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06.29.18

Moose Mountain Falls at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark Voted in Top 10 Indoor Waterparks by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018

Get to Lake Geneva this summer and make a splash at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark’s Moose Mountain Falls, named one of USA Today’s 10Best!

Lake Geneva, WI. (June 29, 2018) – Just in time for the start of summer, Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, is excited to announce that its Moose Mountain Falls waterpark has been named one of the best indoor waterparks for a second consecutive year by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018! Nestled within the picturesque grounds of Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark offers an array of family activities to entertain travelers of all ages including 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor waterpark fun. New additions to this year’s waterpark include a children’s water table, light up Lima Tubes for rides down Timber Rapids in the dark and three-person rafts for triple the fun. With 35-foot high slides, mini golf, a food court and a lazy river perfect for those tranquil summer days, there’s something for everyone looking for an enjoyable waterpark experience at Moose Mountain Falls.

“We’re thrilled to be included in this national list for a second consecutive year and thank everyone who voted for us. We’re looking forward to kicking off another great season where the water is always 86 degrees and the temperature is as nice as the perfect summer day,” said Joe Sebestyen, general manager of Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark.

Guests this summer can enjoy Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark’s all-suite accommodations which include everything families need for a home-away-from-home trip with waterpark fun, all-year round.

To plan your visit, check out Timber Ridge Lodge’s special summer packages and offers, which include day-pass options.

To learn more about Timber Ridge Lodge or to book your summer getaway, visit timberridgelodge.com

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About Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark
The family-friendly Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark is located in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva, just 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property offers a collection of 225 expansive one and two-bedroom suites that are equipped with whirlpool baths, private balconies and spacious living rooms. Full kitchens, which boast full-sized refrigerators, stove-top burners, dishwashers and double sinks, provide complete comfort for families. The lodge also offers its signature 50,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor aquatic wonderland, Moose Mountain Falls – the area’s only waterpark – as well as a 3,600-square-foot arcade, 3,500-square-foot ballroom and a family barbeque restaurant. For more information, please visit www.timberridgelodge.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

05.23.18

New Sales Leadership Strengthens Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Group Book Efforts

When it comes to hosting successful meetings, Marcus® Hotels & Resorts has more than 55 years of expertise in the Milwaukee area. To continue to strengthen its efforts, the company recently announced the promotion of Dana Johnson from assistant director of sales to director of sales for the Milwaukee market. In this role, Johnson oversees group sales for Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ Milwaukee properties – Hilton Milwaukee City Center, InterContinental Milwaukee and The Pfister Hotel. In addition to Johnson’s promotion, the company named Megan Seppmann as new assistant director of sales for the Milwaukee market.

“The Marcus Hotels & Resorts team is known throughout Milwaukee and the state for its personalized understanding of meeting planners’ needs. Year after year, we connect planners with the experts who create inspiring and memorable events of every size, purpose and budget,” said Linda Price-Topp, vice president of sales for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “Dana is a proven leader in our organization, and I am confident that she, along with Megan, will continue to drive forward our unrivaled commitment to exceptional service and unforgettable experiences at every corporate meeting, national and regional association conference and any other event we host.”

Dana Johnson Marcus Hotels and Resorts

With more than 25 years of experience working in hotel group sales, Johnson has spent the majority of her career – 15 years – with Marcus Hotels & Resorts. She began her career with the company in the sales department at The Pfister Hotel and was an original member of the sales team supporting the broader Milwaukee-area Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties. In 2013, Johnson was promoted to assistant director of sales, where she excelled in developing new members of the sales team and maintaining strong relationships with several key corporate accounts.

Megan Seppmann MArcus Hotels & Resorts

Seppmann joins the Marcus Hotels & Resorts sales team with more than 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As assistant director of sales, she will work alongside a talented group of sales leaders to showcase Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ downtown Milwaukee properties. Prior to working at the company, Seppmann served at several properties owned or managed by CSM Corporation, a Minneapolis-based property management company. While with CSM Corporation, she was director of sales and marketing at the Residence Inn by Marriott located in Milwaukee and senior sales manager at the Courtyard by Marriott Bloomington located in Bloomington, Minnesota. She also held senior sales roles at Kahler Hospitality Group properties in Rochester, Minnesota and at three hotels in Mankato, Minnesota. Seppmann received a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Southwest Minnesota State University.

Every year, Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ Milwaukee-based properties host many of the region’s premier events – numerous non-profit fundraisers, regular business speaker series and networking luncheons, and major conventions. To accommodate these functions, the three hotels offer more than 65,000 square feet of event function space, over 1,200 guest rooms and popular restaurants, such as Mason Street Grill and the Milwaukee ChopHouse. These properties also offer the latest audio and visual technologies, food and beverage selections from award winning culinary talent, and partnerships with top vendors in the region.

