--- THE OMNI HOMESTEAD RESORT ---Located in Hot Springs, Virginia and dating to 1766, The Omni Homestead Resort has been rebuilt after a 1901 fire, added onto under various owners, and remains a quintessential destination for Southern hospitality. The dignitaries and debutantes that have graced those grand halls are numerous and include 22 U.S. Presidents (Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Woodrow Wilson, Dwight Eisenhower, James McKinley, William Taft, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton are among them) and The Duke and Duchess of Windsor whom stayed for 30 days. Suites and restaurants are named in honor of several of these visitors. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] Inn at the Crossroads[/caption]
--- INN AT THE CROSSROADS ---A legitimate 1817 tavern that has never had any other purpose than to cater to travelers, Inn at the Crossroads in North Garden has welcomed presidents and will welcome you, too. According to the current owners, "In the spring of 1823, a meeting between Thomas Jefferson and Martin Van Buren was held in the Dabney Carr room which was the private dining room at the time. Jefferson was either traveling to or from Poplar Forest to be with his grandson Frances Eppes and his family. Teddy Roosevelt visited the tavern for supper following a day of birding while visiting his beloved Pine Knot. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made a visit to the tavern in 1936 when he made a speech from the front porch prior to dedicating the George Washington National Forest." [caption id="attachment_13961" align="alignright" width="300"] The Jefferson Hotel[/caption]
--- THE JEFFERSON HOTEL ---A grand dame of a Southern hotel, The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond has been a go-to for the glamorous and famous since 1895, even through a couple of fires, exchanges of ownership, additions and renovations. Esteemed guests have included a host of presidents, including Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, William Howard Taft, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton (post presidency for the inauguration of Virginia Governor Terrence McAuliffe), and Barack Obama. Additional guests are numerous and include Vanderbilts, Sir Edmund Hilary, Charlie Chaplin, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.
--- THE CAVALIER---
This grand hotel was first opened in 1927 and was an important icon of luxury accommodations in the Virginia Beach area. Although closed for renovations until 2017, the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach has hosted a total of nine U.S. Presidents: Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George Bush. In addition to being a hotel, the Cavalier was also a major performance venue. Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby both performed at this impressive destination, and many huge names in American history, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, and Will Rogers all stayed at the Cavalier during its storied history. With the current renovations, the hotel will regain some of its former glory and grandeur.[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] 1811 Historic Rosemont Manor[/caption]