Beyond the Border: Find a Home Away from Home at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

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After you’re done hitting the slopes at the Wisconsin wonderland this winter (see our ski story on page 22), relax in the comfort of your own private home. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa—located in southeastern Lake Geneva—recently unveiled a lineup of 29 all-season villas for business and leisure visitors, increasing the number of available guest rooms on-site to more than 600. These upscale lodging options reflect a multimillion dollar investment and offer conference guests privacy and creature comforts during their stay while not straying far from the main meeting rooms and dining venues. A convenient trolley also provides door-to-door transportation and can be scheduled with a new, userfriendly app.

Available are studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas, most with full kitchens, washer and dryer units and modern furnishings. Many also include a fireplace for warming up during the winter, and all have access to an outdoor fire pit for the more temperate times of year. Other amenities guests can enjoy include in-villa spa treatments and grocery delivery, as well as full use of the 1,300-acre property.  

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Liana Clark-Waechter, director of sales and marketing for the Dana Hotel and Spa, shares her wisdom on forging positive vendor partnerships—and knowing when to break things off.

 

Members of The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) placed their bets for a good cause this summer at the 11th annual Pony Up for the Kids fundraiser event, held at Arlington International Racecourse. Proceeds went directly into a fund for the IHLA Educational Foundation Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance to local students pursuing degrees in hospitality. (See the latest winners on page 45.) To date, the program has awarded $400,000 to deserving students. Guests were able to enjoy the racecourse’s private Beverly D.

 

The work of Bob Doepel and his staff at Chicago Scenic Studios speaks for itself, having produced some of the most iconic sets for museums, TV and film and corporate events.