Meeting and event planners can select from numerous experiences at Marcus Hotels in Milwaukee, including:

• Multi-day conventions at the city’s largest hotel, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, which is also home to local celebrity and canine concierge, Millie;
• Intimate business meetings at the InterContinental Milwaukee, which recently announced that it will be rebranded into an independent arts hotel in 2019; and,
• Elegant fundraisers at the iconic Pfister Hotel, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

To learn more about each property and current meeting promotions, as well as connect with meeting specialists, such as Johnson and Seppmann, meeting and event planners can visit the new Marcus Hotels & Resorts meetings website: www.marcusmeetings.com/.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S., with another property opening in El Paso, Texas in June 2018. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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05.22.18

“Eating Global in the Neighborhood” at Mason Street Grill

Mason Street Grill logo
Mason Street Grill’s new Chef’s Counter to Celebrate the Diverse Culinary Traditions of Restaurant’s Staff Members

No matter where you are in the world, food can bring diverse people and interests together around one table. That is the focus behind Mason Street Grill’s new Chef’s Counter experience – Eating Global in the Neighborhood. Rotating every eight weeks, the Chef’s Counter at Mason Street Grill, part of the Marcus® Restaurants Group, will feature unique dishes celebrating the diverse culinary traditions of the restaurant’s staff.

The first Chef’s Counter menu is now available and features:

Appetizer: Tuna kilawin ($19) with coconut, lime, red onion, pickled red chili and cilantro – This dish comes from Brian Pascua, line cook intern, who is from the Philippines.
Entrée: Pan-fried trout ($38) with ginger, lemongrass, tomato, mint and dill – This dish is from line cook Chris Xiong and highlights his Laos/Hmong heritage.
Side: Fasolakia ($8), which includes green beans, tomato, oregano, lemon and extra virgin olive oil – This dish comes from cocktail server Christina Manolatos, who is from Greece.
Dessert: Tres leches cake ($9) with Rumchata whipped cream – This dish is from line cook Christian Garcia-Cortez and celebrates his Mexican heritage.

“We have passionate and diverse associates at Mason Street Grill. Whether working at the bar or in the kitchen, they are dedicated to creating an exceptional experience for our guests. And, to celebrate their work, we wanted to feature dishes that remind them of their past or their home countries,” said Susan Terry, vice president of culinary operations and F&B at Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “This new Chef’s Counter serves as a valuable reminder of the power of food. No matter where we come from, food and dining bring us all together. It has been a pleasure to taste and enjoy these four unique dishes from four individuals who help make Mason Street Grill one of Milwaukee’s favorite neighborhood restaurants.”

As part of the Chef’s Counter experience at Mason Street Grill, guests sit alongside the restaurant’s kitchen, giving them a front row seat to the action. In addition to enjoying this new featured menu, diners also can select any of the restaurant’s usual a la carte menu items. While not required, reservations are recommended. You can make a reservation on Open Table or by calling (414) 298-3131.

New Spring and Summer Menu
Mason Street Grill also announced today its new spring and summer menu items, which will feature fresh and inventive seafood options great for a lighter meal during the warm summer months. Along with the restaurant’s classic cuts of beef, guests will now be able to enjoy:
• Grilled swordfish,
• A new lobster salad roll,
• Teriyaki glazed salmon,
• Green curried mussels, and
• A tuna poke bowl.

More information about Mason Street Grill, its Chef’s Counter, upcoming events and menu is available at http://www.masonstreetgrill.com/.

About Mason Street Grill
Located in Downtown Milwaukee adjacent to The Pfister Hotel, the award-winning Mason Street Grill is the place where Milwaukee works and plays. Serving lunch, dinner, after-work cocktails, appetizers and more, Mason Street Grill is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant welcoming Milwaukee residents and visitors alike. Mason Street Grill’s open concept kitchen serves creative, regional American cooking that reflects the bounty and vitality of Wisconsin. The wood-fired oven and grill supply the best Midwestern steaks, chops, seafood and hearth baked breads and flatbreads, which create the centerpieces of the menu. For the sixth year in a row, Mason Street Grill has achieved Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for its offering of more than 290 diverse and quality wines. With a vibrant bar scene, bustling dining room, lounge, elegant private dining and exciting menu, Mason Street Grill is the place to experience the best elements of the region: fresh cuisine, expert service and an unmatched atmosphere.

