Shelton, CT  – New Castle Hotels and Resorts today announced that its managed hotel, Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa has joined Choice Hotels’ Ascend Hotel Collection. The resort, located in Digby, Nova Scotia, is the third Ascend to open in the province and 11th nationwide.

Located on the western coast of Nova Scotia, overlooking the Bay of Fundy, the Signature Resorts of Nova Scotia property is the perfect escape for travellers looking for a secluded getaway. With a rich history dating back to 1929, the property is comprised of a main lodge which includes 85 guestrooms and 31 independent cottages ranging from one to three-bedroom accommodations.

“This new alliance with Choice Hotel’s Ascend Collection is a great way for us to reach a growing audience of travellers who appreciate the distinct characteristics only found in independent hotels,” said Gerry Chase, president and COO of New Castle.  “With summer upon us, we look forward to sharing Digby Pines with guests who will enjoy the magnificent scenery and local attractions, including our golf course.”

The hotel’s resort amenities include a classic 18-hole Stanley Thompson golf course and an onsite Aveda spa, offering guests a full range of treatments. Nearby whale watching excursions lead the list of family friendly vacation highlights.

Digby Pines features two restaurants – Churchill’s Restaurant and Lounge and the 19th Hole Clubhouse & Eatery – serving classic dishes with a modern twist as well as local fare including freshly caught seafood and the area’s world renowned Digby scallops.  Additional amenities include an outdoor heated pool, complimentary bicycle lending, a fitness centre and banquet and conference rooms for groups up to 250.

The property is conveniently located close to area attractions like Fort Anne, Port Royal and the Bear River and Annapolis Highlands Wineries.  Visitors will find Digby Pines easily accessible by car from Halifax and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and via ferry from Portland Maine and Saint John New Brunswick.

Reservations at Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa can be made by calling 800.4CHOICE or by visiting ChoiceHotels.ca/cna66.

About Choice Hotels:

Choice Hotels Canada® is the nation’s largest hotel franchisor with 325 properties currently open or under development. We are affiliated with Choice Hotels International, Inc®, which franchises more than 6,300 hotels in 35 countries and territories worldwide. Our company’s Ascend Hotel Collection®, Cambria® hotels & suites, Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge® and Rodeway Inn® brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet our guests’ needs. With more than 22 million members and counting, check out our Choice Privileges® rewards program to see how you can reap the benefits of being a member of the Choice Hotels® family. Visit us at www.choicehotels.com for more information.

About New Castle Hotels & Resorts

Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa is operated by Shelton Conn. based New Castle Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning independent third-party hotel manager, owner and developer with 26 hotels and resorts and nearly 5,000 rooms under contract or in development.  New Castle’s growing portfolio of hotels spans 11 states and three Canadian provinces and includes several of Canada’s historic landmark resorts.  The privately-held company was established by CEO, David Buffam in 1980 and consistently ranks among the top hotel management and development companies in North America.  New Castle recently was honored with Marriott’s 2014 Best Renovation award for the Algonquin Resort and is a preferred operator for diverse brands within the Marriott, Hilton and Starwood families.  For additional information, please go to www.nchr.wpengine.com.