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The Richard E. Ford Dining Room at Charley Creek Inn
Richard Ford left this earth in April of 2014, but his presence and vision live on in the Wabash Community and most certainly inside Charley Creek Inn and the new Richard E. Ford Dining Room. The major project of Mr. Ford's later years was the restoration of the Hotel Indiana, which he renamed Charley Creek Inn. After reclaiming the building to its original use, he created a small, luxurious hotel that has played a vital role in the revitalization of the downtown area.
Charley Creek Inn returned to its historic role as a community gathering space where friends, family and business people stay, visit, dine and shop. Demand for meeting and event space has continued to grow since its grand reopening in 2010 and a solution was designed by Richard before his death.
This beautifully renovated space will offer the intimacy and feel of a winery with private dining for up to 24 people. Climate controlled cherry wood cabinets are forthcoming and will accommodate over 900 bottles of wine that are featured on Twenty’s extensive wine list.
Howard Kaler, General Manager of Charley Creek Inn shared, “As a Reader’s Choice Winner for best banquet facility in Wabash, Charley Creek Inn is excited to offer additional event space to the already existing Big Four Ballroom, Wabash Cannonball Room, Virginia Ford Mezzanine, Ridenour Conference Room, Gatsby Room and Cloud Club, a private rooftop dining room with enviable views of downtown Wabash. We feel it is fitting to dedicate this room in honor of Mr. Ford.”
Charley Creek Inn is a historic boutique hotel featuring 30 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, a full-service on-site restaurant (Twenty), Wine & Cheese and Ice Cream & Candy Shoppes, live weekend entertainment in the Green Hat Lounge, as well as remarkable venues and catering for large and small events. If you would like to know more about Charley Creek Inn, please call 260-563-0111 or visit charleycreekinn.com.
The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Renovates Glass Tower with Two Distinct Guest Room Designs
The 682-room Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, located along the Grand River in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will unveil a $14 million renovation to the 285-room Glass Tower in December 2014. As part of the Amway Hotel Collection, the renovation includes two distinct designs, providing hotel guests with a variety of options during their stay.
“With more groups and visitors coming into Grand Rapids, The Amway Grand Plaza now has an array of room options to cater to the whim of every type of traveler,” says Richard Winn, president of Amway Hotel Corporation. “Whether guests are seeking classic or contemporary design, the new Glass Tower renovation adds a new level of luxury, comfort and quality to the property.”
Designed by Wendell Gooch of Chicago-based GoochDesignStudio, the vision was to create an urban space that is current and surprising for the new generation of travelers visiting the historic hotel, while paying homage to the rich history that sifts throughout the property. Following the completion of the renovation this winter, The Amway Grand Plaza will offer a vast mix of room designs to suit the needs of business, leisure and group guests. Creating a unique energy shift from one floor to another, the varying guest room options include:
The 228 Classic style rooms and 21 suites in the newly renovated Glass Tower feature an urban design. The new 33 Concierge level rooms and 3 suites within the Glass Tower inspire a residential feel.
The Glass Tower Classic Rooms reflect the youthful renaissance of Grand Rapids, creating a sophisticated surprise with a modern silver and charcoal palette, dramatic tones and urban exuberance. The sparkling black furniture mixed with the whimsical and playful damask patterns, which are featured in a cool crisp white and light gray, are a contrast to the reds, gold’s and greens featured on the historic side of the property.
Concierge Level Rooms
Located near the top of the 29-story Glass Tower, the new Concierge Level Rooms include a caramel-colored palette featuring warm, rich earth tones and soft fabrics, creating the soothing vibe of a luxury condo. Located on the edge of the Grand River, large panoramic windows allow guests to enjoy a bird’s eye view of downtown Grand Rapids and the picturesque bridges.
All 682 guest rooms at The Amway Grand Plaza are furnished with plush bedding, 42-inch flat screens, complimentary Wi-Fi or high-speed Internet access, top-tier bath products and enjoy nightly turndown service.
Newly renovated Glass Tower guestrooms start at $169 per night. For more information about Amway Grand Plaza, please visit www.amwaygrand.com.
Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau and Alliant Energy Center Celebrate Opening of New Holland Pavilions
The New Holland Pavilions are the latest addition to the Alliant Energy Center Campus. These multi-use indoor pavilions, which total 290,000 square feet, have replaced the nine former agricultural barns and make Alliant Energy Center an industry leader in agricultural shows. The state of the art pavilions cost $24.9 million and were made possible through a public-private partnership that included the State of Wisconsin, Alliant Energy Center, Dane County, New Holland, Boumatic and Centerplate Catering.
With 7,900 square feet of pre-function area for banquets and receptions, a 90,000 square foot heated pavilion, and a 200,000 square foot pavilion, the New Holland Pavilions can accommodate a variety of events from agricultural shows, to flat shows, trade shows, and more.
“This is a wonderful new addition to our already amazing array of assets in the Greater Madison avenue,” said Deb Archer, President and CEO of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This is a significant investment and the state of the art pavilions are a game-changer for what this facility can now do. If you haven’t taken a look at how your group may be able to use this multi-use space, I urge you to pay attention to this great new feature,” she said.
Chicago's Iconic Palmer House Hilton Celebrates 143 Years with $215 Million Restoration
Chicago’s hip and historic Palmer House Hilton unveils a $215 million renovation restoring the centenary palace to its original grandeur. Dating back to 1871 and situated in the heart of Downtown Chicago, the 1,641 room hotel has undergone an extensive restoration of its executive level, hospitality suites, meetings facilities, health club, business center and restaurants transforming the property back to its full glory.
“We are delighted to share the recent renovations of Palmer House Hilton with our guests,” said Dean Lane, General Manager. “Our goal has always been to preserve this iconic property while ensuring our guests are met with the comforts and conveniences of the 21st century. Continuing its legacy and maintaining unmatched hospitality for our guests, we will move forward in celebrating 143 years in the making.”
