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12.06.17

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace Associates Receive Industry Accolades

Milwaukee, Wis., December 6, 2017. . . . .Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company, today announced several of its associates at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., were recognized by the hotel and lodging industry.

Skip Harless, general manager of the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace was named “Innkeeper of the Year” by the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association (WH&LA) at its 2017 Stars of the Industry Awards held November 6, 2017. The award recognizes outstanding leadership and commitment to lodging excellence in the Wisconsin lodging industry and is considered one of WH&LA’s highest honors. Judging criteria include ongoing involvement in WH&LA and the lodging industry, commitment to both the profession and the community, personal and/or property achievements, general leadership abilities and human resource skills.

WH&LA also recognized the hotel’s concierge, Rick Rehfeldt, with the 2017 “Spirit of Hospitality” award. Rehfeldt was among ten non-managerial employees who received the “Spirit of Hospitality” award, which recognizes employees that exceed guest’s expectations, serve as wonderful examples to the rest of their team and help to make the hospitality experience in Wisconsin legendary.

Additionally, Katie Mueller, event manager at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, was named one of the “50 Women to Watch” by Hotel Food & Beverage magazine. The honor recognizes property-level associates making a daily impact at their hotels.

“Congratulations to Skip, Rick and Katie for these outstanding honors and living out our mission of delivering exceptional experiences for our guests every day,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation.

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

About the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
The Hilton Madison Monona Terrace is located on the shimmering shores of Lake Monona, one block from the state capitol building and in the heart of Madison’s dining, shopping, entertainment, art and theatre districts. The property is connected to the Monona Terrace Convention Center, making it the premier location for business meetings and social gatherings. Located in the Hilton Madison, the award-winning Capitol ChopHouse is Madison’s power lunch spot and features great steaks and seafood. The menu offers organic and natural foods with local ingredients purchased from farmers’ markets throughout the area. The Hilton Madison Monona Terrace was named the best hotel by Madison Magazine in 2011 and received the Planners Choice Award from Meeting News, among other recognitions. Reservations can be made by calling 866-403-8838. For more information, visit www.hiltonmadison.com.

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11.08.17

Mason Street Grill Presents “A Wonderful Winter’s Evening” December 9 & 16

Mason Street Grill and A Christmas Carol at the Milwaukee Rep Theater
Celebrate the holidays with dinner at Mason Street Grill, tickets to the beloved A Christmas Carol and transportation to and from the show!

Mason Street Grill, part of the Marcus® Restaurants Group, is welcoming the holiday season with a new Christmas package, A Wonderful Winter’s Evening, available December 9 and 16. This special holiday package includes a three-course, prix-fixe menu, a ticket to see A Christmas Carol presented by The Milwaukee Repertory Theater and convenient transportation to and from the show.

Mason Street Grill Prix-Fixe Menu (Begins at 5 P.M.)
Enjoy a special holiday menu before seeing A Christmas Carol, one of the season’s most cherished family productions featuring all the traditional characters including Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Scrooge. Guests can enjoy a special prix-fixe menu:

• Starters include a house salad, Caesar salad or seasonal soup options
• Entrée selections include pan-roasted Atlantic salmon, petit filet mignon and roasted Amish half chicken. Entrees include a choice of two sides, including roasted broccoli, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, fire-roasted mushrooms or creamed corn
• Featured desserts include Weber’s carrot cake, chocolate cake or blood orange pannacotta

As part of this holiday package, transportation to and from the show is included. Meal times begin at 5 P.M. The package includes preferred orchestra seating for A Christmas Carol beginning at 7:30 P.M. Tickets for “A Wonderful Winter’s Evening” are $125 per person. Tax and gratuity are not included.

“We are thrilled to offer our guests a dinner and show holiday experience package perfect for enjoying the seasonal festivities. We are excited to partner with The Milwaukee Rep to allow guests a prime seat to one of Milwaukee’s most treasured productions, A Christmas Carol. We hope guests will enjoy this wonderful holiday package featuring a delicious menu with easy transportation to and from the show to ring in the holiday spirit,” said Cecil McGrew, general manager.

