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Starting May, 2014, a luxurious sea-to-forest vacation experience awaits travelers as Nova Star Cruises will commence daily service from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, with a brand new cruise ferry offering a variety of accommodation, seating, and dining options, including stunning ocean-view cabins and a casino. 5-star Trout Point Lodge lies about 50 km from the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal, and will offer select packages including transportation from the dock to the shores of the pristine Tusket River.

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Nova Star Cruises estimates that more than 100,000 passengers will step aboard the brand new, 161-meter cruise ferry, Nova Star, in the first year of operation. The cruise ship will offer superbly appointed cabins, including:

OWNER’S SUITE:
These premier, spacious corner suites feature two large portholes, one facing forward, one to the side. They have a comfortable sitting area, plus a work desk and chair. In-room bathroom with shower. Sleeping for 4 adults; 1 double bed, 2 fold-down single bunks. Dimensions: 15 ft 9 in x 15 ft 9 in (4.8 m x 4.8 m).

DELUXE OCEAN VIEW CABIN:
These spacious cabins are located across the bow and feature a large porthole facing forward. They have a comfortable sitting area, plus a work desk and chair. In-room bathroom with shower. Sleeping for 4 adults; 1 double bed, 2 fold-down single bunks. Dimensions: 13 ft x 15 ft 9 in (4 m x 4.8 m).

Nova Star will leave Portland each evening at 9 p.m. EST and arrive in Yarmouth at 9 a.m. AST the next morning. The ship will depart two hours later and arrive back in Portland at 6 p.m. local time. The service is expected to start in May, 2014, and conclude on November 2, returning in May, 2015.

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Trout Point and Nova Star will join forces to benefit Boston public broadcaster WGBH during its Spring, 2014 benefit auction, with the Lodge offering a 5 night all-inclusive stay, and Nova Star providing round-trip passage, including a vehicle, and an ocean-view cabin.

Trout Point Lodge is a member of both Small Luxury Hotels of the World and  Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of North America. Both prestigious accommodation organizations have  numerous member properties in New England and their web sites provide for easy vacation planning. Travelers can now easily experience charming New England inns, a fantastic cruise across the Gulf of Maine, and the haute rustic charms of Trout Point Lodge, one of Canada’s premiere wilderness resorts.

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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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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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To celebrate the Lodge’s year round opening and its new membership in Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Trout Point currently has the following specials on offer:
  • 20% off online rates for certain rooms (reservation is non-changeable and non-refundable)
  • Book 4 nights and pay for 3 in select main lodge rooms (Half Board required to be purchased each day)
  • Romantic Hideaway Special: 1 night in a Fireplace Junior Suite, 1 guided kayak, star walk, or hike, Champagne & chocolate in your room on the night of arrival, and Half Board $499/couple.  Book packages here.

The above prices do not include tax or service fee.

Trout Point Lodge opened in 2000 next to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Secluded at the junction of 2 river, Trout Point offers the “darkest night skies in eastern North America,” as noted when USAToday called the Lodge 1 of the 10 best eco lodges in the world earlier this year.

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Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that it will join Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH; slh.com), an unrivalled portfolio of some of the world’s finest small luxury independent hotels. Fewer than 5% of hotels expressing interest in membership ultimately attain that status, according to Michael Moloff, Development Director for the Americas.

In addition, the Lodge has just won an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine for its now 180+ selection list. The award listing appears in the issue of the magazine currently on newsstands. Earlier this year, Trout Point was selected by the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) as the only accommodation in Nova Scotia to join its Signature Experiences Collection.

By associating with SLH, the Nova Scotia wilderness lodge has chosen to leave Relais & Chateaux (R&C), a Paris, France-based association of boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants it joined in 2009. R&C has about 14 members across Canada.

SLH has just 3 other Canadian properties, the Windsor Arms in Toronto, the Georgian Court in Vancouver, and Echo Valley Ranch & Spa in Jesmond, BC.

The move to SLH reflects the hard choices small independent hotels face in appealing to an ever more competitive international marketplace of vacation experiences. In this case, the proprietors of the 12-unit Nova Scotia lodge believes it has made the right decision in switching to Small Luxury.

Comprising over 520 hotels worldwide in more than 70 countries, the diversity of the individual SLH hotels, and the experiences that they offer, is truly exceptional. From cutting-edge design hotels to palatial 17th century mansions, city centre sanctuaries to remote private islands, historic country houses to idyllic resorts – the breadth and depth of the brand is far reaching.

While a hotel undoubtedly enjoys the benefits of being part of a global brand, SLH places enormous emphasis on celebrating the individuality of each hotel, a factor important to Trout Point.

Individuality remains one of the group’s core values and is central to the continued success of the brand. In the same vein, the CTC celebrates unique experiences with its Collection of authentically Canadian tourism opportunities.

The strength and credibility of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand is dependent on the quality of its individual hotels. Strict controls are applied to ensure that only the very best hotels with the highest standards are accepted into the brand, thus ensuring that the quality of the experience that guests receive is consistent across all SLH properties. To ensure that these exceptional standards of excellence are maintained, SLH has a carefully monitored ‘mystery guest’ programme which relies on valuable reviews from inspectors who importantly are also consumers.
According to CEO Paul Kerr, over the last 20 years SLH has been transformed from a Club of hotels to a Club of customers – customers who are loyal to the brand.

Trout Point will continues its commitment to world-class culinary & wine experiences for its guests—something emphasized within R&C—as exemplified by the Wine Spectator award. However, the owners believe SLH’s brand is more in line with the Lodge’s specific values in overall hotel operation.

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