Western Landmark

Great hotels of the West — from historical gems to modern wonders


Western Landmark: Arizona Biltmore

Fall | Winter 2011       Written By Shari Morrison      

When you hear the Irving Berlin song, “White Christmas,” you might picture, in black and white, Mr. Berlin sitting before a log fire in a warm New England cabin, looking…

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Western Landmark: The Art Hotel

June | July 2016       Written By Rosemary Carstens      

Located in Denver’s downtown museum district, the Art Hotel catapults the trend of artistic excellence and hospitality to new heights. Exciting multisensory experiences begin immediately upon pulling into the hotel’s…

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Western Landmark: Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria

August | September 2015       Written By Marla Cimini      

If someone were to paint a canvas of heaven on earth, perhaps it would look something like the Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria resort on the island of Maui, Hawaii.  The…

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Western Landmark: Inn at the Presidio

October | November 2014       Written By David M. Brown      

Brigadier General Frederick Funston, commander, Presidio of San Francisco, Cosmopolitan Magazine, July 1906: “I was living with my family at 1310 Washington Street, near Jones, one of the most elevated parts…

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Western Landmark: Montage Laguna Beach

December 2012 | January 2013       Written By Isabelle Walker      

At the foot of the steep cliffs and mountain canyons that define this upscale, laid-back artists’ haven and beach town, a midsize resort is carving a hospitality niche out of…

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Western Landmark: The Joule

October | November 2016       Written By Christy Nielson      

The Joule hotel in Dallas, Texas, was named for the international unit of energy, an appropriate primer for the dynamic experience contained inside.  The 161-room boutique hotel is located downtown,…

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Western Landmark: Sunset Marquis Hotel

December 2014 | January 2015       Written By Marla Cimini      

It’s easy to miss the hidden oasis that lies behind the unassuming entrance to the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, California. Tucked away on a narrow, hilly street, this 152 - room property…

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Western Landmark: Encantado

April | May 2012       Written By Shari Morrison      

It could be one of New Mexico’s best-kept secrets. Tucked into the Little Tesuque Valley just seven minutes from Santa Fe’s historic downtown Plaza, is Encantado, which earned the coveted…

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Western Landmark: Hotel del Coronado

June | July 2012       Written By Shari Morrison      

She’s a redhead and she’s known as “The Grand Lady by the Sea.” With her whitewashed exterior of scalloped wood shingles and her steeply pitched roofs in brilliant red, the…

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Western Landmark: The Allison Inn

June | July 2015       Written By David M. Brown      

When seventh-generation Willamette Valley residents Ken and Joan Austin opened their 85-room Allison Inn & Spa six years ago, they envisioned a destination resort that would celebrate the area’s topography, textures, wine terroir,…

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Western Landmark: Cavallo Point

April | May 2013       By Chase Reynolds Ewald      

The Golden Gate Bridge, with its Art Deco articulation and International Orange color, is one of the world’s most iconic structures. For anyone who has crossed over or sailed under…

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Western Landmark: The Culver Hotel

April | May 2016       Written By Marla Cimini      

If a vivid imagination is a prerequisite for transforming a dilapidated, neglected property into a brilliantly revitalized destination, then Maya Mallick, owner of the Culver Hotel, possesses an abundance of…

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Western Landmark: Alisal Guest Ranch

October | November 2013      

Deep sleepers take heed. Your dreamy slumber at the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort may suddenly be interrupted at dawn by a call-to-prayer-like chant, compliments of a choir of crowing roosters.…

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Western Landmark: Bespoke Inn

October | November 2015       Written By Marla Cimini      

First impressions often speak volumes. From the moment you darken its doorway, the Bespoke Inn — a small bed and breakfast situated in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona — reveals…

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Western Landmark: La Fonda

August | September 2014       Written By Johnny D. Boggs      

The lounge is hopping, the restaurant’s packed and tourists, guests and locals wander through the hotel’s ground floor, window shopping or admiring art and architecture. La Fonda on the Plaza…

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Western Landmark: Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

