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News from Southern Innkeeper Members

 Welcome New Member, Daniel Hostettler!

Boca Raton Resort & Club, amidst 200 lake and oceanfront acres, originally opened in 1926 as The Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn. Today, Boca Raton Resort & Club is semi-private and provides year-round escape exclusively for its club members and overnight resort guests (the property is not open to the general public). Five distinct hotels include Beach Club, Bungalows, Cloister, Tower and Yacht Club. 

Amenities include a private golden beach, 40,000 square foot spa, 18-hole golf course, 32-slip marina, Racquet Club with 16 tennis courts and four pickleball courts, retail boutiques, swimming pools, two fitness centers, and wellness collaborations, including Orangetheory and Hydrow. 

The resort's culinary program showcases a world of flavor including new signature dining concepts with Major Food Group (MFG). The first of these signature restaurants is a take on the mid-century American chophouse, The Flamingo Grill. Forthcoming signature dining in partnership with MFG includes Sadelle's, the perennially packed brunch institution with New York and Las Vegas locations, and new concepts exploring Japanese and Italian cuisine. For a taste of the Mediterranean at Beach Club, Marisol and the lounge were recently unveiled, curated by lifestyle guru Colin Cowie. 

Daniel Hostettler, President & CEO
501 E. Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL  33432

 Welcome New Member, Jon Sakshaug
A historical hotel, authentic and welcoming, Hotel Emma was once a 19th century Brewhouse. Now it’s an extraordinary 146-room riverfront hotel and the flagship for Pearl’s culinary and cultural community on the northern edge of downtown San Antonio. When you stay at Pearl’s Hotel Emma, you’ll experience San Antonio as if you are staying at the well-appointed home of extremely interesting friends, your visit peppered with warm social experiences, genuine cultural flavor, insider knowledge, and delightful surprises unique to the hotel, the neighborhood and the city.

The hotel building was originally Pearl’s Brewhouse, built in 1894 and a San Antonio landmark ever since. The building was designed by Chicago architect August Maritzen in the Second Empire style. Maritzen specialized in breweries, designing more than eighty in the US, Canada and South Africa.

Established in 1881 as the J.B. Behloradsky Brewery, the company was acquired in 1883 by the San Antonio Brewing Association, and by 1916 it was the largest brewery in Texas. Pearl was the only San Antonio brewery to survive Prohibition, thanks primarily to Emma Koehler’s astute leadership during those lean years. The fortunes of the brewery waxed and waned over the next six decades until it was closed down in 2001.

Jon Sakshaug, Hotel Manager
Hotel Emma
136 E. Grayson
San Antonio, TX  78215

 Welcome New Member, Marty Wall

Hotel Bennett, the South’s grandest hotel and named to Conde Nast Traveler's 2020 Best New Hotels in the World, overlooks Charleston’s iconic and historic Marion Square. Hotel Bennett is among the most significant lodging developments ever built in the Holy City and the State of South Carolina.

Featuring 179 luxurious guestrooms and suites, a signature restaurant with stunning views of Charleston’s famed park, and a stylish bar and lounge, guests will also enjoy a spectacular rooftop pool with cabanas and bar, a luxury spa, and a variety of grand event and flexible meeting spaces.

Hotel guests arrive at a magnificent entrance and are greeted with the warm and gracious hospitality for which Charleston is renowned. A sweeping Grand Court serves as a gathering place for visitors and locals alike.

The lobby bar and adjacent two-tiered restaurant Gabrielle opens onto dramatic terraces overlooking Marion Square, offering an outdoor dining experience unlike any other in Charleston.

Hotel Bennett also features Camellias, which includes an etched-mirrored ceiling and reclaimed pink marble from the former Charleston Library for its floor, bar and table tops.

With the finest views in Charleston and one of the most iconic hotel bars in America, the rooftop bar Fiat Lux experience features an elegant, heated pool at its epicenter.

Stylish guest rooms and suites include high-quality, custom furnishings which reflect the authenticity of the local and cultural surroundings. More finely appointed than traditional luxury hotel guestrooms, they offer elegant bathrooms with designer soaking tubs, separate showers, luxurious bedding and locally inspired artwork. Many rooms also boast balconies with spectacular views of Marion Square and King Street.

The Spa at Hotel Bennett, drawing on the inspirational venue, the hotel’s signature spa creates an urban oasis for guests with five treatment rooms and a couples’ massage room.

Hotel Bennett offers the most luxurious spaces in Charleston in which to meet and celebrate, including the Grand Ballroom, elegantly appointed Washington Boardroom, and The Observatory located on the rooftop.

