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Andrew Harper, famous pseudonym for a completely anonymous travel editor, has been the name behind one of the most selective, upscale travel reports in the world. The April, 2013 issue of  Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report for the first time Andrew Harper Nova Scotia, Canadafocused on the Maritimes as a region, visiting Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.

Harper is a gracious if extremely demanding critic, and noted at the outset of his article selecting just five inns as being “fully up to Harper standards:

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island all offer picturesque fishing ports, dramatic seacoasts and pristine landscapes, as well as superlative fish and seafood. Owing to an excellent network of highways and ferries, the ideal way to see the region is a circular tour by car. Before setting out, I did not expect to return with a galaxy of highly rated discoveries. This proved to be the case, but my trip was nonetheless exceptionally enjoyable and worthwhile.

Harper singled out Trout Point Lodge for abundant praise: “we found at the end of the road was precisely what you would hope to discover deep in the woods: a handsome Adirondack-style lodge with solid log walls, a gabled roof, a wide veranda and a stone chimney emitting signs of a welcoming blaze.”

The critical review noted the Lodge’s “camp-style elegance,” “rustic refinement,” and “the kitchen’s inventiveness:”

I particularly liked a zesty chowder, crammed with seafood and reminiscent of gumbo or cioppino. This was followed by simply but perfectly cooked cod.

Other properties on the list included Halifax’s Prince George Hotel, and in PEI, Dalvay by the Sea, and the Inn at Bay Fortune.

ABOUT ANDREW HARPER

Free of advertising since its inception in June 1979, Hideaway Report is a private monthly publication for sophisticated travelers. The selection of hotels, resorts and restaurants for inclusion in this publication is made on a completely independent basis, with Andrew Harper, LLC paying full rate for all meals, lodging and related travel expenses. Andrew Harper and his editors travel incognito to write candid and unbiased travel reviews for a subscription service, which provides personalized travel-planning assistance, bespoke tours and valuable travel privileges to its subscribers.

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Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia received notification today from Men’s Journal editorial offices in New York that it was chosen among the magazine’s pick of the 19 world’s best wilderness hotels. Each lodge on the list is also now “MJ Approved,” a new series of endorsements by the sister publication of Rolling Stone magazine.Men's Journal Approved

“Our readers seek out the best experiences to lead the interesting life,” wrote assistant editor Blaine McEvoy in the notification. “To meet the standards of this highly influential readership, we’ve introduced our MJ Approved series on MensJournal.com. Whether it’s a hotel, a blazer, a recipe, a slope or a saw, our editors put them to the test and feature what they deem best as MJ Approved.”

Trout Point joins renowned properties such as Amangiri in Utah, The Point on Saranac Lake, New York, and Bay of Fires Lodge in Tasmania, Australia. The only other Canadian property is King Pacific Lodge, a seasonal floating hotel in northern British Columbia owned by the scion to the Sony electronics fortune.

“We’re very pleased to be in such amazingly good company,” said chef/proprietor Vaughan Perret.

“Situated at the confluence of the Tusket and Napier Rivers, it’s surrounded by the 400-square-mile Tobeatic Wilderness Area – one of the largest protected areas in Eastern Canada – and the night sky here is so dark that an astronomer is on staff at Trout Point to guide guests through the stars,” noted the accompanying article. The Lodge opened its doors in 2000. Soon after, UNESCO declared the surrounding lands a World Biosphere Reserve. Men’s Journal also highlights Trout Point’s offerings of cooking classes, live music, and guided hiking & kayaking.

In other news, the Lodge was also just approved by the board of directors of Select Registry, an association of North American inns, after a rigorous anonymous inspection process.

The magazine and accompanying web site, published by Jann S. Wenner, claim an audience of over 1 million. It is distributed in both the United States and Canada.

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In 2013, Trout Point Lodge will become Atlantic Canada’s only member of the exclusive Select Registry group of inns after a rigorous anonymous inspection process and a vote by the board of directors at their annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, this Member, Select Registrypast weekend. The Lodge is also announcing an expansion of guest units and facilities for the coming summer season.

