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05-04-2016

Clarkson Inn Receives Tourism Excellence Award

The Clarkson Inn in Potsdam has been awarded the "Best to the Guest" Tourism Excellence Award by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

Clarkson Inn General Manager George Lavigne stands in front of the Inn.The award is presented to the individual, business or organization that has been recognized for providing an excellent guest experience.

In announcing the award, the chamber said, "Customer service, unique offerings, and attention to detail make this awardee stand out in the industry. Restaurants, guides, lodging, and attractions are recognized based on referral reputation in the community and online reviews from guests. The 40-room boutique hotel, located on the banks of the Raquette River in downtown Potsdam was nominated by several community members, and has tremendous guest reviews across popular sites such as TripAdvisor and Expedia."

A second award will recognize the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail for "Best Destination Marketing Initiative."

Both businesses will be recognized for their excellence at the First Annual St. Lawrence County Tourism Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 11, at Bella Brooke Vineyard in Hammond.

The event, which is presented by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, is designed to celebrate the growing tourism industry in the county, recognize and reward excellence, encourage the highest standard in visitor experience and emphasize the value of the tourism sector.

In addition to awardees, the theme of the Tourism Awards Dinner is ‘Trails to Tourism’ and will give a snapshot of various trail initiatives in the county, such as the Raquette River Blueway, County Multi-Use Trails and the new St. Lawrence Wine Trail. Updates on tourism initiatives and impacts will be shared with attendees.

All are welcome to the celebration at Bella Brooke Vineyard, 2989 County Road 6 in Hammond. Happy hour in the tasting room is at 5 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner and program in the new barn venue at 6:00. The cost is $35 per person or $260 for an eight-person table. Reservations are required by Friday, May 6, by calling 315-386-4000 or visiting the calendar on www.northcountryguide.com or directly at http://tinyurl.com/SLCTourism16 (payment by credit card, check or cash). Tourism businesses and visitors centers are encouraged to come at 4:00 with boxes of marketing materials to swap at the brochure exchange, which will be held in the parking lot next to the Vineyard.

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is a 500-member organization, contracted by St. Lawrence County to serve as the tourism promotion agent, in partnership with Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY tourism program.

Located at 1 Main St. in Potsdam, the Clarkson Inn is a charming boutique hotel in a Victorian setting on the banks of the Raquette River.

Photo caption: The Clarkson Inn in Potsdam has been awarded the "Best to the Guest" Tourism Excellence Award by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. Above, Clarkson Inn General Manager George Lavigne stands in front of the Inn.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/clarkson-inn.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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