Unveils 2012 Top North American Family Resorts Unveils 2012 Top North American Family Resorts

Awards honor family-friendly resorts in North America based on millions of visits, reviews and demand of travelers.

Minneapolis, MN., May 23, 2012, a world leading Resort and Lodge destination travel website, today announced its 2012 Top 10 North American Family Resorts. This year, 239 top family-friendly properties were considered throughout North America from Ontario to the Bahamas. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please  click:

Awards are being given to properties that have proven to be unique and inspiring family travel destinations by traveler demand on, as well as reviews on and several of the largest, most trusted user review websites online.

“Every year we inspire millions of travelers as they research and plan their family getaways.  This year we have identified 10 of the best, most highly rated family resorts North America has to offer.  Some of these properties are in travel hot spots like New York and St. Pete Beach, some are in less publicized, but equally wonderful destinations such as Muskoka Ontario and Sheboygan, Wisconsin,” said Ryan Bailey, President of

To provide more information to help travelers plan their family getaway, has partnered with many of the top 10 family resorts to offer specials and packages throughout the summer, saving families up to 30% off their summer travel plans.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Top 10 family resort by the leading authority on resort and destination travel in North America,  We’ve been welcoming families to the Villa Roma Resort for more than 40 years.  Our diverse activities and amenities provide an all inclusive family experience that everyone can enjoy year round.  This recognition truly validates the world class family vacation experience we provide our guests,” said Paul Carlucci, Vice President and Managing Director of The Villa Roma Resort.

Top 10 North America Family Resorts

  1. Woodloch Resort, Hawley, Pennsylvania
  2. Villa Roma Resort,  Callicoon, New York
  3. Blue Harbor Resort, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  4. Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland, New York
  5. Tradewinds Island Resorts, St. Pete Beach, Florida
  6. The Westin Casaurina Resort, Cayman Islands
  7. Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California
  8. Clevelands House, Muskoka, Ontario
  9. Hilton Los Cabos Resort, Los Cabo, Mexico
  10. Atlantis, Paradise, Bahamas

About® is the most comprehensive online resource for resort and lodge vacations worldwide, serving more than ten million leisure, group and corporate travelers each year. The site provides travelers direct access to original content, colorful photography and high-quality video for resorts, lodges, hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, ranches, vacation rentals and more. Our easy to use visual maps and filters allow Users to quickly find the information they are looking for when researching, planning and booking their resort and lodge vacations. Founded in 1998, we were one of the first major leisure travel directories established on the Internet. Over the years we have received many awards and accolades for our Web design, outstanding usability, fast page loading speeds, and skillful information display.

Most recently,® won the WebAward for excellence in Web site design and development from the Web Marketing Association (WMA). We were chosen from among 2,400 entries from more than 40 countries during the WMA’s annual WebAward competition.

TravelNet Solutions Adds Vacation Rental Directory to

TravelNet Solutions, Inc.  Adds Vacation Rentals Directory to

TravelNet Solutions, Inc. parent company of and a leader in providing complete marketing solutions for the hospitality industry, is pleased to announce a new vacation rentals directory on

Cottage Grove, MN – June 22, 2011In response to requests from several clients, as well as millions of travelers, TravelNet Solutions has added a vacation rentals directory to Now, in addition to overall resort and lodge listings, companies and private rental homeowners will have the opportunity to showcase their rental properties individually and inexpensively to’s global audience.

“ strives to be the best tool for travelers to plan their vacations, as well as the best platform for vacation property owners to connect with those travelers. This new vacation rentals directory will give homeowners and travelers alike the chance to find thousands of destinations across the globe on one familiar, trusted source,” President and Co-Founder Ryan Bailey said.

The vacation rental industry has seen a considerable boom in recent years, both for property owners and travelers. According to a recent survey by, more than 6 million vacation properties were being rented out to travelers in the U.S. and Europe, generating over $85 billion in income in 2010. HomeAway also reports that 81 percent of people traveling this summer are traveling for pleasure, and of that 81 percent, 68 percent are choosing vacation rentals.

“I am thrilled to see that ResortsandLodges are expanding to vacation rentals. They are an important part of the tourism sector, and I’m excited to be a part of it from the beginning,” Shari Goldstein, President at Carolina Mornings Realty, said. “We get a lot of traffic from, and I think the new directory and their powerful SEO will drive us even more traffic and prove to be very financially productive.”

Property owners interested in learning more about listing their vacation rentals on can contact

About TravelNet Solutions, Inc:

TravelNet Solutions’ strong success has been more than a decade in the making. A first generation travel vertical site originally founded in 1998 was which would be the vehicle for tremendous growth in the following years.

Built with a grant from NASA, Michigan State University, & Polyphasic – was a early test vehicle to a global content management system and a new friend to the world wide web. The site quickly gained popularity with millions of consumers and thousands of advertisers.

With exciting data at it’s fingertips we would begin a tremendous transition in 2004 – from a single travel vertical site to a diversified, platform company that would scale much larger. Looking ahead, TravelNet Solutions plans to pursue top talent and infrastructure that offers a significant growth strategy for it’s audience, advertisers, investors and revenues.

Updates to ResortsandLodges’ Weekly Top Travel Deals Newsletter!

Every week, we pick out our favorite incrediDEALS (a.k.a. incredible travel deals!) from different regions of the U.S. and the world and deliver them straight to our subscribers’ inboxes.  This week, we decided to try something new with our deals newsletter, adding some photography and a new layout!  The new version is pictured first, and the old version is below.

Since this newsletter is for YOU, we want to know: which version do you like better and why? Let us know in the comments, or tell us on our wall at!

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Call Tracking Case Study: A 370 Unit Property in Galena, IL

After many years helping to validate advertising for online travel websites, we’re blown away by the impressive results as seen in the screenshot below. (Click to view larger)

Call tracking case study
Call tracking shows a quantifiable increase in room night sales.

This example is one of many case studies we’ve done that shows the difference between before a resort activates their tracking number across their web marketing channels, and after they make this simple change.

Call tracking is needed because thousands of properties are still reserving millions of dollars of revenue over the phone. Yes, most people research, plan, discover, and share their travel experiences online. However, because of the complexity and cost of planning a vacation, travelers still feel more comfortable making the final transaction to book their vacation over the telephone.

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