Latest Hot Rates/Dates News & Views...
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch Offers Multiple Rewards For Any Size Meeting
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch announces its new group meeting promotion for 2015. The premier corporate and convention hotel in the region, Hyatt Regency St. Louis prides itself on offering inspiring event venues, a prime downtown location with unmatched Gateway Arch views, and expert staff for all types of events. As a special incentive to their business customers, meeting and event planners who book and hold a new meeting between December 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015 will enjoy the following rewards based upon the total number of contracted rooms. Planners must mention offer code STL15 at time of meeting inquiry.
Multiple Rewards for Meeting in St. Louis
For 10 to 65 total guestrooms, rewards include:
For 66-250 total guestrooms, rewards include:
For 250 or more total guestrooms, rewards include:
“At Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, we host thousands of meeting and event planners and we are always looking to make their lives easier,” said Bryan King, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. “We understand the value and productivity of connecting with colleagues and business associates in person and by providing these rewards and incentives, we hope to make the hotel an easy and convenient choice to book planners’ next meeting in St. Louis.”
Whether planning a casual business meeting, a large convention for up to 500 people, an elegant gala or society banquet, the hotel’s wide variety of facilities offer all that is needed to host successful meetings and events including 83,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space, experienced on-staff meeting and event planners, full Business Center with FedEX Office print and shipping services as well as convenient access to and unlimited entertainment options in St. Louis’s vibrant downtown area.
In line with Hyatt’s corporate culinary philosophy of “Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served,” Hyatt Regency St. Louis’ catering department further exemplifies commitment to quality and attention to detail at every hotel function. In addition to a wide array of meal options, meeting and group attendees can also take advantage of delicious custom menus by the hotel’s culinary team that thoughtfully incorporates specified dietary, ethnic, thematic or religious requirements. Hyatt Regency St. Louis also prides itself in their Personal Preference Dining for functions, which allows guests to select their own entrée from a choice of four options, in addition to soup and salad chosen by the planner and a trio of desserts presented beautifully for each guest by the Chef.
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch is located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, adjacent to the Gateway Arch. Hyatt’s blend of unparalleled location and world-class service has established it as the city’s leading hotel. The property is within walking distance of Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village; Edward Jones Dome at the America’s Center; Washington Avenue and Laclede’s Landing; and just steps away from CityArch2015, a revitalizing new project connecting, invigorating and expanding the Gateway Arch’s grounds and museums. The 910-room hotel boasts picturesque views of the Gateway Arch, contemporary guestrooms with Hyatt’s signature Grand Bed and 37” flat screen TVs, 83,000 square feet of event space; Red Kitchen & Bar, Brewhouse Historical Sports Bar; Ruth’s Chris Steak House; Starbucks and a Hyatt StayFit gym.
For more information or reservations, visit http://www.stlouisarch.hyatt.com/ or call toll-free at +1 800 233 1234 or directly at 314 655 1234. For regular updates on the hotel’s happenings, follow the hotel on Twitter: @hyattstl and Facebook: http://facebook.com/hyattregencystlouisatthearch.
About Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties range in size from 180 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment allowing guests to convene and connect. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying a vacation together and corporate groups seeking a functional and relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis Unwraps Festive Incentive for Holiday Parties Confirmed by September 30, 2014
Seasonal Offering Applies to All Hotel Event Space, Including Redesigned Luxury Ballroom
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis has introduced an all-inclusive incentive for planners whose November and December holiday events are booked and contracted by September 30, 2014.
The hotel’s Holidays Wrapped Up provides complimentary holiday room décor for early party bookings– presenting savings not only on event expenses, but also on planning and legwork. The included décor features a decorated holiday tree, themed table centerpieces, wreaths and added visuals to celebrate the season.
Holidays Wrapped Up also includes a complimentary Prosecco toast and self-parking for event attendees, as well as the option to feature a complimentary grand finale dessert as part of the event dining experience. The optional dessert is a special seasonal version of Pastry Chef Nathaniel Reid’s signature Baked Alaska – ranked by St. Louis Magazine as one of the “Best Desserts in St. Louis.” Chef Reid was also named this month to St. Louis Magazine’s five-member “Dining Dream Team” – an honor bestowed on just one pastry chef in the region.
Of interest for large events, those who reserve hotel ballroom space for their 2014 holiday parties will be among the first to experience the popular venue’s stunning new makeover, which will be unveiled this fall. The 12,750-square-foot Ritz Carlton Ballroom is divisible into two and features its own lobby and 4,536 square-feet of pre-function space. With beautiful new carpet, furnishings and wall coverings, the re-styled ballroom will offer the ultimate St. Louis-area location for larger holiday galas and festivities.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis 2014 holiday banquet menus offer numerous lunch, dinner, dinner buffet and reception selections, with per person pricing beginning at $32 USD, excluding tax and service charge. Select menu highlights for holiday dining events include Herb-Roasted Prime Rib, Duck à L’Orange, Lemon Fennel Salmon, Mini-Beef Wellingtons, and an enticing array of hors d’oeuvres, side dishes, desserts and seasonal beverages.
