Two Montana Properties Earn Four Diamond Awards

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HELENA, Mont., (January 11, 2013) – AAA is proud to announce two Montana lodgings have earned the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award®.  This year’s recipients are the Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Whitefish and the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Emigrant.   These two establishments are in an elite group of 1535 hotels throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean that received the Four Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for the 2013 Four Diamond Award list.


“The Four and Five Diamond Ratings are the highest designations awarded by AAA,” says club spokeswoman Kaelyn Kelly.  “Receiving a Four Diamond Award signifies these properties continue to go above and beyond the mark of excellence in the hospitality industry.”


In 2012, AAA revised its Approval Requirements & Diamond Rating Guidelines for lodgings to reflect changing traveler expectations, making the Four Diamond distinction even more difficult to achieve.  Today’s travelers are demanding more amenities from lodgings like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions and eco-friendly designs.


“The Lodge at Whitefish Lake and the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch both provide extensive services and amenities to visitors in plush and luxurious surroundings,” says Kelly.  “The personalized service and attention to detail they deliver ensures each and every guest leaves with an unforgettable experience.”


AAA rates more properties than any other rating entity and is the only rating system that covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is the only comprehensive on-site inspection program of its kind, using published guidelines to evaluate, approve and rate lodgings and restaurants on a scale of One to Five Diamonds. For 76 years AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct in-person property inspections and publish the results for member travelers.


Listings of AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants can be accessed in the downloadable eTourBook® guides at, online at and in the TourBook® guides available at AAA and CAA offices. Travelers with smartphones can access Diamond Rated property listings using the AAA Mobile free app.


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