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West Hill House joins Select Registry

April 20, 2009



The West Hill House, located in Warren, VT, was recently honored by admittance into Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America, the premier innkeeping association in the United States and Canada. Out of the thousands of inns in North America, only an elite few will be invited to join Select Registry this year. The West Hill House joins more than 400 other exceptional properties that are already members of the Association.

Select Registry Founded in 1972 as the Independent Innkeepers’ Association by Norman Simpson, “the Father of Country Inn travel in America,” Select Registry is an offshoot of Simpson’s popular and pioneering book, Country Inns and Back Roads. The name and logo of the organization were changed several years ago to reflect the group’s approach to marketing its selective and distinguished member properties. Originally established in the Berkshire area of New England, the nonprofit organization is now headquartered in historic Marshall, Michigan. Member inns must meet the rigorous standards of a Quality Assurance program, and represent the most prestigious establishments of their type.

A marketing association, Select Registry partners with other brands and organizations—such as BMW, Karen Brown’s Guides, DiRoNA, UK Tour Operator Select Vacations, PhoCusWright, Ontario’s Finest Inns and the American Heart Association to name a few—to promote its members to target audiences. Its celebrated guidebook—now in its 20th Edition—is distributed each year to nearly 400,000 guests throughout North America. The organization also maintains a critically-acclaimed website, supervises gift certificate and loyalty programs, and organizes promotions for its members, including last year’s inaugural “Inn-credible Breakfast Cook-off,” a breakfast recipe culinary competition that produced nearly 30 million media impressions.

“The West Hill House exemplifies the high quality and service championed by this Association,” says Select Registry Membership Director Carol Riggs. “Select Registry assures the traveler that each of its inns is regularly inspected—anonymously and with an overnight inspection that measures the quality of hospitality, as well as the physical plant. Our members share a high standard of excellence, and each of our country inns, luxury B&Bs, and unique small hotels has its own distinctive character.”

The owners of the West Hill House are Peter and Susan MacLaren who invite guests to their historic 1850’s home in the Mad River Valley to enjoy four glorious seasons for romance, relaxation and recreation. The B&B is a great choice as a quiet, comfortable central location for a multi-day visit to all the scenery, attractions and activities of central Vermont. It is also a great choice for weddings and receptions up to 80 guests, business retreats and family reunions.

“Membership of Select Registry was a goal we set for ourselves three years ago when we purchased West Hill House”, said the MacLarens. “It is gratifying that, by listening to feedback from our guests and continuing to examine and improve all aspects of how we run the B&B, we have now been admitted to this select group of North American properties.”

West Hill House is located on a quiet country road nestled in a hillside forest, surrounded by its gorgeous perennial gardens. It is just one mile from Sugarbush skiing and golf and seven miles from the Mad River Glen ski area. The B&B is in the midst of the Vermont countryside, yet just minutes from the shops, artisans and marvelous restaurants of Warren and Waitsfield, Vermont. The B&B offers 8 unique non-smoking guest rooms all with fireplaces, air conditioning, direct dial phones, WiFi, cable TVs, quality amenities and all with private ensuite bathrooms featuring Jacuzzis and/or steam showers.

In 2008 West Hill House was once again delighted to receive from a “Best B&B Award” in the New England Region for the 2nd consecutive year – the only B&B in Vermont recognized by this Award each year.

To find out more about the West Hill House, call 1-800-209-1049 (1-800-898-1427 from Canada) or visit it on the web To search for other Select Registry inns, meet innkeepers, purchase gift certificates and much more, visit the Select Registry web site at

Standing Out in a Crowded Industry

According to recent surveys, country inns, small hotels and B&Bs are more popular than ever. One online bed and breakfast web site identifies over 27,000 such properties in the U.S. and Canada. Reports have surfaced—including a recent New York Times article—that the industry has developed problems with quality control, pricing, and misrepresentation. “The field is becoming saturated,” states Riggs, “which makes being selected for this prestigious organization so important to our members. It sets the Inn apart in the public’s mind. Our standards are very high for member inns, making for outstanding travel experiences for the general public.”

Contact Information:

Carol Riggs
Select Registry

Peter MacLaren
West Hill House B&B
(802) 496-7162
1496 West Hill Road
Warren, VT 05674

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