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Seven Hay Creek Hotels Properties Named to U.S. News & World Report

EXETER, N.H. March 9, 2017 – Hay Creek Hotels announced today that seven of its hotels have been named to the U.S News & World Report “Best Hotels List 2017”.

U.S. News analyzed more than 5,000 hotels to find the best in the USA, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and Europe, based on reputation among travel experts, guest reviews and hotel class ratings.

The Hay Creek Hotels properties named in the Best Hotels of 2017 list are: • Centennial Hotel, Concord, NH • Eagle Mountain House, Jackson, NH • Exeter Inn, Exeter, NH
• Wolfeboro Inn, Wolfeboro, NH • Breakwater Inn & Spa, Kennebunkport, ME • Yachtsman Lodge & Marina, Kennebunkport, ME
• Windham Hill Inn, West Townsend, VT

“Our company is both honored and humbled to be included on such a prestigious list of world class hotels” stated Norman MacLeod, Founder and President of Hay Creek Hotels. “We take great pride in our employees and the terrific work that they do, this is wonderful recognition for them and our management team”.

The Best Hotels methodology accounts for both expert and guest sentiment, in addition to industry accolades a hotel receives, the combination of which helps determine each hotel's rank. The Report is updated annually and can be viewed at: http://travel.usnews.com/Hotels/USA/ .

About Hay Creek Hotels Headquartered in Exeter, New Hampshire, Hay Creek Hotels is a development and management company specializing in upscale full service independent hotels and resorts.

For more information and to view our fine collection of distinctive hotels, Inns & Resorts please visit: www.haycreekhotels.com

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