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The Hermitage Hotel Named Charter Member Of Exclusive Southern Living Hotel Collection

We’re honored to announce that The Hermitage Hotel has been named a charter member of the new Southern Living Hotel Collection—a carefully selected group of hotels, independent resorts and inns hand-picked by Southern Living editors as epitomizing the gracious hospitality and culture of the South.

The Southern Living Hotel Collection officially launched this month and includes 15 properties throughout the South, but will continue to select additional properties throughout the coming years until the list reaches up to 100 locations across the South.logo

One of only three properties in Tennessee invited to join the Collection, The Hermitage Hotel was selected for its excellence in staff and service, facility design and décor, culinary concept, amenities and services and for its community alliance, involvement and integration.

Few organizations speak with more authority or authenticity about the South than Southern Living magazine. Travelers seeking to experience the best the South has to offer will find this new collection to be an invaluable guide. We are certainly honored to be included as a charter member with so many other truly iconic properties.

“Our Collection of unique and special resorts, hotels and inns will bring to life what the writers of Southern Living have been sharing with the readers for generations,” said Scott Tigchelaar, president of the Southern Living Hotel Collection. “This ‘missing piece’ will complete the collage of providing our loyal readers with the best of undiscovered experiences, breathtaking destinations and the assurance that Southern Living has hand-picked each and every chosen property.”

This isn’t the first time Southern Living has turned to Nashville for an example of gracious living recently. The 2013 Southern Living Idea House opened on June 29 in Nashville at Fontenel, former home of country legend Barbara Mandrell. Inspired by a 2012 automobile tour of Lieper’s Fork, the $1.6 million Southern showcase farmhouse is expected to attract thousands of visitors from throughout the country.

We look forward to welcoming many visitors who come to Nashville to tour the Idea House. After all, after seeing the Southern Living Idea House, what better place to stay the night than with a member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection? Add a glass of single barrel bourbon from the Oak Bar and a dinner of locally grown Southern cuisine from Capitol Grille, and you may just have the ultimate Southern experience.

The Hermitage Hotel exterior


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An interview with Ron Gobbell, of Gobbell Hays Partners, Inc. about the 2003 restoration of The Hermitage Hotel

What was the most challenging part of the 2003 restoration?

The most challenging part was working on the historic building’s restoration in a delicate way so as to ensure that the façade looked like we hadn’t been there at all. The goal of the project was not to completely rebuild a then-90 year old building, but to enhance its best attributes and ensure its preservation.

Tell us about the interior restoration.

About five or six people from the architecture firm worked on site daily. They put in thousands of hours of work. Everything that a guest sees and touches was worked on by the firm and restored in a very careful manner.

In the ceiling of the lobby there are 28 separate paint colors that were meticulously chosen by an entire team to best enhance the architectural features of the space while remaining as faithful to its history as possible. We brought in a lighting consultant from Washington to consult on how to light what was essentially a very dark, huge space. All the fixtures were custom made. A lot of restoration work went on in the ballroom. We carefully stripped away the old, dark finish and revealed the gleaming burled walnut that you see today.

The central floor is made of three Tennessee marbles found in Knox, Blount and Sevier counties in East Tennessee. The pink marble in the entryway that leads up the stairs to the lobby could never be replicated. Even if it was harvested from the same quarry, 90 years have passed and the marble is different now than it was then. We harvested the Tennessee marble from what materials we could find and then rearranged the existing marble until we found a pattern that we all liked.

The result of the months of hard and dedicated work was magnificent. We remained true to the hotel’s historic Beaux Arts style and were able to restore many of the hotel’s original features.

Additional information about the 2003 restoration can be found in Ridley Wills’ book “The Hermitage at 100.” Interviews with Ron Gobbell can be arranged by contacting the Bradford Group at 615-515-4888.

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The Hermitage Hotel and Land Trust for Tennessee Team Up to Grow Farm Fresh Produce for Hotel’s 4-Star Capitol Grille


Tyler, Cole and I picked these and photographed them before sending them to the Capitol Grille

Dear Friends of The Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille,

Today we had an amazing press event to announce a new venture for The Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille.  We will be talking about this a lot this week but I wanted to give you the basics first.  Of course, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at jkurtz@thehermitagehotel.com.  Enjoy!

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 23, 2010 The Hermitage Hotel announced today a unique relationship with the Land Trust for Tennessee that will preserve historic farmland in Nashville’s urban district and provide diners in the hotel’s 4-star Capitol Grille with fresh heirloom vegetables during the growing season.

 In April, the hotel  planted heirloom vegetables on one-acre of the historic farm at Glen Leven.  The property is located on Franklin Road near Father Ryan High School.  Since Glen Leven is only five miles from the hotel’s front door, diners can be assured that the heirloom vegetables they enjoy with their meal were picked the same day they were served. 

