Presidents’ Day weekend travel

Escape to an historic hotel where U.S. Presidents have stayed for the three-day Presidents’ Day weekend Photo: The Homestead

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2013 — This Presidents’ Day weekend, take off with history.  These iconic American hotels all have an important link with the country’s past.  And, yes, U.S. Presidents have stayed in all of them.

Known as the “Hotel of Presidents,” The Renaissance Blackstone, Chicago Hotel has hosted twelve U.S. Presidents.  It also happens to be home to the most famous room in American political history,  the “Smoke-Filled Room,” where Republican leaders brokered the presidential nomination of Warren G. Harding during the 1920 convention.

Famous smoke-filled room at The Blackstone in Chicago/Image by The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago


The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia opened in 1766, ten years before the American Revolution.  Guests can choose any one of the five Presidential Suites which have been named after the resort’s famous guests.  Some of the suites each feature two master bedrooms, two bathrooms, a parlor, an entry foyer and a wide porch overlooking the Allegheny Mountains.  No matter which room you choose, all guests should plan to have a cocktail in the Presidents Lounge surrounded by portraits of the 22 visiting Presidents.

Eleven U.S. presidents have been guests at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa in Pennsylvania.  For a taste of the Presidential life, stay in the James K. Polk Suite located on the top floor.  The suite, which has two bedrooms, also features sweeping views of the Cumberland Valley.

Turning 100 this year, The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina has hosted ten presidents, most recently President Barack Obama.  Like Presidents before him, Mr. Obama stayed in the Presidential Suite during his most recent visit. At once rustic and luxurious, this hotel is quintessential is tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains and has one of the best restaurants in teh city of Asheville.


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