12/13/2012 07:33 am ET

Historic Resorts: The Grande Dames Of The South (PHOTOS)


Text and slideshow are reprinted with permission of Southern Living magazine.

The grande dames of Southern stays, from Greenbrier to Grove Park, are once again au courant thanks to fresh, new makeovers.

Established 1778 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, The Greenbrier is Dorothy Draper's opus. Nearby, The Homestead, set in the Allegheny Mountains, sits on 3,000 acres and offers 483 guest rooms.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Grove Park Inn was established in 1913, and has had the honor of hosting 10 U.S. Presidents since.

And, further south, in Florida, the Breakers Palm Beach has long been a playground for the well-heeled, offering 540 rooms set on 140 oceanfront acres.

But, here’s what really sets them apart and why they’re worth a return trip.