Historic Hotels of America Announces The 2019 Top 25 Historic Hotels for a Romantic Proposal

WASHINGTON--()--Historic hotels are the perfect place for celebrating special occasions that create lifelong memories and are the ideal location for a romantic proposal. These special milestones celebrated at historic hotels include romantic getaways, the ideal place to propose, the destination for the perfect wedding, the getaway for a memorable honeymoon, and the location to celebrate a special anniversary. We believe that every day is Valentine’s Day at a historic hotel. Historic hotels are romantic destinations and many of them have a special location or package especially designed for couples to get engaged.

For a complete listing of historic hotels that will make your engagement as unique and special as your love, visit: HistoricHotels.org/RomanticProposals.

Here is a listing of some of the historic hotels that best provide the perfect backdrop for your romantic proposal:

The Willard InterContinental (1818) Washington, DC
The setting, the ambiance, the storied past, the luxurious touches, amenities, and the staff that work with guests to ensure their time is as memorable as possible is what sets apart The Willard InterContinental. The most romantic place for someone to pop the big question is in the grand lobby of the hotel, particularly during the holiday season around the beautifully decorated Christmas tree. When it comes to memorable moments, whether a proposal, a wedding or an anniversary, the staff work incredibly hard to ensure no detail goes unnoticed. There are close to 30 staff members on the team who have been with the hotel since it reopened in 1986. This love and this dedication to the hotel translates into the dedicated, loving, genuine, and approachable service the hotel delivers to guests and what makes this hotel the romantic destination that it is for proposals.

Antrim 1844 (1884) Taneytown, Maryland
The 17,000-square-foot mansion, gardens and estate are spectacular and a draw for any couple who are interested in a getaway or romantic proposal. One of most romantic vignettes can be found within the beautiful drawing rooms with 14-foot ceilings accompanied by plaster medallions and crown molding, oversized Monticello windows, interior shutters and marble mantels carved by William Rinehart offset by rich heart pine floors. Through the drawn curtains, look out at the masterfully restored English tea rose gardens and stoically anchored twin fountains. This historic hotel boasts an award-winning wine cellar containing over 20,000 bottles representing over 2,700 renowned selections from famed wine regions around the world, making it a great place to toast to significant milestone or engagement. From its superb cuisine to upscale accommodations to the immersive wonder that is Antrim 1844, guests leave enthralled and enchanted by this venue.

Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama
Couples have been getting engaged at the Grand Hotel for more than 170 years. After a three year transformation, the resort has even more places to ask that special question. Private beach and pool cabanas offer a quiet setting for proposals. Take a knee on the renovated pier and ask your beloved to get married as the sun-sets and majestic pelicans fly above to salute the lovebirds. For nautical lovers, a sunset cruise aboard the schooner Joshua based at the Grand is an ideal way to start planning your life together. Once engaged, stroll over to the Secret Garden where the Grand chefs have prepared a special meal of her favorites in alfresco dining for two.

Omni La Mansion del Rio, San Antonio (1852) San Antonio, Texas
Blending Spanish colonial architecture and European style, the four-diamond Omni La Mansion del Rio surrounds guests with the romance, grace and charm of a grand hacienda. Nestled along the historic River Walk among the banks of the Paseo del Rio, the hotel is a romantic, tranquil getaway. The Omni La Mansion del Rio’s courtyard transports guests away from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Antonio into an intimate and romantic garden setting. It is a popular place for couples to get engaged, get married or celebrate a special anniversary.

Mohonk Mountain House (1869) New Paltz, New York
Surrounded by 40,000 acres of pristine wilderness, set on a glacial lake, overlooking the majestic Catskill Mountains, this Victorian castle resort is the perfect setting to immerse yourself in the beauty and peace of nature. With an award-winning Spa, gourmet cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and countless recreational offerings, Mohonk Mountain House is the perfect place to whisk away your sweetheart for a romantic getaway. Sky Top Tower is one of the most popular spots at Mohonk Mountain House for a proposal. At an elevation of 1542’, Sky Top Tower overlooks the iconic resort and gives a sweeping view of the Shawangunk Ridge and the valley below. After climbing the 100 steps to the top, visitors love this picturesque, inspirational location for popping the question. It makes for great photos and even better memories.

Wentworth Mansion (1886) Charleston, South Carolina
Wentworth Mansion is inherently romantic and perfect for couples. The newly engaged couple can relax in the lap of luxury when they are guests at this historic mansion. There have been many repeat guests who, in years past, have gotten engaged here and return regularly for anniversaries. The grounds, restaurant, ambiance, history, neighborhood, and guestrooms themselves make for a romantic experience unlike any other. The cupola on the mansion’s rooftop is the most popular place for a romantic proposal. It is the best view of the Holy City, offering a 360 degree view of Charleston.

Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
Every season many couples and families choose Grand Hotel as their vacation destination. Generations of families come back every year and make it a special place for their children and grandchildren. When it comes time for special occasions like engagements and weddings they choose Grand Hotel to make their memories continue for their family. The remoteness of Mackinac Island and the charm and beauty of Grand Hotel make it the most romantic place to get engaged. It is truly special and unique and not an experience you can get anywhere else. The World’s Longest Porch overlooking the Straits of Mackinac provides the perfect backdrop for engagements. The other very special location is at the top of the hotel in the Cupola Bar at sunset.

In addition to the historic hotels listed above, see below for a listing of other historic hotels that are the perfect place for a romantic proposal:

Jekyll Island Club Resort (1887) Jekyll Island, Georgia

The Pfister (1893) Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pinehurst Resort (1896) Pinehurst, North Carolina

Lodge at the Presidio (1896) San Francisco, California

Airlie (1899) Warrenton, Virginia

Castle Hill Resort & Spa (1905) Cavendish, Vermont

The Otesaga Hotel and Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, New York

The Hermitage (1910) Nashville, Tennessee

HOTEL DU PONT (1913) Wilmington, Delaware

The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin

The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colorado

OHEKA CASTLE (1919) Huntington, New York

La Fonda (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (1927) Sonoma, California

The Heathman Hotel (1927) Portland, Oregon

The Dunhill (1929) Charlotte, North Carolina

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort (1935) St. Simmons Island, Georgia

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (1965) Kohala Coast, Hawaii

“We are pleased to announce the Historic Hotels of America 2019 Top 25 Historic Hotels for a Romantic Proposal. These romantic historic hotels range from intimate to grand and opulent,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “Proposing at a historic hotel is a wonderful opportunity to create an ever-lasting memory and increases the chance that the answer will be ‘yes.’ From historic destination resorts with romantic gardens to city-center legendary historic hotels, each provides the setting, the backdrop, and the ambience for making the perfect proposal.”

About Historic Hotels of America®

Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America has more than 300 historic hotels that have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 45 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. To learn more, please visit HistoricHotels.org.


Heather Taylor
Historic Hotels of America
Senior Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: +1 202 772 8333 Fax: +1 202 772 8338


Heather Taylor
Historic Hotels of America
Senior Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: +1 202 772 8333 Fax: +1 202 772 8338