Cook Honored by Historic Hotel Group

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The French Lick Resort won the award for Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel. The French Lick Resort won the award for Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel.

Cook Group co-founder Gayle Cook has won a lifetime achievement award at a ceremony hosted at a historic hotel she helped restore. The honor was part of the Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence event, held at the French Lick Resort.

The resort won the award for Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel.

This year's winners include:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year: Hilton Chicago (1927) Chicago, Illinois

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms): Green Park Inn (1891) Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Best Historic Hotel (75-200 Guestrooms): The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms): Loews Don CeSar Hotel (1928) St. Pete Beach, Florida

Best City Center Historic Hotel: Hawthorne Hotel (1925) Salem, Massachusetts

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms): The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee

Best Historic Resort: Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan

Hotel Historian of the Year: Michaelene Lusk Norton, The Lancaster Hotel (1926) Houston, Texas

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year: The Lusk Family, The Lancaster Hotel (1926) Houston, Texas

Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel: Plume, The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel: French Lick Resort (1845) French Lick, Indiana

Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion: Xanterra Parks & Resorts

Historic Hotels of America Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century Service): Bill Ott, 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas

2015 Historic Hotelier of the Year: Dean Lane, Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award: Gayle Cook

2015 Historic Hotels of America Historian of the Year Award: Stanley Turkel, Author and Consultant

2015 Historic Hotels of America Journalist of the Year Award: Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor for CBS News

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