nature up closeGlobal Connections’ White Oak Lodge, located in close proximity to the scenic Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and time frame of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as a business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

With a choice of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom log cabin homes or 2 bedroom condos, White Oak is a favorite for families to enjoy the woods and nearby attractions such as Dollywood, Ripley’s Museum, Whitewater Rafting and Horseback Riding.

Dave Dawson, General Manager of White Oak says “our incredible vacation log homes with their vaulted ceilings designer décor, luxury linens, rocking chairs and hot tubs blend perfectly with the environment. The condos feature a master suite and many have hot tubs. What makes us stand out is our excellent service and perfect vacation amenities. We are honored that Traveler’s feel so highly of us and are exceptionally pleased to receive the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.”

The resort also won the award in 2013.

About Global Connections, Inc.

Global Connections, headquartered in Overland Park, KS, is recognized as a leader in the travel club industry offering its members a host of benefits and vacationing options to more than 700 North American resorts. Global Connections is the owner, developer and manager of resorts in California, Florida, Colorado and Tennessee as well as owning and leasing multiple resort condominium units throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit For more information regarding Global Discovery Vacations visit