Last weekend was that time when Select Registry ‘Vacation of a Lifetime’ winners chose to vacation at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah.
The winners, Janet and Warren Hankammer from Bedford, TX entered a contest with a prize of one free night’s lodging at each of the nearly 350 best country inns, B&B’s and boutique small hotels that are in the Select Registry™ family for a full year.
Are you a little jealous? Us too…We settled for feeling happy to host our lucky guests, and hope that a little of their luck will rub off on us.
What is Select Registry?
Azalea Inn & Gardens joined Select Registry – their tagline, I think, says it all…
“Different Styles, Different Places, All Select…“
Select Registry carries out randomized quality assurance testing . Like B&B secret shoppers, someone with years of experience in the hospitality industry stays with us, unannounced and unidentified. They get the same experience that all our guests get – and rate us accordingly.
There are over 20,000 bed and breakfast inns in the US, all offering an experience far superior, and much more intimate than a large hotel. Yet, out of those 20,000 properties – only 350 or so qualify as Select Registry Inns. Now that’s the cream of the crop!
Vacation of A Lifetime Winners Chose to Vacation at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah!
Out of ALL the 350 Select Registry properties, the Hankammer’s chose Azalea. AND, out of all the cities and destinations in the country, the Hankammer’s chose Savannah as one of their stops.
They also chose to vacation in the California wine country (our Innkeeper, Teresa, approves, as she knows where to find all the good red wine in Savannah after living in CA wine country for a bit) and visiting Amelia Island – which is a lovely trip just about a 2 hour drive south of Savannah).
Look how excited they are when talking about visiting!
Appreciating the Winners, and All Our Guests…
Janet and Warren are such a lovely couple – and appreciating them today reminds us of the reason that we give the best of our ideas and our experiences to make YOUR next vacation of a lifetime INCREDIBLE.
Like everyone, sometimes we need inspiration – and in those moments we flip through the handwritten B&B reviews handwritten in the guestbook that always sits in the entryway to Azalea Inn, and we also look at the wonderful world of online B&B reviews.
While you might not be hitting up each of the 350 Select Registry properties, maybe you can make plans today to experience the charm, the beauty and the allure of Savannah, Georgia…
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
Select Registry is a collection of nearly 400 of the “finest country inns, B&Bs, and unique small hotels” on the continent, from California to Nova Scotia. Yesterday we were overjoyed to hear that these distinguished inns of North American chose Azalea Inn and Gardens for membership in this exclusive enclave – the very best the Travel industry has to offer! The official announcement will be in a few days, but we wanted to share this precious accolade of hard work with the people who helped us to grow – our guests who provided invaluable feedback and encouragement over the past nearly seven years.
The journey began in 2001, though we really didn’t know at the time that we were being led here. Our first visit mesmerized us and we chose Savannah for our honeymoon in 2002 and we realized that 5 days were not and would never be enough. We returned yearly, several times a year, and always stayed in our “honeymoon” inn, and in 2005 we bought her – Azalea Inn – and in honor of Jake’s passion – we added “& Gardens” to her name. We lacked many basic “innkeeper” skills but we did share a passion for food and wine, and I had (and still have) my Irish-rooted “gift of gab.” This city, this inn, seemed heaven made for us, and is truly the most delightful job I have held in my more than 40 years in the workforce.
We joined several Innkeeping groups as we grew into our jobs, the best of which hosts a yearly conference where I continue to learn and grown. Jay Karen, the leader of this group, Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII), encouraged me to join the elite group of Select Registry, and for more than two years I hemmed and hawed; were we ready?
Finally, on February 1, 2012, I spoke with Carol Riggs of Select Registry, asked questions, and made the leap – We Want to be Members! The first step is an exceedingly rigorous inspection which would be conducted within the next three to four weeks. You don’t know who the inspectors are until they check out – and though initially it seemed a bit scary – I would not have filed the application if I doubted our ability to pass this rigorous 200-point inspection – and besides I had at least two weeks to finish our winter “repair and replenish” list. Understanding that you must have a minimum of 175 points to be considered made me a bit queasy, but we plunged ahead with our plans. If you look at our Facebook page you will see some of the undertakings we planned and accomplished in January and February.
February 5 started out like any other Sunday at the inn – I prepped breakfast, bantered and teased with the guests, and cleared the table. My last check-out of the day handed me back our parting gift with the heavy words “I’m Rich with Quality Consultants for Select Registry.” I leaned over and began hyper-ventilating and laughing somewhat hysterically. He gave us 180 points, a list of suggestions to enhance your experience at our inn, and wished us good luck – apparently the Board has to like us too!
Once again, thank you guests, thank you friends, thank you guests who have become friends – we love how you have helped us grow. If you have not yet experienced a Select Registry property, Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, is one of only two properties in this beautiful city of Savannah.
Call us today at 800.582.3823 or reserve online by clicking here and begin experiencing what Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City” (July 2011).