To take advantage of Holidays Wrapped Up and secure 2014 holiday party space by September 30, call the hotel at (314) 863-6300 or contact Shauntel.Smith@ritzcarlton.com. Holidays Wrapped Up is applicable to new event bookings only.
About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).
Shoreline Sightseeing Gives You Dozens of Ways to Celebrate Summer in Chicago
From our daily Architecture and Skyline Tours, to St. Patrick’s Day lunch cruises, Holiday Fireworks Cruises, and Brew Cruises once a month – there’s something for everyone!
Shoreline Sightseeing is tapping into summer fun with an exciting combination of quality micro-brews, tasty appetizer pairings and a 90-minute Lake Michigan Cruise. This year’s Brew Cruises are set for June 20, July 11 and August 8 and we are thrilled to be teaming up with one of Chicago’s newest additions to the brewing world – Lagunitas Brewing Company!! The brewing team from Lagunitas will be onboard to offer samples of their flagship brews as well as some of their seasonal favorites. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind beer experience complete with beer tastings, great food, fun music and remarkable views – It won’t disappoint!! Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for updates on specific Lagunitas brewmaster selections for each cruise.
Brew Cruises will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Gateway Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 8 p.m., returning at 9:30 p.m. Boarding will begin at 7:45 p.m. Cash bar also available. Tickets are $39 per person. (Must be 21)
Wine Tasting Cruise July 24th, August 21st and September 11th
Shoreline Sightseeing’s popular Wine Tasting Cruises will be held Thursdays, July 24th, August 21st, and September 11th. The Wine Tasting Cruise offers an additional opportunity to meet the talented staff and sample the acclaimed wines of Chicago-area Lynfred Winery, Illinois’ oldest and largest family-owned Winery.
The ninety-minute cruises features a short wine course, generous tastings of a selection of Lynfred wines and light refreshments, all while cruising Lake Michigan aboard Shoreline’s sophisticated, climate controlled Celebration. Guests will also enjoy a full pour of their favorite wine from the tasting.
Shoreline’s Wine Tasting Cruises will depart from Gateway Park at Navy Pier at 7:30 p.m., returning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $49. A cash bar will also be available.
Chicago’s famed Paulina Market Creates Menu for Oktoberfest
“Beer, Brats and Boats” Cruise September 26th
Nothing says Fall in Chicago like an Oktoberfest celebration! On September 26th, Shoreline welcomes back the meat and sausage pros at Chicago’s famed Paulina Market to create an Oktoberfest feast of traditional German dishes for our “Beer, Brats and Boats” cruise! Paulina Market has been creating classic German dishes including their popular, fresh brats since 1949. No wonder they are known throughout Chicagoland for their Oktoberfest fare.
The evening will feature a classic German dinner including a free drink with a souvenir Oktoberfest mug. Passengers will also enjoy a festive German atmosphere with music and dancing – all set against the backdrop of a starlit, two-hour cruise on Chicago’s waterways. A cash bar will be available. The Oktoberfest Beer Brats and Boats Cruise departs from Gateway Park at Navy Pier at 7 p.m., returning at 9 p.m. Tickets $49. Must be over 21 to attend.
About Shoreline Sightseeing
Shoreline Sightseeing was founded in 1939 and today operates Chicago's largest and most diverse fleet of cruise boats and water taxis with 10 major tour vessels and 10 water taxis. Brothers Chip and Matt Collopy represent the third generation of family ownership. Shoreline is proudly celebrating its 75th season on Chicago’s waterways in 2014. For complete tour schedules and ticket sale information, visit www.shorelinesightseeing.com
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center Announces Free Night for Groups This Fall With New Promotion
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center, the leading resort location on Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin Coast, announced its new “Meet For Two, Get One for You” group meeting and events promotion.
For groups who want to hold events or meetings this September through December, Blue Harbor Resort will offer a free night for all group attendees with a two night paid stay and use of meeting space.
The 246 all-suite Blue Harbor Resort & Spa is the #1 resort on the beautiful Western shore of Lake Michigan.
This Classic Lakeside Resort and Victorian style landmark is a favorite for groups because of its upgraded 17,000 square-feet of function space and the latest in audio visual capabilities.
“Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center consistently receives top ratings and reviews from meeting planners because of our excellent service delivery, stunning location on Lake Michigan and the fresh, classic appearance of our facilities and accommodations,” said John Klemme, Blue Harbor director of group sales.
