We are beyond thrilled to congratulate the entire Smiley Family, who received the honor of “Legendary Family: Historic Hoteliers of the Year” award from the Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® annual Awards of Excellence. Family members Nina Smiley and Eric Gullickson accepted the award on behalf of the family during a special ceremony at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia on Thursday, September 28.
“As the fourth-generation leaders of this wonderful, family-owned hotel, we are extremely honored to have been recognized by Historic Hotels this year,” said Eric Gullickson, General Manager of Mohonk Mountain House. “Receiving this award is a testament to our innovation and stewardship in preserving the history and culture of our celebrated resort. We are more motivated than ever to continue spearheading our unique vision of recreation and renewal in this beautiful and historic landmark.”
This particular accolade is truly a celebration of the family’s longstanding dedication to historical conservation. Two of their highest achievements include the founding of the Mohonk Preserve in 1963, an organization that protects over 8,000 acres of environments; as well as Mohonk Consultations in 1980, a non-profit think tank that researches local environmental issues within the Hudson Valley. For their work in preservation, the Smiley Family was previously recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme for “generations of dedicated leadership and commitment to the protection and enhancement of the environment.”
The annual Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence honor the most outstanding historic hotels and hoteliers across the nation and around the world.