Magnificent Must-See Mansions

Take an elegant journey through America’s greatest estates from a bygone era: See gold-leaf ceilings, indoor swimming pools and more at some very posh places sure to leave you a bit ... envious.

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Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego)
Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego)

Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego)

Located just across from the San Diego Bay, Hotel del Coronado is one of the largest wooden structures in the US. Built in 1888, the hotel has gone on to host presidents, royalty and celebrities, like Charlie Chaplin back in the day. 960 1280

Hotel del Coronado  

The US Grant Hotel (San Diego)

The US Grant Hotel (San Diego)

A fixture of downtown San Diego, the US Grant Hotel was built by Ulysses S. Grant (son of the president). The younger named the hotel in his father’s honor; today the hotel boasts 270 guestrooms and a roster of famous guests that have included 12 US presidents. 960 1280

US Grant Hotel  

Beverly Hills Hotel

Beverly Hills Hotel

Opened in 1912, the famed Beverly Hills Hotel hosted the Silent Age’s great stars, from Rudolph Valentino to Gloria Swanson. The hotel was designed by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey, in the Mediterranean Revival style. 960 1280

Beverly Hills Hotel  

The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, CO)

The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, CO)

The Broadmoor was built in the early 20th century as the “Grand Dame of the Rockies.” Sitting at an elevation of 6,230 feet above sea level, the hotel was one of the finest resort destinations during the Gilded Age. 960 1280

The Broadmoor  

Nottoway Plantation & Resort (White Castle, Louisiana)

Nottoway Plantation & Resort (White Castle, Louisiana)

Take a stroll through the largest antebellum mansion in the South. Built in 1859, Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, LA, has 3 floors, 6 staircases, 3 bathrooms and a whopping 64 rooms. 960 1280

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The Cincinnatian Hotel

The Cincinnatian Hotel

The Cincinnatian Hotel has been a landmark of downtown Cincinnati since 1882. The hotel, originally known as the Palace Hotel, spans 8 stories, and was built in the French Second Empire architectural style. 960 1280

Cincinnatian Hotel   

NYC's Plaza Hotel

NYC's Plaza Hotel

Located across from Central Park, the famed Plaza Hotel is one of the prized jewels of Manhattan. The 20-story luxury hotel was featured in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It was also one of the main settings for the book version of The Princess Diaries. 960 1280

Plaza Hotel   

Colorado's Stanley Hotel

Colorado's Stanley Hotel

We all know of this historic Colorado hotel as the setting for The Shining. Overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park, this 140-room neo-Georgian hotel in Estes Park also boasts a ghost adventure package; a stay in a haunted room is included. 960 1280

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Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Set against New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this property dates back to 1865, and is spread across 1,700 acres in the town of Whitefield, NH. 960 1280

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa   

Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island)

Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island)

This historic hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, stretches back to 1887. The hotel boasts views of the Straits of Mackinac, which you can enjoy from the comfort of a rocking chair, on the world’s longest porch. 960 1280

Grand Hotel  

Castle Hotel and Spa (Tarrytown, New York)

Castle Hotel and Spa (Tarrytown, New York)

The Castle Hotel & Spa is just 30 minutes from Manhattan, and offers great views of the Hudson River. More than 100 years old, the property has roots in America’s Gilded Age. 960 1280

Castle Hotel & Spa  

The Biltmore Hotel (Coral Gables, Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel (Coral Gables, Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL, with built by a business magnate in 1926. At the time of its construction, which cost a total of $10 million, the property was the tallest building in all of Florida. 960 1280

Biltmore Hotel  

Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina)

Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina)

The Biltmore Estate, nestled on 8,000 acres, was built by a member of the Vanderbilt family between 1889 and 1895. The property is still in the family, with tours of its gardens and stunning interiors open to the public. 960 1280

Biltmore Estate  

The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

Built in the 1920s, the Heathman Hotel is located at the corner of Salmon Street and Broadway in Portland, OR. The 10-story structure was built to host the rich timber barons and politicians of the day. 960 1280

