News & Updates

News from Southern Innkeeper Members

 Welcome new member, Jon McGavin, The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando Grande Lakes (6/5/2018) 

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
The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Pkwy
Orlando, FL  32837

 Welcome new member, Ted Horan, General Manager, Primland (3/29/2018) 


Ted Horan
Primland Ltd.
1861 Busted Rock Rd
Meadows Of Dan, VA 24120
(276) 222-3800

It was the vision of Primland’s founder, Didier Primat, to create a place of immense beauty that offered his guests a return to simple human pleasures in an environment of refined authenticity and sensuality. He developed Primland in an eco-conscious and thoughtful manner, as the ultimate retreat for world-class golf, refined dining and outdoor activities.

Our love of the land is expressed in our extensive efforts to minimize our impact on nature, the freshness of our food, the many organic, sustainable ingredients we source locally or grow in our organic garden, and the care with which we look after our guests. Didier Primat instilled his passion for Primland in every member of his family and staff, and they carry forward his legacy with soul, heart and a commitment to genuine hospitality.

Spending time enjoying and engaging with the outdoors is where your experience at Primland takes shape. Beyond the beautiful golf greens and open air, the horse back riding, kayaking, tomahawk throwing and stargazing are just a few. 

 Welcome new member, Brent Cross, The Gasparilla Inn & Club (3/19/2018) 

Brent Cross, Director of Operations
The Gasparilla Inn & Club
500 Palm Ave
Boca Grande, FL  33921

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a classic “old Florida” resort located on Gasparilla Island on the Gulf of Mexico. An Historic Hotel of America Landmark Inn serving discriminating guests since 1913, the resort offers 142 luxurious accommodations and a host of fun and appealing activities for families, couples, and groups that enjoy “Florida as it was meant to be.”

 Welcome new member, Bob Stephens, President, Northern Lights Restoration Inc (3/12/2018) 

Northern Lights Restoration is honored to have entered into a Partnership with Historic Hotels of America & Historic Hotels Worldwide as the Preferred Partner for On-Site Furniture Refinishing & Architectural Woodwork Restoration.  Quite simply, our services assist in keeping your furniture and architectural woodwork up to a high quality standard for the best guest experience at a minimal expense.


A primary objective of Northern Lights Restoration is to ensure the preservation and  protection of the distinct characteristics of historic buildings and places throughout the United States. We  believe that the protection of historic locations and artifacts not only preserves an irreplaceable resource, but  is also cost-effective for the institution and environmentally responsible.

See attached for more and visit!


Bob Stephens, President
Northern Lights Restoration Inc.
121 Lang Road, Spencer, NY 14883
Office 607-589-6090 / Cell 607-222-9397

 Welcome new member, Greg Bradley, General Manager, The Edwin – Boutique Hotel Chattanooga (3/1/2018) 

Greg Bradley, General Manager 
The Edwin - Boutique Hotel Chattanooga
102 Walnut Street | Chattanooga, TN 37402 | 843.469.2777

Connecting visitors to Chattanooga’s history, culture, cuisine and altogether exuberant Southern style. Steps from the historic Walnut Street Bridge, a beloved symbol of our city’s robust urban renewal, The Edwin Hotel is Chattanooga’s first luxury boutique hotel. A highly anticipated addition to Chattanooga’s vibrant downtown landscape, this luxury 90-room boutique hotel proudly connects the area’s rich history of Southern hospitality with modern-day trends and cuisines. The Edwin will celebrate our local artisans, spirit, sincerity, and originality. Exactly like nothing else.

 Welcome new member, Paul Hart, Disney's Vero Beach Resort (2/20/2018) 

Located on Florida’s East Coast just a two hours’ drive from Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort immerses visitors in its themes of citrus, treasure and the environment.  The resort boasts a variety of water-themed activities, including access to the warm waters of the Atlantic, a children’s water play area, a miniature golf course, a Mickey Mouse-shaped swimming pool complete with a water slide and so much more.  Recently recognized by AAA and awarded the Four Diamond rating, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is excited to welcome members and guests to a brand new renovation of guest rooms, and total renovation of our restaurants and pool bar area.  New to the resort is Wind & Waves, a dining experience that includes a grill focused on fresh, local seafood and produce, a market with grab-and-go meals, salads, fresh produce, delicious baked goods, and a poolside bar.  Not only is the food amazing, the accommodations are stunning, with Deluxe Studios, Inn rooms, one- and two-bedroom villas, three-bedroom cottages, and offer an assortment of options for your family, making this resort a truly unique Disney retreat situated along the beautiful Atlantic coastline. 

Paul Hart, General Manager
Disney's Vero Beach Resort
9250 Island Grove Terrace
Vero Beach, FL  32963 

 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


 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.

 Welcome new member, James Gibson, Sea Island (8/14/2017) 

James Gibson - VP of Operations - Hotels/Golf
Sea Island
100 Cloister Drive
Sea Island, GA 31561

Since 1928, Sea Island has been known as an exceptional destination appealing to those who appreciate gracious service and heartfelt hospitality.  With four Forbes Five-Star experiences — The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island, The Spa at Sea Island, and the Georgian Room restaurant – Sea Island entices families, outdoor enthusiasts, and those simply wanting to refresh. It is the only resort in the world to have received four Forbes Five-Star awards for ten consecutive years.  As the only U.S. resort to host a G-8 Summit of world leaders, Sea Island provides exceptional settings and service for conferences and executive retreats.

Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island features five miles of private beach, a Beach Club, tennis center, Yacht Club, Shooting School, and children’s programs, as well as three championship golf courses, including Seaside and Plantation, home of the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic.  Located on St. Simons Island, The Inn at Sea Island offers casual accommodations with access to many Sea Island amenities.  Broadfield, a Sea Island Sporting Club and Lodge, offers seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities.

Enhancements now underway at The Lodge include six new cottages with 14 sleeping rooms, an oceanfront pool, and pool house, opening in November 2018, and an 18-hole putting course, opening in July.  Early 2019 brings an all-new, 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Golf Performance Center.