KOSRAE, Micronesia â Kosrae Village has been selected by Outside, America's leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, as a recipient of its first-ever Active Travel Awards.
Kosrae Village was honored as runner-up for Best Eco-Lodge. The full list of award winners will be published in the April issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands March 13, 2012 and online at Outside Online. To select this year's awards, Outside tapped our global network of correspondents to showcase a definitive roundup of the best new adventures, exotic retreats, beaches, local food, bars with a view, on-time airlines, screaming deals, gorgeous islands, and more. The awards reflect more than just a collection of unforgettable tripsâit's a road map to life-changing experiences. The issue also highlights a list of the best online travel tools as well a roundup of Outside's all-time favorite destinations. âBack when we started creating Kosrae Village, eco tourism was just getting started and we were sorting it out as we went,â Co-owner Katrina Adams said. Along with co-owners Bruce Brandt and Madison Nena, Adams founded Kosrae Village in 1994, with the goal of creating a business that showcases the very best Kosrae had to offer while preserving its natural beauty and local culture. âKosrae Village is more than a place to stay or a place to eat,â she said. âIt is an idea that tradition has value, that natural ecosystems have value, and that people have value.â "Outside magazine has long been one of the world's most trusted advisors for active and adventurous travelers," says Outside editor Christopher Keyes. "This year we've bottled up 35 years of collective wisdom to select our first Outside Travel Awards, an annual edit franchise that honors the best trips, hotels, lodges, luggage, islands, and new destinations that will be an invaluable travel resource for years to come Kosrae Village, an eco-lodge and dive resort in the heart of Micronesia, offers guests an authentic island experience. Traditional Kosraen lohms, or cottages, were built by local craftsmen using sustainable building practices and materials. Guests sleep just steps from ocean's edge in elevated, palm-thatched cottages. Nestled beneath mangrove, pandanus, and palm trees, accommodations, a PADI 5-star dive center, and the island's top restaurant are connected by candlelit pathways. Kosrae Village has a strong commitment to protecting and preserving the local environment and traditions. For the last 17 years, Kosrae Village has worked on multiple Reef Protection Projects, even hosting international divers for the annual Volunteer Coral Monitoring Project. Learn more about Kosrae Village at www.kosraevillage.com In celebration of the Outside Active Travel Awards, Outside will launch the âWhat Trip Are You?â Facebook promotion, which will allow members of the Outside community to take an adventure travel quiz to determine what type of vacation best suits their adventure style from five categories. The categories include: Enlightened Explorer, Powder Hound, River Runner, World Traveler, and Adrenaline Junkie. Participants will be able to choose between a series of travel favoritesâHotel or rustic lodge? Tropical escape or powdery heaven? Guide or no guide?âthat will lead to their ultimate adventure travel escape. Five grand prize winners (one per category) will get the chance to go on their dream adventure provided by Outside's travel partners. Trip options include: Dory or raft trip down the Grand Canyon with OARS, Heli-ski in AK's Chugach range with Valdez Heli Ski Guides and Tsaina Lodge, Safari in Botswana with Wilderness Safaris and South African Airways, Multi-sport in Machu Picchu and Galapagos with REI Adventures, and an Andes to Amazon multisport trip with BikeHike Adventures. In addition, participants who take the quiz can come back for daily adventure travel gear prizes. # # # About Outside Outside is America's leading active lifestyle brand. For more than 30 years, Outside has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The Outside family includes Outside magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer's Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, and Outside Books.Visit us on www.outsideonline.com and http://www.facebook.com/outsidemagazineMedia Contact: Nancy Harrison, Nancy@adventuremedianews.com, wwwkosraevillage.com Photos available.