Mason Street Grill encourages guests to reserve their spot early for “A Wonderful Winter’s Evening. To reserve, please call 414-298-3131 or email cristinagliatis@masonstreetgrill.com.

More information is available on Mason Street Grill’s event page or 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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11.06.17

Deck the Halls at The Pfister Hotel, Hilton Milwaukee and InterContinental Milwaukee This Holiday Season


Celebrate holiday traditions with Thanksgiving buffets, tree lighting ceremonies, breakfast with Santa and more this holiday season!

MILWAUKEE — The weather outside may be frightful, but holiday activities at the AAA Four-Diamond Pfister Hotel, AAA Four-Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center and InterContinental Milwaukee, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, are delightful. From the moment Santa Claus flips the switch to light The Pfister’s iconic Christmas tree to ugly sweater parties and breakfast with the jolly old man himself, there are plenty of memories for young and old this holiday season at downtown Milwaukee’s premier hotels.

The Pfister Holiday Season

Milwaukee’s treasured hotel is pleased to present a number of memorable experiences and events for all to enjoy. For more information on The Pfister Holidays, visit: www.thepfisterhotel.com/holidays.

Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch
Thursday, November 23, 2017 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The breathtaking atmosphere of The Pfister Hotel’s ballroom provides the perfect destination for a cherished Thanksgiving. In a comfortable, yet elegant setting, The Pfister’s bountiful Thanksgiving brunch provides ample holiday cheer and features a variety of appetizers, entrées, side dishes and desserts – plus all the traditional Thanksgiving trimmings. For reservations, call 877.704.5340 or 414.935.5950. Pricing: $65 Adults, $25 Children 3 – 10 years old, 2 and under are free (tax and gratuity not included).

The Pfister Hotel’s Annual Tree Lighting Event
Friday, November 24, 2017 | 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Official Lighting at 5:30 PM)

The Pfister Hotel’s tree lighting ceremony is one of Milwaukee’s most celebrated and anticipated traditions, offering a magical experience for guests of all ages. Featuring an 18-foot LED lighted holiday tree, the festive event includes complimentary holiday treats, music, hot cocoa and more. Parents are invited to bring their cameras, as Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving at 5:20 p.m. on a Milwaukee Fire Department fire truck to greet guests and pose for photos. Guests will be encouraged to write letters to Santa and drop them in Santa’s special mailbox, which he will take back with him to the North Pole. While the actual tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m., the other activities will extend to 6:30 p.m. To support those in need during the holiday season, The Pfister Hotel will be collecting food for Hunger Task Force and encourages guests to bring non-perishable food items. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy complimentary parking with any purchase.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa is a Pfister tradition that creates lifelong memories. Guests have the opportunity to share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in The Pfister’s festive ballroom, with every child receiving a special gift from Santa himself. Photos with Santa are highly encouraged! For reservations, call 877.704.5340 or 414.935.5950. Pricing: $40 Adults, $25 Children 3-10 years old, 2 and under free (December 2 & 23); $45 Adults, $30 Children 3-10 years old, 2 and under free (December 9 & 16).

Afternoon on the Polar Express
Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

All aboard! Join the Pfister Narrator, Nicole Mattke, as she brings to life this cherished holiday tale. This family-friendly event can be enjoyed in your pajamas, just like the characters in the Polar Express journey. Enjoy a decadent hot chocolate bar and homemade desserts. Families can craft a special holiday keepsake, take holiday pictures in the Polar Express photo area and complete the day with a visit from Santa himself. Learn more at: PfisterHotel.com/polarexpress. Pricing: $29 Adults, $19 Children (12 and under) inclusive of tax and gratuity. All reservations must be made online.

Christmas Celebration Brunch
Monday, December 25, 2017 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Celebrate Christmas at The Pfister with a hearty holiday brunch Monday, December 25, 2017. Christmas at The Pfister begins with a complimentary toast followed by a spectacular buffet featuring a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, entrées and decadent desserts in the hotel’s festively decorated ballroom. For reservations, call 877.704.5340 or 414.935.5950. Pricing: $65 Adults, $25 Children 3 – 10 years old, 2 and under free (tax and gratuity are not included).