Known for its intricate architecture and storied past, the hotel’s recent renovation ensures 21st century comforts and conveniences are combined with the property’s iconic offerings. With over 50 deluxe and hospitality suites in addition to the hotel’s over-the-top penthouse, Palmer House Hilton’s Executive and Hospitality level accommodations have been graced with a $6 million-dollar restoration this year. Featuring Serenity Dreams plush-top mattresses, Peter Roth Artisan bath amenities and exclusive VIP offerings such as private check-in, key-only access, complimentary breakfast and a dedicated concierge, the hotel’s Executive and Hospitality level accommodations offer a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel within a hotel experience taking an ordinary stay to the next level.
Meetings & Events
With over 77 function rooms and 130,000 square feet of event space, the Palmer House Hilton’s unique Meeting & Event facilities offer a variety of options to create the perfect event. From the famed Empire Room which played host to legendary entertainers Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald to the hotel’s Grand Ballroom and more intimate salon settings, the Palmer House Hilton ensures all spaces are outfitted with state-of-the-art technology guaranteeing a convenient and customized experience.
A true Chicago institution and mecca for in-the-know travelers, Palmer House Hilton continues to stay at the forefront of hospitality in the Windy City. In addition to its all-inclusive offerings, the hotel’s award-winning “History is Hott” tour takes guests through the hotel’s storied past highlighting the French Empire design-influenced lobby, grand ballrooms and vintage artifacts showcased throughout the famed property.
For more information on the hip and historic Palmer House Hilton, please visit www.palmerhousehiltonhotel.com or follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter.
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What's New at Boyne Highlands Resort
Boyne Highlands Resort has undergone numerous renovations including two newly remodeled pools for resort lodging guests at The Bartley House hotel and Heather Highlands Inn condo-hotel. The resort has also renovated meeting space for group functions in the Main Lodge with updated lighting, new carpet, and fresh paint, and has a refreshed hotel lobby.
On The Slopes
This winter, skiers and snowboarders can get even more time in on some favorite terrain as the Interconnect and North Face chairlifts are expanding to daily operations. The Tubing Park will offer more excitement with an expansion from two side-by-side lanes to six individual lanes thanks to a new tube lane cutter. The resort’s Burton Riglet Park, specially designed for 3-6 year olds, is being enhanced with new features and moving to the Camelot beginner slope. Additional lighting on the NASTAR course will make maneuvering turns even easier, and for park enthusiasts, Boyne Highlands continues to offer the only 13-foot Halfpipe in Michigan.
On The Trails
Boyne Highlands has purchased a new cross country tracker for more efficient grooming and tracking of the resort’s 35 km of trails. For a twist on the trails, snow bikes were introduced last season, and will continue to be available this winter on exclusively tracked trails. New this winter, six enchanted snowshoe expeditions are planned, each followed by a gourmet dinner. Snowshoe event dates will be announced on boynehighlands.com.
New Rental Equipment
Boyne Highlands has expanded rental equipment with the purchase of an additional 200 sets of Head skis and boots, as well as new Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) boards, boots and bindings for adults and children.
Click here to read more about what's new at Boyne Highlands Resort and Boyne Mountain Resort.
Wisconsin Resort Ready to Host More Meetings, Weddings, Retreats and Expos Thanks to Just-Completed Addition
What do you do when you can’t keep up with demand? You expand, of course, which is precisely what The Osthoff Resort on the shores of Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin did recently. They’ve just completed an addition to the conference center wing, dubbed the Grand Libelle Ballroom, with 10,000 square feet of ballroom space and an additional 5,500 square feet of pre-function space that now allows The Osthoff to host even more meetings, retreats, weddings and expos. The additional square footage also means the resort can go after larger-scale meetings and expos that literally weren’t a fit for the resort prior to the expansion due to space constraints.
“You might say it was a good dilemma to have, that built-in high demand plus potential for more and larger meetings, that made the expansion a very sound business decision,” said Lola Roeh, the resort’s general manager. “It’s also good for the entire community, adding to the tourism base that largely defines the economy of Elkhart Lake.”
With the new addition, the resort’s total function space now totals 38,000 square feet. The Grand Libelle can accommodate groups as large as 1,500 theatre-style and 800 for banquets.
According to Roeh, meeting planners have always appreciated the resort’s many on-site amenities including restaurants and destination spa, its variety of condominium-style suites all under one roof and numbering more than 250, and its scenic location just a short drive from Midwest business centers. The one stumbling block for those planning large meetings and expos was meeting space. “Now the pieces of the puzzle are all in place to be able to say ‘yes’ to larger gatherings,” said Roeh.
This addition to the north wing is elegant and sophisticated yet warm and welcoming in keeping with the décor aesthetic of the rest of the resort. Chandeliers hang from tray ceilings, there’s custom carpet throughout, wood doors and accents provide a sense of warmth, and the space is richly appointed with period-style furnishings. The color palette includes shades of moss green, teal, rich browns and beiges, ivory and gold, mirroring the natural hues of the resort’s lakeside setting.
Meeting planners may access detailed information at www.OsthoffMeetings.com.
About The Osthoff Resort
The Osthoff Resort features all-suite accommodations, two restaurants, full-service spa, classic cooking school, year-round recreation, signature events, gift boutiques, and grand conference rooms. It is located just one hour north of Milwaukee, less than two hours from Madison and approximately three hours from Chicago. For reservations, call 800.876.3399 or book online at www.Osthoff.com.
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel Completes Over $1 Million in Facility Upgrades
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, WI. has announced the completion of over $1 Million in facility upgrades, largely in guest room areas of the hotel.