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April 3, 2024 -- Lynchburg, VA - Craddock Terry Hotel Shoemakers American Grille in Lynchburg, VA Wins Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award 

The Craddock Terry Hotel, an award winning boutique hotel located in the heart of Lynchburg, is thrilled to announce that their signature restaurant, Shoemaker’s American Grille, has been honored with the esteemed DiRōNA Award of Excellence, further solidifying its reputation as one of Virginia's premier dining destinations.The DiRōNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) Award of Excellence is a testament to Shoemakers' unwavering commitment to providing an unparalleled culinary experience. DiRōNA seeks to recognize and celebrate fine dining establishments that deliver exceptional service, exquisite cuisine and an unforgettable journey for their guests. By proudly displaying the DiRōNA Achievement of Distinction in Dining Award, Shoemakers American Grill assures patrons of a truly exceptional dining experience. 

This prestigious accolade adds to Shoemakers' impressive list of honors, including recognition by Virginia Living as one of the best places for steak and seafood in the state. Additionally, the restaurant has been named by TripAdvisor as one of the Best Places to Dine in Lynchburg, further solidifying its status as a culinary gem in the region.

“We are thrilled to be named a Distinguished Restaurant of North America and thank our staff for their knowledge and attentiveness to our guests,” said Schuyler Clark, General Manager of the Craddock Terry Hotel. “Our staff anticipates the needs of guests and goes above and beyond to meet those requests. By providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere to patrons, we are enhancing the culinary journey for our guests.”

Boasting an impressive menu that is a testament to the culinary expertise of its chef, the restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients and infuses seasonal flavors in every dish. From steaks cooked to perfection to seafood delicacies fresh from the ocean, patrons will leave with an elevated dining experience.

Guests may complement their meal with a wide variety of wines and craft cocktails. Browse through a connoisseur-curated wine list that compliments the flavors of every dish or enjoy a signature cocktail from our skilled mixologists. 

Known for its unique blend of original brick warehouse architecture and chic modern style, Shoemaker’s American Grille is a harmonious blend of classic elegance and contemporary comfort. 

The hotel and restaurant’s distinctiveness is a testament to the vision of Cornerstone Hospitality spearheaded by President and CEO Kimberly Christner. Their approach — to breathe new life into historic spaces, while maintaining their original spirit — has set a new benchmark for luxury accommodations within the Marriott Tribute Portfolio. 

Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio brand is a collection of independent boutique hotels, each with its unique indie spirit. These hotels are bound together by their heart for connecting people and places. Tribute Portfolio hotels are distinguished by their striking design, bold use of color, and noteworthy art installations, all contributing to a hotel stay thats memorable and conversation-worthy.

The brand focuses on creating spaces that encourage social interaction and foster a connection with the local community. This is achieved through vibrant social scenes and thoughtful details in service. Each hotel in the Tribute Portfolio is handpicked for its personality and character, offering guests a diverse range of experiences. 

The Tribute Portfolio brand represents a unique blend of characterful, independent hotels that provide guests with a distinctive, localized experience while maintaining the high-quality standards associated with Marriott​​​​. 

Shoemaker’s American Grille offers an intimate setting for a romantic dinner, celebration, or an evening to indulge. For more information or to make your reservation today, visit

About The Craddock Terry Hotel
The Craddock Terry Hotel, located in Lynchburg, VA, is known for its blend of history, luxury, and hospitality. What was once a turn-of-the-century shoe factory has been transformed into a one-of-a- kind luxury hotel. Witness a unique blend of original brick warehouse architecture and chic modern style.