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Woodlands Inn Joins Preferred Hotel Group

Salamander Hospitality property gains admission into the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Historic Hotels of America programs


SUMMERVILLE, SC, April 20, 2009 – Woodlands Inn has been accepted as a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotel Group and its brands: Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Historic Hotels of America.

Woodlands Management Company Salamander Hospitality, founded by noted entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, recently refurbished the property. The 19-room inn is one of only four properties in North America to hold the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both its accommodations and dining room.

“Acceptance into the Preferred brand is an endorsement of the quality that we deliver,” said Woodlands General Manager Bob Seidler. “We look forward to establishing a long-term relationship.”

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is a luxury collection featuring more than 200 of the world’s most desirable independently owned and managed destinations. Membership in the program provides Woodlands with additional sales and marketing support, as well as increased reservation visibility. All Preferred Hotels & Resorts embrace the brand’s award-winning Standards of Excellence™, an extensive quality assurance program that has been honored with the “Best Practices Champion Award” by Cornell University. For more than 40 years, Preferred has ensured an unparalleled guest experience, from the very best amenities to superb service.

Historic Hotels of America is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that was formed in 1989, and a brand of Preferred Hotel Group. Historic Hotels has identified more than 220 hotels located in the U.S.A that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. To be selected for this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized as having historic significance.


About Woodlands Inn

Located in the charming village of Summerville and just a short drive from historic Charleston, SC, Woodlands Inn is an immaculately restored 1906 classic revival mansion set amidst 42 acres of parkland grounds. It is one of only four properties in North America to hold the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both its accommodations and dining room. In 2008, it was also ranked by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as number one in the US and Canada for service, and number three worldwide. The resort features 18 guest rooms and suites, a country guest cottage, a day spa, croquet lawn, red-clay tennis courts, a temperature-controlled swimming pool, unique meeting facilities, and golf privileges at nearby area courses. The Dining Room at Woodlands is widely known for its innovative and sophisticated version of New American Cuisine and the use of fresh local foods to create a nightly menu with a Lowcountry influence. For more information call (800) 774-9999 or visit


About Salamander Hospitality

Salamander Hospitality is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio includes the recently renovated Innisbrook Golf Resort and Club near Tampa, Fla., host to a PGA TOUR stop every March; Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC, which is one of only four properties in North America to hold Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both accommodations and dining; and the under-construction Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg. Salamander Hospitality also operates a division of gourmet prepared food markets called Market Salamander with locations in Middleburg and Innisbrook, FL, and Salamander Touch, a fine goods and linen store in Middleburg for the luxury resort lifestyle.  For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit


Preferred Hotel Group

For more information on the Preferred Boutique program, visit For more information on the Historic Hotels of America program, visit


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