Heathman Hotel  

The Plaza
The Plaza

The Plaza

Start your Gatsby tour at NYC’s Plaza hotel, the setting for one of the book’s most climatic scenes. Today, the Plaza gives a hat tip to its role in the American classic. Designed with Art Deco touches, the hotel's Fitzgerald Suite will have you waking up feeling like you’re Daisy Buchanan. 960 1280

The Plaza  

Oheka Castle

Oheka Castle

This Gold Coast mansion was one of the inspirations for Fitzgerald’s depiction of Gatsby’s mansion. Today, the French-style chateau is the second-largest private residence still standing in America. In the 1920s, philanthropist Otto Kahn threw Gatsby-esque parties on this lavish 443-acre estate, entertaining royalty and Hollywood stars. Oheka was also featured in the 1941 classic, Citizen Kane. 960 1280

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Coe Hall

Coe Hall

Channel Daisy Buchanan as you stroll through the splendid gardens at this historic Gold Coast estate’s Planting Fields Arboretum. After you take in the estate’s restored Italian garden, tour the 65-room Tudor Revival-style house museum, whose original pieces and furnishings offer a look into the opulence of the Jazz Age. 960 1280

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Falaise

Falaise

Transport yourself back in time to Long Island’s lavish past with a guided tour of this Normandy-style Guggenheim mansion built in 1923. The waterfront estate, overlooking Long Island Sound, is one of 3 mansions on Sands Point Preserve -- you’re sure to get lost in the splendor of this surrounding, 216-acre nature preserve. 960 1280

Anthony Rau  

Vanderbilt Museum

Vanderbilt Museum

See how the Vanderbilts lived in the Gilded Age at this the 43-acre museum complex. Tour the 24-room Spanish Revival mansion for a look inside the decadence and promise of the era. With one of the most impressive views of the Long Island Sound, this mansion will leave you feeling like Gatsby looking for the green light across the water. 960 1280

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Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens

Step back in time to the Gilded Age and Roaring Twenties at one of the grandest Gold Coast mansions. Stroll through the 100 acres of immaculately kept English gardens. Then tour the mansion's jaw-dropping grand halls. 960 1280

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Nassau County Museum of Art

Nassau County Museum of Art

You don’t have to travel to NYC to see amazing art. In the heart of Long Island’s famed Gold Coast lies the former Frick Estate, once home to the co-founder of US Steel. Today the Georgian mansion houses an intimate museum filled with art from the 19th and 20th centuries. An impressive sculpture park is also located on the 145-acre estate, with more than 40 sculptures. 960 1280

Courtesy Nassau County Museum of Art  

Glenmere Mansion

Glenmere Mansion

Talk about drama. With a Gatsby-like motivation, real estate baron Robert Goelet built this Italian villa in the Hudson Valley in 1911 to woo back a woman -- his wife, who was having an affair with an Italian man. Thus the impetus to design this 150-acre estate reminiscent of a Tuscan villa with marbled staircases and gardens that rival Italy's Boboli Gardens. Today the mansion is reborn as a luxury hotel that would impress the likes of Gatsby’s houseguests. 960 1280

Courtesy of Glenmere Mansion   

The Breakers

The Breakers

America’s elite in the 1920s summered in East Egg-esque majestic mansions in Newport, RI. One of the grandest, The Breakers, was built by the Vanderbilts on Newport’s famous Cliff Walk. A stunning 138,000 square feet of awe-inspiring grandeur made it a perfect setting for parts of the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby. 960 1280

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Rosecliff

Rosecliff

This Newport mansion on spectacular Bellevue Avenue was used for Gatsby’s home in the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby. Modeled after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles, this magnificent estate is now used for weddings and other lavish events. 960 1280

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Vanderbilt Grace

Vanderbilt Grace

You’ll feel like you’re a guest at Gatsby’s mansion at this luxurious 33-room hotel. Reveling in the Gilded Age, the hotel is offering a Gatsby package that includes a champagne breakfast, tickets to the iconic Newport mansions and a 5-course dinner at in-house restaurant Muse. The restaurant even includes an updated version of a meal served at The Breakers back in the 1920s. 960 1280

