Making the Right Lodging Selection

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select-registry-distinguished-inn-north-americaAre you a baby boomer who enjoys staying at bed and breakfasts or inns during your travels? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a book (or website) listing the best choices in North America? Well, there is.

Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America, publishes a book and website filled with top quality lodging selections. Alan and I consulted both when planning our recent coastal California sports car road trip and again on a trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas. We found consistent quality at all of our Select Registry lodging choices, including:

Mill Rose Inn, Half Moon Bay, CA
  • friendly innkeepers
  • personalized customer service
  • quality bath amenities
  • luxury bed linens
  • plush robes and slippers
  • delicious breakfasts
  • afternoon snacks and wine

Alan and I appreciated the uniqueness of each Select Registry property. A lush garden setting complements the all-encompassing service at Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay, California. Gangster history permeates the public rooms of romantic Hilltop Manor Bed & Breakfast, where breakfast on the front porch is a delightful start to a Hot Springs, Arkansas morning. On the Mendocino coast of California, Sea Rock Inn is a sanctuary overlooking the ocean complete with fireplaces and sea views.

Hilltop Manor, Hot Springs, AR

When baby boomers see the Select Registry seal at an inn or bed and breakfast, they’re assured of a quality lodging experience. The organization conducts independent inspections (not Select Registry employees) to make sure that the nearly 400 participating inns meet these standards:

  • The property must be fully licensed according to national, regional, and local governmental requirements.
  • Breakfast must be offered on the premises.
  • Each guestroom or suite must have a private bath.
  • If the evening meal is not provided on the premises, fine dining or quality regional dining must be readily available in the area.
  • The property should have been in operation for a minimum of two years at the time of application (one year of operation if the owner/operator is a previous SR innkeeper).
  • The owner/operator or innkeeper should have at least three years of documented lodging management experience.

Disclosure: Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America, provided complementary lodging when we stayed at Mill Rose Inn, Sea Rock Inn and Hilltop Manor. 

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