On August 29, the historic (and AAA Four Diamond) Grand Hotel near Fairhope, Alabama, became part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels. Rebranded as the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, the property has undergone a 3-year renovation, adding new amenities and dialing up the style of existing ones. The hotel first opened in 1847 as a two-story building with 40 rooms. Over the years, it has changed hands and expanded, recovering from hurricanes, fire, and a war or two. In 1864, part of the Grand became a Confederate hospital; you’ll find a cemetery for 300 soldiers near the 18th tee of the Azalea golf course. During World War II, the Army Air Corps used the hotel as a training base. (Guests still get to hear a patriotic cannon salute at 3:45 each afternoon.) Follow us inside the Grand to see what’s new.