Grandfather Mountain, ‘Horn in the West’ earn TripAdvisor honors

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Article Published: May. 22 | Modified: May. 22
Grandfather Mountain, ‘Horn in the West’ earn TripAdvisor honors

The scenic views from the peaks of Grandfather Mountain are among the highlights often mentioned in visitors’ TripAdvisor reviews.

Photo by Helen Moss Davis, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Two High Country tourist attractions have received high praise from the world’s largest travel site. recognized both Grandfather Mountain and “Horn in the West” with a 2014 Certificate of Excellence. The award, which is based on reviews from travelers, honors consistent excellence in hospitality.

2014 marks the third consecutive year of winning the award for both Grandfather Mountain and “Horn in the West.”

The accolades come courtesy of TripAdvisor for Business, a division of the company that provides tourism industry access to millions of users.

“We are honored and proud to receive this award for the third year in a row,” Grandfather Mountain public relations specialist Kellen Short said in a news release. “There is no greater measure of our success than hearing ‘job well done’ from our valued guests, and we thank all of our visitors who took the time to share their opinions online.”

Grandfather Mountain, located in Linville and operated by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, holds a 4.5 overall rating, based on 599 visitor reviews, according to Short, who said some 250,000 people visit the scenic attraction each year.

“Horn in the West,” the Revolutionary War outdoor drama in Boone, also holds a rating of 4.5 percent. It premiered in 1952 and is produced by the Southern Appalachian Historical Association.
“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team,” SAHA board chairman Al Ernest said in a news release. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers.”

According to TripAdvisor, a proprietary algorithm is used to determine the honorees, taking into account reviewers’ ratings.

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, president of TripAdvisor for Business, in the release. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most — their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.

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