HISTORIC HOTELS
Celebrate American Tradition Via Travel To These Milestone-Marking Classics


CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY: Presidents Harrison, Buchanan, and Grant summered at the 1816-built Congress Hall in seaside Cape May. After a 50-year fade from fashion, the historic inn re-debuts this summer, fresh from a $22 million facelift. The rocker-lined veranda, antique-look furnishings, and porcelain-tile bathrooms maintain vintage grace. But modern refinements — AC, spacious baths, redecorated everything — update its appeal. From $150. (888) 944-1816, www.congresshallhotel.com

MOUNT WASHINGTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE: The venerable Mount Washington Hotel & Resort, overlooking the namesake White Mountain peak, marks its 100th anniversary in July. Credit longevity to owners who know what old-time touches to keep — dancing at dinner, for example — and what to update, including adding a new golf clubhouse and spa this year. From $109. (800) 258-0330, www.mtwashington.com

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA: Yosemite’s luxury lodge, The Ahwahnee, fetes its 75th anniversary next month with a yearlong roster of concerts, guest lectures, and more. Since its opening in 1927, the cultivated hotel amid the Sierra Nevada wilds has stunned visitors with beamed ceilings, massive stone hearths, and Native American decor. Many guest rooms spy either Half Dome or Yosemite Falls. From $366. (559) 252-4848, www.yosemitepark.com