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05.17.18

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel Honored with the Inaugural Innovation Stars of the Industry Award

Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

Lincoln, Neb., May 16, 2018. . . . . The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, announced today it has received the inaugural Innovation Stars of the Industry Award from the Nebraska Hotel and Lodging Association (NHLA). The property was recognized for its dedication to innovation through its various community-directed programs and initiatives, along with its role as a brand ambassador for the city of Lincoln, Neb.

“We are beyond excited to be honored with the inaugural Innovation Stars of the Industry Award,” said Susan Madsen, general manager of The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. “This award is a true testament to the unwavering commitment of our associates to our guests and our local community. Our innovative programs not only create distinctive experiences for our guests, but they provide opportunities for our guests to tap into our local culture so they can embrace all our beautiful city has to offer. Congratulations to our entire team on this significant recognition.”

Since Marcus Hotels & Resorts became the majority owner and manager of the hotel in 2012, The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker has implemented numerous programs designed to support various community initiatives and has inspired other Lincoln hotels to participate in its efforts. These programs include creating the hotel’s successful Artist-in-Residence program that recognizes local artists, adopting a highway with other local Marriott hotels to beautify the city, raising money for local charities as part of its Battle of the Bartenders celebrity events held in Miller Time Pub & Grill, and hosting Project SEARCH, which provides on-site classroom accommodations and real-life work experiences for youth with developmental disabilities. The hotel also started an innovative program last year in which the hotel became home to over 80,000 honeybees. Influenced by the hotel’s former Artist-in-Residence, Margaret Berry, who created paintings using resin, pigment and beeswax, the hotel began raising honeybees on its roof to generate awareness of the decline in honeybees over the years, while also using the honey for delicious menu items and honey-inspired beer. The honey, called Bee Our Guest, is also available for purchase in the hotel’s gift shop.

Additionally, The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel also hosts numerous fundraisers and community events throughout the year such as its Tree Illuminating and Holiday Market event, to raise money for local charities, including United Way, Food Bank of Heartland, Strike Out Hunger and many others.

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel was honored with the inaugural Innovation Stars of the Industry Award at a special ceremony at the property on May 7, 2018. The Innovation Stars of the Industry Award winner is selected by members of NHLA and awarded to the hotel that creates innovative ways to provide the best guest experience by establishing unique and personalized moments.

“The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel fosters visionary thinking and innovation. It’s not only a truly remarkable hotel but a host to local artists, a habitat to thousands of honeybees in which the honey is put to use in a variety of ways and a safe place where youths with developmental disabilities can learn so they can have a successful future. When we looked at the hotels that are making a difference in their community, The Cornhusker shined above the rest,” said Kristina Phalen, president of the Nebraska Hotel and Lodging Association.

For more information on The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, please call 1-800-228-9290 or visit www.marriott.com/lnkfs.

About The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Lincoln just minutes from the historic Haymarket District, The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel has proudly served Nebraska’s capital city for nearly 90 years. Known as the premier downtown destination for business and leisure travelers, the 300-room property is within easy walking distance of the University of Nebraska campus, Memorial Stadium, the State Capitol, Haymarket district, Railyard and Pinnacle Bank Arena. Take advantage of the hotel’s newly renovated amenities, including 46,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and complimentary Wi-Fi in all public spaces– or grab a perfectly paired bite and brew at The Miller Time Pub & Grill, take a dip in the heated indoor pool, hit the gym and more. To keep up with the latest Cornhusker happenings, find the hotel on Facebook or follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@thecornhuskerh).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S., with another property opening in El Paso, Texas in June 2018. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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05.14.18

Local Walking Tour Owner Named Next Pfister Hotel Narrator-in-Residence

Pfister Narrator in Residence Anna Lardinois
Anna Lardinois to Start New Pfister Hotel Walking Tours and Podcast

The historic AAA Four-Diamond Pfister® Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced Anna Lardinois, owner of Walking Milwaukee self-guided walking tours, as its 11th Pfister Narrator-in-Residence. With a deep-seeded appreciation and passion for Milwaukee’s history, Lardinois will share her experiences at the hotel and interactions with guests via The Pfister’s award-winning blog (blog.thepfisterhotel.com) and ongoing literary events. New this year, Lardinois also plans to begin quarterly walking tours and podcasts about The Pfister Hotel.

“The Pfister Narrator program is a natural fit. I have long admired Milwaukee’s history and downtown’s gorgeous architecture. To have the opportunity to share stories from one of our city’s premier, iconic downtown hotels will be an invaluable experience,” said Lardinois. “I have spent years helping to bring the city to life through my work with Milwaukee walking tours. I cannot wait to do the same for The Pfister.”