 “As a historic landmark now celebrating our 100th year, The Hermitage Hotel has a particular interest in protecting and preserving what is irreplaceable in our state,” said Janet Kurtz, director of sales and marketing for the hotel. “It was natural for us to work with The Land Trust for Tennessee to fund efforts to protect Tennessee’s beauty.”

 Guests of The Hermitage Hotel – who are given the opportunity to donate $2 per night of their stay – have donated over $100,000.00 to the Land Trust for Tennessee since the hotel established the fund-raising program in July 2008. Thanks to guests’ generosity, The Land Trust has been able to preserve, forever, 1,000 acres of scenic and historic land in Tennessee – an area larger than New York City’s Central Park which is 843 acres.

 The hotel is committed to gardening naturally and promoting sustainability.  “We believe in the use of natural cultivation techniques such as the use of homeopathic pest control remedies verses the over-use of chemical treatments and pesticides,” Kurtz said.  “The extra care and time these methods take are worth it because they will both enhance the land’s natural production and ensure its health as well as the health of our patrons at the Capitol Grille.” 

 In addition to more organic growing methods, the crops grown at Glen Leven will be as historic as the site itself. Chef Tyler Brown of the Capitol Grille has researched seed records to identify and plant heirloom vegetables from the 19th Century.   Such crops include: butterstick zucchini, zephyr squash, French breakfast radishes, and Cherokee purple tomatoes.  Chef Brown will then create menus specific to the crops that he will harvest each day.

 Glen Leven is no stranger to the hospitality industry.  For years, the farm at Glen Leven provided the produce to the historic Maxwell House Hotel which was located in downtown Nashville before it burned on Christmas night in 1961. 

 “The Hermitage Hotel has provided outstanding support to us in our effort to preserve what we cannot replace – land,” said Jeanne Nelson, president and executive director of The Land Trust of Tennessee. “The hotel’s plans to nurture and use the land at Glen Leven to produce four-star fare are exceptional, and we look forward to witnessing its progress.”

 The Glen Leven Estate is comprised of 66 acres that include the Glen Leven mansion, a smokehouse, carriage house, springhouse and farm office.  Susan M. West bequeathed the property to The Land Trust for Tennessee in 2006. The mansion on the property was built in 1857 and its old brick walls show chips made by bullets fired on the home during the Battle of Nashville.  During battle, the home was used as a hospital by Federal troops. 

 About The Hermitage Hotel

 Opened in 1910, The Hermitage Hotel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2000, it was purchased by its current owner, Historic Hotels Nashville Inc., which invested $20 million in restoring the property. When the restored hotel was re-opened on Valentine’s Day 2003, its grand public spaces had been completely restored, 122 luxurious guest rooms and suites had been created and many luxury guest services and amenities new to Nashville were introduced. Today, The Hermitage Hotel is the only Forbes (formerly Mobil) Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond hotel in Tennessee and five contiguous states – Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri and Arkansas. The Hermitage Hotel is also a member of Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotel Group. More information is available online at http://www.thehermitagehotel.com.

 The Hermitage Hotel is also home to the historic Capitol Grille and Oak Bar, Nashville’s only Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond restaurant. The Hermitage Hotel’s sister properties include The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va., The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Charleston, S.C., and Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

 About the Land Trust for Tennessee

 The Land Trust for Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, founded in 1999.  Its mission is to preserve the unique character of Tennessee’s natural and historic landscapes for future generations. The Land Trust works with willing landowners to find ways to preserve forever the historic, scenic and natural values of their land. The organization is supported primarily by financial contributions from individuals. The Land Trust has offices in Nashville, Sewanee/Monteagle, Hickman County and Chattanooga. More information is available at www.landtrusttn.org.

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For more information please don’t hesitate to email me at jkurtz@thehermitagehotel.com

Warm Regards,

Janet Kurtz

Director of Sales & Marketing

The Hermitage Hotel

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Business TN’s Hot 100

The Nashville Hot 100 Reception

I was privileged Tuesday night to mingle among some of Nashville’s best and brightest entrepreneurial minds.

The Hermitage Hotel is the 2009 sponsor of Business TN’s Hot 100, an annual list of the fastest growing companies across our state that are brimming with promise.  The first of four receptions honoring these talented folks was held Tuesday night in the hotel’s veranda and was attended by close to 100 individuals.  It was a wonderful night spent networking and meeting new friends.

Nashville Hot 100 Reception

Drew Ruble, Business TN editor, with Hot 100 winners Robert Stewart and Julie Warren of Major Commercial Cleaning Co.

I wanted to send my congratulations once more to the local companies and individuals honored Tuesday night.  In the face of challenging economic times, your entrepreneurial spirit and optimism are a large part of what continues to set Nashville and Tennessee apart.

Pick up the Nov/Dec edition of Business TN for the full list of honorees.

Thank you to all who attended and for demonstrating again that The Hermitage Hotel is the premier gathering spot for the ‘who’s-who” of Nashville.

The Memphis Reception

Our celebration of Tennessee’s fastest growing companies continued Wednesday night when we honored Memphis-area members of the Business TN Hot 100 at the fabulous Peabody Hotel.