Blue Harbor is a full service property and conference center, ideally suited for groups of 10-250 attendees. In addition to 182 suite accommodations, Blue Harbor offers 64 well appointed two and four bedroom villas. The resort's Reflections Spa features signature treatment from a full selection of body wraps, massages, couples massages and facials. For dining, unwind at the beautiful lake-view Latitude's Restaurant with its Chef's menu inspired by regional fare. Other culinary options include a sunrise Breakfast at the Beacon Restaurant, or a happy hour cocktail at On the Rocks Lobby Bar, all with stunning views. For groups that need additional team building and leisure activities, Blue Harbor can also arrange golf, watersports, fishing, bonfires and other entertainment.
For meeting planners who want to offer their attendees the added value of bringing spouses or families, Blue Harbor is a perfect choice with its many amenities and complimentary use of Breaker Bay indoor Water Park for guests.
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center is conveniently close to Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay and other gateway cities. The resort is located in Harbor Centre District in scenic Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a city known as the “Malibu of the Midwest” for its scenic waterfront, sailing, boating and freshwater surfing. It has also received many accolades including Best Places to Raise a Family by Bloomberg and other national news organizations.
The Meet For Two, Get One for You is valid for new group bookings this September through December, 2014. The offer is based on availability. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.
For more information about this promotion and Blue Harbor meetings and events call 920-457-2554 or visit www.BlueHarborResort.com.
Award-Winning City Tours Announces 2014 Schedule
Award-Winning City Tours, in collaboration with Gray Line Tours Minnesota, has announced the 2014 Twin Cities public tour season schedule.
Serving more than 4,000 riders each year and known for their knowledgeable, well-trained and friendly guides, Award-Winning City Tours offers premiere city tours of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.
The tour offerings include Twin City Highlights, the Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise, Stillwater Tour & St. Croix River Cruise and the Holiday Lights Tour.
The Twin City Highlights tour showcases historic sites and local attractions from Minneapolis to St. Paul. This three-hour long tour includes brief stops at Minnehaha Falls and Guthrie Theater (weather permitting).
2014 Twin City Highlight Tour Information:
RATES: Adults $37; Seniors (55+) $35; Students (13-21) $30; Children (6-12) $27*
* Children 5 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat.
Twin Cities Highlight Tour Dates:
The Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise begins with a tour of city lakes and Minneapolis landmarks aboard a motorcoach and concludes with a cruise on the Mississippi River aboard a replica of a historic sternwheeler. The six-hour tour includes a short stop at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (weather permitting) and a stop along Nicollet Mall at the Farmers Market where sightseers can have lunch.
Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise Information:
RATES: Adults $47; Seniors (55+) $45; Students (13-21) $40; Children (6-12) $37, (3-5) $17*
* Children 2 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat. Tours are available June 19 – Aug. 14, 2014 (Thursdays only).
The Stillwater Tour & St. Croix River Cruise showcases the river town of Stillwater, with a paddlewheel riverboat cruise that includes a buffet meal. Tours are available in 2014 on Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, and 18.
Stillwater Tour & St. Croix River Cruise Information:
RATES: Adults $59; Seniors (55+) $55; Students (13-21) $46; Children (4-12) $43*
* Children 3 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat.
In addition to these tours, Award Winning City Tours offers a Holiday Lights Tour through the cities. Live commentary is provided during the tour including residential lights and historic holiday traditions aboard a motorcoach. Tours are available Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 2014.
Holiday Lights Tour Information:
RATES: Adults $29; Seniors (55+) $28; Students (13-21) $23; Children (6-12) $20*
* Children 5 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat.
For ticket information, contact a tour specialist at 612-929-8687 (TOUR) or reserve tickets online.
About Award-Winning City Tours
Originally established as metroConnections Public Tours, Award-Winning City Tours has been providing sight-seeing tours of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area since 1987. Throughout the years, Award-Winning City Tours has expanded from the Twin Cities Highlight Tour to include other excursions such as the Stillwater City Tour & St. Croix River Cruise, Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise, and the Holiday Lights Tour. In 2010, metroConnections Public Tours was rebranded to “Award-Winning City Tours.” Originally the company’s tagline, it was a natural switch as many customers were already referring to the tours by this name. Award-Winning City Tours is a division owned and operated by metroConnections, Inc. For more information on metroConnections, including our private and group tours, visit www.metroconnections.com.
For more information, visit www.awardwinningcitytours.com.
Chateau On The Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center In Missouri Offering New “Chateau Exceptional Meetings Value” Promotion
Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center, widely considered one of the finest resorts in the Midwest, is making it easier for meeting planners to book a program for large or small groups with its new “Chateau Exceptional Meetings Value” promotion. The AAA Four-Diamond resort sits on an Ozark mountaintop overlooking Southwest Missouri’s scenic Table Rock Lake, and features 43,500 square feet of meeting spaceall on one level, as well as many picturesque outdoor venues. Available to new groups of at least 50 room nights, for select Sunday-Thursday dates in 2014, the promotion provides your choice of appealing incentives, based on the number of room nights.