Special Holiday Room Promotions:

To truly enjoy a magical Pfister holiday experience, consider staying overnight! On November 23-25 and December 23-26, overnight rates start at just $99 per night, plus tax. For reservations call 877.704.5340 or 414.935.5950.

Your Window to the World on New Year’s Eve at Blu
Sunday, December 31, 2017 | 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Reserved seating with bottle service available 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM.
Ring in the New Year with a view at Blu – The Pfister’s gem in the sky. Located on the 23rd floor of the Pfister, Blu offers guests the best view of Milwaukee’s skyline – which makes New Year’s Eve all the more special. Enjoy music from The David Wake Sextet and imaginative cocktails infused with all-natural ingredients. Celebrate with VIP packages, including a reserved table with premium champagne, party favors and a dessert and cheese display. For reservations, call 414.273.8222 x2450.

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11.03.17

Operation: Bond Brunch in Effect

SafeHouse Restaurants
SafeHouse Milwaukee Announces Sunday Brunch Starting November 5; Brunch Features Bottomless Mimosas

Following its 51st anniversary on November 1, SafeHouse Milwaukee has leaked intel about its newly launched “Bond Brunch.” The new brunch operation, which starts this Sunday, November 5, is available 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and features $15 bottomless mimosas as well as dangerously delicious dishes.

While agents can’t have ‘breakfast for one at nine, please,’ agents looking for morning sustenance following late night missions or energy for Sunday Funday missions can indulge in:

The SafeHouse Skillet – Made with fried eggs, pepper smoked bacon, honey baked ham, and Cheddar Jack cheese, served over top-secret breakfast potatoes;
The B1 Bomber – The spy twist on chicken and waffles, the B1 Bomber features homemade funnel cake, beer-battered chicken tenders and breakfast potatoes;
Operation Hangover Recovery – A scratch made beef burger topped with honey baked ham, bacon, a fried egg, American cheese and maple syrup, all on a brioche bun; and,
Las Espías Chilaquiles – The SafeHouse twist on traditional chilaquiles.

During Operation: Bond Brunch, agents who wish to celebrate a successful mission can also try bottomless mimosas for only $15, as well as a number of other top-secret libations. Options include the SafeHouse Bloody Mary ($15); a clandestine spiked coffee drink, the Spy Jolt ($10) and a cocktail made for a Bond girl, the Bonita ($9).

Intel has it that agents need refreshments. Here’s the full Bond Brunch drink menu:

Spy Jolt ($10) – A cloak and dagger cup of Joe featuring iced coffee spiked with Jameson and Baileys and all hidden beneath a waffle. Expect the unexpected…
Bonita ($9) – A drink made for a Bond girl, the Bonita is made with Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Prosecco and fresh ginger and topped with a lemon slice.
Aston Martin ($7) – Speed is the name of the game with this drink including Skyy Cranberry, pomegranate and champagne.
SafeHouse Bloody Mary ($15) – While it doesn’t require agents ‘taking a bloody shot,’ the SafeHouse Bloody Mary is brunch’s partner in crime. Vodka and Jameson conspire with the SafeHouse top secret Bloody Mary mix for a dangerous concoction. The drink is topped with fried cheese curds, celery, bacon and served with a full beer. Agents can keep the Code Beer mug, too.
Stiletto ($7) – Preferred like a dagger: tall and sharp. The Stiletto features Skyy Raspberry Vodka, champagne, Sierra Mist and raspberries.
The Man with the Golden Martini ($9) – When you only need one bullet, you’re the world’s most dangerous assassin. Drink like one with this cocktail made with Skyy Cranberry, peach schnapps, orange juice, pomegranate and champagne.

Agents seeking cover at the SafeHouse Milwaukee can also enjoy the haven’s full lunch menu during Bond Brunch. Read the full report (a.k.a. menu) at http://www.safe-house.com/milwaukee-restaurant-menu.

For more information on the latest news and updates from the SafeHouse Restaurant and Bar, please visit http://www.safe-house.com/.