Memphis Reception

David Schuerman and Joey Hagan of Architecture, Inc. with Janet Kurtz and at the Hot 100 reception in Memphis.

More than 20 business leaders joined us for a fun evening. It was wonderful to meet some of the leading lights of West Tennessee’s business community. Just like in Nashville the night before, everyone I met was excited about the prospects for a stronger business climate in the months to come. After all, this is the Hot 100! These folks know how to make things happen even in tough times.

It was also gratifying to hear many of the Hot 100 winners in Memphis talk about how, when they visit Nashville, staying at The Hermitage is one of the highlights of their trip.

Stay tuned as The Hermitage Hotel Hot 100 Caravan travels across the state. Next week we’ll be in Knoxville and Chattanooga.

Janet Kurtz
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Hermitage Hotel

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Winner of the Dog and Cat Days of Summer Contest

Once again, we were blown away by the great stories of our Facebook fans! After the close of our most recent Facebook contest, the Dog and Cat Days of Summer, we had the privilege of reading some amazing pet stories. Some stories were hilarious and others were heart-warming, but all the stories were outstanding. It was very difficult to choose a winner.

After much consideration, we are proud to announce that Cathy Cole Wright (Facebook post #21) is the winner of the Pet Pampering Package!

To read all the contest entries, including Cathy’s winning story, visit http://tinyurl.com/lzqqzl.

If you are the winner, please claim your prize by e-mailing me at jkurtz@thehermitagehotel.com within the next five days.

Warm Regards,
Janet Kurtz
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Hermitage Hotel

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Hermitage Hotel Named Among AAA’s Top Historic Hotels

AAA has ranked The Hermitage Hotel, the only Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond hotel in Tennessee, among its top 10 historic hotels in North America. The list, which was created by polling AAA’s lodging inspectors for their favorites, includes a total of 41 hotels. The Hermitage is the only AAA Five-Diamond hotel to make the top 10.

“AAA inspectors rate more than 31,000 hotels a year, which means that a hotel has to really make a great impression to be remembered in a survey such as this one,” said Greg Sligh, general manager of The Hermitage Hotel. “It is an honor to be included among AAA’s top 10 historic hotels. We are very proud of this accomplishment.”

AAA’s top ten historical hotels include:
• The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, Tenn., AAA Five-Diamond
• Boston Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, Mass., AAA Three-Diamond
• Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Denver, Colo., AAA Four-Diamond
• Casa Marina Resort, The Waldorf Astoria Collection, Key West, Fla., AAA Four-Diamond
• The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel, Dearborn, Mich., AAA Four-Diamond
• Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Mich., AAA Four-Diamond
• The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park, Hawley, Pa., AAA Four-Diamond
• Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco, Calif., AAA Three-Diamond
• West Baden Springs Hotel, West Baden Springs, Ind., AAA Four-Diamond
• The Wort Hotel, Jackson, Wyo., AAA Four-Diamond

For more details about these hotels and to view the full 41-hotel list, visit CLICK HERE.

AAA’s 65 full-time, professionally-trained inspectors visit and rate more than 31,000 lodgings in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean per year. In order to be classified as historic, a property is typically more than 75 years of age and exhibits features of a historic nature with respect to architecture, design, furnishings, public record or acclaim. For more information, visit http://www.aaa.com.AAA

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Music City Lives Up to Its Name During CMA Music Festival

Summer is here, and every June, Nashvillians expect the return of two things: high temperatures and the CMA Music Festival. The heat and humidity has officially arrived. Now we’re just waiting for the festivities of Fan Fair to start.

In mid-June each year, Nashville celebrates country music through the CMA Music Festival. The four-day event lasts June 11 through 14 and features concerts by the top country artists of today and years past. (For more info, visit www.cmafest.com.)

Tomorrow, the streets will be filled with thousands of country music fans and more cowboy hats than you you’ve ever seen in one place. There is always a sense of excitement downtown during the CMA Music Festival, but for us, the most exciting part of the event is that our hotel is always full of out-of-town guests.

There are many reasons why Nashville visitors chose to stay at The Hermitage Hotel. It might be our reputation as the most luxurious hotel in Nashville or the fact that The Hermitage is often considered a vacation destination itself. Or it could be that we have the perfect location for the CMA Festival – within walking distance of all the concert venues, but still away from the crowds and noise if you need a break. But, perhaps it is because you just never know who you will see at The Hermitage Hotel.

A sampling of country stars that have stayed at The Hermitage includes Waylan Jennings, Randy Travis, Diamond Rio, Reba McIntyre, Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, The Dixie Chicks, The Gatlin Brothers, John Michael Montgomery, The Judds, Tanya Tucker and Conway Twitty. And you never know who will be dining in The Capitol Grille.

So whether you are country music’s biggest star or country music’s biggest fan, we look forward to having you as our guest during Music City’s most exciting time of the year.

Janet Kurtz, Director of Sales and Marketing

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