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Pheasant Run Resort’s Improvements Include Versatile New Flooring, Lighting and HVAC System for Mega Center
Property improvements continue at Pheasant Run Resort & Spa under the management of Hostmark Hospitality Group. The Pheasant Run Resort’s Mega Center, 4051 East Main Street, now offers a brand new 33,000 square foot versatile flooring surface that gives exposition attendees and vendors an attractive, high build, textured surface that is safe and extremely durable while the chocolate brown color complements the varied displays and accent carpeting clients will add. Additional investments include a new heating and air conditioning system plus new lighting for the Mega Center, enhancing the overall environment for clients and guests.
“Our goal is to revitalize this entire property, and this most recent investment by the Hostmark Hospitality Group takes us even closer towards bringing this iconic property and exposition center back to its premier status,” says Charlie Shirk, general manager.
Enlisting the expertise of QuestMark, a nationally recognized leader in industrial, commercial and retail flooring, Pheasant Run’s Exposition Center now has a 100% aggregate-free epoxy floor coating which gives the Center new surfaces upon which to build trade shows, host large conventions and events. Conscious about helping to maintain the environment, the product creators use 100% solid water-based products, with no or low VOC, and the surface’s non-slip material is made from recycled crushed glass. Furthermore, after 10 or more years, the floor will not need to be replaced - just re-sanded and re-coated -- eliminating the need for removing material and adding to landfills.
Groups of up to 3,500 have room to roam at the Mega Center and a seasoned staff who handles every detail with exceptional attention. For large exhibit shows, concerts and conventions, this impressive Midwest expo center facility features 5 skyboxes, high-speed Internet access, private lobby registration, a separate snack bar, exceptional exhibit and rigging capabilities, overhead doors for loading and more. An additional 67,000 square feet of function space can also be utilized throughout the property.
For reservations, call 800-474-3272.
Multi-Million Dollar Renovation for Ramada Columbus and River's Edge Convention Center
Ramada Columbus and River’s Edge Convention Center is the newest full service convention center in east central Nebraska. Having undergone a multi-million dollar renovation in 2014, this facility boasts 140 modern guest rooms, and 20,000 square feet of meeting space. Conveniently located on Highway 81 on the south side of Columbus, Nebraska, business and leisure travelers can easily make this their “home away from home” while in the area. Within 5 minutes of the hotel, guests will find a beautiful public golf course, running trails along the Loup River, and downtown shopping and restaurants. Ramada Columbus and River’s Edge Convention Center proudly participates in the Wyndham Rewards Program, which includes over 7000 locations across 14 hotel brands.
In December 2013 this facility was rebranded into the Wyndham family and completely renovated, inside and out. Beginning with the lounge, Whiskey Sands Bar and Grill provides guests with delicious food and drink, without having to leave the comfort of the hotel. Each of the 140 guest rooms were torn down to the studs and rebuilt, including all new furniture, bath fixtures, and amenities to offer guests a beautiful and comfortable place to stay. Ten separate meeting venues make up the property’s 20,000 square feet of meeting space. The convention center is able to facilitate groups from 10 to 1000 in newly remodeled meeting rooms with clean lines and modern amenities.
Small board meetings and large associations alike will feel well taken care of in these well-appointed accommodations. Onsite catering, expert event planning staff, and brand new meeting venues make for successful conferences, conventions, and celebrations.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis Celebrates Unveiling of Remastered Ballroom and New Amenities for Planners and Guests
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis has just unveiled a stunningly re-mastered hotel Ballroom, showing off a floor-to-ceiling makeover which was implemented throughout this past summer. The venue’s crisp, fresh new look is inspired by the city’s beloved rhythm and blues heritage and is highlighted by contemporary hues of blue, ivory and cream. Its pre-function and access areas have enjoyed their own lush redesign, with several more practical features also introduced for group events, weddings and social galas taking place in and around The Ballroom.
The re-mastered Ballroom features plush carpeting inspired by antique rugs that reflect the rhythmic energy of St. Louis, while new wall coverings reveal hand-cut patterns of bursting local flowers, complemented by rich wall shades of sand and oyster. Exquisite six-foot cut crystal chandeliers grace the 16-foot ceilings, all of which heighten the dramatic impact of the 12,750 square-foot room.
A state-of-the art lighting system is also newly in place in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, with further added highlights to be found in contemporary linens, advanced event technology installations, updated buffet tables, flex-back chairs with lumbar support, and food and beverage presentation updates to include stylish coffee urns and unique coffee break displays.
The grand hall leading to the ballroom has a completely new look as well, highlighted by rich royal blue fabric walls that are majestically sculptured with geometric designs of sun, snow, water and flowers that pay homage to the beauty of the changing seasons. Luxurious seating in blue cut velvet is adorned with oversized pillows showing off botanical leaf designs to put the finishing touches on this visually stunning area.
Also new, coffee breaks have become an impactful and contemporary ritual within the Ballroom’s redesigned pre-function areas – with a special focus on turning breaks into true “St. Louis” experiences. Among the hotel’s special themed coffee breaks is its instantly-popular St. Louis Break, presenting jazz and other music props, books to read about the city and its sports teams including both the Cardinals and the Rams, St. Louis post cards which can be filled in by event attendees and sent by the hotel on their behalf, and treasured local culinary favorites including pretzels, Fitz Root Beer and Kaldi’s Coffee.
“Our beautiful new Ballroom design, as well as many related innovations which we have introduced throughout this season, provide an exceptional new experience for group and event guests,” said Douglas Chang, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. “A meeting, wedding or social celebration at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis now delivers not only contemporary luxury and seamless service, but also a vibrant new sense of place which is sure to surprise and delight.”
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis features more than 30,000 square-feet of meeting and event space, including the 12,750-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, and an exclusive 3,300-square-foot Amphitheater equipped for live videoconferencing, tiered desktop seating for 140, and an elevated stage with rear-screen projection. For smaller groups, the hotel offers eight function spaces ranging in size from 483 to 1,680 square-feet. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom is conveniently located on the Lobby level of The Ritz-Carlton and can accommodate wedding events for 125 to 700 guests. A separate Ballroom valet entrance also provides guests with a seamless event experience, from warm welcome to fond farewell.
For more information about meetings, weddings, celebrations and events at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, including special menus and pricing for the 2014 holidays, contact the hotel at 314-863-6300, or visit the website.
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.