Marshall, Michigan (PressExposure) October 21, 2009 -- For the holidays, anniversaries and special occasions, give the gift of celebrated living with a romantic getaway from Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of North America(TM).
Featured on Good Morning America as a âmost unique gift,â Select Registry gift certificates offer romantic, drive-to escapes. That appeals to travelers in a challenging economy, innkeepers say.
With conviviality and creative cuisine as their signatures, inns and B&Bs offer the perfect romantic retreats, featuring amenities like four-poster beds, fireplaces and mesmerizing views of the Great Outdoors. Many Select Registry inns and B&Bs were once the turn-of-the-century mansions of millionaires during Americaâs Gilded Age. Today, they woo travelers with modern touches, such as free Wi-Fi and Jacuzzis, along with five-course feasts; onsite wineries and microbreweries; and award-winning spas. Select Registry properties beckon with fun and unique experiences, like moonlight wine-and-cheese snowshoe tours, ski trips to North Americaâs celebrated slopes, icewine festivals, classes with renowned chocolatiers on how to make hand-dipped chocolates and meanderings through boutique shops in charming historic villages transformed into winter wonderlands of twinkling lights.
Holding the promise of a romantic road trip, B&Bs are going against current travel trends. According to a recent study by the New Jersey-based Professional Association of Innkeepers International, occupancy at bed-and-breakfasts held steady last year despite the downturn in travel.
But with an estimated 30,000 inns and B&Bs across North America, choosing an idyllic escape can be daunting. Select Registry gift certificates make the search easy. Founded 35 years ago, the organization has a long history of conducting rigorous, ongoing quality assurance inspections by anonymous inspectors to assure each of its 400 members represents the very best the industry has to offer. These premier retreats include AAA-Four Diamond properties and recipients of top honors, from Leading Inns of North America and Most Romantic Hideaways to Best Places to Kiss, Best Porches in America, Best Places to Watch the Sunset and more.
Select Registry gift certificates are valid at all 400 member properties throughout the USA and Canada. They come with a personalized message and the Select Registry Guidebook. With more than 400,000 copies available, this guide is the largest publication of its kind in the travel industry. For more information, call 800-344-5244, or visit online http://www.selectregistry.com.
About Select Registry Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of North AmericaTM represents more than 400 of the finest country inns, luxury B&Bs, and unique small hotels from California to Nova Scotiaâthe very best the travel industry has to offer. Select Registry carries out a quality assurance inspection for each of its inns involving independent inspectors with years of experience in the hospitality industry. The inspectors arrive unidentified, spend the night and evaluate the inn on a detailed point system, which translates into a pass/fail grade for the property. Inns applying for membership are inspected, as are existing members on a periodic basis. No other online directory or organization of innkeepers has a comparable inspection program, establishing Select Registry as the benchmark for quality. Select Registry has a strong referral program. More than 400,000 copies of the organizationâs new guidebook are available now as gifts to guests at member inns, making the guidebook the largest publication of its kind in the travel industry. For more information, visit http://www.selectregistry.com.
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