Historic Hotel Restoration Rescue

I spend a lot of time on the road talking to people, learning about local ways and businesses. Over the past year I have been pleasantly surprised but the upswing in creative, design-savvy individuals rescuing old hotels or B&B spaces and turning them into something spectacular in the least suspecting places.

If you are like me, you are addicted to HGTV and any show that redesigns, remodels spaces and rescues homes big and small. I follow so many designers online, and have stumbled across many entrepreneurs who embarked on building a home or business somewhere new (see the Farm House Project on instagram). Also, if you read this blog, you know I am frequently prone to solo road trips (read my ‘Domestic Travel Explorer‘ post) and plan to share more of my discussions with people I meet in my new series “The Conversations“. But I digress….

When I travel domestically I try to find local inns, B&Bs, Airbnb stays that are more reflective of the location environment, belong to neighborhoods, and give me an opportunity to connect/talk with owners and hear about their experiences, which I will continue to write about. Most recently I went down the rabbit hole after discovering a friend of a friend who became a Boutique Hotelier while buying up properties around Palm Springs. This lead me to another acquaintance of hers that was recusing old hotels in Nevada City. And then  another in Oregon. And then guest houses in Montana. And Colorado. And Upstate NY. And Georgia. And….everywhere. All of them including unique touches, designs and yes, branding. It made me excited about the prospects as I have my own plans for my Wild West Home Brand. So I thought I would list a few here – and none with a corporate affiliation, these are all individuals.

The Desert Collective (Palms Springs, CA)

National Exchange Hotel Company (Nevada City, CA)

Urban Cowboy (Nashville & Brooklyn)

The Georgetown Inn (Nashville)

The Nest Inn (Narrowsburgh, NY)

(More coming, writing this from the road 😉

*Got more? I would love to hear about them!


Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)