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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         Tamara Murray
                                                              Public Relations Director
                                                              Emerson Resort & Spa

           Emerson Spa Awarded 2010 Forbes Travel Guide
                        Four-Star Rating

       Mt. Tremper, N.Y., December 14, 2009 – The Spa at Emerson Resort & Spa
was honored with a 2010 Forbes Four Star Award by Forbes Travel Guide, formerly
Mobil, in the first awards since the brand transfer from Mobil to Forbes was announced
this fall. The list has defined the industry’s highest standard for excellence in hospitality
for over 50 years. 2010 marks the sixth consecutive year the hideaway spa has earned
the coveted award. The Spa at Emerson Resort & Spa’s review by Forbes Travel
Guide’s incognito experts can be found online at
       Naomi Umhey, chief executive officer of Emerson Resort & Spa, credits the 2010
Forbes recognition to the exceptional service and attention provided by the staff. “Our
staff takes a personal interest in each and every guest.” Patricia Ullman, spa manager,
agrees, “The thoughtful consideration and care with which our staff conducts each
treatment results in a nurturing and healing environment that our guests truly
appreciate.” Umhey added, “Our mission is to provide wellness and relaxation through
remarkable treatments, products and environmentally safe practices.”
       Absorbing influences from India, China, the Middle East, Japan and Italy,
Emerson Resort & Spa creates a sense of arriving in a truly imaginative and unique
place. Upon entering the exotic Indian-inspired spa, guests are welcomed by impressive
13-foot tall, 17th century Rajasthani palace doors and lead into a relaxation area that
blends slate, butter-yellow leather seating and tapestries with carved elephant heads
and Indian deities.

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Forbes Four-Star/2

       Spa therapies include Ayurvedic treatments such as Shirodhara, where warm,
herb-infused oil is slowly streamed onto the forehead and massaged into the scalp, as
well as traditional western treatments. Guests can enjoy the many stress-relieving
features of The Spa including an outdoor, mountain-view hot tub, saunas and steam
showers, fitness classes, and a Nautilus fitness center that also offers private
       Emerson Resort & Spa is open year-round and is available for corporate
meetings, group retreats, weddings and other special events. Reservations can be
made at (877) 688-2828.

About Emerson Resort & Spa
Located in New York’s renowned Hudson Valley, Emerson Resort & Spa is less than two
hours from Manhattan. The hideaway property offers luxurious accommodations, a Forbes
four star spa and three exceptional dining venues in The Phoenix, Catamount Restaurant
and Spa Café. Emerson’s Eastern-inspired Inn boasts 26 jewel-toned suites accented by
lush canopy beds with hand-carved teak headboards. The adjacent 27-room Adirondack-
style Lodge provides a casual yet sophisticated respite for families and outdoor enthusiasts.
Overlooking the Esopus Creek and one of the region’s most magnificent peaks, Mount
Tremper, Emerson is also an ideal location for special events, including corporate retreats
and destination weddings. For more information please visit and for
reservations call (877) 688-2828.

About Forbes Travel Guide
Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, originator of the prestigious Mobil Star
ratings and certifications, has provided the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of
hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. In October 2009, Mobil Travel Guide announced a
strategic partnership with Forbes Media LLC. This exclusive licensing agreement between
two industry leaders with more than 140 years of combined experience transfers the
hospitality industry’s premier star rating and travel guide brand from ExxonMobil to Forbes.
Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties
against rigorous and objective proprietary standards, providing consumers the insight to
make better-informed travel and leisure decisions.

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