A Pewaukee native, Lardinois began her literary career as a high school English teacher for the School District of Waukesha. She taught at Waukesha West High School and IQ Academies of Wisconsin for 12 years. In 2012, while still teaching, she created Milwaukee’s popular Gothic Milwaukee walking tour, which showcases premier historic sites around the city. Three years later, Lardinois’ love of Milwaukee’s history and architecture led her to found Walking Milwaukee, a collection of self-guided walking tours of the city. She quickly made walking tours her full-time career and has since created a GPS-based, self-guided walking tour of Wisconsin Avenue to complement her other tours. Since starting Gothic Milwaukee and Walking Milwaukee, Lardinois has helped introduce Milwaukee’s history to thousands of visiting tourists. Her Gothic Milwaukee tour was named “Best Milwaukee Tour” by the Shepherd Express in its 2017 “Best of Milwaukee” list.

“Undoubtedly, Anna will be bringing one of the most unique approaches to The Pfister Narrator program, and we are thrilled to have her. Her depth of knowledge and clear passion for the history of Milwaukee matches incredibly well with The Pfister Hotel and its 125 years of serving locals and visitors alike,” said Tim Smith, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “Whether it is through her new walking tours and podcast, regular blog posts, or any other number of literary events at the hotel, Anna will truly bring The Pfister and its many stories to life.”

The Pfister Narrator is selected each year from a pool of applicants by a review panel consisting of local writers, editors and hotel representatives. Lardinois was named the 11th Pfister Narrator based on her extensive storytelling career and her existing popularity in Milwaukee’s hospitality and tourism industries. Lardinois succeeds Nicole Mattke, who served as the 10th Pfister Narrator.

More information about The Pfister Hotel’s Narrator-in-Residence program can be found at www.ThePfisterHotel.com/Pfister-Narrator. For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

About The Pfister Hotel
Celebrating its 125th year, The Pfister Hotel is one of the most historic hotels in the Midwest and continues to be the premier hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Originally opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most lavish hotel of its time. The hotel’s storied elegance had faded following World War II, until 1962, when Ben Marcus, founder of The Marcus Corporation, purchased this grand hotel out of bankruptcy. The Marcus family renovated and restored the hotel to its original glory, adding convention facilities, a parking garage and 23-story guest tower. The Pfister Hotel remains home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, and offers an interactive augmented reality tour of pieces in this impressive collection.

Today The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style, and has been recognized by AAA as a Four-Diamond property for 41 consecutive years. In 2017, The Pfister Hotel was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report and was recognized as a Top Hotel in the Midwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s 30th annual Reader’s Choice Awards. This exceptional property is a member of two prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S., with another property opening in El Paso, Texas in June 2018. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).
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03.19.18

Milwaukee ChopHouse Announces New Chef de Cuisine and Menu

Milwaukee ChopHouse

The Milwaukee ChopHouse, part of Marcus Restaurant Group, announced today that Calum Hastreiter has been promoted from culinary supervisor to chef de cuisine. In his new role, Hastreiter will oversee daily operations of the Milwaukee ChopHouse, located at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in downtown Milwaukee. The restaurant also announced today that it has launched a new dinner menu, Hastreiter’s first as chef of the Milwaukee ChopHouse.

Hastreiter takes on his new position as chef de cuisine following six years working in various roles at the Milwaukee ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill, also located at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Prior to joining Marcus Restaurant Group, Hastreiter worked at Stonefly Brewery, a brewpub formerly located in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. He served in several roles during his time with the brewpub, moving his way up the ranks to become kitchen manager in 2010. A Manitowoc, Wisconsin native, Hastreiter received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“During the past six years working at the Milwaukee ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill, I have been able to develop my culinary voice. I have had the great opportunity to build creative menus using seasonal and local ingredients for our regular wine dinners and learn about the restaurant’s classic dishes,” said Hastreiter. “Now, as chef de cuisine at the restaurant, I’m excited to showcase dishes and ingredients that I think represent me best as a chef and that our guests will thoroughly enjoy.”

In early March, Chef Haistreiter introduced his first dinner menu for the Milwaukee ChopHouse. The new menu features prime cuts, classic to the Milwaukee ChopHouse, in addition to an increased focus on seafood offerings. Two dishes of special note, as well as a few thoughts from Chef Hastreiter, include:

Mero sea bass ($42) with lemon beurre blanc, celeriac-apple slaw and micro herbs – “I’m most proud of this dish. We make a point to bring in fish from sustainably caught sources. When you have quality fish, it is best to let it speak for itself, which is my take on this dish. The simple accent flavors add to, but do not overpower, the buttery flavor of this great fish.”
Butternut squash bisque ($9) with pumpkin seed oil, paprika pepitas and fried sage – “One of my favorite things to make is soup. It’s simple, easy to do, and usually healthy. That is why the butternut squash bisque best represents me as a chef. This soup takes a simple ingredient, butternut squash, and elevates the flavors with a few added ingredients. I make soups at home nearly every week and am happy to be able to share something I love with others.”

