Monthly Archives: August 2013

Two Select Registry Inns Named Top 10 Hotels for Romance in TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice 2013 Awards

Guests who have stayed at the Honor Mansion or Casa Laguna Inn & Spa won’t be surprised to learn that both inns were recently named to the list of Top 10 Hotels for Romance in TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice  2013 Awards. Just like all Select Registry inns, Honor Mansion and Casa Laguna are exceptional inns who pride themselves on providing some of the best service and accommodations in North America, including helping couples with all of the romantic touches they seek for a great getaway.

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Popover Pancakes and Frank Lloyd Wright: Vacation of a Lifetime in Chicago

With the end of summer fast approaching, Warren and I wanted to get one more trip in before September came and school bells again rang in my ears. We decided a quick trip to Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois, would be perfect.

Harvey House Bed and BreakfastAfter an extremely early flight (traveling can still be a bear even on a Vacation of a Lifetime), we arrived at O’Hare and took the train to downtown Chicago.

We had a wonderful two days doing all the touristy things there, and on Sunday morning we left Chicago to take the train to Harvey House Bed and Breakfast in Oak Park. The trip from Chicago took only 25 minutes and the Harvey House was just a hop, skip and a jump from the station.

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#SelectPostcard Photo Contest Begins August 15


It’s time to celebrate a summer of good travels with a photo contest. The #SelectPostcard Photo Contest starts August 15, and it’s your chance to show us what you love about staying “Select.”

Share your trip highlights and in turn, we’ll say “wish you were here” by entering you to win one of three Select Registry gift certificates, valid at any of our member inns or B&Bs across North America.

In addition to entering on Facebook, you can also submit photos through Twitter and Instagram – just include the hashtag #SelectPostcard in your tweet or post.

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Wine-ding Down on a Vacation of a Liftetime

After a few whirlwind days spent exploring northern California, sipping wine over stunning views and even ziplining, we were down to just two more days of our Vacation of a Lifetime.

View on Vacation of a Lifetime, Sonoma valley vineyard

On Thursday we took the very winding Coleman Highway to the coast, with craggy rocks and surf that are very different from what I had seen in southern California. We explored the little town of Guerneville in the Russian River Valley and enjoyed the breathtaking scenery. Guerneville is home of Korbel California Champagne and we had a great tour learning about the history of the company and why champagne is champagne.

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Trying Something New in Sonoma on a Vacation of a Lifetime

After a delicious buffet at the Wine Country Inn and a gift of their tasty granola, we packed up and continued exploring northern California. We stopped at Castello Di Amorosa, a modern day Tuscan castle that closely resembles those built in medieval Italy. The tour of the castle revealed a moat, amazing murals, thousands of barrels of wine, and even a torture chamber.

Vacation of a Lifetime Wine Tour

After exploring the neat little town of Calistoga, it was time to head to Healdsburg and check in at the Honor Mansion, a B&B in Sonoma wine country.

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Select Registry Inns Recognized as “Best of the Bunch” by US News & World Report

US News & World Report recently recognized what Select Registry and its travelers have known for years; there are some wonderful and unique inns across North America. And Select Registry inns are the best of the best.

Of course, there are Select Registry inns on their “Best of the Bunch” list. Select Registry quality inspects each and every inn to ensure guests that they will be staying in an inn that represents the quality and attention to detail that Select Registry travelers have come to expect.

So which Select Registry inns impressed US News & World Report?

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A Long-Awaited Vacation of a Lifetime in Napa Valley

Warren and I had been wanting to tour the wine country of California for several years so winning the Vacation of a Lifetime made 2013 the perfect year to do it. So, in mid-July, we hopped on a very early flight to San Francisco, rented a car, and headed to Napa. After driving across the Golden Gate Bridge, we stopped at Muir Woods and marveled at the height and beauty of the 1500 years old redwoods there.

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