The “Chateau Exceptional Meetings Value” promotion provides the choice of one incentive for groups with 50-100 room nights; the choice of two incentives for groups with 101-150 room nights; the choice of three incentives for groups with 151-175 room nights; or the choice of four incentives for groups with more than 176 room nights. Incentive options include:
The complimentary break service is for guests equal to the number of actualized guest rooms on peak night, and additional break service may be purchased at prevailing menu prices. The complimentary one-hour welcome reception will include assorted hors d’oeuvres and beer/wine/soda, and is for guests in equal to the number of actualized guest rooms on peak night, with additional reception food and beverage available for purchase at prevailing menu prices.
To take advantage of the “Chateau Exceptional Meetings Value” promotion, fill out a Request For Proposal at www.ChateauOnTheLake.com, or call the resort’s Sales Department at (417) 243-1734. To qualify it must be a newly identified meeting of at least 50 room nights. Terms and conditions may apply, and the offer is subject to availability.
“Featuring breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake and exceptional meeting facilities, Chateau on the Lake has long been a favorite with meeting planners and incentive specialists for meetings and events, both large and small,” said Stephen Marshall, vice president and general manager of the resort. “This meeting package enables groups to choose their desired incentive or incentives to best suit their group’s needs.”
Featuring beautiful vistas of picturesque Table Rock Lake, lush gardens, and the surrounding mountains, Chateau on the Lake Resort features 301 beautifully appointed, spacious guest rooms and suites. Each feature cherry wood beds, down comforters, tiled stone baths, 37” flat-screen HD televisions, dual-line telephones, free Wi-Fi 1mb access, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, in-room safes, and in-room on demand movies (at a nominal fee).
The resort offers 19 meeting rooms, including the 32,000-square-foot Great Hall, and three corporate board rooms. The resort also features a private 54-seat theater for special presentations, high-speed Internet access in all meeting rooms, a 24-hour business center, on-site Audio/Visual service with state-of-the-art A/V equipment and technology, complimentary Wi-Fi in pre-convene areas, and exceptional banquet and catering services.
Recreational options at the resort include the 14,000-square-foot Spa Chateau. The full-service European-style spa features 10 luxurious treatment rooms; customized body treatments; a soothing Infinity Tub that is filled from the ceiling; an opulent outdoor Roman Bath situated beneath a waterfall overlooking Table Rock Lake; a lake-view Movement Therapy Studio for Zumba, Yoga or Pilates; and a hair salon.
The resort’s Chateau on the Lake Marina, open most of the year, offers more water sports activities than any other resort in Missouri. Offerings at the full-service marina include an array of boat rentals, such as pontoons, ski boats, wave runners, and sea kayaks. Parasailing, catamaran and guided fishing excursions, scuba diving, and snorkeling are among the many other available options.
Other recreational options at the resort include a 24/7 fitness center, two lighted tennis courts, a 24/7 year-round indoor pool and hot tub (adults only after 10 p.m.), an outdoor (seasonal) hot tub and pool, nature and biking trails, an indoor video theater, and full-service concierge. Golf at six area courses, which includes two of Missouri’s finest, also is available to guests.
The resort’s dining options include the award-winning Chateau Grille, known for its elegant presentation and exceptional cuisine. Casual fare options include: the Downstairs Deli (seasonal), serving bistro-style sandwiches, hand-made pizza, and “to go” box lunches; Atrium Café & Wine Bar, located in the lobby beside an indoor waterfall and stream; and The Sweet Shoppe, offering ice cream, baked goods, candies, and specialty coffees.
Described as the “Live Music Show Capital of America,” Branson offers more than 80 live shows per day during the season and a variety of impressive attractions. Among the recreational offerings in Branson, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2012, is the acclaimed Titanic Museum Attraction, and the popular Silver Dollar City. Among the other offerings are The Branson Landing in the heart of downtown Branson on Lake Taneycomo, just one block away from historic downtown, which features festivals, musical events, a variety of waterfront dining options, and 400,000 sq. ft. of shops, boutiques, galleries and specialty gift shops.
Additional features at Chateau on the Lake Resort include an impressive 10-story sky-lit atrium that provides breathtaking vistas of the lake, lush gardens, and surrounding mountains, and which features meandering streams brimming with colorful Koi fish, as well as a charming library lounge with a great stone fireplace.
Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center is owned and managed by Springfield, Missouri-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. For more information, call (417) 243-1734, or visit www.ChateauOnTheLake.com