Several Victorian hotels retained their romance and beauty, and at the same time were admired such as California's Del Coronado Hotel, Grand Michigan Island Mackinac Grand and Georg's Jekyll Island Club Hotel, each relatively similar, each unique.
Located on the western edge of San Diego Bay, Del Coronado is a landmark on Coronado Island whose charming grounds cover more than 30 acres of beautiful seafront property. And starting this month, look for a giant gold ribbon tied around the hotel's red dome to commemorate its 125th anniversary!
Built in 1888, the hotel is a Victorian-era castle. Built, Del Coronado was the largest building in America outside of New York that was electrically lit. Thomas Edison himself has arrived to take the lead to create his own incandescent light bulb.
Named by The Del by local people, the hotel has a rich history, hosting presidents, princes and Hollywood legends. Author L. Frank Baum called the home "The Del" while writing "The Wizard of Oz" based on the design of the Emerald City Hotel.
The Hotel Del Coronado is often used as a backdrop for film and television production. Although the film was shot on Mackinac Island, Michigan, many who read the book say that "Del" was the inspiration for a classic romantic movie "Somewhere in Time " who is acting Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour,.
Mackinac Island has been called the "summer spot of America," but the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, built in 1887, truly lives on as "Grand." If Del Coronado is a Victorian-era castle, the Grand Hotel is a Victorian-era palace. Taking only four months to build, he has run out of seasons for more than 125 years.
The 385-room grand is entitled to the longest porch in the world. The 660-meter-long porch extends the entire length of the building and is served on the porch through summer cocktails before dinner. Indeed, this hotel is magnificent in every way. Even its location, high above the rest of Mackinac Island, offers magnificent views.
Upon arrival by ferry to Mackinac Island, visitors are wrapped up in another time and place. As motor vehicles are prohibited, towed carriages await passengers as they disembark. The clip of the horse's buckle dominates. Like Del Coronado, the Grand Hotel was visited by presidents and world-renowned entertainers.
The hotel gained cinematic fame when the 1980 film "Somewhere in Time," set here. Although in the movie, Christopher Reeve got behind the wheel of a sports car, thanks to Hollywood scripts. "Somewhere in Time "is considered by many to be a romantic cult classic.
Unlike Mackinac Island, motor vehicles are allowed on Jekyll Island, but the island abounds in pristine natural wonders that include beautiful oak trees soaked in Spanish moss.
While a Victorian-style club hotel, built in 1888, offers plenty of charm, off-the-door exploration offers pleasure to both beaches and seaside forests. The island's beaches and forest are protected from the spread by the state of Georgia.
Jekyll Island was first developed in the late 1800s by top American millionaires who wanted their place for winter loneliness. During World War II, the island was closed for security reasons by the federal government. After the war, the descendants of the first millionaire families were no longer interested in returning.
More recently, the club has been restored to its former style, displaying art glass windows and decorated woodwork. Neither the palace nor the castle is celebrated here by that beautiful dome. Victorian appeal dominates the public areas of the Jekyll Island Hotel Club, a place once reserved only for the richest in America.
Don't let any of these 19th century hotels give you the impression of being antique. The leisurely pace of the past blends in and meets all the comforts of the present to make any visit to any of these hotels unforgettable, whether overnight or easy. For romantic people, staying in one of these hotels is like living in a fairy tale.