Select Selection

Also known as Distinguished Inns of North America, the Association was founded in the late 1960s by author Norman Simpson, the “father of country inn travel in America.” In his pioneering book, Country Inns and Back Roads, Simpson noted that,

Each [member] inn is original and unique, a reflection of the personalities and tastes of the individual innkeeper-owners … this was never intended to be a total guide to country inns in the United States and Canada, [but rather] a carefully selected group of inns. The purpose is to encourage travelers to visit … and to experience this unique type of personal hospitality …

Select Registry has particular membership strength in New England, and Trout Point chef/proprietors Vaughan Perret and Charles Leary believe it fitting to have a Nova Scotia link. “There are some fantastic properties in the collection,” said Leary, “including those who share our commitment to superb food and wine.” Examples of other Select Registry inns include the Hartstone Inn in Maine, and the Manor on Golden Pond, which like Trout Point is also a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the world’s finest grouping of boutique hotels.

An important distinction between a Select Registry member inn and any other is the system of quality assurance. The Association carries out a quality inspection of each of its nearly 400 inns. This program involves independent inspectors – not employees of Select Registry – with years of experience in the hospitality industry.

The inspectors arrive anonymously, spend the night, and evaluate the inn based on a detailed point system, which translates into a pass/fail grade for the inn. Inns applying for membership are inspected periodically as are existing member inns. Trout Point’s inspection occurred earlier this month.

Not all have what it takes to pass the inspections. Thus, this process provides a guarantee to the traveling public that a Select Registry inn is in a class of its own.

Growth

The acceptance by Select Registry culminates a great season for the Lodge as it prepares for 2013 guests. This past fall, Canada Select granted Trout Point 5 stars in the Inn category, while Halifax-based Progress magazine named the small enterprise among Atlantic Canada’s top 8 for growth in 2012 for businesses with sales under $1 million. Earlier in 2012, USA Today included it on a list of the world’s top 10 eco lodges.

Trout Point will expand from 12 guest units (including 2 cottages) to 14 for the 2013 summer season, when visitation to Nova Scotia peaks. It will also ad a new exercise facility and 2nd hot tub on its 100-acre campus along the Tusket River in the southwestern part of the province, part of a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve. In doing so, it bucks a trend towards declining capacity and a tourism crisis in the area, which has lost nearly all its transportation links over the past several years, including direct ferry links with the United States.

“We have occasionally lost corporate or group business since we can only offer 13 bedrooms,” said Leary. “Having 15 rooms, including one 2-bedroom cottage, will mean not only more group bookings, but also greater capacity for the July & August peak.” The new indoor exercise room and protected outdoor hot tub will enhance the guest experience in the winter months. Trout Point opened fully year round–including dining–for the first time this winter.

“If we actually get a Maine ferry back in 2014, we’ll be ready, especially with the Select Registry membership” said Perret. “If not, we will still offer a world-class destination vacation experience and continue to draw guests from around the globe.”

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INDEPENDENT LUXURY HOTELS ARE IN FASHION !!

Small Luxury Hotels of the World(London)-January 2013. Trout Point Lodge recently joined Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) and is delighted to announce that after 21 years in the business, 2012 marks SLH’s best year ever. Reporting an increase of 10% from last year, SLH delivered an unprecedented number of room nights at 341,000 and $119 million in revenue.

It’s a good news story all round – not only have reservations and room nights hit an all-time high but the recognition of The Club is also a great success story. This year SLH added 56,000 members to their loyalty club, a 46% growth compared to last year, making our club 190,000 strong. Our activation rate for our Club Members has also increased by 18% and Club Revenue by 38%.

The home website, slh.com has had an impressive 4 million visits this year, a 19% increase on last year. Reservations through the site have gone up by 26% and slh.com increased its share of bookings by 15% compared to last year. iPad visits, totaling close to 500,000 improved by 167% this year and iPhone visits increased by 132% showing the growing trend towards new technology.

Vaughan Perret, chef/proprietor, remarked: “Membership in SLH is very exciting, as the Lodge looks forward to further growth in 2013. We were among Atlantic Canada’s fastest growing companies in 2012, according to Progress magazine, and the Lodge will expand its guest capacity this year as well, resulting in new jobs and great economic benefits to our local community.”

