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Recapturing History at Fort Worth's Ashton Hotel

By Elisha Neubauer

Right in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, visitors can find peace and relaxation, all while taking in a bit of history, by staying at the stunning Ashton Hotel. With its unique blend of modern luxury and historical ambiance, it is no surprise that the Ashton has been deemed the "Jewel on Main Street." Meticulously crafted from two historical buildings, it has become one of Fort Worth's historical staples and a must-stay location for out of towners.

The Ashton Hotel began its days in April of 2001. Remnant shells of two of Fort Worth's historical buildings were carefully restored in order to retain and revitalize the original architectural details and stylings of the original masterpieces. During the renovations, the buildings were fully updated, scrupulously of course, to include modernized amenities and luxuries that would suit current day travelers. The buildings, which had once housed the Fort Worth Club and the exclusive Haltom's jewelry store, were transformed and brought into the new millennium.

Today, the hotel has become part of the society of Historic Hotels of America and is a major focus of the downtown Fort Worth area. The original buildings date back to 1915 and 1890 and are currently registered with the National Register of Historic Places, making them must-see places when in Fort Worth regardless of whether or not you are in need of lodging.

But, there is more than just remarkable architecture that beckons visitors to the Ashton. "The Jewel on Main Street presents a year-round, special High Tea," Gary Griggs, the Ashton's Director of Sales and Marketing, tells us. "One which has been recognized as one of the best High Teas IN THE COUNTRY!" Ashton High Tea follows the English tradition of afternoon tea, offering a variety of teas alongside an assortment of fresh appetizers and pastries.

Fall Tea at the Ashton gives guests a carefully planned four course meal with a selection of teas for one low price, which even includes valet parking. These exceptionally designed events allow guests to submerge themselves into time honored traditions of history and culture that have faded in today's busy world, without leaving the downtown area.

Location is another major call to visitors. "Simply put, you stay at the Ashton because of location," Griggs states. "We are right on Main Street surrounded by restaurants, sidewalk cafes, theaters, and Sundance Square is a football toss away with tons of shopping." Griggs went on to tell us that everything you could want is within steps of the Ashton hotel, making it an easy and convenient location for your stay.

"The Ashton is right in the middle of the action, with Capital Grille next door, Del Frisco's, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Grace, Little Red Wasp," says Griggs, "all these restaurants surround our hotel. And our in-house restaurant, the Six-Ten Grille, offers excellent cuisine in a cozy atmosphere that sits right on Main Street, with full views of all the activity."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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