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Awards

Hotels

Best Hotels in the USA: U.S. News & World Report named the Williamsburg Inn # 91 on its list of the best hotels in the U.S; #2 hotel in Virginia, #1 hotel in Williamsburg; 2012.

World’s Best Hotels for Families: Travel + Leisure readers named Williamsburg Inn #36 in the U.S. , 2012.

Readers Choice Award: Condé Nast Traveler Best in the World. Colonial Houses-Historic Lodging ranked #25 in the Top 100 hotels and resorts in the world, #6 in the top 10 hotels and resorts in the United States, and #2 in the top 20 resorts in the South; 2012. Williamsburg Lodge ranked #9 in the top 20 resorts in the South, 2012; Williamsburg Inn named #10 in the top 20 resorts in the South, 2012; Colonial Houses-Historic Lodging named #1 on list of 50 top small hotels in the United States; 2011. Williamsburg Inn named #68 on list of top 150 resorts in mainland U.S. ; 2011. Williamsburg Lodge named #105 on list of top 150 resorts in mainland U.S. ; 2011. Williamsburg Inn and Colonial Houses named to Top 100 Mainland U.S. Resorts; 2010.

Condé Nast Traveler Gold List: Colonial Houses-Historic Lodging named to the 2012 list of the World’s Best Places to Stay. This year’s list includes 511 hotels, resorts, and cruise lines. Colonial Houses are one of only two hotels in Virginia on list.

Travelers Choice Family Award: Williamsburg Inn named the best hotel for family travel by TripAdvisor in the inaugural “Top 10 Places in the U.S. for Families to Discover” category; 2011.

Four Star Hotels: Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil Travel Guide), Williamsburg Inn named four-star hotel; 2011, 2012.

Platinum Plate Award: Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant; Hampton Roads magazine, 2010; 24 K Gold Level, 2011.

Platinum Plate Award: Williamsburg Inn Regency Room; Hampton Roads magazine, Platinum Level; 2011.

Vino! Virginia Platinum Award: Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant; Virginia Wine Lover Magazine; award received for state-centric wine list; 2009.

Crystal 5 Stem Award: Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant; Virginia Wine Marketing Board, Virginia Wine Masters Program, for promoting Virginia wines as an integral part of the wine list, by-the-glass, special events, banquets and education; 2009.

Award of Unique Distinction: Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant; Wine Enthusiast Magazine; award for best wine-driven restaurents; one of only four Virginia restaurants to receive this distinction, 2009.

Condé Nast Traveler Gold List: Discriminating traveler’s guide to the best-of-the-best lists the Williamsburg Inn for the 15th year; January 2009. (The award has been in existence for 15 years, and the Inn has been on it every year. This year’s list includes 710 hotels, resorts, and cruise lines.Inn is one of only six hotels in Virginia on list.)

World’s Best Hotels: Forbes Traveler includes Williamsburg Inn on list of top 400 of the world’s best hotels. 2009.

Top U.S. Hotels: Williamsburg Inn, Colonial Houses-Historic Lodging and Williamsburg Lodge named to Zagat’s 30th anniversary survey; all three received four stars for rooms, service, dining and overall facilities; 2009.

Readers Choice Award: Condé Nast Traveler 100 Best. Top 100 United States Hotels, Williamsburg Inn and Colonial Houses; 2008.

Award of Excellence: Williamsburg Inn Regency Room, Wine Spectator; 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011; Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant, 2008, 2009.

Fine Dining Hall of Fame: Regency Dining Room. Nation’s Restaurant News; 2006.

Taste of Williamsburg Critic’s Choice Award: Colonial Williamsburg culinary staff, 2008.

Four Stars: Seventh consecutive, Mobil Travel Guide recognition awarded to the Williamsburg Inn for outstanding achievement in service, elegance, and quality.

Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Award: Williamsburg Inn Regency Room included among best dining experiences in North America since 1992.

Travel & Leisure 500 Great Hotels in the World: The Williamsburg Inn named one of Virginia hotels on the list; 2009.

Leading Small Hotels of the World: The Williamsburg Inn selecteed for sixth consecutive year.

National Trust Historic Hotels of America: The Williamsburg Inn selected as a National Trust Historic Hotel of America for 19 consecutive years. (2011)

National Trust Historic Hotels of America: Colonial Houses-Historic Lodging selected as National Trust of Historic Historic Hotel of America for 10th consecutive year. (2007)

National Trust Historic Hotels of America: Williamsburg Lodge selected  as National Trust Historic Hotel, making Colonial Williamsburg Hotels only one of two hotel groups with three properties in close proximity on the list. (2007)

American Automobile Association Four Diamond Rating: 17th award for the Williamsburg Inn and Regency Room.

Golf Resort

Top 25 Southern U.S. Golf Resorts-Condé Nast Traveler Magazine; Williamsburg Inn ranked eighth, 2012; Williamsburg Lodge ranked 10th, 2012.