According to Paul Kerr, CEO for SLH; “It’s extraordinary that after over 20 years in the business we’re still managing to exceed the work we’ve done the year before, especially when you consider the current economic climate. The secret to our success is choice – put simply. With over 520 INDEPENDENT LUXURY hotels in more than 70 countries and multiple means of booking, we give the customer the freedom to choose how, where, when and why. Our Club is also a big part of the reason we have so much to celebrate – this year our Club has accounted for 22% of our bookings, which is significant compared to last year.”

Trout Point Lodge is looking forward to what the New Year will bring and already has some great plans for the year ahead including the addition of 2 new guest units, expanded guided star gazing opportunities with a brand-new Meade telescope, and year-round operation.

Trout Point Lodge opened in 2000 and has earned 5 stars in the Inn category from Canada Select, the national accommodation rating agency. The Lodge resigned from Relais & Chateaux to join the prestigious collection of hotels known as Small Luxury Hotels of the World last year.

About Small Luxury Hotels of the World: The Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) brand is an unrivalled portfolio of some of the world’s finest small independent hotels. Comprising over 520 hotels in more than 70 countries, the diversity of the individual hotels, and the experiences that they offer, is exceptional. From cutting-edge design hotels to palatial 17th century mansions, city centre sanctuaries to remote private islands, historic country houses to idyllic resorts, Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers only the very best. Reservations can be made at any Small Luxury Hotels of the World property online at http://www.slh.com, via the free SLH iPhone app or by contacting your favourite travel agent. You can also call a Small Luxury Hotels of the World reservations office; to view a listing by country please click here: http://www.slh.com/contact-us/.

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Condé Nast Johansens, the international luxury travel guide of premium resorts, hotels and spas from the most trusted name in travel, Condé Nast Publications Ltd.,announces the release of its stunning new portfolio of guides including the 2013 Recommended Hotels, Inns, Resorts and Spas – The Americas, Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific. For the 6th year, Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia was selected for inclusion after independent inspection. For the 1st time, the Lodge remains open year-round with dining and a full range of activities.

The Guides, which are celebrating their 31st year of publication, have attracted a loyal readership throughout Europe and the Americas by guaranteeing that each Recommended Property undergoes a rigorous annual inspection process to ensure exceptional quality is maintained. A property is specially selected for its dedication to the highest standards of comfort, unique personality, warmth and service, impressive facilities and surroundings. Only then is it awarded the “Condé Nast Mark of Excellence” wall plaque. This distinctive sign is a visible endorsement for more than 10 million of the world’s most discerning and experienced travelers.

Trout Point Lodge selected for 6th year in a row

“We do all the research for you”, says Charlotte Evans, the London, England-based Group Publishing Director. “Our inspectors visit all the properties to make sure that each meets the exacting standards of the Guides and in turn the expectations of our 10 million readers. The Guides help you to pick your perfect vacation – whether it’s relaxing on a beach at Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos, enjoying an exquisite romantic getaway at the historic country house hotel Blantyre, in Lenox, Massachusetts, or escaping to a luxury lodge resort like Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia, Canada. We make it easy.”

The Condé Nast Johansens website (www.condenastjohansens.com), a vital part of the Condé Nast Johansens benefits, reflects the varying ways in which the Guides’ users research hotels and destinations. The user friendly website allows visitors to find a hotel by country, state, island, or by special offer such as “spa” or “beach” breaks. The site also sends an availability request directly to the hotels. Other features of the site include a meeting venue finder, spa finder, special offers, and online gift certificate purchasing.

Readers also interact and find suggestions via the new Condé Nast Johansens social media sites on both Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CNJohansens and Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CNJohansens. There is also the innovative and interactive Condé Nast Johansens iPad application featuring the entire collection of hotels.

The 2013 Recommended Hotels, Inns, Resorts and Spas – The Americas, Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific – and the entire Condé Nast Johansens international collection of guides is available now at select bookstores nationwide and major online bookstores. Consumers can also purchase Condé Nast Johansens Guides by calling the US Toll Free +1 800 564 7518 or via the online bookstore at http://www.condenastjohansens.com.

