The Creek Street Inn is a collection of early 20th-century wood-frame structures painted in an array of vibrant colors. While the buildings are charming enough, the main attraction is the stunning view of Thomas Basin Harbor.
Built by Texas native John W. Weatherford, this elegant hotel was frequented by celebrated artist Thomas Moran and publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Author Zane Gray also wrote his acclaimed novel “The Call of the Canyon” on the premises.
Affectionately known as “the Del,” California’s iconic beachfront hotel was constructed during the San Diego land boom at the close of the 19th century. A playground for the rich and famous, notable guests have included Britain’s Edward VIII, Charlie Chaplin, and U.S. Presidents Benjamin Harrison and Jimmy Carter.
After being diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1903, Freelan Oscar Stanley, inventor of the Stanley Steam Engine, headed west to recover from his illness in the cool mountain air. Stanley was so impressed with the wilds of Colorado he built the eponymous resort for his wealthy East Coast peers—reserving the entire top floor for their children (and nannies).