Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels Spreads Holiday Cheer With Winter Packages

SILVER SPRING, Md. – (Nov. 30, 2010) – What will you get the avid traveler in your life this holiday season?

 Members of Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) have come up with eclectic packages to make holiday/winter travel affordable and fun: Ski with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop, spend a day at the spa in California Wine Country, or take a bite out of the Big Apple with special rates to fill your holidays with cheer. Wherever you stay, Ascend Collection indie hotels offer a true taste of the local culture. For holiday and winter packages to delight, try one of these offerings from this elite network of historic, boutique and unique hotels in top destinations throughout the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. (Package rates below do not include tax.)

GEM Hotels, New York, N.Y.

The Cool Yule Package from GEM Hotels offers holiday rates from a joyful $150 per night. These boutique properties are located in three iconic New York City neighborhoods: SoHo, Chelsea and Midtown West. Cool Yule is valid Nov. 21 – 30 and Dec. 16 – 27.

 Looking to save even more? Complete GEM’S Holiday-Themed Scavenger Hunt and receive a 25 percent discount on a return stay between Jan. 1 – March 31, 2011. The scavenger hunt invites guests to get into the holiday spirit with fun activities. Take a picture of a holiday-themed NYC department store window or sing a Christmas carol for the front desk team as part of the hunt to earn more savings.

GEM Hotels have a neighborhood feel, with the properties’ energy and colors reflecting the surrounding chic art galleries, boutique shops, restaurants, nightlife and treasured historic attractions. The hotels have free Wi-Fi and guestrooms with flat-panel LCD televisions, iPod docks and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities, among other amenities.

The Woodlands Inn, Wilkes-Barre, Penn.

Ring in 2011 with the New Years Eve Package at The Woodlands Inn nestled in the foothills of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. This two-night package includes lodging, breakfast buffet, $10 worth of free slot play per person at the Mohegan Sun Casino just one mile away, and discounts at the inn’s restaurant and spa. Priced at $439.00 per couple, the New Years Eve 2011 Package is valid Thurs. and Fri., Dec. 30 – 31, or Fri. and Sat., Dec. 31 – Jan. 1.

The savings continue through the New Year. The Woodlands’ Ski 2010 - 2011 Package invites skiers to immerse themselves in the area’s natural beauty with nightly rates from $119 (weekdays) and $139 (weekends). This package includes hot breakfast buffet; $10.00 voucher for Mohegan Sun Casino; complimentary shuttle to the Mohegan Sun; and discounts for the hotel, casino and lift tickets. Valid Dec. 1, 2010, – March 31, 2011.

Located in historic Wilkes Barre, The Woodlands Resort provides a scenic base from which to explore the region’s renowned ski trails, sports arenas, shopping and dining. This 150-room lodging houses two restaurants, a spa, bar and lounge, nightclub, business center, ballroom and conference rooms, all set on manicured grounds next to the picturesque Laurel Run Stream.

Baechtel Creek Inn & Spa, Willits, Calif.

Pamper yourself in California Wine Country at this charming, 43-room lodging. Baechtel Creek Inn beckons with the Spa Sleepover Break Package, which includes a one- or two-night stay in a Superior Room with a complimentary bottle of Mendocino County Wine and a signature 60-minute spa treatment for two guests at the onsite Spa at Baechtel Creek. This offer is available through Dec. 31, 2010. Packages start at $280 for one night and $385 for a two-night stay, based on double occupancy.

Baechtel Creek Inn & Spa is set amidst the wineries and Redwood Forests in the historic town of Willits on California’s spectacular Mendocino Coast. Situated beside a tranquil creek, this property has free Wi-Fi and stylish guestrooms with luxurious bedding and robes. The Spa at Baechtel Creek offers the finest organic skin and body care treatments. Guests also enjoy complimentary continental breakfast. Award-winning wineries, hiking trails, golf courses, art galleries, boutique shops and the stunning Mendocino Coast are all within easy reach.

The Golden Hotel, Golden, Colo.,

For a gift your avid traveler will love, give a romantic getaway to The Golden Hotel in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The Golden Romance Package includes deluxe accommodations for two, a bottle of wine, box of decadently delicious chocolates, $30 voucher for breakfast at the hotel’s Bridgewater Grill and late checkout. Rates start at $189 per night.

Located in the heart of historic downtown Golden, the Golden Hotel overlooks picturesque Clear Creek and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This 62-room, pet-friendly lodge welcomes with a lively bar, fitness center, meeting space, business center and the casual full-service Bridgewater Grill. Guestrooms and suites have complimentary high-speed Internet access, large flat-panel televisions and ultra-comfy robes and bedding. Downtown Denver attractions are 12 miles away, and ski trails are nearby too. Minutes away are art galleries, boutique shops and cultural attractions.

For more information on these and other Ascend Collection properties or to make reservations, call 800.4CHOICE or visit www.ascendcollection.com.

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About Ascend Collection

Ascend Collection made its debut in late 2008 and now has 37 hotels throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Members include The GEM Hotels with three properties in New York City; Inn of Chicago, one-half block from The Magnificent Mile; O’Brien Historic Hotel in Texas, one block from the lively San Antonio River Walk; the historic Hotel Bothwell, Sedalia, Mo.; Le Consulat, within walking distance from Condado Beach, San Juan, P.R.; and Inn on the Lake, just outside Halifax, N.S. For more information on this collection of Historic, Boutique and Unique and hotels, visit www.ascendcollection.com.

About Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,000 hotels, representing more than 490,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 35 other countries and territories.  As of September 30, 2010, more than 540 hotels were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 44,000 rooms, and approximately 90 hotels, representing approximately 8,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in 20 other countries and territories.  The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands serve guests worldwide.  In addition, via its Ascend Collection membership program, travelers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.

Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. Web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.

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