The complete international collection of Condé Nast Johnasens includes:
Recommended Hotels & Spas, Great Britain and Ireland
Recommended Small Hotels, Inns and Spas, Great Britain and Ireland
Recommended Hotels and Spas, Europe and the Mediterranean
Recommended Hotels, Inns, Resorts and Spas: The Americas – Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific
Recommended Luxury Spas
Recommended Venues

With 5 stars from Canada Select, Trout Point Lodge is also a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

About Condé Nast Johansens

Condé Nast Johansens is owned by Condé Nast Publications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advance Publications and Condé Nast International, which publishes a wide portfolio of magazines around the world, including Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest, The New Yorker, GQ, Tatler, Vanity Fair, Brides, Glamour and Wired.

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Top 10 Inns in Canada

Trout Point Lodge along the Tukset River in East Kemptville, Nova Scotia has been selected as a top 10 Canada property in the 2012 Best of BedandBreakfast.com® Awards. The Lodge is recognized as a top inn around the world providing the best travel experience, hospitality and customer service. Earlier this year, Trout Point became the inaugural Canadian member of  BedandBreakfast.com’s Diamond Collection™, an exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns.

BedandBreakfast.com is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties around the world, with more than 13,000 properties worldwide representing nearly 80,000 rooms.

The Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award winners are selected based on the quality and quantity of the traveler reviews from the past year on BedandBreakfast.com, as well as the quality of inns’ photos, listing descriptions and overall online customer experience on BedandBreakfast.com.

“The eighth annual Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award winners, including Trout Point Lodge, really showcase bed and breakfasts and inns that often become the destination for travelers and not just a place to stay,” says Gregory Sion, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com. “Travelers select bed and breakfasts because they enjoy staying in a one-of-a-kind place that offers not only character, special amenities and unmatched hospitality, but also enables them to discover new experiences.”
“It’s an honour to be chosen for a 2012 Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award, and we thank our guests for the positive reviews that resulted in this award,” says Vaughn Perret, proprietor.”It is gratifying our guests took the time to share their feelings about the experience, which set Trout Point apart,” commented Perret.

Trout Point Lodge opened in 2000. During 2012, it joined Small Luxury Hotels of the World™, earned its 5th star from the national accommodation rating agency Canada Select, and appeared on a list of the world’s top 10 eco lodges published by USAToday Travel. Progress magazine named it among Atlantic Canada’s top 100 fastest growing companies in an award ceremony this past Monday.

For a complete list of Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award winners, please visit http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/toplists/top10canadaawards?icid=il_mainawards_tl_t_button_ct_proppg_awdpg.

About BedandBreakfast.com
BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 13,000 properties worldwide representing nearly 30,000 rooms. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., which operates the world’s leading online marketplace of vacation rentals. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 210,000 consumer reviews. BedandBreakfast.com offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates.

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In its 13th season of operation, Trout Point Lodge has been named among Atlantic Canada’s 100 fastest growing businesses for 2012. Each year Progress magazine polls hundreds of companies to find incredible stories of explosive growth and shares with its readers how these companies do it. To qualify a business from Atlantic Canada must have experienced revenue growth of at least 25% over the last 3 fiscal years.

Progress will take the Fastest Growing issue of the magazine live with the Fastest Growing Companies Award reception, recognizing the  CEOs and their teams as the region’s dynamic change agents – those that are shaping the way business will be done in the future. At the reception, Trout Point will learn its ranking among the list of 100 companies. Along with Presenting Sponsors, PwC and Rogers, Progress hosts the Awards on Monday November 5th, 2012 at The Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown.

The event will also include roundtable discussions with other Fastest Growing Companies. The findings of the moderated discussions will result in exclusive editorial content for upcoming issues of Progress Magazine.

Launched by award-winning magazine publisher and regional advocate Neville Gilfoy, Progress was founded on a single premise – to promote wealth creation through profitable business growth. A new mindset and a new generation of entrepreneurs has emerged, and Progress is devoted to chronicling their stories and revealing key insights for readers. Subscribers rely on us for independent intelligence and expert commentary. Essential subjects are covered in depth, in a language and style suited to the region’s most influential audience.

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