THE HERMITAGE HOTEL CHOSEN AS CHARTER MEMBER OF THE SOUTHERN LIVING HOTEL COLLECTION
Honor Coincidently Coincides with Opening of the Southern Living Idea House in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 30, 2013 – The Hermitage Hotel, Tennessee’s only Forbes five-star, AAA five-diamond hotel, has been named a charter member of the new Southern Living Hotel Collection – a carefully selected group of hotels, independent resorts and inns hand-picked by Southern Living editors as epitomizing the gracious hospitality and culture of the South.
Officially launched this month, the Southern Living Hotel Collection includes 15 properties throughout the South that epitomize the region’s charm, culture and storied hospitality. One of only three properties in Tennessee invited to join the Collection, The Hermitage Hotel was selected for its excellence in staff and service, facility design and décor, culinary concept, amenities and services and for its community alliance, involvement and integration.
“Few organizations speak with more authority or authenticity about the South than Southern Living magazine. I’m sure that travelers seeking to experience the best the South has to offer will find this new collection to be an invaluable guide. We are certainly honored to be included as a charter member with so many other truly iconic properties,” said Janet Kurtz, The Hermitage Hotel’s director of sales and marketing.
The prestigious members-only collection shares a commitment to excellence as defined by the four pillars of Southern Living: Food, Travel, Home and Garden.
“Our Collection of unique and special resorts, hotels and inns will bring to life what the writers of Southern Living have been sharing with the readers for generations,” said Scott Tigchelaar, president of the Southern Living Hotel Collection. “This ‘missing piece’ will complete the collage of providing our loyal readers with the best of undiscovered experiences, breathtaking destinations and the assurance that Southern Living has hand-picked each and every chosen property.”
Kurtz noted that Southern Living has recently turned to Nashville twice for examples of gracious living. The 2013 Southern Living Idea House opened on June 29 in Nashville at Fontenel. Inspired by a 2012 automobile tour of Lieper’s Fork, the $1.6 million showcase house is expected to attract thousands of visitors from throughout the country.
“We look forward to welcoming many of the pilgrims who come to Nashville to tour the Idea House. After all, after seeing the Southern Living Idea House, what better place to stay the night than with a member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection? Add a glass of single barrel bourbon from the Oak Bar and a dinner of locally grown Southern cuisine from Capitol Grille, and you may just have the ultimate Southern experience,” Kurtz added.
About Southern Living Hotel Collection
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. For more information on the Southern Living Hotel Collection, visit: www.southernlivinghotelcollection.com.
About The Hermitage Hotel
Opened in 1910 and named after Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage estate, The Hermitage Hotel has been woven into the history and memories of Nashville and her residents for over a century – and is the only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond hotel in Tennessee and five contiguous states. It is also home to the historic Capitol Grille and Oak Bar, Nashville’s only Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond restaurant. Consistently listed on the Travel & Leisure World’s Best list as well as Travel & Leisure’s Top 500 list, the 122-room hotel is committed to conserving more than its nationally registered historic structure. It is also committed to the conservation of Tennessee’s green spaces and historic sites through a charitable relationship with the Land Trust for Tennessee funded by guest donations.
The Hermitage Hotel’s sister properties include The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va., The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Charleston, S.C., and Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. and, most recently, Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, VA. More information about the hotel can be found at http://www.thehermitagehotel.com.