Historic Hotels of America® is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing, celebrating, and promoting the finest historic hotels in the United States of America. To be nominated and selected for membership in this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historical significance. Of the more than 300 historic hotels inducted into Historic Hotels of America from 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, all historic hotels faithfully preserve their sense of authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity. 

Every year the program releases an official list of their top choices for the year. This year’s list featured a number of hotels with beautiful gardens, multigenerational hosts, and grounds designed by legendary landscape architects. They also have some who employ beekeepers to ensure their gardens remain pollinated and thriving and even cultivate honey from their own apiaries to make house meads and keep their restaurants supplied with sweet, fragrant garnishes. More than a few hotels recognized on this year’s list adhere to a “seed to table” or “field to table” philosophy, growing their own vegetables and herbs next door to their signature restaurants. Numerous life-long memories of special occasions celebrated in the gardens of historic hotels include romantic getaways, romantic proposals, honeymoons, anniversaries, and family reunions.  

Whether you are sharing a meal, a vow, or a stroll, Greater Wilmington’s named hotel will make your next tranquil getaway one you will never forget. 

On their 2022 Historic Hotels of America Top 25 List, Greater Wilmington’s Inn at Montchanin!  


The Inn at Montchanin Village (1799) 
Montchanin, Delaware 

The Inn at Montchanin Village and Spa was established at historic properties in Montchanin, Delaware that have had decorative European-style and kitchen gardens for over 200 years. The Inn has a full-time horticulturist and its own off-site greenhouses, which provide exquisite colorful landscaping on the grounds. The gardens at the Inn today were designed by Anthony Matolla, who was invited by the Inn’s owners in the 1970s to redesign the historical gardens. According to Matolla, “The 5-acre hamlet formally used for the workers of the DuPont company was my canvas. . . . The spirit of design was considered with everything we did.” Tulips, dahlias, perennials, and locally prevalent trees help define spaces and create private garden nooks for guests to enjoy. The restaurant at the Inn, Krazy Kat’s, offers dishes with herbs and vegetables grown in the gardens of this historic hotel. Guests can access the historic buildings via a maze of ornate gardens featuring beautiful flowers and fragrant herbs. The gardens today are enjoyed by guests walking to their rooms and suites, as well as for outdoor weddings and private gatherings. The Inn at Montchanin Village and its gardens are associated with the nearby historical Longwood Gardens and the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. 

Make sure you #VisitWilm soon and book your stay at the Inn today!