Top Resort Golf Courses in U.S. Zagat’s 30th anniversary survey names Golden Horseshoe and Williamsburg Inn #4 in the nation; 2009.

Top 125 Golf Resorts in the World: Williamsburg Inn and Colonial Houses named to list of Top 20 Southern U.S. Golf Resorts; Condé Nast Traveler Magazine; 2011.

Top 50 Resort Courses: Golf World magazine’s inaugural readers choice award ranks Golden Horseshoe #23 in 2009; #31 in 2010.

Silver Medal Resort Award: Golf Magazine; 2010.

Platinum Places: The World’s Best Golf Destinations; “Best Destinations for Family Activities,” Golf Odyssey; 2008-2009.

Platinum Places: The World’s Best Golf Destinations; “Best Resorts for Family Foursomes,” Golf Odyssey; 2007-2008.

75 Best Golf Resorts in America: Golf Digest; 2009-2010 (#22 on the list, a jump of 13 positions since the previous listing).

Golf Course

Eastern Virginia’s Best Golf Courses: Golden Horseshoe ranked #2 in Virginia Living magazine’s first reader poll, 2012.

Top 100 You Can Play: Gold course, Golf Magazine; 1996-2012.

Best Courses Near You: Gold course #3 in Virginia, Green course #9, Golf magazine; 2010, 2012.

America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses: Gold course, Golf Digest; rated #32, 2009-2010; rated 50, 2011-2012. Listed since 2003.

State-by-State Public Access Courses-Virginia: Gold course, Golfweek Magazine; 2003-2012.

Top 100 Resort Courses in America-Gold Course, Golfweek magazine; 2012, 2011, 2010.

Best of Southern Golf: Golden Horseshoe Golf Club named to Southern Sports Journal’s inaugural list of favorite Southern courses; 2008.

Top Short Courses in America: Spotswood course, Golf Range Magazine; 2007, 2008, 2010.

Four and 1/2 Stars: Gold and Green course, Best Places to Play; Golf Digest, 2008-2009.

Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary: Commitment to environment; 2001-2011.

Spa

SpaFinderWellness Readers Choice Award: Best for Families, Best for Girlfriend Getaways and Bachelorettes, Best for Golf, Best for Weddings and Best Pet-friendly; 2012.

Condé Nast Traveler Readers Poll: #28 on list of top 100 resort spas in the U.S. mainland, 2011. #10 on the list of top 100 resort spas in the U.S. mainland, 2012.

Spa Magazine Readers Choice: Received honorable mention for resort/hotel spas in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic; 2011.

Vanity Fair Top Global Spa List: Selected as one of top 10 spas in North America, 2009.

Condé Nast Traveler Hot List: Selected as one of 76 new spas wordwide and nine in the United States, 2008.

SpaFinder Readers Choice Award: Top 10 Best for Romance, 2009, 2010; Top 10 Favorite Spa Managers, Kate Mearns; 2008, 2010; Top 10 Best for Golf, 2010, 2011.

SpaFinder Staff Picks: Top 10 Staff Picks, fall 2009.

General

15 Places Kids Should See Before Turning 15: Budget Travel names Colonial Williamsburg one of the 15 must-see “American Wonders” kids should see before 15; 2011.

Great U.S. Destinations to Discover: TripAdvisor names Williamsburg, Va. , the #1 destination in the U.S. for families to discover; 2011.

Best Historic Site: Southern Living magazine readers choice award for the South, 2010.

Best Family Destination: Southern Living magazine readers choice award for one of the 10 best family destinations in America; 2009.

10 Places to See Before you are 10: Travel + Leisure names Colonial Williamsburg as one of 10 must-see destinations for grade schoolers to see before they are 10; 2008.

Best of the Road: Rand McNally Road Atlas names Colonial Williamsburg’s “Revolutionary City®” daily two-hour interactive dramatic presentation as Best of the Road™ Editor’s Pick; 2008.

Conference Services

Gold Award Hall of Fame: Colonial Williamsburg’s Resort Collection named to 2009 Meetings & Conventions Gold Award Hall of Fame for maintaining consistent high standards for 12 or more consectutive years. One of 11 inductees in 2009, the resort has earned the magazine’s distinction of being among the finest meetings properties in the world.

Readers Choice Award: Williamsburg Inn selected as Best of the South by readers of Meetings Focus South magazine; 2010, 2011, 2012.

Readers Choice Award: Selected as one of the South’s most creative and professional meeting sites by readers of ConventionSouth magzine. The awards are nominated and voted on by meeting planners who receive the montly magazine; 2011.

Gold Tee Award: Golden Horseshoe Golf Club was awarded the Gold Tee for overall excellence by Meetings and Conventions magazine for the eighth consecutive year.