Over the past year, the Milwaukee ChopHouse has worked to create a dining experience outside the expectations of a traditional chophouse. The restaurant received its first Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2017, which recognized its more than 150 wines available to guests. The restaurant also began hosting regular wine dinners featuring several courses of specially-prepared dishes paired with select wines from top vineyards and wineries across the United States, and unveiled seasonal menus featuring trendy cuts of meat, such as the bistro filet and braised pork cheek. The most recent and sold-out wine dinner, held March 9, featured exclusive selections from northern California-based Michael David Winery. While trying five wines from this 150-year-old winery, guests enjoyed five courses, which included:
• King Crab ravioli with charred fennel, Belgioioso ricotta, chive and blood orange beurre blanc, as well as
• A Vadouvan lamb chop with black lentil dal, charred purple cauliflower, pomegranate yogurt and preserved lemon.

To learn more about upcoming wine dinners, menu changes, specialty dishes and the Milwaukee ChopHouse in general, visit http://www.chophouse411.com/chophouse_location_MCH.asp, or find Milwaukee ChopHouse on Facebook and Twitter.

More information and the latest news and updates from Marcus Restaurant Group can be found at http://marcusrestaurants.com/.

About Marcus Restaurant Group
Milwaukee-based Marcus Restaurant Group, an operating unit of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, develops and operates distinctive nationwide establishments ranging from casual and fine dining to trendy lounges and creative concepts. From cuisine and cocktails to ambiance and vibe, each Marcus Restaurant Group experience is carefully designed to fuse with the local scene, offering the finest quality farm-to-table products, wine and craft beverages and inspired dishes that cater to every taste. Award-winning concepts include Miller Time Pub & Grill, ChopHouse, Mason Street Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. Frequent diners are encouraged to partake in the Marcus Rewards loyalty program at participating restaurants, bars and lounges. For more information on Marcus Restaurant Group, please visit http://www.marcusrestaurants.com, or follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@EatAtMarcus) for the latest news and updates.

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03.16.18

The Platinum Hotel earns 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award by TripAdvisor

The Platinum Hotel, managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced it has earned the 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award by TripAdvisor as the sixth best hotel in the “Top 25 Value for Money Hotels – United States” category. This award puts the Platinum Hotel in the top one percent of hotels on TripAdvisor.

Travelers’ Choice awards are the highest TripAdvisor honor and are based on reviews and opinions from millions of travelers. To qualify for the “Value for Money Hotels” category, properties must have at least four stars and four bubbles on TripAdvisor, as well as offer an annual nightly average rate that is at least 20 percent below the city average and cost less than $300 per night based on hotel prices available on TripAdvisor.

“This award is a testament to the excellence of the Platinum Hotel, which has served many TripAdvisor customers and earned great feedback over the years. We’re proud to provide an upscale, alternative experience at the Platinum Hotel for guests who don’t always need the big hotel-casino setting,” said Mark Fenton, general manager of the Platinum Hotel. “We are thrilled to be recognized for our passion and dedication to our guests, and are committed to continuing this tradition of excellence.”

Located just one and a half blocks from the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Platinum Hotel is the perfect combination of boutique luxury and sophisticated style. Guests can set their own agenda and pace in a retreat that is close to the action, but in a non-gaming and smoke-free environment. The 255-suite hotel features a modern and chic design, with gourmet in-suite kitchens, indoor and outdoor pools, complimentary valet and a modern fitness center. Guests can experience relaxation and rejuvenation on-site with serene treatments at the hotel’s WELL Spa + Salon. The Platinum Hotel offers an escape from the larger Las Vegas casino hotels so guests can enjoy warm, personalized service in a setting that is both welcoming and fashionable.

The Platinum Hotel also offers non-traditional Las Vegas meeting space with understated and luxurious accommodations. The flexible space offers dramatic views of the Las Vegas skyline and versatile settings for any meeting. In addition, the Platinum Hotel provides stunning, off-strip wedding space with romantic, breathtaking views making the Platinum Hotel the perfect place for newlyweds to bet on forever.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

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03.12.18

The Pfister® Hotel Names Stephanie Schultz as Next Artist in Residence


Program is celebrating 10th year of promoting the works of local artists

The historic AAA Four Diamond Pfister® Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced Stephanie Schultz has been selected as the hotel’s next Artist in Residence. As the program celebrates its 10th anniversary, Schultz, a Milwaukee-area fashion designer, will work in the hotel’s lobby-level Artist’s Studio for one year beginning April 1, 2018. She is succeeding current Pfister Artist in Residence and tintype photographer, Margaret Muza.

