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Trout Point Lodge is pleased to announce it has received news of the 2017 Luxury Resort & Inn of the Year award from the United Kingdom-bAmerica-10(1)ased Luxury Travel Guide (www.ltgawards.com). The independent award nominations closed April 1.

The Luxury Travel Awards recognize and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. The Guide’s team of experts scour the globe and have travelled extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators through to highlighting the most reputable transfer service companies.

Criterion used in making the awards include innovation & design, sustainable practices, rooms & facilities, service excellence, and use of technology.

We are honoured and pleasantly surprised to have received a call from the Luxury Travel Guide this week with the news,” said Trout Point Chef/Proprietor Vaughan Perret.

Trout Point Lodge is a boutique wilderness resort in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

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Trout Point Lodge proprietors Vaughan Perret and Charles Leary announce the end of their tenure as President/Chairman and Treasurer, respectively, of la Société Touristique Bon Temps d’Argyle with a significant grant of funds to the Municipality of Argyle to continue the Starlight astro-tourism project in the local region. The Municipality has agreed to continue to administer the Acadian Skies & Mi’kmaq Lands region as a certified Starlight Tourism Destination with a certified Starlight Reserve at its core. The certifications come from the Starlight Foundation, a UNESCO-backed initiative headquartered at the Canaries Astrophysics Institute in Spain.

Argyle just received a cheque for over $24,000 from Bon Temps to continue marketing the area as a Starlight Destination, and to pay certification fees as a result of Perret and Leary’s proposal to the Board. Under their leadership, Bon Temps launched the succesful $200,000.00 project in 2013, including receiving funding from the province, local municipalities, and ACOA.

The Tourism Destination includes Acadia First Nation, Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, Municipality of the District of Argyle, and Clare Municipality. The Starlight Reserve encompasses the Tobeatic Wilderness Area and Indian Fields Provincial Park.

Perret and Leary spearheaded Bon Temps effort to have the certifications done, including supporting the collection of scientific astrophysics data and sponsoring the visits of two Spanish experts to the region.

Perret and Leary remain on the Board of Directors of Bon Temps. Trout Point Lodge was declared the world’s first Starlight Hotel by the Starlight Foundation in 2014.

For additional information on the Starlight certifications, visit https://propuesta10112014.wordpress.com/certificaciones-starlight/

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After nearly three years, Trout Point Lodge and its proprietors Vaughn Perret and Charles Leary have prevailed over the objections of defendant Douglas Handshoe in Hancock County Circuit Court, Mississippi, in the enforcement of a substantial damages award for copyright infringement. The Mississippi blogger, Handshoe, has been defaming and harassing Leary and Perret online since 2010.

A copy of the judge’s Order appears here:

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Additional background can be found in article by the Toronto Star.

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The chef/proprietors of Trout Point Lodge in remote Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, attended the Acabailles V.I.P. Weekend November 15-16, 2014, as guests of the winery association of one of Bordeaux’s most prestigious regions. The annual event marks the end of harvesting and vinifying each year’s wines. Invitees routinely include chefs & restaurateurs with two or three Michelin stars, as well as a select number of others in the top echelon of the culinary world. Charles Leary and Vaughan Perret stayed as a select few among guests of Chateau Haut-Brion, an acclaimed wine estate whose illustrious history goes back many centuries. This is the fourth year Leary & Perret have travelled to France for the event, but the first time staying at Haut-Brion.

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Charles Leary & Vaughan Perret with Mrs. & Mr. Lochlann Quinn, the 2014 Acabailles Soirée

Invitees tasted the complete 2010 and 2012 red and white vintages from the Pessac-Léogan region’s Cru Classés, visited the facilities of Chateau LaTour-Martillac, and had a specially-prepared lunch at Chateau Haut-Bailley. Highlights for the Canadian innkeppers included a private dinner at Chateau Haut-Brion, owned by Clarence Dillon Wine Estates and run by the Prince of Luxembourg, where they tasted highly-vaunted vintages of both red and white wines, including the 1989 Haut Brion, which scored a perfect 100/100 from Wine Spectator magazine. They also sampled 2011 vintage white wines including from neighbour La Mission Haut-Brion, which Leary described as spectacular. The following evening they attended the Acabailles soirée at the table of Mr. & Mrs. Lochlann Quinn, owners of Chateau Fieuzal. Mr. Quinn is Chairman of the National Gallery of Ireland and former Chairman of Allied Irish Banks PLC.

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Chateau Couhins-Lurton

The soirée was hosted at Chateau Couhins-Lurtton, and the multi-course dinner prepared by Michelin two star chef and French television personality Philippe Etchebest.

“It’s a great honour to be invited, but also a highly educational experience,” said Perret. “We get the chance to compare notes with some extremely talented and motivated restaurateurs, and to taste fantstic wines.” Trout Point Lodge has several Péssac-Leognan wines on its list, whcih has won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence each year since 2009. Leary and Perret also met with the director of the local hotel & restaurant school in Talence, a Bordeaux suburb, hoping to attract talented students for internships in Nova Scotia. IMGP7520

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Logo Starlightvectorizado colores.cdrThe Starlight Foundation, headquartered at the Canaries Astrophysics Institute in Spain, awarded  Starlight Reserve and Tourist Destination status to the Acadian Skies & Mi’kmaq Lands. Nova Scotia is the first destination in North America to receive a Starlight certification and is one of only four places in the world to receive both Reserve and Destination designations.  The region has the Tobeatic Wilderness Area at its core and covers the lands of Argyle, Clare, and Yarmouth municipalities.

