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SKAMANIA LODGE RECEIVES FIVE NATIONAL AWARDS IN 2009
Pacific Northwest resort honored for amenities and commitment to sustainability
Stevenson, Wash.¬† ‚Äď (December 01, 2009) ‚Äď Skamania Lodge, an all-season mountain resort in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, is honored to have received five awards in 2009.¬† The various awards recognize Skamania Lodge‚Äôs superior meetings facilities, the property‚Äôs commitment to the environment and sustainability, and the challenging Golf Course.¬†
‚ÄúWe are honored to receive so many awards from professional associations and publications this year,‚ÄĚ said Scott Spann, general manager of Skamania Lodge.¬† ‚ÄúThese official awards reinforce what we hear time and time again from our guests‚ÄĒthat they are thrilled with their experiences here, whether for leisure or business‚ÄĒand we are pleased to be recognized for our high quality of service and accommodations.‚ÄĚ
Skamania Lodge, an International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) approved conference center, has been recognized by three influential trade publications and is the recipient of the Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Award, the Successful Meetings Magazine Pinnacle Award, and the Meetings West Best of the West Award.¬† The Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Awardrecognizes emerging technology and technical support, the latest in meeting industry trends and staff that go above and beyond to accommodate guests.¬† The Successful Meetings Magazine Pinnacle Award is given for a commitment to hospitality excellence, innovation, customer collaboration and state-of-the-art meetings facilities.¬† The Meetings West Best of the West Award is awarded to properties who offer top-quality guest services and amenities, high-tech equipment and support, and superior overall value.
In recognition of Skamania Lodge‚Äôs ongoing efforts and dedication to sustainability, the IACC presented the property with the Green Star Award. ¬†In order to qualify for the award, Skamania Lodge pledged to uphold the IACC‚Äôs Code of Sustainability, which includes 59 tenets in the following categories: Education, Awareness and Public Declaration; Waste Management; Recycling and Reusing; Water Conservation; Energy Management; Air Quality; and Food and Beverage.¬† Skamania Lodge currently ranks in the Gold Tier for having 85 percent of the practices in place, and will continue moving towards the goal of 100 percent adherence.
In addition to being recognized for its meetings facilities and dedication to sustainability, Skamania Lodge‚Äôs Golf Course was named one of Golf Digest‚Äôs Best Places to Play with recognition for being ‚Äúthe best course for staying on the straight and narrow.‚ÄĚ¬† The challenging 18-hole, par 70 course located on the property‚Äôs 175 acres features breathtaking views over the Columbia River Gorge.¬† The golf course services include a driving range, practice bunker, chipping and putting greens, full-service golf shop, cart rentals and an onsite staff of PGA professionals.¬†
Surrounded by the waterfalls, peaks, forests and canyons of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Skamania Lodge is an all-season mountain resort and conference center, situated on 175 acres, 50 minutes east of Portland, Ore., in Stevenson, Wash.¬† With 254 guest rooms and a 22,000-square foot, International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) approved conference center, Skamania Lodge offers a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and groups.¬† Skamania boasts the Waterleaf Spa, indoor swimming pool and whirlpools, a fitness center, onsite hiking, an 18-hole par-70 Golf Course that earned a four-star rating from Golf Digest magazine in their ‚ÄúBest Places to Play‚ÄĚ for 2008, the Cascade Room, River Rock Lounge and the U.S. Forest Service Information Center located in the lobby.¬† Skamania Lodge is centered in a Pacific Northwest playground with hiking, biking and Sternwheeler cruises along the Columbia River in the summer; skiing and snowshoeing in the winter; and golfing, fishing and whitewater rafting all year long for outdoor enthusiasts.¬† Skamania Lodge is a spectacular location to soak in the natural beauty and to enjoy a vast array of outdoor activities. www.skamania.com.
About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Skamania Lodge is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California. The 102-acre ocean front resort will feature a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.¬† For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.
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