“I am thrilled to be the next Artist in Residence as The Pfister celebrates the program’s 10th anniversary. It will be an honor to share my enthusiasm for fashion design with a community that I love,” said Schultz. “What I value above all else is learning through experience, and my time in this residency will certainly teach me a lot. I tell stories with my garments, specializing in historically-inspired couture, and what I learn through my emotions and inspiration is channeled into the fabric. As The Pfister Hotel’s next Artist in Residence, I cannot wait to use this opportunity to share my work with a broader audience and create truly unique pieces inspired by the 125-year history of this iconic hotel.”

Schultz’s work is often inspired by antique art and architecture, making The Pfister Hotel a perfect fit for her next collection. As an artist, she is no stranger to exploring new styles and designs. Her work has transitioned from counter-culture streetwear to couture and avant-garde. In 2005, Schultz began her fashion label, Silversark, as a way to bring Japanese street fashion to a Western audience. Recently, she has experimented with fashion elements from the Tudor-era through the Roaring ’20s, and translated them into contemporary designs. Through her passion and dedication for fashion design, Schultz has unveiled a number of different lines and collections under Silversark.

As part of her residency and as an homage to The Pfister Hotel’s invaluable Victorian art collection, Schultz will spend her yearlong residency designing a 16- to 20-piece fashion line inspired by the subjects in the hotel’s expansive art collection. This will include photographing, compositing and printing replicas of select hotel paintings on fabric to create one-of-a-kind wearable art. Her residency will culminate in a fashion show, presenting the full collection in The Pfister Hotel’s Imperial Ballroom. The final piece of her collection will serve as a Legacy Piece for the hotel, which will go on permanent display in the property.

“The Pfister Hotel has always been a strong advocate for the arts, celebrating the works of painters, photographers, designers and more throughout its history. We are proud to celebrate our local artists and their incredible work as we commemorate The Pfister Hotel’s 125 years of prestige and commitment to Milwaukee, as well as this significant milestone for the Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence program,” said Tim Smith, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “It’s an exciting time to welcome Stephanie to The Pfister Hotel and we cannot wait to see what she creates in the studio.”

Schultz was one of six finalists included in a four-week public voting period. In addition to the public vote via Facebook and in-person ballots, a selection committee, consisting of leaders in the local arts community, made the final decision in choosing the next Artist in Residence.

For the third time in the history of the Artist-in-Residence program, Schultz was also selected as the winner of the public vote. The public vote winner typically receives the opportunity to display his or her work in a solo exhibit at Gallerie M inside the InterContinental Milwaukee, also owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts. Because Schultz was also selected as the winner of the public vote, the public vote runner-up, Alice Wilson, a local living statue performer and costume artist, will receive the honor to showcase her work at Gallerie M this year. Both artists will receive a $300 gift certificate to Utrecht Art Supply, located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. All finalists from this year and years past will be offered additional opportunities to show their work at future Pfister-sponsored events.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

About The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence Program

Entering its tenth year, The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence program features a working art studio and gallery that is open to hotel guests and visitors. The program encourages the public to interact with the artist and witness the evolution of each piece first-hand.

Over the years, The Pfister has received national attention for its Artist-in-Residence program. Since 2009, the hotel has been a member of the Alliance of Artist Communities, www.artistcommunities.org, an international association of artists’ communities and residencies featuring a diverse field of more than 1,000 programs worldwide. Additionally, The Pfister’s program has inspired similar residencies at two other Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties: The Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City and the Lincoln Marriot Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Neb.

The program’s current artist is Margaret Muza (2017-2018), www.margaretmuza.com. Past artists include Pamela Anderson (2016-2017), www.pamelaandersonstudio.com; Todd Mrozinski (2015-2016), toddmrozinski.com; Niki Johnson (2014-2015), www.nikijohnson.com; Stephanie Barenz (2013-2014), stephaniebarenz.com; Timothy Westbrook (2012-2013), www.unicorns.carbonmade.com; Shelby Keefe (2011-2012), www.studioshelby.com; Katie Musolff (2010-2011), www.katiemusolff.com; and Reginald Baylor (2009-2010), www.reginaldbaylorstudio.com.

