Experience Victorian elegance at this home originally built in 1887 by physician Edward E. Hazlett. His son, Swede, was a close boyhood friend of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The future president spent time playing cards and celebrating holidays here. According to the innkeepers, “It was Swede who encouraged Ike to attend West Point Academy, which of course led to Ike's distinguished military career and eventual election to president of these United States.” Stay in the guest room named for the president. Learn even more about the 34th president by visiting Eisenhower's nearby childhood home and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.
Inns with Presidential Connections
Whether you’re an expert history buff or simply an American who loves your country, you have the chance to walk in the steps—literally—of former presidents. But you don’t have to go all the way to the White House to do it. Rest your head in one of these inns once touched by American presidents on your next getaway.
Take a journey to the place where Grant’s military accomplishments began. This home was built in 1832 for the prominent physician Dr. George Bailey and his family of eight children. Ulysses S. Grant’s family lived nearby, and the two families were close. Grant visited this house often as a youngster, well before it was known that he was destined to become America’s 18th president. According to the innkeepers, the Baileys are the reason Grant ended up beginning his military career at West Point: “Ulysses came to buy the daily quart of milk and overheard Mrs. Bailey reading a letter from her oldest son Bart. Bart said he had resigned from West Point and was coming home. Upon hearing, this Ulysses quickly ran to Congressman Thomas Hamer's home and asked for the vacancy. Ulysses was indeed later granted Bart's vacant appointment at the academy.”
Create your own chapter of history with a getaway here. The mansion was originally built for State Governor and Senator Ralph Owen Brewster, who you may remember being portrayed in the movie "The Aviator" about Howard Hughes. He and his wife hosted many parties and political gatherings. President William Taft was once a guest here, and President Truman stayed at the home as a vice president. Seven senators have also been guests at the inn.
Escape to the gorgeous Rocky Mountains and unwind at this historic inn dating back to 1909. It is nearly 35 miles from Denver, and once served as a getaway for elite Denver residents. For some time, people had to travel here by horse and buggy, but the inn was always ahead of its time with amenities. It’s hard to imagine that in 1919, that meant running water and electricity! One of the most famous guests here was President Theodore Roosevelt. It has also been graced with the presence of other famous figures such as Liberace and “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown (a Titanic survivor).
Feel like a celebrity at this 200-year-old manor, which is steeped in history and has served as a retreat for many presidents and famous figures. Virginia Governor Harry F. Byrd, Sr. bought the home in 1929, and according to the innkeepers, “The Manor evolved into a haven for politicians, and the grounds later became a landing pad for presidential helicopters.” The current innkeepers wanted to preserve the historic property, so they bought it and restored it, turning it into an elegant B&B where its history can be celebrated. Presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon once came here when they needed a getaway, and you can sleep in the rooms named in their honor. The inn was also visited by Charles Lindbergh, Albert Einstein, and military icons General George Marshall and Admiral Chester Nimitz.
This Victorian inn will transport you to a past era. It was originally constructed in the mid-1700s and relocated here around 1830. President Woodrow Wilson had Thanksgiving dinner here in 1914.The innkeepers serve a delicious, homemade breakfast every morning. Leave with the bragging rights that you ate a meal in the same room where the 28th President of the United States once dined!
Step into the 19th century at this Pennsylvania inn. Built in the 1800s, it has been painstakingly restored to bring back the charm from its original era. "Listen carefully and you may hear over 200 years of history come alive,” say the innkeepers. “Visit the Captain Quarters where President William Henry Harrison once stayed. Visit the Rose Room and imagine the ladies who dressed for the many balls in our parlor. Step on the floors walked on by Vice President Aaron Burr and countless other historical figures.”
Become a part of incredible American history when you’re a guest here. This Romanesque Revival 1893 mansion was once home to Frederick W. Lehmann, Solicitor General under President Taft and a personal friend of him. During Lehmann's political career, he was reputed to have entertained three different presidents at this home. The innkeepers have copies of his personal correspondence, and it is believed that President McKinley and President Theodore Roosevelt were the other guests other than Taft. The innkeepers say that Lehmann was nominated to the Supreme Court at the end of his career by Hoover (but declined the nomination for health reasons), so it is possible that Harding, Coolidge, or Hoover could be the visiting presidents instead. Leave it to your imagination as you stroll through the historic B&B.
Spend time this B&B once frequented by President Teddy Roosevelt. While little is known about his visits here, the innkeepers say he is thought to have come to hunt the bighorn sheep on Pikes Peak. Stay in the B&B’s Teddy Roosevelt Suite to celebrate the president’s ties here.
Stay in a B&B where incredible American history took place. This inn was built by Thomas Jefferson’s nephew, and it was visited by Jefferson and several other presidents. A meeting took place in the private dining room in the spring of 1823 between Thomas Jefferson and Martin Van Buren. Now a guest room, you can stay there and revel in the past. President Teddy Roosevelt stopped here for supper during a day of birding, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a speech on the inn’s front porch in 1936. This inn also has a well-preserved example of an early 19th-century tavern.
You may not be able to dine with a president, but you can dine like one here. Innkeeper and Chef Martin CJ Mongiello served as an Executive Chef at Camp David for numerous presidents and dignitaries, and was also a Sous Chef at the White House and cooked official US State dinners. He now runs The Inn of the Patriots, in addition to the inn’s on-site Presidential Culinary Museum & Collections. At this mini-museum, view the china of American Presidents and First Ladies, from John Quincy Adams and Dolly Madison up to the Clintons and Bushes. Presidents and First Ladies sent artifacts and items for display. Presidents Bush and Clinton have both recently sent items from the National Archives in Houston and Little Rock for display, and First Lady Barbara Bush sent them some of her famed recipe cards and menus. Take lessons in the on-site cooking school to create meals once eaten by presidents. The innkeepers are now working on creating a presidential service museum.
Get a glimpse of the early 20th century when you visit this inn on the banks of the Rogue River. Built in 1924, the rustic property hosted once President Herbert Hoover. It was also visited by luminaries such as Clark Gable, Walt Disney, Carol Lombard, and author Zane Grey. You can stay in regular lodge rooms, but for more privacy, stay in one of the stand-alone cabins.