Gold Key Award: Meetings and Conventions readers poll recognized the Williamsburg Inn as a top meeting destination; 2004-2010

Pinnacle Award: Successful Meetings magazine has presented Colonial Williamsburg with the prestigious Pinnacle Award for 24 of the 26 years of the award (2011). Colonial Williamsburg has received the Pinnacle award every year since its inception, with the exception of years when the property was under renovation, and was inducted into the publication’s first ever Bronze Circle, recognizing properties that have received this recognition for 20 consecutive years.

Production, Publications and Learning Ventures

“From Ear to Ear: the Passage of African Music through American Slavery”
Silver Award of Distinction, Communicator Awards; music recording category; 2008.

“Betwixt Folly and Fate”
Gold MUSE Award: American Association of Museums; games category; 2008.

“A Day in the Life”
Communicator Award of Excellence: Gaming-related content category; 2008.

Electronic Field Trips series
21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning, other distance learning design-pre-K-12 category, United States Distance Learning Association; 2011.
21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning, other distance learning design-pre-K-12 category, United States Distance Learning Association; 2010.
Gold Award, online technology pre-K-12 category, United States Distance Learning Association; 2008. Approval Rating: Parents Choice Foundation, for 2006-2007 EFT series; and 2007-2008 EFT series.

“The Bill of Rights” 2010
Emmy Award Winner: National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter informational/instructional programs category; 2011.

“The Rights of Youth” 2010
Emmy Award Winner: National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter informational/instructional-feature segment category; 2011.

“Westward!” 2010
Silver MUSE Award: American Association of Museums; teaching and outreach category; 2010.  Telly Award Winner: Bronze Telly, education category; 2010.

“The Rights of Youth” 2010
Telly Award Winner: Silver Telly, education category; 2010.

“A More Perfect Union” 2009
Telly Award Winner: Bronze Telly, education category; 2010. Emmy Award Winner: National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter children/youth 12-and-under, single story or series category; 2009.

“Freedom Bound” 2009
Telly Award Winner: Bronze Telly, Education category; 2009. Emmy Award Winner: National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter informational/instructional or special program category; 2009.

“The Will of the People” 2008
Emmy Award Winner: National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter interactivity category; 2008.
Telly Award Winner: Bronze Telly, education category; 2008.

“Treasure Keepers” 2008
Telly Award Winner: Silver Telly, education category; 2008. Award of Excellence: Communicator Awards, education category; 2008.

“Making History Live” 2008
Telly Award Winner: Bronze Telly, cultural programming category; 2008

“Emissaries of Peace”
Emmy Award Winner: National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter audio post production category; 2008. Honorable Mention: MUSE Award, American Association of Museums; teaching and outreach category; 2008.

Website

Best in Class: “Kids Zone,” www.history.org/kids/; Interactive Media Awards, 2010.

Gold Award of Excellence: “Kids Zone,” www.history.org/kids/parentsAndTeachers, children’s website category, 2011; “Historic Threads,” www.history.org/history/museums/online_exhibits.cfm, online exhibit category, 2011; and Colonial Williamsburg’s website www.history.org in the cultural institutions website category.

Silver MUSE Award: Past & Present podcasts,www.history.org/media/podcasts; American Association of Museums; Podcast category; 2009.

Outstanding Achievement Award: www.iCitizenForum.com blog; Interactive Media Awards, 2008.

Silver Awards of Distinction: “Kids Zone,” www.history.org/kids; and “Colonial Williamsburg: Past & Present,” www.history.org/media/podcasts.cfm; Communicator Awards; Interactive category, 2008; 2011.

Gold Award for Creativity: www.history.org,International Academy of Visual Arts, W3  Awards Competition; cultural institutions category, 2008.

Silver Awards for Creativity: “Coins & Currency in Colonial America,” www.history.org/history/museums/coinExhibit/; “Tour the Town,” www.history.org/maps; International Academy of Visual Arts, W3 Awards Competition, 2007; “Kids Zone,” www.history.org/kids; children category, 2008; Past & Present podcasts, www.history.org/media/podcasts, podcast category, 2008.

Top 100 Educational Websites of the Year: Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip Web site, www.history.org/history/teaching/eft.cfm; Homeschool.com; 2005, 2009.

Outstanding Website WebAward: Web Marketing Association WebAward Competition: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Web site, www.history.org; 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010; “Tour the Town,” www.history.org/maps, 2006, 2009, 2010; “Kids Zone,” www.history.org/kids; 2009; “Mapping Colonial America,” www.history.org/maps; 2005.

Best Online Community Website: Web Marketing Association WebAward Competition: www.iCitizenForum.com, 2009.

Standard of Excellence WebAward: Web Marketing Association WebAward Competition: “Kids Zone,” www.history.org/kids, 2005, 2010.

Museums

American Ceramic Circle Book Award: “Salt Glazed Stoneware in Early America,” by Janine Skerry and Suzanne Findlen Hood; 2009.

Richard Martin Award for Excellence: DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, “The Language of Clothing” exhibition; Costume Society of America, Exhibition of Costume category; 2004.

 

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280
12/2012



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