About The Pfister Hotel

Celebrating its 125th year, The Pfister Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the Midwest and continues to be the premier hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Originally opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most lavish hotel of its time. The hotel’s storied elegance had faded following World War II, until 1962, when Ben Marcus, founder of The Marcus Corporation, purchased this grand hotel out of bankruptcy. The Marcus family renovated and restored the hotel to its original glory, adding convention facilities, a parking garage and 23-story guest tower. The Pfister Hotel remains home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, and offers an interactive augmented reality tour of pieces in this impressive collection.

Today The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style, and has been recognized by AAA as a Four-Diamond property for 41 consecutive years. In 2017, The Pfister Hotel was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report and was recognized as a Top Hotel in the Midwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s 30th annual Reader’s Choice Awards. This exceptional property is a member of two prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

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02.12.18

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Named a “Top 100 Spa of 2017” By Spas of America

GRAND GENEVA RESORT & SPA NAMED A “TOP 100 SPA OF 2017” BY SPAS OF AMERICA

Award-Winning Wisconsin Resort’s WELL Spa + Salon Honored Nationally

LAKE GENEVA, Wis., (February 12, 2018) – Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, the award-winning AAA Four-Diamond resort owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced it has been named No. 29 in Spas of America’s “Top 100 Spas of 2017.” Spas of America showcases the best spa and wellness experiences in North America to consumers around the world.

Offering more than 65 luxury services, WELL Spa + Salon at Grand Geneva provides treatments ranging from tranquil stone massages, revitalizing facials and body treatments, to classic manicures and sophisticated blowouts. Whether guests are looking for a couples massage or a day to refresh and restore, WELL Spa + Salon at Grand Geneva offers a variety of packages and specials to enjoy.

The current specials include a New Year’s Rejuvenation Package, with an anti-aging facial, anti-aging manicure, blowout, scalp treatment, hair style and Make Up Factory makeover.  Another is the seasonal Farmhouse Fresh Package, incorporating naturally derived magnolia flowers, honey and sweet cream, which are free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and phthalates. Featured treatments change seasonally.

Dedicated to providing an immersive experience to sync your mind and body, WELL Spa + Salon at Grand Geneva offers rejuvenation and relaxation in the tranquility room, saunas and steam rooms. Spa guests also have access to the Fitness Center offering an array of classes and activities ranging from cycling and yoga to a 35-foot-tall climbing wall, basketball court, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and an indoor lap pool.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is just 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee, which makes a wellness getaway to Lake Geneva easy and convenient. For more information on WELL Spa + Salon at Grand Geneva Resort, visit www.GrandGenevaWellSpa.com.

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About Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-wining, AAA Four Diamond all-seasons resort set on 1,300 acres in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva.  Located 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa features 355 guest accommodations, including deluxe rooms and suites, along with 29 new villas.  On site, guests can enjoy the WELL Spa + Salon; two championship 18-hole golf courses; The Mountain Top ski and snowboard facility; 62,000-square-feet of meeting and convention space and three restaurants.  Also on the resort’s grounds is Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, featuring 225 guest suites and 50,000 square feet of year-round, indoor/outdoor waterpark excitement, bringing the total number of rooms on Grand Geneva campus to 609. For more information, please visit www.grandgeneva.com and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and The SafeHouse. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

02.01.18

Marcus Hotels & Resorts Celebrates Valentine’s Day with Romantic Experiences for Every Couple

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Gourmet meals, sparkling treasures and spontaneous getaways help couples celebrate the most romantic holiday of the year

MILWAUKEE, February 1, 2018Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel management company, is adding sparkle and delight to Valentine’s Day with one-of-a-kind packages at properties across the nation. These exceptional packages include adventurous proposal accommodations, lavish spa treatments and delectable culinary dishes that are perfect to celebrate the most romantic day of the year with a loved one. Guests can create memorable Valentine’s Day experiences at top-rated hotels across the U.S., including The Garland in North Hollywood, California; Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee; Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker in Lincoln, Nebraska; Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District in Omaha, Nebraska; and The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

“If you’re searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day surprise to leave your loved one happily speechless, Marcus Hotels & Resorts offers breathtaking experiences to make this day unforgettable,” said Erin Levzow, vice president of marketing at Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “From gourmet meals and sweet treats, to relaxing spa treatments and outstanding amenities, guests can celebrate Valentine’s Day with a truly exceptional experience at one of our properties.”

Experience one of Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ 2018 luxurious Valentine’s Day packages, including:

Return to Romance at The Garland in North Hollywood, California
Cuddle up at The Garland in North Hollywood. Rediscover the magic and all the adventures of Valentine’s Day with this romantic getaway. As part of the “Return to Romance” package, guests will receive:
• One-night stay in deluxe accommodations
• Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
• Pasadena-based LATHER brand spa amenities
• Complimentary late check-out at 3 p.m.