Marty Wall, General Manager
Hotel Bennett
404 King Street
Charleston, SC  29403

 Welcome New Member, Ashley Nunneker
Stokes Wagner is a labor and employment law firm specializing in the hospitality industry.  Stokes Wagner understands the nuances of the industry, from finance and development to guest operations and human resources and are sensitive to the many issues you address on a daily basis.  With a primary job of preventing problems before they happen, Stokes Wagner is well equipped to resolve disputes when they occur.

Ashley Nunneker, Shareholder, launched her legal career at an international law firm where she represented clients ranging from individuals and small business owners to international automotive companies and manufacturers. Throughout her career, she has advocated for clients in various civil matters including commercial and real estate contract disputes, partnership disputes, business torts and trade secrets, employment litigation, and intellectual property litigation. Ashley's practice now focuses on defending and counseling primarily hospitality clients in employment matters. 

Ashley Nunneker, Shareholder
Stokes Wagner
One Atlantic Center, Suite 2400
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA  30309
(404) 766-0076

 Congratulations Forbes Winners!
Congratulations to our members who have been awarded the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide 2021 Star!  Click here for the full list.

Montage Palmetto Bluff - Southern Innkeeper 2021 Annual Conference host 

Sea Island - For the 13th year in a row, Sea Island has been awarded four prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ratings. The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island, The Georgian Room restaurant, and The Spa at Sea Island have earned Five-Star designations in Forbes Travel Guide’s annual list of Star Award-winning hospitality establishments worldwide.

The Inn at Little Washington - new member of SIA!


The Jefferson Hotel

Salamander Resort & Spa

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The Inn on Biltmore Estate - new member of SIA

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Breakers Palm Beach - new member!

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

The Ritz-Carlton Resorts, Naples

 Welcome New Member, Nico Foris

Guest Services provides a wide range of customized hospitality management solutions for clients involved in dining services, resorts and hotels, recreational opportunities, unique retail outlets, special events, condominium management and fresh produce distribution.

Gerry Gabrys and Barry Trice with Guest Services are both long-time members of Southern Innkeepers as well. 

Nico Foris joined Guest Services as the Chief Financial Officer in 2012 and transitioned to Chief Operating Officer in 2019. Under his leadership, Foris has cultivated many of the key relationships and growth opportunities throughout the major divisions of the Company, including partnerships with National and State Parks, recreation, hotels and lodging, contract food services, condominium management and senior living. Foris led the acquisition efforts for the Lodge at Breckenridge, Boston Outdoor Recreation and several other strategic projects which has expanded the depth of the overall hospitality portfolio.


Nico Foris, Chief Financial Officer
Guest Services
3055 Prosperity Ave
Fairfax, VA  22031

 Welcome New Member, Michael O’Shaughnessy

Welcome to The Alida, a design-driven space that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and creative sensibilities of Savannah.

Exposed brick and original artworks, residential furnishings and bold textiles: The Alida embodies past and present, progress and tradition, curated and surprising.

But more than anything, The Alida is about people, committed to restoring River Street and the Riverfront neighborhood to its origins: a communal district centered around creation and enterprise. With a healthy dose of Hostess City’s famous Southern hospitality, The Alida connects travelers with locals, while giving curious travelers room to explore at their own pace.

The Alida celebrates relationships key Lowcountry local partners, such as Savannah College of Art & Design, Stetson and Eny Lee Parker, who have contributed to the custom designs and creations. Every wall hanging and light fixture, every event and gathering space, tells our story: the story of Savannah.

Michael O’Shaughnessy, General Manager 
412 Williamson Street
Savannah, GA  31401

 Sea Island Once Again Earns Four Coveted Five-Star Awards

From The Meetings Magazine:

For the 13th year in a row, Sea Island has been awarded four prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ratings. The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island, The Georgian Room restaurant, and The Spa at Sea Island have earned Five-Star designations in Forbes Travel Guide’s annual list of Star Award-winning hospitality establishments worldwide.

“It’s an honor for Sea Island to once again be the recipient of Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star ranking,” said Scott Steilen, President and CEO of Sea Island Company. “This recognition is a reflection of our dedicated team who works tirelessly to provide a flawless experience for our guests.”

For the full story, visit 

 Welcome New Members, Charles Thompson and Geoff Gardner
Welcome Charles Thompson, General Manager &  Director of Resort Experience AND Geoff Gardner, VP of Food & Beverage, with Inn on Biltmore Estate!

