Crestline, Indigo Road add to portfolios

The Indigo Road Hospitality Group has added The Skyline Lodge in Highlands, N.C., to its portfolio of boutique hotels. Photo credit: The Skyline Lodge (The Skyline Lodge)

Management companies are adding new properties to their portfolios.


Crestline Hotels & Resorts is set to manage the 107-guestroom Hilton Garden Inn Silver Spring North in Maryland, a short drive from downtown Baltimore and 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. The hotel has two meeting rooms totaling 1,224 square feet of event space, an indoor pool and a fitness center. 

“Crestline recently received the highest score in the J.D. Power 2020 Third-Party Hotel Management Guest Satisfaction Benchmark of customers’ satisfaction with their hotel stay, which is certainly contributing to our ongoing growth,” said Crestline President and CEO James Carroll. “Now more than ever, owners and investors recognize that guest satisfaction is a key driver in a hotel’s financial performance and success.”

Since January 2020, Crestline has grown its portfolio more than 10 percent, adding more than 3,000 keys. 

North Carolina

The Indigo Road Hospitality Group has added The Skyline Lodge in Highlands, N.C., to its portfolio of boutique hotels. 

Robert Nass, who owned and operated the historic property for nearly three decades, sold the property to The Indigo Road for an undisclosed amount in September. The Indigo Road will completely renovate the entire property, including the addition of Oak Steakhouse. The renovations should be completed by the end of April, with a mid-May reopening of the hotel planned.

“My business partner, Larry Spelts, and I could not be more excited to be involved in the world-class destination that the Highlands and Cashiers area has become,” said Steve Palmer, The Indigo Road’s founder and managing partner. “I am a native Georgian and Larry is a South Carolinian, and we both have enjoyed the Highland-Cashiers area our entire lives—we are thrilled to get involved in the plateau’s continuing evolution as a premier destination.”

The 47-room property is situated on top of Flat Top Mountain and a short drive from Atlanta; Charlotte; Greenville, S.C.; Columbia, S.C.; Knoxville, Tenn; and Chattanooga, Tenn. 

The Skyline Lodge’s original structure was designed by Arthur Kelsey, a former student of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1920s, and partially constructed in 1929 by local builder Jack Wilcox. Over the years, numerous additions were made to the property, including a redwood interior, stone fireplaces and a restaurant.

"It’s an amazing property to reimagine,” said Carrie Dessertine of Mey & Co., the interior designer for the project. “The building has great bones, and we are excited to bring a fresh aesthetic to The Skyline Lodge by drawing from the original era of the property for inspiration but also incorporating a playful redesign to update the property and the experience. The rooms will retain their original coziness and direct connection to the surrounding beauty while affording guests an experience of the curated, organic finishes and thoughtful modern furnishings of a boutique property."