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Top Adventure Destination Award: Moab, Utah

– Article from “Frommers:Destinations”

Some might look at Moab, Utah, and tell you it’s in the middle of nowhere. Those in the know will tell you that it in fact is in the middle of everything.

Nestled in a green valley surrounded by red-rock scenery, Moab isn’t a destination for what’s inside the city limits — rather, what’s just outside of them is the big attraction. Not only is it on the doorstep of a pair of national parks — Arches and Canyonlands — but it’s also home to dozens of outfitters that can take you rafting, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, or four-wheeling.

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Red Cliffs Lodge Wins “BEST OF STATE” Award

Colin Fryer, owner of Red Cliffs Lodge, was presented with an award for “Best Hotel in the State of Utah” at the 2009 Best of State Awards gala in the Grand Ballroom of the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 30. The new list debuts in the April 2009 issue of National Geographic Traveler and includes 129 properties in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the CaribbeanBest of State recognizes and rewards businesses, organizations, and individuals for “Excelling and Surpassing All Else,” in the quality of their products, services, operations, and accomplishments. It also encourages creativity in how businesses, organizations, and individuals differentiate themselves from their competition. Best of State nominees are judged on their “superior accomplishments,” and special consideration is given to those whose actions, deeds, works and charitable contributions are making the world a better place, according to a news release from Red Cliffs Lodge.

Red Cliffs Lodge opened in 2002 and draws visitors from across the U.S. and the world. Since opening, the lodge has been named the “best weekend getaway,” and has received recommendations from a variety of national travel magazines including being listed in the “Perfect 10” list in “Outside Traveler,” and inclusion in National Geographic Traveler magazine’s top destinations in the world.

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National Geographic Traveler

Red Cliffs Lodge of Moab, Utah, has been has been selected by the editors of National Geographic Traveler magazine to be included in the second annual “Stay List”, featuring “129 Hotels We Love.”

Quoting National Traveler Senior Editor Sheila Buckmaster: “The hotels on our Stay List 2009 don’t just reflect their surroundings-they help define them,” says Traveler Senior Editor Sheila Feldman Buckmaster. “What they all have in common is a transcendent vision that goes beyond traditional hotel-keeping. This mindset is what gives these hotels their sense of place. Make no mistake: you’ll sense the vibe at once. And after your stay, you’ll leave with the kind of insight only soulful places can provide.”

The criteria for the selection process for the National Geographic Traveler 2009 Stay List: To find these hotels, Traveler tapped into the collected experiences of veteran journalists, inveterate road warriors, and local experts. They based their nominations on key criteria. Is the hotel engaged with the local community? Does it subscribe to sustainable practices that respect the region? Does it truly capture the spirit of its setting? Further research and detailed questionnaires winnowed hundreds of submissions down to this sweet list of 129 hotels.

The properties on the list offer truly unique experiences, and we are excited to highlight them in our upcoming issue, hitting newsstands April 7th, 2012.

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