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Innsbrook Debuts Remodeled Conference Center
The latest round of remodels has been completed at Innsbrook Resort’s Conference Center, located less than an hour outside of St. Louis. The bulk of the renovating took place in the Aspen Room and the Foxfire Lounge areas and was aimed at modernizing and brightening the lodge-like space.
“With a meeting or retreat at Innsbrook, conferees can come together to accomplish their goals without being distracted by the hustle and bustle of a downtown meeting location,” said Innsbrook Conference Center General Manager Dan Thomas. “They can focus on the task at hand with face-to-face discussion and team-building exercises, both important in establishing a connection on a professional level.”
Renovations began last fall with the addition of a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the main dining room, which hosts a beamed cathedral ceiling. Walls were removed while others were lightened to open the space, bring in more natural light, and allow for lake views throughout the room.
“Each meeting room at Innsbrook boasts plenty of natural light and private outdoor patio space convenient for breaks between meeting sessions,” said Thomas. “The most recent renovations have gone even further in bringing the outdoors in and helping groups get creative and have an enjoyable and productive experience in a refreshing new environment.”
The Foxfire area of the Innsbrook Conference Center has grown from a lounge to a multi-functional area that can host meals, meeting breaks, and parties. The space overlooks 150-acre Lake Aspen and provides a year-round gathering area, in which slate flooring, cambria countertops, and rock facing were recently installed.
Future renovation plans include a new location for the swimming pool and a large, multi-level patio that will blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural environment.
“The staff at Innsbrook encourage meeting planners or anyone interested in holding a family or class reunion, birthday party, wedding, and any event of the like, to pay us a visit,” said Thomas. “We’ll be happy to take them for a personal tour.”
The Conference Center at Innsbrook hosts corporate meetings and retreats, weddings, receptions, family gatherings, and celebrations of all kinds. Learn more about the meeting space at Innsbrook at www.innsbrook-resort.com/meetings.
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Potawatomi Bingo Casino to Become Potawatomi Hotel & Casino During the Summer of 2014
Potawatomi Bingo Casino will change the name and logo of its Menomonee Valley entertainment complex to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. The change will take place this summer and recognizes the addition of lodging into its array of entertainment and hospitality offerings.
This marks the first time the property has changed its name in more than two decades. It began in 1991 as Potawatomi Bingo and changed to Potawatomi Bingo Casino in 1993 when it expanded its gaming offerings.
The new logo was designed by the in-house creative team at the Casino.
“Changing the property’s name to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino marks an exciting new chapter in the storied evolution of our business,” said Mike Goodrich, general manager. “In 23 years, the Potawatomi name has become known for premier entertainment here in Milwaukee. As an established brand, we felt it was important to retain a name that people know and recognize.”
“The new name also makes it clear what we offer,” Goodrich added. “This will be very important as we attract new visitors from outside the area.”
Potawatomi Bingo Casino broke ground on its $150 million, 381-room hotel on July 12, 2012. The 18-story hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Milwaukee, a full-service casual restaurant, lobby bar, exercise area and more than 10,000 feet of additional meeting space. The hotel will officially open this fall.
In addition, a third parking structure with more than 1,300 parking stalls will be built east of the casino’s existing parking structures.
“We are looking forward to opening our beautiful new hotel to our guests and providing them with a level of guest service that sets a new standard in Milwaukee.” said Goodrich.
The Forest County Potawatomi, owners of Potawatomi Bingo Casino, are the “Keepers of the Fire”. The flame in the casino’s logo reflects the history of the Tribe.
Potawatomi Bingo Casino is one of two casinos owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. It is located at 1721 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wis. The casino is a showcase for high stakes bingo, offering some of the nation's highest daily payouts. A popular attraction for local guests, tourists and tour groups, the casino features blackjack, craps, poker, and roulette table games, video and reel slot machines, and a variety of live entertainment. Potawatomi Bingo Casino is committed to raising awareness of the risks of problem gambling, maintaining a level of first-class customer service, while investing in its most valuable asset – its 2,500 multicultural employees. Through the Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation and Miracle on Canal Street, the casino supports numerous local charities and community organizations. Driving directions and more information about Potawatomi Bingo Casino can be obtained by calling toll-free, 1-800-PAYS-BIG or by visiting the website at www.paysbig.com.
Monumental May Approaching in Indy
A monumental month of May is approaching for the city of Indianapolis, one that will make it even more conducive to hosting great meetings and conventions.
These transportation and venue updates are in addition to the first IndyCar road race at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the grand opening of the World Sports Park, a venue for international sports events like cricket, rugby, and lacrosse.
CITY ON THE MOVE – Bike & Electric Car Share to Debut
Indy, a city known for automotive innovation, is set to launch the largest all-electric car sharing program in the U.S. in May with a fleet of 500 cars, to occur in conjunction with the Electric Drive Transportation Association Conference. The EDTA selected Indianapolis over Washington, D.C., to host its 2014 Conference & Annual Meeting due to its strong commitment to electric vehicles. The $35 million investment will position 1,200 charging stations clustered at up to 200 strategic locations, including the convention center, hotels, and airport.
The $63 million Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a groundbreaking urban path that celebrated its grand opening in May 2013, will anchor Indy’s new bike share beginning May of this year. Bikes will be stationed around downtown near restaurants, hotels, attractions, and entertainment venues.
75 YEARS IN THE MAKING – Historic Coliseum Reopens
The 75-year-old Coliseum at Indy’s State Fairgrounds is wrapping up its first renovation ($53 million) and will open in May, months ahead of schedule. This impressive historic venue is a key component of the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ 1 million square feet of meeting and event space as well as Indy’s event venue offerings. It will seat up to 8,200 and specialize in events ranging from major concerts and ice hockey to basketball and rodeos. The renovation brings the facility up to contemporary event expectations as well as ADA requirements.
BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBIT OPENS – Special Event Venue Unveils World-class Exhibit
What is being considered amongst zoo experts as the world’s most important zoo exhibit, the $23 million International Orangutan Center will debut in May. The Indianapolis Zoo is a leader in conservation, and nine of these endangered animals have been saved from the entertainment industry and are now calling Indy home. Visitors will be able to interact with orangutans inside the center as they play computer games or take a tram up to the “treetops” where orangutans will hang in their recreated natural habitat. The Beacon of Hope structure, the epicenter of this 4-acre exhibit, has changed Indianapolis’ skyline and offers a unique venue for special events.
Wilderness Resort Announces Many New Attractions and Amenities for 2014
Wilderness Resort, America’s largest waterpark resort, is adding many new attractions and amenities to its 600 acre resort located in Wisconsin Dells. All will be open in time for summer 2014.
According to Joe Eck, general manager for Wilderness Resort, “We are constantly striving to keep our waterpark resort fresh and entertaining for the families who vacation with us. We are very excited to be making this announcement.”
OK Corral Lazer Tag Arena and Marshall Training Lazer Maze
In the new, massive 4,000-square-foot, two-story OK Corral Lazer Tag Arena, guests will be able to challenge their family and friends to a showdown! Up to 30 players will make their way into the Town Square and compete for the top score, all while avoiding shots from other players and from the game itself! Players will even be able to head up ramps to a second floor to take aim over railings at unsuspecting outlaws below. Participants can explore a saloon, fort, jail and stagecoach all while collecting points and taking points away from other players! This is going to be a fun and active attraction the whole family will enjoy time and time again!
In the old days, boomtowns were always looking for hired guns to act as the law. Soon, guests can see if they have what it takes to become a Deputy when they go through the Marshall Training Lazer Maze. It will take speed and agility to successfully navigate through this maze. Guests who break a beam will have their time penalized. Only those with best times will be named, “Marshall”.
Both the Ok Corral Lazer Tag Arena and Marshall Training Lazer Maze will open in February 2014.
Margarita’s Swim-Up Bar
Take a dip and get a drink at Margarita’s Swim-Up Bar, an adults-only, indoor/outdoor pool, which will be located in the Wild WaterDome and New Frontier Waterparks. Spanning 1,400 square feet, the bar will accommodate up to 88 guests over the age of 21, and will feature an inviting tropical theme, complete with a pergola and unique conversation areas. It will open in May 2014.
Wilderwoods Go-Kart Trail
Guests with a need for speed will want to check out the new indoor, two-story Wilderwoods Go-Kart Trail. It will be located next door to the Glitter Gulch Arcade in the New Frontier region of the hotel. The 525-foot long course will offer a total adrenaline rush as guests race with family and friends around crazy turns and cork screws in one of 12 electric cars. The Wilderwoods Go-Kart Trail will open in summer 2014.
The Ok Corral Lazer Tag Arena, Marshall Training Lazer Maze and Wilderwoods Go-Karts will all be a part of the Wilderness Resort’s money saving Wild Fun Pass! For more information on the Wild Fun Pass, visit http://www.wildernessresort.com/attractions?attraction=indoor#wt1256.
Klondike Boardwalk Featuring Yukon Yogurt, Klondike Kate’s Libations and Klondike Pizza Kitchen
Opening summer 2014, the Klondike Boardwalk will be located on the mezzanine level of the Klondike Kavern and will offer the perfect place to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat. It will be home to three new food and beverage outlets.
Wilderness Resort, as featured on the Travel Channel’s Xtreme Waterparks TV show, consists of over 600 wooded acres in Wisconsin Dells, and is the perfect destination for a fun-filled family vacation, meeting or special event. The Resort is home to Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, which features 444 guest rooms, 40 vacation villas, 76 Frontier Condominiums and 35 cabins. It is also home to Wilderness on the Lake which features 108 luxurious two- and three- bedroom condominium units overlooking Lake Delton; and Glacier Canyon Lodge, which features 460 upscale condominium units.
Combined, these three properties offer four indoor and four outdoor waterparks that total nearly 500,000 square feet – that’s over 12 football fields of water fun! The Resort also has many other adventures around every turn including: Sundara Spa; Wild Rock Golf Club; The Woods 9-Hole Family Course; zip lining; Timberland Play Park, a 35,000 square-foot, four-story adventure with ball blasters, slides and crawl spaces; the Northern Lights Sky Ropes Course; indoor and outdoor go-karts; bumper boats; three mega arcades; Jurassic Outdoor Mini Golf and The Wild Abyss, Wild Buccaneer & Big Fish 3-D black light mini golf courses.
Many delicious dining options are available at Wilderness Resort, including: The Wild Canyon Café, a family-style restaurant where kids 8 and under eat free with each adult meal purchased; Field’s at the Wilderness - Premier Steak House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protégé James Dresser; Sarento’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria; Monk’s Bar & Grill; Thirsty Buffalo Saloon; Survivors Bar and Grill; and a wide variety of grab and go options at various waterparks and in coffee shops.
Wilderness Resort is easily accessible from Interstate 90 and 94, and located just minutes from popular attractions such as Dells Boat Tours, the Original Wisconsin Ducks, Tommy Bartlett Show, Ho-Chunk Casino and Tanger Outlet Mall.
For more information on the resort, visit www.WildernessResort.com or call 1-800-867-WILD (9453).
Meet By the Lake in 2014: The New Edgewater Offers 45,000 Square Feet of Special Event & Meeting Space in Madison, Wis.
Iconic hotel property presents flexible indoor and outdoor function spaces for all occasions
After the August 2014 completion of its $100-million renovation and expansion, the historic Edgewater will offer 45,000 square feet of meeting and special event space with stunning lake and Capitol views. A variety of flexible function venues set the scene for occasions ranging from large-scale weddings against the backdrop of Lake Mendota to intimate alfresco meetings at the rooftop Langdon Club. Any gathering from family events to business meetings and seminars can be complemented with group tours of the lake by vintage watercraft.
A Perfect Affair: The Ballroom, Boardroom, and Bridal Suite
Characterized by floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Lake Mendota, the hotel’s hallmark indoor event venue is the Grand Ballroom. The dramatic room can accommodate anywhere from 880 standing guests to nearly 500 with banquet seating. The flexible space can also be divided into three separate venues. With direct access to the Grand Ballroom, the Gallery serves as a pre-function area with an elegant fireplace. The Gallery also leads to both the outdoor 1,300 square foot terrace of the Veranda, which can accommodate up to 70 guests, and the Boardroom, an ideal place for smaller corporate meetings that doubles as a bridal suite for weddings.
At more than 1,600 square feet, the Mendota Ballroom, located one level below the Grand Ballroom, offers an alternative venue for up to 120 guests to enjoy an intimate meeting or meal. The adjacent Mendota Foyer is perfect for coffee breaks or cocktail receptions.
A Breath of Fresh Air: The Plaza, Terraces, and Rooftops
As completely new additions to the hotel, the new Edgewater will boast more than 30,000 square feet of outdoor meeting and event spaces with the hotel’s terraces, rooftops, and plaza. As the epicenter of the property, the Grand Plaza offers views of the majestic Capitol building in one direction and Lake Mendota in the other. A prime location for large-scale events, it will also host an ice rink during winter months for a seasonal experience.
In addition to The Edgewater’s Grand Plaza, The Langdon Courtyard mirrors the Veranda terrace across the Grand Plaza–offering an additional 1,300-square feet for receptions with a grand staircase leading directly to the waterfront. The 2,800-square foot Langdon Club occupies the rooftop where big bands of the 1940s once held court. It can accommodate up to 48 seated and 150 standing guests. The two spaces serve as the capstone to the renovation of the historicLangdon Building. Perched atop the hotel’s new tower—the Wisconsin Building—the Sky Bar offers a full-service bar for private events with panoramic views of Lake Mendota, downtown Madison, and beyond.
Wherever an event may be held in The Edgewater, guests will enjoy a wide range of food and beverage choices to fit any occasion, enhanced by the hotel’s impeccable service and style that serve as its hallmark in the Madison region.
Floor plans of The Edgewater’s meetings and event spaces are available on request. Guests interested in booking an event can find more information at www.theedgewater.com or call 800-922-5512.
After a multimillion-dollar expansion and renovation, The Edgewater will reopen in August 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin, as a portal to Madison’s waterfront in the heart of Wisconsin’s capital city. A project of Madison developer Robert Dunn, the revitalization of the historic hotel property includes the construction of a new hotel tower as well as the preservation of the two original buildings erected in the 1940s and 1970s. The Edgewater will feature more than 200 guest rooms, new food and beverage concepts, a fitness and wellness center, an outdoor public plaza, and more. For more information, please visit www.theedgewater.com or call 800-922-5512. Connect with The Edgewater on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.