Sending you an invitation – The A to Z Blog Challenge Begins April 1

th-7The Fearington Inn (Pittsboro, NC)

If you have an interest in architecture, hotels and inns, their significance to the towns and cities where they are located, you will enjoy my posts using the 26 letters of the alphabet to do some arm chair traveling. Starting April 1, everyday but Sunday, you will read about the special places I have selected, from personal experience when possible. I invite you to join me at places like……

The Brown Hotel (Louisville, KY) The Dunhill Hotel (Charlotte, NC) The Evanston Orrington (Evanston, IL) Grove Park Inn (Asheville, NC) The Edgewater Beach Hotel (Chicago, IL) Irving Place Hotel (NYC) The Jefferson Hotel (Richmond, VA) Gratz Park Inn (Lexington, KY) Francis Marion Hotel (Charleston, SC) O. Henry Hotel (Greensboro, NC) The Queen Ann (New Orleans, LA) The Hotel Raffaello (Rome Italy) Mayflower Hotel (Seattle, WA.) The Victoria Hotel (Vancouver)


When it comes to the letter T,  I will write about having tea at hotels or inns to enjoy  the surroundings without spending the night. Have I peaked your interest? I hope so. See you on April 1 at The American Club in Kohler WI.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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13 Responses to Sending you an invitation – The A to Z Blog Challenge Begins April 1

  1. I will be there. Your theme sounds fantastic. Look forward to April!

  2. John Holton says:

    We had our senior prom at the Orrington.

    Never saw the inside of the Edgewater Beach. I always heard it was a magnificent place.

    I’m not sure when you stayed at the Brown Hotel last, but when I was there in the early 1990’s it was pretty rundown, and I swear I was the only person there. My room had an oil painting of a woman that someone had drawn a mustache on; they tried to hide it with paint that was several shades lighter than her skin.

    • Oh, John, say it isn’t so. I wrote from fond memories of the hotel, even including the famous Hot Brown Sandwich Recipe. The hotel has been a key center of hospitality for Louisville for years. I found nothing in my research to tell me that its glory days are past. EXCEPT to say that the downtown historic districts of many cities are finding a way to revitalize building on the likes of The Brown. Do you mind if I try to forget the oil painting mustache look? Please read the post on April 2 and write me back.

      • I missed the senior prom part of your comment. I am quite irked because they didn’t consult me when they changed the original architectural exterior, but there is a photo of when you were there. Wish we could meet in Evanston and reminisce. I couldn’t pass up writing about the Edgewater because of my memories of being there. Also what it means to cities when we loose these historic buildings. Thank you for keeping me company.

  3. stephie5741 says:

    I’m going to write a few of these down to visit, for sure! I love charming inns.


  4. Marquessa says:

    Be there or be square!

  5. noelleg44 says:

    I’ve been to a LOT of those inns! Guess it comes with age. I’m signed up – see y’all tomorrow!

  6. trishafaye says:

    What a fun idea! I love this.
    Happy A to Z’ing.

  7. It probably wouldn’t be much fun to write about the hotel in Curry, Alaska, since it no longer exists. But I think it’s a cool story nonetheless.

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