Hotels that achieve the prestigious Gold Award represent the top 10% of hotels within each Choice brand. The awards are based on a ranking system that measures guest satisfaction, product quality, room condition and cleanliness, and staff service. These properties have a proven track record of providing exceptional guest service and facilities.
Supports Green Practices
"Supports Green Initiatives" designates a hotel's participation in an optional environmental program that includes the use of energy-efficient lighting, guestroom towel/linen re-use, and on-premise recycling. "Supports Green Initiatives" does not represent an official certification of any kind.
Virginia band Carbon Leaf has made a name for themselves through a tireless touring and album release schedule and loyal fan base. The group combines a mixture of traditional bluegrass, folk and country music with a more alternative approach to songwriting. The band's album Indian Summer is by far the group's most critically acclaimed, ranking on people's year-end top 10 lists for 2004.
In the later 1990s, a group of Canadian music and arts students came together in Toronto in the interest of creating rock-infused Celtic music. The result was Enter the Haggis, a seven-piece band that not only incorporates the two aforementioned genres, but also heavy doses of folk and jam band styles as well. Enter the Haggis combines the instrumentation of a traditional rock band (drums, bass, guitars) and incorporates traditional Irish elements, including two fiddle players. The group's commitment to touring has slowly but surely won it pockets of die-hard fans (referred to as "Haggis Heads") throughout Canada, the United States and even Western Europe. Its success has led to appearances on PBS and Live with Regis and Kelly.