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Did You Know?

  • The Jefferson Hotel was supposed to open on November 1, 1895, but at the last minute it was realized that November 1 was a Friday, and it was considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday. So the hotel was opened on Halloween instead.

  • From the time the hotel opened until 1937, rooms were just $1.50 per night.  A room with a private bath was $1 more per night.

  • The Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the hotel in 1949 cost $2.50.

  • When Elvis stayed at the hotel in 1956, he brought his own television and the hotel manager was shocked that Elvis ate his bacon with his fingers.

  • In the mid 1950s, the hotel had a pink limousine to drive guests throughout the city.

  • The Jefferson has been in several movies including My Dinner with Andre (1981), First Kid (1996), HBO's Ironed Jawed Angels (2004), The American President (1995) and the recently discovered Rock and Roll Hotel (early 1980's).

  • Alligators once resided in marble pools in the Palm Court Lobby.  Richmonders would vacation in Florida and bring the baby alligators home as pets.  As they outgrew sinks and bathtubs, residents would bring them to live at The Jefferson.  Tour the hotel’s public area and see how many alligators you can find today!

  • Thirteen US Presidents, including Harrison, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Taft, both Roosevelts (Theodore and Franklin Delano), Truman and Reagan, both Bushes (George H. W. and George W.), Clinton and Obama have been guests at The Jefferson Hotel.

  • Legend says that Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was discovered by his life-long agent while dancing across the dining room at The Jefferson Hotel. 

  • Frank Sinatra once entertained guests in Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel with an impromptu performance after enjoying his dinner.

  • Artifacts from over a century of the hotel’s history are housed in a museum at the bottom of The Grand Staircase, including a photo of Elvis at the hotel's old lunch counter.

  • The priceless statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands watch over the Palm Court lobby has only left his post on one occasion.  In the 1902 hotel fire, he was rescued from the building only to have his head bumped on the cobblestones.  He took a brief vacation to Edward Valentine’s art studio where his head was reattached.

  • The Grand Staircase at The Jefferson Hotel has long been rumored to be the staircase featured in the iconic film, Gone with the Wind.

  • The Jefferson Hotel is often cited as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture still in existence today.

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Keswick Hall – Charlottesville, VA

The history of Keswick, VA is whispered through the picturesque landscape of rolling hills peppered with spectacular vineyards and meticulously cared for equestrian stables. One can almost see the spirits of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Meriwether Lewis, and so many other founders and pioneers while exploring the back roads and lanes in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Such is the setting of Keswick Hall, a historic, 48 room mansion nestled on a 600 acre estate. Each newly refreshed guestroom speaks to the elegance of the setting with a nod to the noble history of Keswick Hall. The estate includes a vineyard and is home to Keswick Club, offering tennis, swimming, spa, fitness center and the brand new Pete Dye-designed golf course, Full Cry. Keswick Hall is also home to Fossett’s restaurant, the premier, award winning restaurant of the Keswick and Charlottesville area. The Executive Chef offers a menu that is seasonally based while always celebrating the wonderful cuisine of the region.

For more information and reservations, please call 1-888-778-2565.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort
- Charleston, SC

Thoughtfully developed on a barrier island just 21 miles from historic Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island Golf Resort lies along 10 miles of pristine beach ranked among America's Top Ten. In August 2004, the resort added the Forbes 5-star/AAA 5-Diamond Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a 255-room ultra-luxurious oceanfront hotel and spa, to its 600 villas and luxury homes. While Kiawah is renowned for its nationally ranked tennis program, pristine beach, wide variety of recreational activities and superb dining, it is golf that has made it a world-famous destination. With five courses, there is no shortage of options. The most famous layout is Pete Dye's Ocean Course, which hosted the infamous "War by the Shore" 1991 Ryder Cup matches and the 2012 PGA Championships.

For more information and reservations, please call 1-800-654-2924.

The Hermitage Hotel
- Nashville, TN

The Hermitage Hotel is the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star hotel in Tennessee. Located across from the state capitol, The Hermitage has 123 suites and rooms and was designed in 1908 by J.E.R. Carpenter. The hotel opened in 1910 and features elegant furnishings, including a beautiful skylight. The Hermitage Hotel is the only remaining grand hotel in Nashville and the only commercial Beaux Arts structure in the state of Tennessee. The hotel’s restaurant, The Capitol Grille, has been nationally recognized and voted the city’s best dining room. Listed on the National Register of Historic, The Hermitage thoughtfully combines both convenience and splendor.

For more information and reservations, please call 1-888-888-9414.

The Sea Pines Resort
- Hilton Head Island, SC

Located on the southern tip of Hilton Head Island, The Sea Pines Resort is a barrier Island retreat. The 5200-acre resort encompasses villas, homes and the luxurious Inn at Harbour Town. 14 miles of winding, Spanish moss draped nature trails, unspoiled Atlantic coastline and the legendary Harbour Town Golf Links, combine to create unforgettable vacations.

Rich in Lowcountry tradition, gracious Southern hospitality and world-class golf; The Sea Pines Resort is a self-contained golfer’s paradise. Guests will find accommodations ranging from the AAA Four Diamond luxury Inn at Harbour Town to 400 villas, condos and homes with views of the ocean, fairways, lagoons and marshes. Guest enjoy first-class amenities including: exquisite dining, shopping in Harbour Town, top rated golf and tennis programs and instruction, as well as horseback riding, alligator and dolphin boat tours, EcoTours in the 605-acre forest preserve, relaxing on white sandy beaches or taking a dip in one of the resort’s pools.

Golf enthusiasts enjoy the resort’s three award-winning courses. Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s MCI Heritage, is rated the number one course in South Carolina, by Golf Magazine. In addition to “playing where the pros play”, golfers may also enjoy a round on the Ocean Course- Hilton Head Island’s first golf course. Towering pines, moss draped Oaks, and intertwining bunkers and lagoons lead golfers to the picturesque 15th hole with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Complimenting the Ocean Course is the par 72 Sea Marsh Course. A Certified Audubon Sanctuary, Sea Marsh’s Lowcountry landscape requires accurate shot placement.

For more information and reservations, please call 1-800-SeaPines (732-7463).