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Alaska Micro-Lodge Wins Major Award

A micro resort in Alaska has won the first place "Leading U.S. Green Resort" award for 2009 from the World Travel Association of London.

In wining this award, Alaska's Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge rose above several other much larger and more advertised accommodations in the U.S. showing that no matter how small a business might be, excellence is recognized and rewarded by it's industry professionals and peers. One of the most prestigious and sought after award programs in the travel industry, the World Travel Awards have been described by publications including the Wall Street Journal as the "travel industry's equivalent to the Oscars." Sadie Cove is the first accommodation in Alaska to ever win a World Travel award. It was presented to Randi Iverson (co-owner) at the awards ceremony on Sept. 21, 2009 in Cancun, Mexico.

Alaska's Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge, open since 1981, has had an Eco theme ever since it's inception. Built over a course of many years beginning in 1972 from local driftwood that was collected and then milled by hand by owner, builder, Keith Iverson, the lodge serves as an example of what one man can do with imagination, determination, hard work, and a little help from his friends. Sadie Cove Lodge is run on it's own system of non-polluting hydro-electric and wild power that supplies the entire lodge and guest cabins with standard 110 power. Recycling and alternative uses for everyday objects further reduce the lodge's footprint and guests are encouraged to "take only pictures and leave only footprints" while experiencing, first hand, a lifestyle that communes happily with nature and the local environment.

Five private cabins grace the lodge property. Four are built from hand-milled dirftwood and the fifth cabin is a rescued 45 foot sailboat made of mahogany, teak, and brass that has been around the world twice and now sits on the beach at Sadie Cove complete with fireplace and private deck. The maximum amount of guests at the lodge is 12. Activities at the lodge include whale watching, bear viewing, glacier touring, wildlife photography, sea kayaking, fishing, hiking, beachcombing, backcountry tours, or simply relaxing with a good book and basking in the alpenglow.

Over the years, Sadie Cove Lodge has been recognized as a leading green resort by many organizations and publications including Green Globe, The International Ecotourism Association, Sustainable Travel International, Natural Home Magazine, "E'" The Environmental Magazine, and many others.

More information can be found on the lodge Web site at www.sadiecove.com, by e-mailing mail@sadiecove.com, or by calling the lodge directly at 907-235-2350.

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