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Our Story

A tradition of excellence

In the late 1960s, a travel writer named Norman Simpson drove across North America in a paneled station wagon. He identified unique places offering exceptional hospitality and what he called “Good, honest lodgings; good, honest food; and good, honest feeling.” He became known as the “father of country inn travel in America” and wrote Country Inns and Back Roads, a travel companion that included a compilation of his favorite properties.

“Each property is original and unique, a reflection of the personalities and tastes of the individual innkeeper-owners. The purpose is to encourage travelers to visit this carefully selected group and to experience this unique type of personal hospitality.”

-- Norman Simpson

Simpson’s success eventually evolved into Select Registry. Today’s collection represents more than 325 of the most distinguished B&B’s, inns and boutique hotels in North America. In an increasingly 

impersonal world, a warm welcome, made-to-order meal, relaxing accommodations and proximity to many of North America’s most wonderful natural and cultural wonders are what set our properties apart.