Experience the legendary hospitality of America’s Largest Home® with a four-star stay at The Inn on Biltmore Estate® . Amid elegant surroundings, treat yourself to luxurious accommodations and world-class service recognized by AAA, Forbes Travel Guide, Travel + Leisure, and TripAdvisor year after year. Savor expertly prepared cuisine with the most exclusive dining experience on the estate, also awarded four stars. Sip award-winning Biltmore® wine in an oasis of style with sweeping views of the estate. Pamper yourself with rejuvenating spa treatments. Allow our concierge to curate personalized activities for you to explore George Vanderbilt’s home and 8,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountain beauty, including behind the scenes tours, Land Rover® Experience, Falconry, hiking or Sporting Clays. For the ultimate escape, inquire about exclusive packages and holiday getaways, and discover Biltmore the way it was intended—as an overnight guest.

Charles Thompson
General Manager & Dir. of Resort Experience
Inn on Biltmore Estate
1 Antler Hill Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Geoff Gardner
VP Food & Beverage
Inn on Biltmore Estate
1 Antler Hill Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

 Welcome New Member, Will Jones!

The path that leads to The Swag is the best of life itself. Strikingly beautiful, it offers all that is essential to mankind: nature, rivers and healing mountain air.  Perched almost a mile above sea level, at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — The Swag is a high-altitude retreat boasting breath taking views of North Carolina’s highest peaks. 

Located near Asheville, a stay here is the ideal change of scenery to leave you feeling refreshed and renewed, especially after one of the many memorable hikes. Nestled deep in the woods, it is the epitome of a romantic getaway where the concern for the environment, remarkable sense of hospitality and delicious traditional cuisine only add to its rustic charm. Hosting only a few dozen guests at any one time, The Swag is a favorite of thoughtful travelers who treasure the property's rare, restorative combination of epic natural beauty and authentic hospitality.

Will Jones, General Manager

2300 Swag Road
Waynesville, NC  28785

 Welcome New Member, David Friederich

Barnsley Resort is the ultimate retreat to unplug and enjoy all the pleasures and pursuits we have to offer. With more than 3,000 acres in North Georgia, we appeal to the traveler who craves a connection to an outdoor lifestyle, is inspired by nature and intrigued by history. From golf to horseback riding, from shooting to hiking, we have something for everyone. Throw in cozy accommodations, a range of delicious dining choices, a spa, shops and more, and you'll understand why Barnsley Resort's authentic, active, genuine lifestyle draws people here over and over again.


David Friederich

597 Barnsley Gardens Road

Adairsville, Georgia 30103


 Welcome New Member, Keith Pabian

Please join SIA in welcoming new member, Keith Pabian, Partner, Pabian Law, LLC!

 Pabian Law, LLC is a national immigration law firm that focuses on assisting employers through the visa and immigration process.  The firm has a unique specialization in representing employers from coast to coast in the hospitality industry.  Pabian Law assists its clients in applying for H-2B visas, year-round visas, and applications for U.S. Lawful Permanent Residency to support them in their staffing and retention efforts.  Pabian Law is also home to Pabian BOOM!, a first-of-its kind proprietary software platform for hospitality organizations to utilize with their H-2B seasonal visa petitions.  Through the legal work at Pabian Law and the innovation of Pabian BOOM!, the H-2B seasonal visa petition process is much more transparent and accessible for hospitality organizations across the country.

Keith Pabian is the Founding Partner of Pabian Law, LLC, a national immigration law firm headquartered in Massachusetts that focuses on assisting employers through the visa and immigration process.  Keith has a unique specialization in representing employers from coast to coast in the hospitality industry.  Keith regularly presents at national conferences, local chapter meetings, and on webinars on immigration topics affecting the hospitality industry.  He has received numerous awards for his success in providing solutions to employers most pressing staffing issues.  Keith is also the founder of Pabian BOOM!, a first-of-its kind proprietary software platform for hospitality organizations to utilize with their H-2B seasonal visa petitions.  Through his legal work at Pabian Law and the innovation of Pabian BOOM!, Keith and his team have made the H-2B seasonal visa petition process much more transparent and accessible for hospitality organizations across the country.  Keith is a graduate of Union College and Villanova University’s School of Law. 

Keith Pabian
40 Speen Street, 4th Floor
Framingham, MA 01701
p 617.939.9444
d 617-982-2544

 Welcome New Member, Tricia Taylor
Please join SIA in welcoming new member, Tricia Taylor, Executive Vice President and General Manager, The Breakers Palm Beach!

About The Breakers Palm Beach

Recognized as one of America’s most iconic resorts, The Breakers is an Italian Renaissance-style hotel situated on 140 acres of oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach, Florida. Founded in 1896 by magnate Henry M. Flagler, and still in the hands of his heirs today, this legendary destination continues to thrive as an independent property. Each year, a reinvestment of more than $30 million in capital improvements and ongoing revitalization, balances preservation and modernization.

