updated 11/29/2010 1:15:44 AM ET 2010-11-29T06:15:44

MARSHALL, Mich., Nov. 24, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This holiday season, give the gift of celebrated living with a romantic getaway from Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of North America (TM).

Featured on Good Morning America as a "most unique gift," Select Registry gift certificates offer romantic, drive-to escapes. That appeals to travelers in a challenging economy, innkeepers say.

With conviviality and creative cuisine as their signatures, inns and B&Bs offer the perfect romantic retreats, featuring amenities like four-poster beds, fireplaces and mesmerizing views of the Great Outdoors. Many Select Registry inns and B&Bs were once the turn-of-the-century mansions of millionaires during America's Gilded Age. Today, they woo travelers with modern touches, such as free Wi-Fi and Jacuzzis, along with five-course feasts; onsite wineries and microbreweries; and award-winning spas. Select Registry properties beckon with fun, unique experiences, like moonlight wine-and-cheese snowshoe tours, ski trips to North America's celebrated slopes, icewine festivals, classes with renowned chocolatiers on how to make hand-dipped chocolates and meanderings through boutique shops in historic villages transformed into winter wonderlands of twinkling lights.

Holding the promise of a romantic road trip, B&Bs are going against current travel trends. According to a recent study by the New Jersey-based Professional Association of Innkeepers International, occupancy at bed-and-breakfasts held steady last year despite the downturn in travel.

But with so many options to choose from, finding an idyllic escape can be daunting. Select Registry gift certificates takes the guesswork out of finding exceptional inns and B&Bs. This elite collection is comprised of North America's most distinctive inns. Member properties must pass rigorous, on-going quality inspections to gain admission to this unique portfolio. Many are recipients of coveted industry awards for both service and ambiance, including: Best Small Hotels in the U.S., Top Ten Romantic Inns, Best Breakfast in America, Best Places To Watch the Sun Set, and World's Best Adventure Lodges. Of the 20,000 inns and bed and breakfasts in North America, only 400 have qualified to join this "best-of-the-best" collection.

Select Registry gift certificates are valid at all 400 member properties throughout the USA and Canada. They come with a personalized message and the Select Registry Guidebook. With more than 400,000 copies available, this guide is the largest publication of its kind in the travel industry. For information, call 800-344-5244, or visit http://www.selectregistry.com.

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About Select Registry

Select Registry is a collection of North America's most distinctive inns. Member properties must pass rigorous, ongoing quality inspections to gain admission to this unique portfolio. Many are recipients of coveted industry awards for both service and ambiance, including: Best Small Hotels in the U.S., Top Ten Romantic Inns, Best Breakfast in America, Best Places To Watch the Sun Set, and World's Best Adventure Lodges. Only 400 of the 20,000 inns and bed and breakfasts in North America have qualified to join this "best-of-the-best" collection. To explore Select Registry inns across North America, visit www.selectregistry.com.

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