By RENEE PRUSI
Journal Staff Writer
MARQUETTE - Christine Pesola's Facebook page "blew up" Tuesday after The Landmark Inn and Marquette earned a mention from Travel + Leisure magazine's Jacqui Gifford on Tuesday's edition of the "Today" show.
The Landmark Inn in Marquette is pictured. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
The hotel was mentioned as a last-minute Memorial Day holiday weekend destination.
"I did not know it was coming," said Pesola, the hotel's owner. "Apparently the producers (of the show) had called Michelle Cook (the hotel's marketing and sales director) and asked if she could send them a photo. But you never know for sure if you're going to make it into the story."
After the segment aired Tuesday morning, the Landmark's Facebook page, as well as Pesola's own Facebook page, were flooded with congratulations.
"The response has been great on the local level," Pesola said. "We will see if it translates into reservations. It certainly is good to get a mention like this and perhaps someone in Iron Mountain or Green Bay or Traverse City - someplace that's a drivable distance - will come here.
"But I had to laugh as last-minute airfares to the Upper Peninsula are pretty expensive, so I don't know how many people would fly in."
Pesola said she has a guess how The Landmark was selected to be included.
"Probably one of the reasons is the Historic Hotels of America book lists us and travel writers prefer to write and talk about properties that are more unique," she said.
The online version of the 'Today' story states: "Michigan's Upper Peninsula - Landmark Inn. Calling all history buffs! With its 62 antique-filled rooms and a notable guest list that includes the likes of Amelia Earhart and Louis Armstrong, the Landmark Inn offers visitors a getaway that's steeped in American history. This weekend, celebrate Memorial Day in the property's own English-style pub or visit one of Marquette's three microbreweries (The Vierling, Black Rocks, and Ore Dock). And if hiking's more your style, take the 10-minute drive to Sugar Loaf Mountain for a spectacular view of the city and Lake Superior (from $139/night). thelandmarkinn.com"
Other destinations included on the list are the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., and Mill Falls at the Lake in New Hampshire. For the full list, visit www.today.com/travel/6-last-minute-memorial-day-getaways-2D79688258.
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 240.