The Inn Experience
A History of Hospitality
Select Registry was founded in the late 1960s by Norman Simpson, the "father of country inn travel in America." In his pioneering book, Country Inns and Back Roads, Simpson noted that,
"Each [member] inn is original and unique, a reflection of the personalities and tastes of the individual innkeeper-owners … this was never intended to be a total guide to country inns in the United States and Canada, [but rather] a carefully selected group of inns. The purpose is to encourage travelers to visit … and to experience this unique type of personal hospitality … "
Norman Simpson's first compilation of inns included 12 properties, primarily in the New England region. Today, Select Registry boasts more than 300 of the finest inns, bed and breakfasts, and unique small hotels throughout North America... the very best the travel industry has to offer.
For many years, the symbol of Select Registry was a lit lantern symbolizing "the Shining Light of Hospitality." Today, this high standard continues to be an essential component of who we are. In an increasingly impersonal world, the personal touch, an innkeeper's welcome smile, a sociable meal, an impeccable room, and so many other experiences are what set our properties apart from other lodging.