Utah, a state defined by its vast alpine land, arid deserts and other breathtaking natural wonders, offers as much to the outdoor recreationalist as it does to the history buffs as seen in its preservation of hotels and inns scattered within its borders. With a rich history of Native American tribes, Indian wars and early pioneers there is plenty of history to be witnessed. Originally a Mexican territory in the early days, it continued to evolve as an influx of people arrived with completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869.
With many historic hotels and inns to choose from, one interesting hotspot is The Peery Hotel of Salt Lake City. The hotel is located within walking distance to downtown, gourmet restaurants, theatres and shopping opportunities. Constructed in 1910 The Peery was created to house people that had found their wealth in the surrounding mines of the Utah hills. This luxury boutique still attracts affluent visitors. The three-story showcase features prairie-style architecture, elegant decor and a lovely grand staircase. The old fashion elevator holds four people and its ancient machinery often groans leaving visitors wondering if they heard Moaning Molly – the ghost that is said to frequent the hotel.
Another charming place is the Ellerbeck Mansion Bed and Breakfast. This two-story Victorian house was built in 1892 and is located in the heart of Salt Lake City’s historic district. The building features elegant hardwood floors, stained glass windows and original moldings. The glow of the flames in the fireplaces will take you back in time to the pioneer days. Each morning a delicious continental breakfast will be served to your room. The mansion is within walking distance to the downtown’s famed Temple Square, a 10-acre complex owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Self-guided tours are set up as way to learn about the living history of Utah at your leisure.
The Ben Lomond Hotel, formerly the Bigelow Hotel on the historic 25th Street and Washington Boulevard in Ogden, Utah commands attention as the largest hotel in the city since the time Ogden became a town. Originally built in 1891 as the five story Reed Hotel, it was remodeled over the original foundation and was expanded upward of eleven stories to create a fire proof establishment. In the year 1933 the hotel changed names again and became The Ben Lomond Hotel. In that era it attracted businessmen, dignitaries and mob bosses. With its Italian Renaissance Revival-style architecture, brass and crystal chandeliers, marble floors, and ornate ceiling detail, the hotel continues to boasts its fine reputation as one of the few remaining grand hotels in Utah.
The next time you are traveling through Utah, whether on vacation, looking for Utah land for sale, or enjoying your home state, don’t hesitate to explore the historic architecture and unique charm of these and many more beautiful historic hotels and inns. Each place has its own special story it is willing to reveal.