Resorts 1766 to 1900
Spas for the Roman upper class and summer mansions were part of the luxuries for the noble born back in old Europe since ancient times.
Following the example of the aristocrats of the Old World the American innkeepers catered to the demand of the traveling public.
After the Civil War many more summer and winter resorts sprung up. Much of this seasonal business eventually turned into year round resort business.
The building of the railroad created instantly new resorts along its track. Carmel in California was once a cluster of cabins a week-end-getaway for city people, just past the end of the track. The Del Monte Hotel in Monterey was the end of the rail road track coming south from San Francisco, and it depended on the visitors arriving by train. Back then Pebble Beach could be visited by coach from the Del Monte Hotel 1880 and the trip to and from was 17 miles.
The Grand Hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island 1887 was once just a summer resort.