The Historic Hotels of America have released their finalists for the 2018 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence just in time for holiday vacation. With 17 categories ranging from Best Social Media to Hotel Historian of the Year, we’ve got a few samples to inspire your next family trip.
Sustainability Champion finalist
Airlie, a 19th century estate burrowed into the Virginian countryside, focuses on reconnecting guests with the great outdoors. With over 300 acres of land, Airlie has its own farm specializing in local dishes and delicacies. Ride a complimentary bike through the fields, take a yoga class on the grass, and unwind at the end of the day with s’mores around the fire. If you’re feeling extra adventurous you can sign up for archery, clay shooting, and complimentary fishing passes. With several variations of rooms and cottages, you are sure to find something that fits your family.
Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms) finalist
Inspired by the Alaskan discoveries of Captain James Cook, his namesake hotel is located in the heart of downtown Anchorage. With most everything in the city walking distance, guests may be tempted skip out on the amenities, but Hotel Captain Cook holds its own. With an astounding four restaurants, private art collection, several athletic clubs, and over 500 rooms to choose from, you may never want to leave. Pro-tip: request a room in an upper floor of the third tower for an extra special view.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Best Historic Resort finalist
The Caribbean’s longest running family-owned resort, The Buccaneer, is a dreamy snapshot of pure relaxation. With over 340 acres of perks to explore, this island getaway definitely feels like a home away from home. With four sandy white beaches only a short walk away, a water-sports center and weekly crab races, your little mermaids and mermen are sure to earn their gills. While parents spend some quality time at one of the three restaurants or eight tennis courts, kids ages 4-12 can make new friends at the complementary year-round Kids Camp.
Tarrytown, New York
Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms) finalist
If your history-buff kids have ever begged you for their own castle, this 20th century New York hotel is the place for you. The Castle Hotel and Spa sits on 10 wooded acres and includes a breathtaking view of the historic Hudson River. Originally built as a single-family home, the Castle Hotel boasts 31 uniquely refurbished suites and rooms. While the kids explore the grounds or play in the whirlpool, parents can enjoy the luxurious Sankara Spa or a meal at the renowned Equus fine dining restaurant.