AAA Four Diamond Lodging Designation


Contact: Mary S. Wolters, 864-909-1575,


LANDRUM, SC, APRIL 11, 2011 – THE RED HORSE INN, LANDRUM SC has been awarded the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Lodging designation. 

Lodgings at this level feature upscale accommodations. They typically offer an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.

THE RED HORSE INN is part of a select group within the hospitality industry. For 2011, 1,349 lodgings and 756 restaurants received the Four Diamond Rating. These 2,105 establishments account for just 3.6 percent of the total 59,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

"We are honored to receive the valued AAA Four Diamond Rating," said Mary Wolters, Innkeeper. "At THE RED HORSE INN we are committed to providing excellent hospitality and a memorable accommodations experience that exceeds guest expectations. The Four Diamond Rating acknowledges the hard work and dedication of our staff." 

"Four Diamond establishments consistently deliver attentive service and notable offerings in high-quality, comfortable surroundings," said Michael Petrone, AAA director of Tourism Information Development. "To achieve and maintain exceptional standards on a daily basis is a commendable achievement. AAA is pleased to recognize THE RED HORSE INN as an outstanding member of the hospitality industry."


In 1995, Mary and Roger Wolters purchased nearly 200 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They built 6 charming cottages and a main inn that houses 6 luxurious guest rooms, a conference center and a dining room and called it The Red Horse Inn. They functioned as the architects, designers, general contractors, and "hands on" builders for the entire project. Located 30 minutes from Greenville and Spartanburg SC and 30 minutes from Hendersonville NC, it is a location of convenience for those wanting a weekend getaway, couples retreat, a romantic honeymoon vacation, wedding or an inspiring resort for those desiring a corporate retreat. 

The Red Horse Inn has won numerous awards. The inn was honored as "Best Honeymoon or Anniversary Getaway" by Inn Traveler, named one of the top 25 "Best Undiscovered Incredibly Romantic Inns" by, was recipient of the coveted "2008 Top 10 Romantic Inns" award from American Historic Inns, Inc. and awarded 2008 Inns Extraordinaire "Best For Decor".

For more information on The Red Horse Inn, visit or call 864-909-1575 for reservations. 

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AAA began field inspections of lodgings and restaurants in 1937 and introduced a formal rating system for accommodations in 1963. The early rating system evolved into the Diamond Rating System for lodgings in 1976 and was rolled out for restaurants between 1986 and 1991. Professionally trained AAA/CAA inspectors use published guidelines to evaluate and rate properties as a service to members.

AAA rates more properties than any other rating entity and is the only rating system that covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is one of only two that conduct physical, on-site evaluations. AAA/CAA Approved lodgings and restaurants are assigned a rating of One to Five Diamonds. For more information about Diamond Ratings and a complete list of Four and Five Diamond Lodging and Restaurants, visit 

To be eligible for evaluation, lodgings must meet basic requirements for cleanliness, comfort and security. Those that pass inspection during an unannounced evaluation are designated as a AAA Approved Lodging. Finally, the inspector assigns a rating of One to Five Diamonds based on the extensiveness of services, facilities and amenities — from basic, no-frills lodgings to luxurious, world-class accommodations. The ratings help travelers choose establishments suited to their needs and expectations.

Travelers can access AAA/CAA Diamond Ratings and Inspector Notes in the printed TourBook guides, eTourBook guides and online at using the searchable listings, TripTik Travel Planner or AAA Mobile Web. Plus, those with an Apple iPhone can now access AAA’s travel information on the go with the free AAA TripTik® Mobile app. AAA TripTik Mobile uses GPS technology to display AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants near a user’s location. 

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