October | November 2012       Written By Shari Morrison      

In the High Sonoran Desert of Tucson, Arizona, Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa spreads across 400 acres at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Born in 1996 as an integrated…

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Western Landmark: Hermosa Inn and Hotel Valley Ho

February | March 2015       Written By Kathy Chin Leong      

Newly divorced and removed from his Arizona home, ladies’ man and famed Western artist Lon Megargee did what any resilient cowboy would do: he built another one. In 1936, he built an adobe ranch house…

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Western Landmark: El Tovar Hotel

February | March 2012       Written By Shari Morrison      

“In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which, so far as I know, is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world,” said President Theodore Roosevelt in…

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Western Landmark: Dunton Hot Springs

June | July 2013       Written By Rosemary Carstens      

Legend has it that Butch Cassidy strode into the old Dunton saloon following a hard ride from his first bank robbery in Telluride and carved his name into the bar. You…

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Western Landmark: Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

February | March 2017       Written By Shari Morrison      

“Welcome to Hacienda del Sol, miss,” might have been the greeting a young lady from the East Coast heard after her long journey West in 1929. It’s likely she was…

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Western Landmark: Through an Owner’s Eyes, Chico Hot Springs Resort

August | September 2016       Written By Seabring Davis      

In the winter of 1996, I was a cocktail waitress in the restaurant at Chico Hot Springs Resort in Pray, Montana. It was Christmas Eve and feather-size snowflakes poured from…

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Western Landmark: The Oxford Hotel

December 2013 | January 2014       Written By Betsy Sanz      

Any hotel worthy of representing Denver’s colorful history has to live at the crossroads of Manifest Destiny and great beer. Both are in the foundations of the Oxford Hotel in…

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Western Landmark: The Heathman Hotel

February | March 2016       Written By Rosemary Carstens      

An elegantly restored 150-room luxury boutique property, the Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland’s financial and cultural district, was built in 1927. It has received top awards from Travel + Leisure…

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Western Landmark: El Corazon de Santa Fe

February | March 2014       Written By Robert Kaufman      

Soon after arriving in the age-old, yet modern-age city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, I began to sense my urban angst dissipate, allowing me to decelerate into slowdown mode. Before long,…

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Western Landmark: Four Seasons Denver

December 2015 | January 2016       Written By Rosemary Carstens      

A landmark tower in the heart of Denver’s theater district, the Four Seasons Denver is a shining homage to comfort, luxury and a remarkable collection of art. A recipient of…

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Western Landmark: The Stanley Hotel

June | July 2014       Written By Steve Winston      

At first glance, it appears like a mirage. On a hill overlooking the very Western town of Estes Park, Colorado, sits a Classical Georgian building, a princely white lodge with red…

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Western Landmark: The Royal Hawaiian Hotel

August | September 2012       Written By Shari Morrison      

What do the Ritz-Carlton in Atlantic City, Grand Central Terminal in New York City and the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., have in common with The Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki?…

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Western Landmark: Broadmoor Wilderness Experiences

April | May 2015       Written By Kathy Chin Leong      

Call it “dude ranch lite.” For those averse to chipping a manicured fingernail, but who hanker for a taste of cowboy living, the Broadmoor has the answer. The iconic, five-star Colorado…

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Western Landmark: Kessler Collection

February | March 2013       Written By Christine Rogel      

Kessler Canyon sits in the western slope of the Colorado Rocky Mountains about 45 minutes from Grand Junction. Nestled against a mesa that changes colors with the setting sun, it’s the…

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Western Landmark: Chamberlin Inn

August | September 2013       By Chase Reynolds Ewald      

Like many small, well-preserved cities in the mountain West, Cody, Wyoming, projects a palpable sense of history. The main street, wide enough to turn a wagon around, is dotted with period buildings, anchored by a hotel…

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Western Landmark: Gateway Canyons

December 2016 | January 2017       Written By Marla Cimini      

Complementing the vast western Colorado landscape, Gateway Canyons Resort is located about an hour southwest of Grand Junction. Situated at a confluence of five majestic canyons, the resort’s adobe-style architecture…

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