For the eighth year, Georgian Manor Inn in Norwalk has been named a Four Diamond Award winner by AAA.
"Its a real honor to be among a very select few of prestigious lodgings only 11 in Ohio to be selected for the award," said Gene Denney, who owns the Norwalk bed-and-breakfast with his wife, Judy.
"As the smallest lodging, four rooms, at the ceremony, it's a somewhat humbling experience to accept our award with the Ritz-Carlton and InterContinental Hotel of Cleveland with their 200-room properties," he said.
The Denneys opened the B&B in 1996 after completely renovating the house built in 1906. They also added several gardens and a stream, waterfall, and 32-foot latticed pergola in the back yard.
Georgian Manor, 123 W. Main St., has four levels and more than 9,000 square feet. Four rooms, each with a private bath, are designated for guests. Each room has a walk-in closet, cable television, wireless Internet and a phone.
The home also features a well-stocked library, a mahogany-paneled dining room and a sun porch and living room with fire places.
Georgian Manor was featured on the cover of Ohio Magazine in 2002 and the cover of the Columbus Dispatch travel section in 2006.
Judy serves as chef for the B&B, using her years of experience in cooking for her family and entertaining business colleagues and friends. Gene, retired from Mayflower Vehicle Systems after almost 30 years, helps run the business.
Other Four Diamond Award winners in northeast Ohio are Red Maple Inn Bed & Breakfast, Burton; Intercontinental Hotel, Cleveland; The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland; and Julia's Bed & Breakfast, Hubbard.
The Walden Country Inn & Stables in Aurora has earned its fourth AAA Five Diamond Award.
The Four Diamond Award winning restaurants in the area are The Leopard Restaurant, Aurora; Ristorante Giovanni's, Beachwood; and The Baricelli Inn, Cleveland.
Just 3.2 percent of the 60,000 rated lodgings and restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean earn AAA Four Diamond Awards.
The assignment of a AAA rating of One to Five Diamonds marks the completion of a successful annual evaluation. All properties must first meet AAA's rigorous requirements and guidelines during an evaluation by one of AAA's 65 full-time professional inspectors to become AAA approved.