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The American South charms visitors with history and hospitality.
Relax on a wide porch after a day spent exploring cobblestone streets and visiting preserved landmarks. Clink glasses and swap stories of great adventures in a new city. For dinner, choose one of these restaurants inside the historic hotels of America, each with its own story.
1. Restaurant at The Smith House
Enter the Smith House Restaurant through a gold mine shaft, a clue to Dahlonega, Georgia’s heyday. What you’ll find is that there are no reservations or even menus here. Instead, guests share tables and pass heaping plates of buttermilk fried chicken and creamy mashed potatoes, a staple here since 1922, when a room and a meal cost just $1.50 a day. It’s all part of The Smith House, a gracious inn that’s an easy drive from the mystic Appalachian Mountains or the cosmopolitan city of Atlanta.
Restaurant at The Smith House in Dahlonega, Georgia
2. Lüke at Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue
While exploring the culinary wonders of New Orleans, Louisiana, take the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar to the circa-1927 Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue, just steps away from the city’s charming French Quarter. Admire the hotel’s elaborate façade and ornate grand foyer — and then dine at Lüke, reminiscent of the European brasseries that once dotted the city. You’ll experience chef John Besh’s passion for Louisiana cuisine, made from ingredients gathered from the restaurant’s farm, as well as briny Gulf oysters and plump Louisiana shrimp.
Lüke at Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana
3. Circa 1886 at Wentworth Mansion
In Charleston, South Carolina, a city that defines Southern hospitality and good food, the Wentworth Mansion (a former private residence, now an inn) offers a 21-room tribute to the city’s grand past — along with Circa 1886, where chef Marc Collins puts a fresh, healthy spin on classic South Carolina dishes (try the Carolina gold rice and popcorn cake, with succulent blue crab and rock shrimp). Find the restaurant in the mansion’s original carriage house, complete with the old stable doors and beautiful heart-of-pine floors.
Circa 1886 at Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, South Carolina
4. Trellis Room at The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
This Mobile, Alabama, accommodation was built in 1852. Inside its Trellis Room restaurant, a show kitchen and cathedral Tiffany glass ceiling will have your attention — at least until the food arrives (try savory Gulf shrimp scampi or the Alabama lump crab cake served with garlic aoli). After your meal, walk along sparkling Mobile Bay beneath swaying palms.