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America's 10 best historic hotels

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Each of these classic lodgings, voted best in the U.S. by our readers, has witnessed a great deal of history, and each has held true to its historic roots and unique sense of place.

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10. The Langham, Huntington - California

This famed Pasadena hotel has been welcoming guests since 1907, when it was originally called the Hotel Wentworth.

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9. Congress Hall - New Jersey

Congress Hall, established in 1816, calls itself America’s oldest seaside resort. The hotel in the heart of Victorian Cape May began as a modest boarding house and has since become a popular summer escape.

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8. The Hermitage Hotel - Tennessee

The historic Hermitage Hotel was constructed in 1908 as Nashville’s first million-dollar hotel. No expense was spared in adorning the Beaux-Arts building.

7. Grand Hotel - Michigan

Guests at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island might find themselves on rocking chairs on the world's longest porch, overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. This historic hotel opened in 1887 to cater to summer vacationers.

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6. Deer Path Inn - Illinois

Staying at the Deer Path Inn on Chicago’s North Shore feels more like staying in a traditional English inn, including a pub, garden, afternoon tea and an English manor-inspired restaurant.

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5. The Francis House -California

Napa Valley’s newest luxury inn occupies a National Register of Historic Places-designated building in Calistoga, the former family home for merchant James H. Francis.

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4. Mission Inn Hotel & Spa - California

This hotel started out as a 12-room adobe boarding house in the late 1800s, when East Coast residents and Europeans began moving to Riverside for the warm weather and citrus industry.

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3. Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa - Alabama

This resort on the Alabama coast first opened its doors in 1847 with 40 rooms. Since then, the hotel served as a hospital during the Civil War and a host for training operations during both world wars.

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2. Historic Hotel Bethlehem - Pennsylvania

Guests of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem can learn about the hotel’s storied history in the Lower Lobby. A hotel has occupied the site since 1741.

1. The Peabody Memphis - Tennessee

The grande dame of Southern hotels, the historic Peabody is a treat for the senses. Opulence abounds, a dynamite restaurant pleases the palate and the famed ducks are a guest favorite.

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