• Kindred Resorts & Hotels Debuts New Programs

     
    POSTED April 30, 2017
     

Kindred Resorts & Hotels has revealed a number of new activities that span across North America. Some of these additions include romantic getaways, culinary adventures, wellness corporate retreats, and more.

Grand Hotel, located in Mackinac Island, Michigan will reopen on May 4 after completing its renovation. Renovations include three new suites, with interior design by Dorothy Draper & Company, and changes to the world’s longest porch at 660-feet. It will be open the first weekend in May through the end of October.

In Tucson, Ariz., the Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort completed an expansion that added 32 guestrooms and suites, an infinity pool and a new ballroom with 5100 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. Along with new renovations travelers now have the opportunity to book new on and off-site adventures. Adventures include horseback rides, hikes, nature walks and astronomy tours.

The 25,000-square-foot Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin is celebrating its 20th anniversary with 20 new spa services. Some notable offerings include a luxury water taxi that transports guests, energy work, organic skin care lines, water immersion therapies and oxygen facials.

The Hudson Valley Mohonk Mountain House opened the property’s first new accommodations in more than 100 years. Named Grove Lodge, the space is a 7,000-square-foot, two-story lodge. The 700-square-foot rooms and 1,080-square-foot great room was constructed and designed by Andre J. Allison. Guests are able to book a single room or rent out the whole building.

The 480-acre resort, Saddlebrook Resort, has renewed their two Arnold Palmer signature golf courses to go along with the new Golf Training Center and Range. Work has been done to improve greens quality and speed. Programs such as greens construction, tee leveling and drainage improvements have been designed to improve the over-all playability of the course.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Conn., has added new teambuilding exercises and group activities for reunions and gatherings as well as two new luxury guesthouses. New activities include fishing trips, chef challenges, wine classes, and a unique Navy SEAL training program. The additional guesthouses were designed to accommodate special events, corporate retreats and private gatherings.

Tides Inn, located in Irvington, Va., has announced the addition of a new Virginia Oyster Academy, which will provide guests with a Bay to Table experience. During this experience, guests will be able to go on a morning excursion with an authentic Virginia waterman where they will learn about the history of the oyster and benefits. It is available on Fridays and Saturdays from October to November.

Toni Roberts, award winning executive pastry chef at theWit Hotel Chicago, is satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth this holiday season with the reintroduction of an exclusive Thanksgiving to go dessert menu. Whether you’re currently embracing everything pumpkin spice or a self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur, the menu features a little something for everyone.

 

As with most facets of the meetings and events industry, the art of managing an event budget is a true balancing act. And while it’s easy to get wrapped up in the nitty-gritty, Eventbrite revealed a pleasant surprise in its 2018 Pulse Report (which surveyed 1,200 planners), finding that event budgets overall appear to be on the rise. But where exactly are those budget dollars going these days and how can planners best spend to craft memorable moments?

 

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, about 1.5 million Illinois workers are employed in the food and fiber system, ranking it as one of the top states in dependency on agriculture. The state’s 72,500 farms utilize 75 percent of Illinois land, including some of the most fertile soil in the world. While nicknamed “The Prairie State,” Illinois is truly a land of plenty and a hub for agritourism—with some of the largest agriculture-focused events (holding the potential for major economic impact) taking place inside its borders.