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The builder of the hotel, Louis Dupuy, once explained his desire to build a French inn so far away from his homeland: “I love these mountains and I love America, but you will pardon me if I bring into this community a remembrance of my youth and my country.” The hotel opened in 1875 and soon became famous for its French Provincial luxury.

Today it’s a historical museum run by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, embellished with many of its original furnishings, including Haviland china, a big pendulum clock, paintings and etchings, photographs by William Henry Jackson, and carved walnut furniture. The kitchen contains an antique stove and other cooking equipment, and the wine cellar houses early wine barrels, with their labels still in place. Allow 45 to 60 minutes.