Atlanta, GA – The Southern Living Hotel Collection, (www.SouthernLivingHotelCollection.com) a small, curated group of independent, four-and five-star level hotels, resorts and inns that span 18 Southern states and offers the best in authentic Southern hospitality is pleased to welcome its newest members delete: to the Collection: The Willcox (Aiken, SC), The Henderson Park Inn, (Destin, FL), The Swag, (Waynesville, NC), and The Inn at Willow Grove, (Orange, VA). Since its launch this past July, the Collection has grown from its 15 premier hotels, resorts and inns to 19 carefully selected properties chosen by the editors at Southern Living. Delete: with more hand-picked hotels in the process of joining.
“We’re delighted to welcome these four distinguished properties to our collection of the South’s finest hotels, resorts and inns,” said Lindsay Bierman, Editor in Chief of Southern Living. “Each of these hotels exceeds excellent service and accommodations to create a distinct and memorable Southern experience.”
Members of the Southern Living Hotel Collection are vetted according to the same criteria Southern Living editors use to determine editorial coverage. The collection is by invitation only. Each hotel in the collection provides a memorable experience through impeccable service, outstanding cuisine, high-quality facilities and the finest amenities. The Collection will continue to select additional properties over the coming years until the offering reaches up to 100 of the very best hospitality experiences across the South. For more information about the Southern Living Hotel Collection or to make a reservation at a Collection member visit: www.SouthernLivingHotelCollection.com.
The new hotels in the Collection are:
The Willcox, a white-pillared Colonial Revival landmark on the National Historic Register, has been a permanent fixture in the resort town of Aiken, SC since 1898. Starting with the inviting rocking chairs lining its pristine, white-columned porch, The Willcox represents the casual glamour of a bygone era. Guestrooms are comfortable retreats luxuriously appointed and feature high ceilings, crown moldings, cloud-soft beds, and many have their own fireplace. The award-winning Restaurant, the full service Salon & Spa, as well as the 2,000 acre surrounding park laced with hiking trails and bridle paths, makes this a perfect retreat. Guests may also enjoy nearby golf, equestrian sports, as well as quaint shops and museums plus, the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame on the grounds of lovely Hopeland Gardens.
The Henderson Park Inn
Tucked into the dunes on one of the most beautiful beaches on Florida’s Emerald Cost on the Gulf of Mexico, The Henderson Park Inn is Destin’s only adult-only hotel. With 35 distinctive guest suites, the Inn provides a true haven. On the white sand beach and bordering the State Park, guests enjoy a quiet seaside location, elegant accommodations and fine dining at the Inn’s highly acclaimed restaurant overlooking the Gulf. Breakfast and lunch are included in each guest stay, as well as lavish in-room amenities and delicacies, making The Henderson Park Inn a most romantic experience.
The Swag is an intimate, family-owned-and-operated, all-inclusive luxury inn located in the high mountains of Western North Carolina just 50 miles west of Asheville. The inn sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet near Waynesville, and offers 14 luxuriously appointed accommodations on 250 private acres. It shares a mile-long split rail fence with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Inn has its own naturalists that help guests customize their experience with hiking and walking, or simply take in the beauty from the privacy of their own porch on a rocker. The distinctive accommodations include private cabins and spacious suites all furnished with early American rustic antiques, handmade quilts, woven rugs, original artwork, and many have wood-burning fireplaces. A chef created breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in each guest stay. As the Inn is in a dry county, guests are welcome to bring their own spirits.
The Inn at Willow Grove
Nestled on a private 40-acre estate in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, The Inn at Willow Grove is a boutique hotel in a historic 18th century plantation house and surrounding cottages. Guests enjoy world-class amenities and gracious Southern hospitality in each of the 14 rooms and suites that feature stately beds with allergen-free Natura mattresses, spa-style bathrooms, gas fireplaces and private porches with views of the Virginia countryside. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the Manor House and grounds, including the Salon, the Library, the Smokehouse Spa, the extensive gardens and Vintage Restaurant and Pub with its farm-to-table cuisine.
About the Southern Living Hotel Collection
Launched in July, 2013, The Southern Living Hotel Collection includes 19 unique experiences from seaside to mountaintop and everything in between. The Collection:
1. Barnsley Resort (Adairsville, GA)
2. Big Cedar Lodge (Ridgedale, MO)
3. Blackberry Farm (Walland, TN)
4. The Greystone Inn (Lake Toxaway, NC)
5. The Grove Park Inn (Asheville, NC)
6. The Henderson Park Inn (Destin, FL)
7. The Hermitage Hotel (Nashville, TN)
8. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton, SC)
9. The Inn at Serenbe (Chattahoochee Hills, GA)
10. The Willcox (Aiken, SC)
11. The Inn at Willow Grove (Orange, VA)
12. John Rutledge House Inn (Charleston, SC)
13. Monmouth Historic Inn (Natchez, MS)
14. Pursell Farms (Talladega Springs, AL)
15. The Swag (Waynesville, NC)
16. Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club (Durham, NC)
17. Wentworth Mansion (Charleston, SC)
18. The Whitestone Country Inn (Kingston, TN)
19. Windsor Court Hotel (New Orleans, LA)
The Southern Living Hotel Collection is a carefully selected collection of independent resorts, hotels and inns, hand-picked by Southern Living, offering the best in authentic Southern travel, hospitality and experience. Spanning the 18 Southern states, these select members of the Southern Living Hotel Collection provide their guests with unique, undiscovered opportunities that showcase their history, destination and extraordinary service. Headquartered in Senoia, Georgia, the Southern Living Hotel Collection is exclusively licensed by Southern Living. The Southern Living brand is a division of Time Inc., one of the largest content companies in the world and the largest publisher in the United States. Delete: we say this above: For more information about the Southern Living Hotel Collection or to make a reservation at a Collection hotel visit: www.SouthernLivingHotelCollection.com.