The Breakers features 538 guest rooms and suites, including the ultra-luxury Flagler Club, a boutique hotel nestled atop of the resort. The property offers ten restaurants ranging from casual beachfront to stylishly sophisticated and a world-class private beach club with four pools, five whirlpool spas, 25 poolside bungalows and a variety of on-site water sports. Additional amenities include: two championship golf courses, 10 Har-Tru tennis courts, a Forbes Five-Star spa, an indoor-outdoor oceanfront fitness center, 12 signature on-site boutiques, and a Family Entertainment Center with an extensive program of activities for children. Along with being recognized as a AAA Five Diamond property, The Breakers has earned numerous accolades for its social impact on the environment, the community and team member well-being. For reservations or more information, contact the resort at 888-BREAKERS (273-2537) or visit

Tricia Taylor
EVP & General Manager
The Breakers Palm Beach
One South County Road 
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 659-8466

 Welcome New Member, Robert Fasce

Welcome new member, Robert Fasce, General Manager of The Inn at Little Washington!
For some The Inn is a romantic fantasy world far removed from the harsh realities of modern day life, for others it’s a culinary oasis akin to visiting a Michelin starred restaurant in the European countryside. Some are surprised – and relieved – that The Inn doesn’t take itself too seriously. Guests often remark that while the interiors could be called grand they are also whimsical and wonderfully comfortable.  For history lovers Washington, Virginia is one of the few unspoiled villages left in America. They say it hasn’t changed much since George Washington first surveyed it and named the streets back in 1749.  To learn more about the interesting history of the Inn, click here.

The 2020 Michelin Guide once again awarded The Inn at Little Washington its highest accolade of Three Stars, reserved for “exceptional cuisine worth a special journey.” The Inn remains the first and only Three Star restaurant in The Nation’s Capital and the only Michelin rated restaurant in Virginia.  The Inn at Little Washington is part of Relais & Châteaux, an exclusive collection of 500 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries.


Robert Fasce, General Manager
The Inn at Little Washington
Middle and Main Streets   
P.O. Box 300 
Washington, VA 22747
T 540-675-5227

 Welcome back, Vijay Singh!

Since 1928, Sea Island has been known as an exceptional destination appealing to those who appreciate gracious service and heartfelt hospitality. With four Forbes Five-Star experiences -- The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea IslandThe Spa at Sea Island, and the Georgian Room restaurant – Sea Island entices families, outdoor enthusiasts, and those simply wanting to refresh. It is the only resort in the world to have received four Forbes Five-Star awards for 12 consecutive years. As the only U.S. resort to host a G-8 Summit of world leaders, Sea Island provides exceptional settings and service for conferences and executive retreats. 

Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island features five miles of private beach, a Beach Club, tennis center, Yacht Club, Shooting School, and children’s programs, as well as three championship golf courses, including Seaside and Plantation, home of the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic. Located on St. Simons Island, The Inn at Sea Island offers casual accommodations with access to many Sea Island amenities. Broadfield, a Sea Island Sporting Club and Lodge, offers seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities. 

Vijay Singh

Vice President of Operations and Managing Director
Sea Island
100 Cloister Drive
Sea Island, GA 31561

 Welcome New Member, Greg Cook

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is Northeast Florida’s premier oceanfront resort located on a remote barrier island.  Known for its unique natural beauty and warm Southern charm, this luxury resort is designated two Five Diamonds for lodging and the award-winning restaurant, Salt.  The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island, named one of the top spas in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and offers a holistic wellness program.  Featured amenities include three pools, on-site golf, fitness center, tennis, children’s recreational programs, a Barrier Island Beach Ecology program and 446 renovated guest rooms, each with private balcony and a view of the Atlantic coastline.

Contact information:

Greg Cook, General Manager
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Parkway
Amelia Island, FL 32034

 One of the World's Best Resorts Is Tucked Away in Bluffton, South Carolina

From Travel + Leisure

Voted one of the 
top 10 resort hotels in the South in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, Montage Palmetto Bluff has turned that renowned southern comfort into an art form.  For the full story, click here. 

Montage Palmetto Bluff is the host of the 2021 Southern Innkeepers Association Annual Conference.

 Congrats to the Best Southern Resorts!
Congratulations to Southern Innkeeper members featured in Veranda Magazine's, "16 Best Resorts in the South".

Barnsley Resort, Adairsville, GA
Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Highlands, NC
Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC
Primland, Meadows of Dan, VA
The Cloister at Sea Island, GA
Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC