguration
were Thomas Edison, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Henry Ford. Nowadays, the
hotel hails tall and proud and has experienced a major renovation, which
includes the addition of a foot spa area and the expansion of the sports
complex. Currently, it has 510 rooms and 12-themed suites, and is proud
to offer the following amenities: gift shops, restaurants, lobby bar,
business center, valet parking, and vending machines, shoe shine
services, indoor and outdoor pools and a lot more.
Serving as a meeting place for the students and other personnel of the
University of North Carolina Chapel hill's campus is The Carolina Inn,
built and opened by John Sprunt Hill in 1924. It served as a pioneer in
exhibiting the Southern Colonial Style of architecture which is actually
Georgian, Neoclassical and European influences mixed into one, whereas
the brainchild of the design is architect Arthur C. Nash. The hotel is
enamored with antiques, rising up a casual yet elegant feel of the
surroundings. In 1935, Hill donated the property to the University
wherein the profits generated by the facility would support the
University Library. Carolina Inn has 184 guestrooms, all of which are
inclusive of iron and ironing board, coffee maker, Nintendo, phones,
electronic locks, haird dryers, rooms service and a lot more. It is
nearby golf course and tennis courts and other attrcations such as the
Playmakerís Repertory Theater, North Carolina Botanical Gardens,
Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Stadium and Ackland Art Museum.
The 10-story Dunhill Hotel, which opened in 1929 as the Mayfair
Manor, sports a neo-classical architecture designed by Louis Asbury Sr.
The property was fully renovated in 1999 and is currently a hub for the
city's art and culture. Now, it offers 60 guest rooms that detail an
18th-century interior. Amenities in Dunhill include unlimited access to
its fitness center, dry cleaning service, shoeshine service and a lot
more. The Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club on the other hand is housed inside
a 250 acre of land in Southern Pines. It was inaugurated in 1921 and has
been exhibited the Georgian-style architecture since then. The golf club
is designed by Donald Ross. It has been consistently ranked as one of
the finest golf course in the country.
Brookstown Inn's structure, on the other hand, was originally of Winston
Salem's first factory (the Salem Cotton Mill which eventually became
Wachovia Flour Mill), has been a strong reflection of the city's
industrial history. Constructed in 1837, the structure has survived the
test of time and evolved to what it is now today. Almost destroyed in
1976, historians objected to the idea and transformed the structure into
something new, a 71-room inn. Each of the guest rooms is adorned with
classic designs and color schemes, custom poster-style beds, each with
hand-stitched quilts. Some rooms have garden tubs and fireplaces. They
also offer complimentary breakfast to guests.