How to review a hotel that has become a part of my life? The first time I walked through the double wooden doors of this amazing stone cottage/palace, there were no wings, no spa, no gym. It was so close to being as it was when it was built in 1913. But that was soon to change. The expansive wings were built, then the amazing spa, and voila, it went from a secret retreat to, in my opinion, one of the world's most amazing hotels. It has been bought and sold at least three times in the last few years, and I was delighted to see on my last visit that Omni had fixed the second fireplace that towers over the lobby. The fireplaces are big enough to stand in, and for decades, one was closed off because of a leaking smoke problem. But now it's open and that makes all the difference. mission and arts and crafts-era aficionadas, this is your haven. Original furniture in the lobby and in the rooms in the main inn were made Stickley-style in North Carolina. Imagine staying in a room where F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed! well, you can if you book early. The rooms in the main in are smaller, but who wants your room to look like the Holiday Inn when you are staying in one of the most historic hotels in America? Not I. Right up the old-fashioned (but safe) elevator (there are two-one on each side of the fireplaces) with the friendly elevator operator to the main inn floors, one being the "Palm Court". It is my pick. So many memories flood back, because this is a hotel where memories are made. Christmas - ah - trees to the ceiling, gingerbread houses, well, you get the picture. restaurants are great, expensive, but good. Book your reservations early. Speaking of book, I could write one about this place. It's my all-time fave, bar none. It has become too crowded of late, but what does one expect of a place like this? If you're lucky, you might get a glimpse of the "pink lady", the resident ghost, but just ask any employee and you'll get a story to take home with you as well. what else to say except go and be amazed.