Many of our guests at Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast have never heard of Select Registry. We are honored to be a member since 2006. At this time there are only eight Inns in Ohio. I thought I would give an explanation as to what it is all about. We give each of our guests a Select Registry directory book to take home with them to use as a reference for a future getaway.
The association was founded in the late 1960’s by Norman Simpson, the “father of Country Inn travel in American”. In his pioneering book, “Country Inns and Back Roads”, Simpson noted that each member inn is original and unique, a reflection of the personalities and tastes of the individual innkeeper-owners. This was never intended to be a total guide to country inns in the United Stated and Canada, but rather a carefully selected group in inns or bed and breakfasts. The purpose was to encourage travelers to visit and to experience this unique type of personal hospitality. When Norman Simpson first compiled a directory of inns, there were twelve properties, primarily in the New England area. Today they represent nearly 400 of the finest country inns, bed and breakfasts, and unique small hotels from the United States and Canada – the very best the travel industry has to offer.
Select Registry carries out a quality assurance inspection for each of its nearly 400 inns. This program involves independent inspectors – not employees of Select Registry – with years of experience in the hospitality industry. The inspectors arrive unidentified, spend the night, and evaluate the inn on a detailed point system, which translates into a pass/fail grade for the inn. Inns applying for membership are inspected, as are existing members on a periodic schedule. Not all inns have what it takes to pass the inspections, and this process provides a guarantee to the traveling public that a Select Registry inn is in a class of its own. A recent internet directory identified over 20,000 country inns and bed and breakfasts in the United States and Canada. A select few of those are members of the Select Registry.
The historical registry ‘Quill’ is the original instrument of guest registration and has been incorporated into our association’s graphic identity. You’ll find the symbol in the guide book, carved into our coffee mugs, printed on our wine glasses, embroidered on our robes and on all printed and web material. It is a brand you can count on when you see it.
Hope to see you soon,
Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast