Select Registry Distinguished Inns Garner National Awards, Culinary Kudos

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Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America, celebrates an award-winning year, with members garnering top honors for culinary, romantic and green travel. Major awards and accolades for Select Registry members include recognition from the American Culinary Federation, The Travel Channel, Good Morning America, and National Geographic Traveler and Conde Nast Traveler magazines.

Select Registry member Harstone Inn

The Harstone Inn, a Select Registry member in Maine's quaint Camden village, garnered a 2009 Achievement of Excellence Award from the American Culinary Federation.

Of the more than 20,000 bed and breakfasts in the U.S. and Canada, only 400 have qualified for membership to Select Registry. This elite collection of inns and B&Bs across North America has long been recognized as the industry’s best of the best.

Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America, celebrates an award-winning year, with members garnering top honors for culinary, romantic and green travel.

Most recently, White Gull Inn, a Select Registry member B&B on Wisconsin's scenic Door Peninsula, claimed the coveted first place title in Good Morning America’s Best Breakfast Challenge. Viewers and hosts of the popular ABC-TV morning show last month recognized this small historic inn’s Cherry Stuffed French Toast as the Best Breakfast in America, chosen over entries on behalf of thousands of restaurants nationwide. Other major awards and accolades for Select Registry members include the following highlights:

  • The Swag Country Inn –The Swag ranked No. 2 on the Condé Nast Traveler 2009 Readers Choice Awards for Best Small Hotels in the U.S. Also for 2009, The Swag made the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List and National Geographic Traveler’s Stay List. The rustic hideaway’s luxurious guestrooms and private cabins are nestled on a 5,000-foot ridge overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • John Rutledge House Inn (Charleston, S.C.) – This elegant Georgian inn is another recipient of the Condé Nast Traveler 2009 Readers Choice Award for Best Small Hotels in the U.S. The AAA Four Diamond property was built in 1763 as a residence for John Rutledge, a signer of the U.S. Constitution. Located in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District, the 19-room lodging is one of 15 surviving homes owned by one of the framers of the Constitution — and the only one converted into a hotel.
  • The Hartstone Inn (Camden, Me.) – The American Culinary Federation honored this 1835 Mansard-style bed and breakfast with a 2009 Achievement of Excellence Award in its fine dining category. Additionally, Hartstone was recognized as a Top 10 Romantic Inn for 2010 by American Historic Inns and ILoveInns.com. Renowned for its picturesque setting, accommodations and gourmet cuisine, Hartstone was a favorite of the culinary legend Julia Child, who dined here each summer.
  • Gateways Inn & Restaurant (Lennox, Mass.) – This European-inspired Berkshire Mountain estate celebrates its 11th consecutive year as a recipient of Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence. Featured in the publication’s annual Dining Guide issue, the inn’s elegant La Terrazza Restaurant boasts an extensive wine selection to complement its acclaimed seasonal menu of gourmet fare made with locally grown ingredients.
  • Beechwood Inn (Clayton, Ga.) – Wine Spectator presented the Beechwood Inn with its third successive Award of Excellence in 2009. Located along the Scenic Georgia Wine Highway, the 1922-era mountain retreat boasts a 3,000-bottle wine cellar with more than 400 varieties of wine from around the world.
  • Rendezvous Bed & Breakfast (Palm Springs, Calif.) – Putting a contemporary spin on 1950s nostalgia, this revamped retro-retreat joined the ranks of National Geographic Traveler’s 2009 Stay List. The romantic bed and breakfast welcomes with a blue astroturf pool deck and martinis in the vinyl bar. Each of its 10 rooms has a 1950s theme, including the Pretty in Pink Marilyn Monroe room, where the starlet once stayed.
  • The Inn on First (Napa, Calif.) – The U.S. Congress and the California State Legislature both awarded this eco-friendly inn the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for its recycling program. The historic property in the heart of Napa Valley recently was certified by the California Green Lodging Association, becoming only the second bed and breakfast in the state to garner this designation.
  • The Lodge at Moosehead Lake (Greenville, Me.) – Named one of the World’s Best Adventure Lodges by Away.com, this AAA Four Diamond inn was a 2009 Finalist for Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway by Condé Nast Johansens guide. Built in 1917 overlooking pristine Moosehead Lake, the country retreat offers one-of-a-kind activities like seaplane tours, whitewater rafting, hiking nearby Mt. Kineo and guided moose safaris.
  • Pentagöet Inn (Castine, Me.) – The Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown ranked this 1894 Queen Anne Victorian beauty among her “Top 5 Moments from Maine,” spotlighting the inn’s cozy Passports Pub and scenic vistas overlooking Penobscot Bay. Pentagöet Inn also received a Yankee magazine 2009 Editors’ Choice Award and was recognized in the “The Best of New England” travel guide by the editors of Boston magazine.
  • White Gull Inn (Fish Creek, Wis.) – This turn-of-the-century B&B was named the winner of ABC-TV’s Good Morning America Best Breakfast Challenge. Viewers across the country took part in a national vote in May 2010, helping White Gull Inn beat out thousands of restaurants nationwide with its winning recipe for Cherry Stuffed French Toast featuring locally grown cherries. Located in the bayside village of Fish Creek on Wisconsin's pristine Door Peninsula, White Gull is known for its hearty breakfasts, lunches, and candlelit dinners.

Of the more than 20,000 bed and breakfasts in the U.S. and Canada, only 400 have qualified for membership to Select Registry. This elite collection of inns and B&Bs across North America has long been recognized as the industry’s best of the best. Select Registry has a 40-year history of outstanding quality assurance. To be a member, lodgings must pass rigorous, ongoing inspections demonstrating they represent the very best the industry has to offer. For more information about Select Registry or to find a nearby member, visit Select Registry's website.

About Select Registry

Select Registry(TM), Distinguished Inns of North America represents 400 of the finest country inns, luxury B&Bs, and unique small hotels across North America — the very best the industry has to offer. Established more than 40 years ago, Select Registry sets the standard for excellence, with the longest, continuously running inspection program in the B&B industry. Inns applying for membership receive rigorous inspections, as do existing members on a periodic basis. Independent inspectors with years of hospitality experience arrive unidentified, spend the night and evaluate the inn. No other online directory or organization of innkeepers has a comparable inspection program, establishing Select Registry as the benchmark for quality. Each member property is unique and showcased in the Select Registry guidebook. With more than 400,000 copies available as gifts to guests, the guidebook is the largest publication of its kind in the travel industry. For more information, visit http://www.selectregistry.com

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