Grace Hotels  

Willcox

Willcox

The grand manor-house hotel, The Willcox, in Aiken, SC, was once hailed as “the Newport of the South.” To celebrate the release of The Great Gatsby, this lavish hotel is bringing back the 1920s vibe with a Great Gatsby tasting menu and Gatsby-inspired cocktails. Pictured here is the Gatsby, made with Woodford Reserve bourbon and topped off with “boozy cherries” (cherries soaked in port and Jack Daniel's) that would impress its namesake, no doubt. 960 1280

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Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego)

Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego)

Located just across from the San Diego Bay, Hotel del Coronado is one of the largest wooden structures in the US. Built in 1888, the hotel has gone on to host presidents, royalty and celebrities, like Charlie Chaplin back in the day. 960 1280

Hotel del Coronado  

The US Grant Hotel (San Diego)

The US Grant Hotel (San Diego)

A fixture of downtown San Diego, the US Grant Hotel was built by Ulysses S. Grant (son of the president). The younger named the hotel in his father’s honor; today the hotel boasts 270 guestrooms and a roster of famous guests that have included 12 US presidents. 960 1280

US Grant Hotel  

Beverly Hills Hotel

Beverly Hills Hotel

Opened in 1912, the famed Beverly Hills Hotel hosted the Silent Age’s great stars, from Rudolph Valentino to Gloria Swanson. The hotel was designed by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey, in the Mediterranean Revival style. 960 1280

Beverly Hills Hotel  

The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, CO)

The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, CO)

The Broadmoor was built in the early 20th century as the “Grand Dame of the Rockies.” Sitting at an elevation of 6,230 feet above sea level, the hotel was one of the finest resort destinations during the Gilded Age. 960 1280

The Broadmoor  

Nottoway Plantation & Resort (White Castle, Louisiana)

Nottoway Plantation & Resort (White Castle, Louisiana)

Take a stroll through the largest antebellum mansion in the South. Built in 1859, Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, LA, has 3 floors, 6 staircases, 3 bathrooms and a whopping 64 rooms. 960 1280

Robin Castaldi  

The Cincinnatian Hotel

The Cincinnatian Hotel

The Cincinnatian Hotel has been a landmark of downtown Cincinnati since 1882. The hotel, originally known as the Palace Hotel, spans 8 stories, and was built in the French Second Empire architectural style. 960 1280

Cincinnatian Hotel   

NYC's Plaza Hotel

NYC's Plaza Hotel

Located across from Central Park, the famed Plaza Hotel is one of the prized jewels of Manhattan. The 20-story luxury hotel was featured in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It was also one of the main settings for the book version of The Princess Diaries. 960 1280

Plaza Hotel   

Colorado's Stanley Hotel

Colorado's Stanley Hotel

We all know of this historic Colorado hotel as the setting for The Shining. Overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park, this 140-room neo-Georgian hotel in Estes Park also boasts a ghost adventure package; a stay in a haunted room is included. 960 1280

Scott Dressel-Martin  

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Set against New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this property dates back to 1865, and is spread across 1,700 acres in the town of Whitefield, NH. 960 1280

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa   

Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island)

Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island)

This historic hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, stretches back to 1887. The hotel boasts views of the Straits of Mackinac, which you can enjoy from the comfort of a rocking chair, on the world’s longest porch. 960 1280

Grand Hotel  

Castle Hotel and Spa (Tarrytown, New York)

Castle Hotel and Spa (Tarrytown, New York)

The Castle Hotel & Spa is just 30 minutes from Manhattan, and offers great views of the Hudson River. More than 100 years old, the property has roots in America’s Gilded Age. 960 1280

Castle Hotel & Spa  

The Biltmore Hotel (Coral Gables, Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel (Coral Gables, Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL, with built by a business magnate in 1926. At the time of its construction, which cost a total of $10 million, the property was the tallest building in all of Florida. 960 1280

Biltmore Hotel  

Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina)

Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina)

The Biltmore Estate, nestled on 8,000 acres, was built by a member of the Vanderbilt family between 1889 and 1895. The property is still in the family, with tours of its gardens and stunning interiors open to the public. 960 1280

Biltmore Estate  

The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

Built in the 1920s, the Heathman Hotel is located at the corner of Salmon Street and Broadway in Portland, OR. The 10-story structure was built to host the rich timber barons and politicians of the day. 960 1280

Heathman Hotel