Package price: Starts at $364 per night. Available through February 18, 2018. Based on availability. To book today, please call 800.238.3759 or visit: Return to Romance. Please book your reservations at least 24 hours in advance.

A Delicious Night for All at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee
You’ve heard of Friendsgiving. Now you can enjoy Valentine’s Day with your couple friends at the award-winning AAA Four-Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center. This evening of gourmet food and drinks is guaranteed to provide a delectable Valentine’s Day experience for everyone involved. This package includes:
• Three-course dinner for five couples with one bottle per couple of either Meiomi Pinot Noir or Stag’s Leap Chardonnay at the Milwaukee ChopHouse
• Five deluxe king suites – one night per stay per couple
• One bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne in each guest room
• Beautiful bouquet of 12 roses for each participating couple’s room delivered by the Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s canine concierge, Millie
• Chocolate truffles made by the Hilton Milwaukee City Center pastry chef Caitlin Miller
• Breakfast buffet for the five couples the following morning at the Hilton Café
• Complimentary parking

Package price: $2,000 for 10 people + taxes and gratuity. Available through February 28, 2018. Based on availability. To book today, call 414.935.5940 or visit: Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Please book your reservations at least 72 hours in advance. Millie, the canine concierge will deliver roses between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. CT.

A Romantic Getaway at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker in Lincoln, Nebraska
Indulge in a delicious Valentine’s Day experience with the Romance Package at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker, the premier hotel serving the heart of Lincoln. Surprise your sweetheart with:
• Overnight accommodations with delivery of chocolate, strawberries and a split of champagne to the room at the time requested
• Breakfast buffet for two in the Café at The Cornhusker the following morning
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Late check-out at 2 p.m.

Package price: Starts at $144 per night. Available February 9-11, 2018, February 14, 2018 and February 16-18, 2018. Based on availability. To book today, call 402.474.7474 or visit: Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker. There is no minimum date required to book your reservation.

The Perfect Proposal at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at The Capitol District in Omaha, Nebraska
Let the Omaha Marriott Downtown at The Capitol District create the perfect place to ask, “Will you marry me?” There are two packages available to help you propose:

The Diamond Package includes:
• One carat diamond engagement ring
• Secret photographer to capture the big moment
• Two skate passes with skate rental at the NRG Energy Ice Rink in The Capitol District
• Eighteen additional skate passes for friends and family to witness the engagement
• One personalized 30-second “will you marry me” message and two 30-second per hour “congratulations” messages on the plaza TV screen, including a special song to play over the speakers during the ask
• One-hour cocktail & hors d’oeuvres engagement party for up to 20 people at the Omaha Marriott Downtown
• Breakfast for two in the hotel restaurant, Society 1854
• Overnight guest room accommodation in an upgraded suite

Package price: Starts at $12,000 + taxes and fees. Valid through February 14, 2018. To book today, call 844.696.3779 or visit: Engagement on Ice and a Diamond. Please book your reservations at least 14 days in advance.

The Platinum Package includes:
• Two skate passes with skate rental at the NRG Energy Ice Rink in The Capitol District
• Selection of special song to play over the speakers during the big moment
• One personalized 30-second “will you marry me” message on the large plaza TV screen
• Two 30-second per hour “congratulations” messages on the plaza TV screen
• Two complimentary beverages at Burdock and Bitters to celebrate the special occasion
• Overnight guest room accommodations for the newly engaged couple

Package price: Starts at $209 per night. Valid through February 14, 2018. To book today, call 844-696-3779 or visit: Engagement on the Ice – Platinum. Please book your reservations at least seven days in advance.

125 Years of Valentine History at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee
The Pfister Hotel has celebrated 125 years of engagements, weddings and anniversaries. Make your Valentine’s Day sparkle and shine with this memorable package, in partnership with Kesslers Diamonds. Create the memory of a lifetime with:
• One Kesslers Diamonds 14-karat white gold, 74-round diamond fashion bracelet
• Two-night stay in a Presidential Suite
• Full access to the exclusive Pfister Club Lounge, located on the 23rd floor of The Pfister Hotel
• Bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne
• Specialty chocolate truffles in the room courtesy of The Pfister Hotel’s executive pastry chef Travis Martinez
• Beautiful bouquet of 125 roses
• Two spa packages at The Pfister’s WELL Spa + Salon, which includes bubbles, a massage and a scrub

Package price: $12,500 + taxes and is available through February 28, 2018. Based on availability. To book today, call 414.390.1854 or visit: The Pfister Hotel. Please book your reservations at least 72 hours in advance. Guests are able to substitute jewelry item for item of equal or lesser value.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://Media.MarcusHotels.com.

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