Starlight Tourist Destinations must not only demonstrate the quality of their skies and the means to guarantee their protection, but they must also have adequate infrastructure and tourism-related activities: accommodation, equipment for astronomical observation provided to clients, and the training of personnel responsible for astronomical interpretation and their integration into nature at night.

Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, believes Nova Scotia is ready to attract more visitors with this new designation and looks forward to working with businesses and community partners to develop new tourism experiences that grow our economy, motivate travel and share this part of our Province’s natural beauty.

Operators like the Trout Point Lodge, adjacent to the vast Tobeatic Wilderness Area, are already taking advantage of their natural setting by developing astro-tourism offerings. In fact, it was designated as the world’s first certified Starlight Hotel in September.

The Starlight Initiative is supported by UNESCO, the “International Astronomical Union and the World Tourism Organization.

–courtesy Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

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The 2014 World’s Best Hotels & Resorts Awards put on by Five Star Alliance today announced that Trout Point Lodge has been selected for both its “Top 50 World’s Best Hotels” and “World’s Best Hotel Restaurant” categories. The World’s Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Awards is an annual event since 2005. A team of luxury hotel experts selects finalists for the Awards from among more than 4400 luxury hotels worldwide. Washington, DC, based Five Star Alliance is the leading comprehensive online directory of luxury five star hotels. Five Star created the World’s Best 2014 to showcase properties that represent the best in unique experiences, class, guest feedback, and reputation. The Alliance first accepted Trout Point as a member property in 2007, but it has never previously won an award.

The Best Hotel Restaurants Award goes only to properties where “world-class restaurant is the proximity of fine-dining to luxury guestrooms,” according to the Alliance. “The World’s Best Hotel and Resort Restaurant means grand hotel dining within a luxury property. Michelin stars and top-starred Forbes Guide restaurants abound on our list of the top luxury hotel and resort restaurants.” “We’re honoured by the selection and greatly appreciate the restaurant award,” said co-owner and chef Vaughan Perret. “Everyone at the Lodge works extremely hard to provide guests with a truly exceptional dining experience, but given our wilderness location and size, we often don’t get noticed in the worldwide restaurant ratings.” Other Restaurant Award recipients include the the Michelin 3-star Meadowood Resort of California, renowned Inn at Little Washington in Virginia, the Dorchester in London, England, and the Michelin-starred AbaC Hotel & Restaurant in Barcelona, Spain. Earlier this month, Fox News named Trout Point Lodge among the world’s top 10 hotel culinary schools.

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The Lodge also appears on the Five Star list of Top 50 World’s Best Hotels. Properties in this group “reflect the full array of exclusive options from the classic and iconic favorites to intimate and inviting inns to sprawling oceanfront resorts.” The 50 properties were selected using an algorithm based on the Alliance’s web site page views, bookings, feedback, and 3rd party sources, according to Five Star’s Courtney May. The Lodge was joined on the list by acclaimed luxury hotels such as the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, California, The Carlyle in New York City, and Hotel Danieli in Venice, Italy. Only three Canadian hotels were on the list, including Le Saint-Sulpice in Montreal, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, and Trout Point.

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Trout Point Lodge is pleased to announce that it has placed number 5 on a list of the world’s top 10 hotel culinary schools just published by Fox News in the United States and curated by Gayot.com.

“Both globetrotting gourmets and rookie cooks should check out the world’s top 10 hotel culinary schools where everyone can take lessons while on holiday,” stated the article.

This Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, wilderness lodge was singled out as embodying cutting edge offerings for tourists: “Rugged wilderness, sustainable food practices and cozy quarters that include freestanding cottages make this Atlantic Canada lodge one of our favorites.” The commentary authored by the food-oriented guide Gayot also praised Trout Point’s “innovative French Acadian cuisine.” The Lodge was the only hotel on the list representing Canada.

The online version of the article can be found at http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/11/08/top-10-hotel-culinary-schools/.
Other hotels among the top 10 include Villa Giona of Verona, Italy, and the Sazon Cooking School at Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Trout Point Lodge has earned 5 stars in the Inn category from Canada Select and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Gayot was founded by André & Alain Gayot. André Gayot, who with his friends

Henri Gault and Christian Millau coined and promoted the term “Nouvelle Cuisine” in the early 1970s, has been directing sophisticated travelers to the world’s best restaurants, hotels, shops, sightseeing and cultural attractions for more than 45 years. His expertise provided a foundation for Gayot guides in the United States, beginning in 1981.

Alain Gayot, André’s son, participated in the launch of the American guide book series and began researching ways to distribute the content electronically, initially with Minitel technology in the early ’90s, later with partners of the Prodigy network, and finally on the web with AOL and other media companies.

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