Michael Vaughan is a dynamo, a hotelier whose energy levels make him seem ever youthful. Twelve years on from the day when Mr Vaughan and his wife, Maria, first opened the doors of their lahinch hotel, Vaughan Lodge, and Mr Vaughan has a volubility that would put a 20-year-old to shame. He is in thrall to the business, the business of running a great hotel, the business of serving great food. His secret is that Mr Vaughan is always looking ahead. There is a story we like, about a meeting with some of the west coast guys to talk about future tourism developments. At the meeting, Michael Vaughan talked about and later wrote about the idea of marketing the West Coast as an entity, as a coherent, inclusive destination, and he reckoned it might be called The Atlantic Way. This, of course, was years before they dreamed up the Wild Atlantic Way. Just another one of his good ideas. Vaughan Lodge is one of the defining destinations on the WAW.
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