News & Updates

News from Southern Innkeeper Members

 Welcome new member, Jon McGavin, Ritz Carlton, Orlando Grande Lakes (2/15/2018) 

While the magic of Orlando entertains the imagination, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes delights in it — by creating memories that stay long after you leave. Surrender to the serenity of our spa, indulge in fine dining, or play 18 holes on our golf course. With exceptional amenities and impeccable service, one of the most breathtaking luxury hotels in Orlando is the perfect place to relax while enjoying the quintessential all-American city.


Inspired by the grand palazzos of Italy, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is one of the true luxury resorts to call America’s playground home. Trade theme park fare for inspired farm-to-table dining, create your own thrill ride with an exhilarating round of golf, or cultivate a new skill with one of our Adventure Experiences. Rejuvenation comes naturally with unique spa treatments or by relaxing beneath a shaded poolside cabana.
Jon McGavin
Ritz Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Pkwy
Orlando, FL  32837

 Welcome new member, Vijay Singh, The Hotel Bennett (2/13/2018) 

Vijay Singh, Managing Director
The Hotel Bennett
404 King Street
Charleston, SC  29403

The Hotel Bennett is one of the most anticipated luxury hotel openings.  Years in the making and located on King Street, Charleston’s most prominent address, the hotel perfectly blends unparalleled luxury with an unmatched setting.  It features 179 guestrooms and suites, a luxury spa, a stunning Grand Ballroom and unique indoor and outdoor event/meeting spaces, sweeping terraces, exceptional dining, and a roof top pool and bar with stunning views of the historic Marion Square and the city.  Debuting early Spring 2018.    

 Welcome New Member, Richard Delany, Old Edwards Inn (2/13/2018) 

Perched atop the southwest plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Edwards Inn and Spa is woven into Highlands, NC community and culture. Situated in the heart of downtown, our European style resort offers a mountain retreat with luxury guestrooms, suites, cottages, and vacation homes, as well as farm to table restaurants and a destination spa. Tee off on the spectacular 18-hole golf course at the Old Edwards Club with dramatic mountain vistas. Immerse yourself in outdoor mineral pools (seasonal) and whirlpools with poolside food and beverage service.

Surrounded by pristine mountains, lakes, and waterfalls, Old Edwards in the middle of downtown shops, live theaters, music venues and art galleries. A destination for vacations, romantic retreats, girlfriend getaways and special events, Old Edwards Inn in historic Highlands, NC is the place to relax, rejuvenate and celebrate.
Contact:  Richard Delany
137 South 4th St
Highlands, NC 28741


 Baskervill Celebrates Orlando Office Opening (12/6/2017) 

Baskervill, the multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, and interior design firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, is thrilled to announce the opening of its third office location in Orlando, Florida. Broader opportunities in hospitality, one of Baskervill’s primary markets, are a contributing factor for the location; the move puts design teams and talent at many of our existing clients’ doorsteps while also providing opportunities to nurture relationships in the expanding Caribbean and Latin American markets.

The office is led by Michelle Lerner-Konopatski, AIA, IIDA, director, Orlando and Mark Davidson, vice president, hospitality. Mark, a longtime Baskervill employee, returns to his home city after many years in the firm’s Richmond office. Michelle joins the firm from HuntonBrady Architects where she was a Project Manager.

 Welcome new member, Shawn Jervis, Barnsley Resort (11/6/2017) 

Shawn Jerivs, General Manager
Barnsley Resort
597 Barnsley Gardens Rd
Adairsville, GA  30103

Behind Barnsley Resort's storybook setting is a true story filled with as many twists and turns as a work of fiction. The original manor, called Woodlands (later known as Barnsley Gardens), was an estate built by Godfrey Barnsley for the love of his life, Julia. Today, this North Georgia resort offers the pleasures and pursuits of a fine Southern estate: exceptional cuisine, fine golf, sporting club, relaxing spa, excellent horseback riding and nature exploration.

 Southern Innkeepers member collaboration (8/14/2017) 

Anna Vanlandingham, owner of Pinterest Pro Solutions, interviewed Gary Inman, Vice President, Hospitality at Baskervill on her Facebook Live. Gary and Anna discuss how Pinterest has impacted his career and even helped him win contracts. Inman is nationally recognized for his many of his designs. He has successfully merged his lifelong appreciation of beauty with his deep understanding of architecture and antiquities. He is an award-winning designer, author, and professional speaker. Gary’s work has been published in The Washington Post, Southern Accents, Traditional Homes, Hotel Design, Fine Interiors, Home & Design and many others. Click here for the interview

 Welcome new member, Anna Vanlandingham, President & Owner of Pinterest Pro Solutions! (7/14/2017) 

Anna Vanlandingham
Pinterest Pro Solutions
204 Crystal View South
Sanford, FL 32773

Pinterest Pro Solutions manages Pinterest business accounts.  Anna Vanlandingham, President and Owner, is a leading Pinterest thought leader. Pinterest is images – images drive emotions – emotions drive sales. That is why 87% of the people on Pinterest have made a purchase on Pinterest. Anna manages business Pinterest accounts and attracts quality clients/customers to those accounts while they are gathering inspirational ideas. As potential clients/customers are putting together their shopping list, Anna leads them through the path to purchase at your website.  The Premier Pinterest Pro Marketing Authority!  Learn more at

 Join us in welcoming new member, Ralph Vick, General Manager, The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee (7/6/2017) 
Ralph Vick
The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
1 Lake Oconee Trail
Greensboro, GA 30642

Along 30 acres of Lake Oconee shoreline, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is a place where city-dwellers trade traffic for nature’s tranquility, golfers discover 99 reasons to pack their gear and brides realize that wedding dreams really do come true. At our luxury resort in Georgia, guests make themselves at home in lakeside rooms and suites, dine beneath a star-filled sky and unplug with Southern-inspired spa therapies or a day of fishing. Here, moments are enjoyed and memories made.

 Welcome new member, Chris Harvey, General Manager at the HarbourView Inn in Charleston, SC (7/6/2017) 


Chris Harvey

HarbourView Inn

2 Vendue Range

Charleston, SC  29401



Escape Charleston’s busy streets and retreat to our intimate waterfront oasis. Ease into a day of exploring over gourmet continental breakfast delivered right to your door. Gather with newfound friends for evening wine and cheese receptions. Be swept away by the warmth of our staff and the pure wonder of America’s favorite city.