Historic American Hotels: 8 Timeless Seaside Retreats

by Rebecca Dolan Subscribe to Rebecca Dolan's posts Posted Apr 27th 2011 07:30 AM



It seemed to take forever this year, but spring has finally started to arrive. Warm weather and sunshiney days can only mean one thing: beach season is coming! So, in between downing celery sticks and logging major treadmill time to be bathing suit ready, it's time to plan a seaside escape. This year, instead of staying at the same condo that hasn't seen an interior designer since the days of disco, think about staying at an even more historic locale.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many grand beach retreats were built along America's coasts. Often they existed to provide wealthy tycoons with a place to escape the big city.

Here are just eight such resorts where historic elegance still exists.

Have a favorite historic seaside hotel? Let us know in the comments below.

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What, no Alaska?

May 02 2011 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Beware that the del Coranado Hotel is very old and not sound proof. We were right next to the elevator. It was horrible. It is a beautiful setting but make sure you know what you're getting into. It was very pricey for a horrible night's sleep.

May 02 2011 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mackinaw / mackinac was a great famiy fun vacation. we visited the historic forts and took the carriage tour of the island. It was beautiful! Great little shops, too.

April 30 2011 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

mackinac island is a very romantic, intimate place where it is possible to be alone yet surrounded by people and beauty. It is located just south of God's country (the beautiful, wild, secluded upper penninsula of Michigan).

April 29 2011 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nice places, remember them well for your next trips to US

April 27 2011 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply