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Madden's Invests $1 Million Back Into Property
Classic Resort Renovates to Enhance Guest Experience in 2014
Madden’s on Gull Lake, an award-winning resort and vacation destination located on Minnesota’s Gull Lake, is investing more than $1 million back into the resort property this winter. Renovations began in August 2013 and are set to be complete by April 2014 when the resort opens for its 85th year. The first renovation project, which was completed in early November, focused on the resort’s Wilson Bay facility. The building is located on the west end of the property and was purchased by Madden’s in 1969. Wilson Bay is primarily used for weddings, private meetings and events, conferences and family reunions.
“Our goal when renovating Wilson Bay was to breathe new life into the building,” said Abbey Pieper, Vice President of Madden’s on Gull Lake. “Wilson Bay has a fantastic view of the lake and we wanted the facility to have a light, serene and welcoming feel for our guests.”
Renovations will continue through the winter season as the resort works to update the entrance of its Madden Inn & Golf Club building. Madden’s has been working with an architect on the extensive project for more than a year and will have it completed by April 2014.
Madden’s on Gull Lake is an award-winning lakeside resort located on more than 1,000 acres and offers its vacationers world-class golf, upscale dining, a lakeside spa, unrivaled recreational amenities, numerous activities for children and almost every kind of on-the-water recreation possible. Madden’s has 287 guest rooms, 42,000 square feet of meeting space and can comfortably accommodate more than 600 guests. Madden’s on Gull Lake provides the best that Minnesota has to offer.
For more information visit www.maddens.com or follow Madden’s on Gull Lake on Facebook and Twitter.
Wisconsin's Osthoff Resort Planning Major Expansion of its Conference Facilities
Additional Square Footage Will Put Resort in Next Tier of Conference Properties
The Osthoff Resort, a AAA Four-Diamond property on the shores of Elkhart Lake in eastern Wisconsin, is planning a significant expansion of its conference facilities. The addition to the north wing of the resort would add 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space plus an additional 10,000 square feet of pre-function and back-of-house prep space, and accommodate over 800 for dinner and 1,400 in theater-style seating, with flexibility to divide the space into two or three smaller configurations. Once approved, construction is expected to begin in mid-November, with the goal to complete the addition by the start of the 2014 summer season. For more on the resort’s meeting facilities, log on to www.OsthoffMeetings.com.
According to Lola Roeh, general manager of The Osthoff, this planned addition is not only good for the resort it’s also a welcome development for the Village of Elkhart Lake and the many hospitality businesses in the area. “We will be a destination for larger groups who previously would not have considered The Osthoff, and that means an influx of dollars for the local tourism economy, particularly during the cold-weather low season when we all need it,” said Roeh.
The idea for the expansion was vetted during the resort’s annual strategic planning and there was swift consensus that additional conference space was the best strategy for growth. “We were capped in the types of meetings and events we could attract, given we had the least square footage per guest room of all our competitors,” said Roeh. She added there is ample guest room inventory to accommodate the additional meeting space. The Osthoff is a condominium-style property, so the go-ahead required approval from the condominium owners and that approval came late last month.
The Osthoff Resort plans to market the space for larger conferences and meetings, galas, private events including weddings, expos and group gatherings. Roeh said there are also concepts for additional Osthoff-hosted special events that have been on hold due to space constraints that they could now consider.
The addition will be a continuation of the north wing conference center built in 2005, with décor and finishes to be consistent with that space. There will be windows in both the pre-function space and along the entire span of the north wall. A porte-cochere providing coverage from the elements, 100 additional parking spaces and a garden area are included in the design as well. Plans also call for the best technology available in audio visual equipment and wireless capabilities.
Architecture firm Kahler Slater, headquartered in Milwaukee and who designed the 2005 addition, has been selected for this expansion project. AChappa Construction has been selected as the general contractor.
Another interesting aspect to the space is the ability to accommodate vehicles. “Given the rich history of car racing at nearby Road America, we anticipate interest among groups and manufacturers needing ample space to display cars,” said Roeh.
The Osthoff Resort is Travel Green Wisconsin certified and this new space will also include eco-friendly design elements and practices.
Every year since 2005 the resort has undertaken at least one significant development project. It built the north wing with conference center, spa and restaurant; added a cooking school; created a lake deck for casual dining and live music; added a lounge to its main floor Elk Room; expanded the gardens that serve the hotel’s restaurants; and recently completed a significant refurbishing of all the guest suites in the main building and south wing. “We are never ones to rest on our laurels and we’re always looking to be a leader in hospitality trends,” noted Roeh.
Currently the resort’s meeting space includes The Palm Garden Ballroom and Villa Gottfried Room in the north wing, plus smaller meeting spaces in the main building, some with connected outdoor patios, totaling 16,000 square feet.
In the last two years alone The Osthoff Resort was voted the 2012 Best Wisconsin Lakeshore Resort by Wisconsin Meetings Magazine, and the #35 Top Resort in the Continental U.S. in 2013 and the #15 Best Lake Hotel in the Country in 2012 by Travel + Leisure magazine. Its Aspira Spa was ranked #3 in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler magazine national spa poll.
About The Osthoff Resort
The Osthoff Resort features all-suite accommodations, a stunning lakefront setting, two restaurants, Aspira Spa, L’ecole de la Maison cooking school, year-round recreation, spa and gift boutiques, and grand conference rooms and meeting spaces. For reservations, call 800.876.3399 or book online at www.Osthoff.com.
Old Kinderhook Announces New Lodge and Conference Center
Old Kinderhook, the Lake of the Ozarks’ premiere golf and lake resort, unveils The Lodge at Old Kinderhook, a new 84-room lodge and conference center.
“The lodge completes the destination resort experience at Old Kinderhook. For nearly 15 years, Old Kinderhook has built a reputation for exceptional golf, outstanding dining venues, marina facilities and lake living the way it’s meant to be. With the addition of 84 guest rooms, a state-of-the-art conference center and new amenities, we will better serve the 25,000 people that visit Old Kinderhook each year and welcome new guests,” said Bob Renken, executive director, Old Kinderhook.
The new lodge will be located adjacent to the existing golf shop. It is scheduled to open late 2014. In addition to 84 guest rooms and a 250-person conference center, The Lodge at Old Kinderhook will feature an indoor and outdoor pool, seasonal ice skating rink and expanded recreation, spa and marina facilities. “Our new lodge will allow recreational and business guests the opportunity to enjoy Old Kinderhook year-round,” said Renken.
The lodge will showcase beautiful views of Old Kinderhook’s Tom Weiskopf signature course and the valley that feeds into the Lake of the Ozarks. Guests may enjoy a cozy fire inside or outside the new lodge. “Our goal is to capture a true lodge feel,” concluded Renken.
In addition to championship golf, Old Kinderook features 40+ current lodging options, two restaurants — The Hook Café and The Trophy Room, a full service golf shop, spa, flexible meeting space, real estate offerings and a marina on the 12MM of the Big Niangua.
Old Kinderhook is located at 20 Eagle Ridge Road in Camdenton, Mo. — off of U.S. Highway 54.
A special section on The Lodge at Old Kinderhook can be found at OldKinderhook.com. In addition, join the conversation at facebook.com/OldKinderhook.
For additional information, please contact Jen Bachman with Old Kinderhook at 573-317-3552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sheraton Overland Park Hotel Welcomes Travelers After Full Meeting and Public Space Renovation
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and The Overland Park Development Corp. announce the completion of a $1.6 million renovation of The Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center in Overland Park, KS. Owned by The Overland Park Development Corp, the 412-room hotel has undergone a comprehensive enhancement of its meeting and public spaces, now infused with Sheraton’s signature amenities and services, to provide a differentiated, exceptional guest experience..
“We are thrilled to debut The Sheraton Overland Park Hotel’s latest updates which showcases Sheraton’s signature experiences,” said Bruce Boettcher, General Manager, Sheraton Overland Park Hotel. “We are confident the investment in our meeting and public space will enhance and create a comfortable and productive experience for all of our guests.”
As part of the renovation, The Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center has enhanced the arrival experience with updated carpeting and wall coverings in warm rich colors combined with a welcoming new design of art work and furniture. Groups will find added comfort with all new Sheraton signature banquet chairs for meetings and events. In keeping with Sheraton’s commitment to sustainability, the hotel now offers linen-less conference tables available in its small meeting rooms. Additionally, the hotel’s signature Redbud conference room has been completely updated with new boardroom chairs and an 80” LCD television.
In the heart of the College Boulevard business corridor, the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel is conveniently attached to the new Overland Park Convention Center and just minutes from a variety of company headquarters. The hotel’s convenient location also provides easy access to the Kansas City metro area.
About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
Sheraton helps guests make connections at more than 400 hotels in nearly 70 countries around the world and recently completed a $6 billion global revitalization and is now in the midst of an $8 billion global expansion over the next three years. Sheraton is owned by and is the largest and most global brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,162 properties in nearly 100 countries and 171,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
Meeting Space Doubled at Geneva National Resort
Thanks to its recent expansion, Geneva National Resort may no longer be a favorite venue for just small to mid-size meetings and events. With the addition of the Geneva Ridge Resort facility, Geneva National has more than doubled its corporate meeting space to nearly 30,000 square feet throughout the complex.
In addition to conferences and sales meetings, Geneva National Resort can also host black-tie dinners and charity auctions or outdoor-focused events such as corporate golf outings and team-building exercises. Geneva National’s meeting and banquet rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology for business meetings, while events of all types can be executed by the resort’s experienced meeting planning and catering teams.
Geneva National Clubhouse
Long known as one of the area’s leading event venues, the Geneva National Clubhouse offers guests views of the golf courses and Lake Como through large picture windows from the Grand Ballroom, as well as intimate settings in the Lowell Room and a taste of the outdoors on the Pavilion. With seven options for banquet rooms, it is able to accommodate a variety of groups. Facilities include:
The Grand Ballroom: Featuring 90 feet of windows, it offers views of Lake Como and the golf courses. The Grand Ballroom can be split into three sections. 45’ x 90’ / 475 people banquet
Lowell Room: The Lowell Room serves as an intimate private dining room. Available in the winter months or morning hours during the golf season. 15’ x 25’ / 375 square Feet / 14 people
Legends Room: The Legends Room is the Geneva National Clubhouse’s newest ballroom, having been added in 2008. It features elevated lake and golf course views, a private Bridal Room, and a professional photography studio on-site. 28’ x 70’ / 1,960 square feet / 150 people banquet or 230 theater
The Pavilion: An outdoor tented reception area. 40’ x 60’ / 2,400 square feet / 100 people banquet or 200 people theater
Lake Geneva Rooms: The Lake Geneva Rooms offer a full bar and lounge. Large dinners and cocktail parties are normally hosted here. 46’ x 33’ / 1,518 square feet / 200 people
Grill Rooms: The Grill rooms are made up of two rooms which seat up to 45 people. From April to October, the Grill Rooms operate as a restaurant and can be booked for private dinning November through March.
Lakeview Terrace: The Lakeview Terrace is the Geneva National Clubhouse’s newest location and is capable of hosting outdoor wedding ceremonies. It features a gazebo with lake and golf course views.
Geneva Ridge Resort
Located on the south shore of Lake Como (across the lake from the Geneva National Clubhouse) the Geneva Ridge Resort features 18,000 square feet of reception space with venues ranging from 390 to 3,600 square feet. Like the Geneva National Clubhouse, Geneva Ridge is set on lush and expansive lake-view grounds that can host large outdoor receptions during the summer months. Indoor facilities include:
Hearth Room: The Hearth Room offers a stone fireplace is located just off the main lobby and nearby to the full-service restaurant and bar for small private functions. 15’ x 26’ / 390 square feet / 30 people banquet or 35 theater
Oak Board Room: The Oak Board Room is appointed with large boardroom table, 42” LCD TV and Ergo-style board room chairs. 15’ x 26’ / 390 square feet / 18 people.
The Chalet: The Chalet is at the base of the old sledding hill, separate from the main resort. It’s a favorite location for private family gatherings and celebrations. The outdoor area can host ceremonies and receptions. 40’ x 100’ / 3,600 square Feet / 260 people banquet or 300 theater.
Aspen Ballroom: The Aspen Ballroom offers large windows overlooking the Veranda and vistas of Lake Como. It features state-of-the-art A/V capabilities and functionality for any group. The Aspen Ballroom is able to be separated into four separate rooms. 40’ x 100’ / 4,000 square feet / 400 people reception
Fireside Room: The Fireside Room connects to the Aspen Ballroom and serves mostly as a cocktail/hors d’oeuvres room or small reception area. The venue also opens up to the Veranda where you can enjoy BAR 55 and views of Lake Como. 45’ x 40’ / 1,800 square feet / 150 people
Alder Ballroom: The Alder Ballroom can be transformed from a large gathering space to a smaller breakout area and is a great space for small to medium-sized weddings. The Alder Ballroom can be divided into three spaces. 30’ x 60’ / 1,800 square feet / 200 people
The Hunt Club Steakhouse
The award-winning Hunt Club Steakhouse is located near the entrance to Geneva National, and offers fine-dining experiences. Managed by Martha Militello, it features James Beard Award-winning chef John Havlis and offers dry-aged steaks and chops, including the signature 34-ounce Tomahawk Chop. It has also won the “Best Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine. Private dining is available in the Crane Room, which features a community table with seating for eight to 14 guests.
The culinary team at Geneva National Resort can accommodate menu requests from the quiet dinner for two up to a banquet for 300.
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Geneva National Resort
Geneva National Resort features three championship courses, designed by PGA legends Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino. It also includes condo-style lodging at the 36-room Inns of Geneva National; the 146-room resort hotel, Geneva Ridge; 30,000 square feet of meeting and reception space, and the award-winning Hunt Club steak house. Additional information can be found at www.genevanationalresort.com.
Calling all Meeting Planners; 58,000 New Reasons to do Business with French Lick Resort
Meeting space expansion planned at Southern Indiana meeting destination
Scheduled to open in January 2015; French Lick Resort’s new state-of-the-art expansion will add over 58,000 square feet to the existing 109,000 square feet of event space offered at the four-diamond property. The new expansion, which connects to the Learning Center/Exhibit Complex, includes eight breakout rooms and a 22,000 sq. ft. ballroom with three sections, allowing multiple configurations.
This new addition to the resort’s already popular portfolio of meeting venues makes it easy to see why the resort is the choice of meeting planners throughout the Midwest.
French Lick Resort offers traditional meeting spaces in boardrooms, conference rooms and large scale venues but many non-traditional venues are available as well. Imagine your group sitting around a campfire at the stables, dining alfresco on one of the highest points in Indiana or bonding over a game of bowling.
A team of dedicated professionals can also put together on-site specialty events to add some extra panache’ to client’s meetings. Guests will be talking long after the meeting about private culinary demonstrations, impromptu talents shows or a little something we call “Wild West Adventure” all right here at the resort. No need to go off–property and worry about transportation, secondary venues and additional contacts, French Lick Resort can take care of it all!
To book your next executive retreat or large scale conference, please contact the Resort Sales office at 812-936-5950.
For more information, please visit www.frenchlick.com or call (888) 936-9360.
A groundbreaking ceremony will take place Monday, October 21 at 11am, with lunch immediately following. To attend, please contact Dyan Duncan at email@example.com
French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and French Lick Casino. This Midwest premiere resort destination features 689 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.