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Lovill House in Boone and Gamekeeper Among Honorees To Receive AAA Carolinas Four-Diamond Distinction

Jan. 8, 2015. AAA Carolinas honored 12 hotels and three restaurants at the AAA Four Diamond Awards for Western North Carolina during a ceremony at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection on Monday, Jan. 5.

Four Diamond hotels in Western North Carolina, listed with the number of years won include:

ASHEVILLE – Abbington Green Bed and Breakfast (First year), 1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage (4 years), Biltmore Village Inn (4 years), Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park (5 years), 1900 Inn on Montford (6 years), Grand Bohemian Hotel, Autograph Collection (6 years), Albemarle Inn (12 years), Inn on Biltmore Estate (14 years) and The Omni Grove Park Inn (14 years)

BOONE – Lovill House Inn (18 years)

CASHIERS – Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake (21 years)

HIGHLANDS – Old Edwards Inn and Spa (10 years)

Four Diamond restaurants in Western North Carolina, listed with the number of years won, include:

ASHEVILLE – Vue 1913 An American Brasserie (First year)

BOONE – Gamekeeper Restaurant & Bar (8 years)

HIGHLANDS – Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden (6 years)

“AAA’s requirements for a Four Diamond rating are meticulous, and those achieving this distinction are among the finest hotels and restaurants in the world,” said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. “Less than 4 percent of the more than 59,000 annual inspections conducted nationally result in a Four Diamond rating.”

AAA gives the Four Diamond Awards annually to qualified hotels and restaurants in North America. More than 2,000 properties nationally earn the Four Diamond ratings after specially trained evaluators conduct anonymous overnight stays or dine incognito.

Lodgings include eight different classifications, such as bed and breakfast, hotel, cottage and country inn with four sub-classifications such as historic, classic, resort and casino. Restaurants have varying cuisines and ambiances, with more than 100 different categories.

Each restaurant and lodging that receives any level of diamond rating from AAA is listed in AAA’s TourBooks, which are distributed for free to any of the organization’s 53 million members nationwide.

AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 1.9 million members and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.

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For more info, click here: http://locator.carolinas.aaa.com/search/nc/asheville/travel.html.