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New ‘Best Resorts & Lodges’ Guide Launches on Away.com

WASHINGTON     Away.com (http://away.com), a leading website for travel planning, announced the launch of its new “Best Resorts & Lodges Guide” – a comprehensive directory of the top domestic and international resorts and lodges. Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia was included as an award winner in the Guide’s listing of the Top 10 Eco-Lodges in North America.  The guide offers in-depth profiles of 200 of the world’s best destination resorts across ten popular travel categories, including the best family resorts, best beach resorts, best all-inclusive resorts, best eco-lodges, and best adventure lodges.

With expert input provided by Away.com’s experienced editorial team and staff of travel writers, this new guide provides consumers with access to independent resort and lodging reviews that are tailored to their specific travel interests. Away.com described how at Trout Point “guests can recline in handmade Acadian wood furniture and enjoy sweeping views of the untamed Tusket River. This “haute rustic” comfort extends throughout the lodge with handmade rugs, Tiffany lamps, an outdoor sauna, and a roomy cedar hot tub.” The listing also included references to Trout Point’s eco-friendly practices. Travelers can research recreation options and amenities, eco-rating,  and the type of vacation each property may be appropriate for, plus find maps, booking tools and detailed destination profiles to help them plan their travel.

“Away.com is focused on delivering advice to travelers that helps them choose the best vacation option, no matter the destination, no matter the price,” said Eric Brodnax, vice president and general manager of The Away Network. “Our new Best Resorts & Lodges Guide provides consumers with easy-to-review information that captures opinions on where to stay from our worldwide team of travel experts.”

Away.com’s Editors’ Picks for the Top Resorts and Lodges

The Best Resorts & Lodges Guide highlights Away.com’s top picks within the following popular travel categories: Adventure, All-Inclusive, Beach, Eco, Family, Golf, Luxury, National Parks, Nature & Wilderness, Romantic and Ski. Below are examples of winners in each category. To access the new Resorts & Lodges Guide or for more information, visit: http://away.com/bestresorts.

 

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Trout Point Lodge has entered the Geotourism Challenge 2010: Places on the Edge, Saving Coastal & Freshwater Destinations. You can see the entry here. The Challenge is sponsored by the National Geographic Society, Ashoka’s Changemakers, and the InterAmerican Development Bank.

Trout Point was among 10 worldwide finalist in the 2009 Geotourism Challenge and a delegate to the 2010 Geotourism Summit.

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Take a look at selected clips from the series Fenetre sur la monde, broadcast on the French Escales travel network in late 2009. The narration is in French.

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Give the ultimate holiday gift: a stay at Trout Point Lodge during the 2011 season, May 1 – October 22.

You can purchase certificates in just about any denomination. We’ll send you a printable pdf Gift Certificate by email immediately!

Simply click here to get started or all us at 1-902-482-8360!!!

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Following Trout Point Lodge’s participation in the International Congress of the Relais & Chateaux Association, Cape Town, South Africa, proprietors Vaughn Perret and Charles Leary joined the owner of Hotel St. Germain for a 10-day exploration of South African hotels & lodges.

Though Nova Scotia and South Africa have remarkably distinct climates and ecosystems, the importance of nature tourism–what the National Geographic Society might call Geotourism–is vitally important in both places. Visits to Gorah Elephant Camp, Tsala Treetop Lodge, Le Quartier Francais, and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve rounded out a trip that started with stays at the Mount Nelson Hotel and One & Only Cape Town.

Overall, this diverse collection of  hotels expressed the best that South Africa has to offer: a sophisticated combination of refined elegance and meaningful contact with local nature & culture. Lions, zebras, buffalo, and elephants at Gorah became central to a larger understanding of humankind’s attempts to live with and within this larger–often not so kind–natural world over the past 2 centuries. Guides at Gorah and Bushmans Kloof proved indispensable to an enriching stay. Both Garret at Gorah and Zenovia at Bushmans served not only as interpreters of the local flora and fauna on twice-daily “game drives,” they also acted like the ultimate in concierges, offering friendly and highly personalized service throughout the day.

The exoticism of the South African “safari” experience clearly outweighed comparatively minor inconveniences that many guests in North American or Continental hotels might find objectionable if found in their local Hilton or Marriott. But, like Trout Point, these are small hotels, often not exceeding 20 guests at a time. Each provides for unique travel experiences. Predictably, the largest and most recent hotel–Cape Town’s One & Only–was also the least distinctive and enriching.

While Nova Scotia lacks “the Big 5,” and our moose and black bear hide rather than displaying themselves,  the South African lodges provided excellent examples of how to make the most out of the natural surroundings for guests. Gorah, in particular, but also Tsala and Bushmans, also demonstrated the value of providing authentic “lodge” and “safari” experiences, including references to local heritage and all the elements that feed the romantic imagination. Vacations in places like South Africa–and Nova Scotia–should transport you to another world, a place without cares, a true enriching diversion.

More to come . . .

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