About the SafeHouse Restaurants
Recently voted as serving the #1 burger by Chicago Magazine, The SafeHouse, which is owned and managed by Marcus Restaurant Group, is a local landmark and cultural icon, attracting hungry spies from around the world. Having two covert locations in Chicago and Milwaukee, SafeHouse challenges spies with an all-encompassing experience and a one-of-a-kind mission during their visit. From the moment they locate the top-secret entrance and pass the agent authorization process, to the sleek Interpol Bar and Interrogation Room, every aspect of the SafeHouse contains interactive elements, spy technology, and puzzles to seamlessly fuse an action-packed atmosphere with delicious food and signature cocktails. The Chicago location features a 21st-century design led by award-winning firms, The Gettys Group and Epstein Global, while the Milwaukee location boasts 50 years of spy history, gadgetry and the world’s largest puzzle wall. Both feature an unparalleled menu with spy food to satisfy the needs of every secret agent, served in an authentic espionage experience. For more on SafeHouse, visit www.safe-house.com.

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10.25.17

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Announces Annual Holiday Celebrations

GRAND GENEVA RESORT & SPA ANNOUNCES ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Lake Geneva Resort Launches Special Seasonal Events and Packages

LAKE GENEVA, Wis., (October 25, 2017) – Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, the award-winning AAA Four-Diamond resort owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, launches a variety of special events and packages to enjoy the holiday season in Lake Geneva. Whether visiting with friends or family, guests are bound to have an unforgettable experience at the 1,300 acre property. Grand Geneva kicks off its annual Christmas in the Country celebration on November 19, along with holiday dining, events and resort packages to take guests into the New Year.

Holiday Special Events

Thanksgiving Day DiningJoin Grand Geneva on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, for a traditional Thanksgiving buffet in the Grand Ballroom or Geneva ChopHouse. The resort is also offering a breakfast and Thanksgiving buffet at Grand Café, as well as a Thanksgiving dinner at Ristorante Brissago. Please call (262) 249-4788 to make a reservation.

Christmas in the Country 2017The annual six-week long Christmas in the Country celebration features a variety of activities and events, including:

  • 23rd Annual Illumination Ceremony: On Sunday, November 19, the resort kicks off the celebration by illuminating more than 2 million lights throughout the property, followed by a dazzling fireworks display. Discover the magic of the season with kids’ activities and live entertainment, as well as holiday cookies and hot apple cider. All guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the United Way of Walworth County.
  • Gingerbread House Display: Area residents are invited to display their masterpieces beginning November 19 throughout the holidays, just outside Ristorante Brissago. Call (800) 558-3417 x 3782 or email ggescapades@grandgeneva.com by November 8 to enter the Gingerbread House Competition.
  • Breakfast with Santa: Every Saturday and Sunday from November 25 to December 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., visit the resort’s Ballroom for live holiday music and a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa. Enjoy fun holiday activities and separate kids and adult buffets to accommodate taste. All families will get a keepsake photo and magnetic frame. Please call (262) 249-4788 for pricing information and to make your reservation.
  • Holiday Tea: Enjoy a special afternoon seasonal tea at the Lobby Lounge Wednesdays through Sundays from November 29 to December 24 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. Reservations are required.
  • Trolley Tour of Lights: Starting November 20, hop aboard the Grand Geneva trolley for a tour around the resort to see all of the resort’s decorations. Tours are available hourly at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Reservations are required (can be made starting November 1) and most tours sell out.
  • Classic Holiday Tale: From November 25 to December 10 and December 16 to December 30, guests are invited to enjoy a cozy reading of a classic holiday story for children of all ages. This is offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. in the Swinghurst Theatre.
  • Holiday Grand Game Zone: Enjoy air hockey, ping pong tables, 18 arcade games and activities with Grand Geneva’s Experience Team in the Loramoor Ballroom. The game zone is available December 15 to January 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
  • Additional activities that make up Christmas in the Country include live entertainment in the Lobby Lounge, Saturday Santa Visits and daily Elf Mail Runs.

Ullr Fest and Toy DriveOn Saturday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., The Mountain Top will be celebrating Uller, the Nordic God of Snow and Winter. Festivities include a toy drive for the Walworth County Health and Human Services, a Viking costume contest, bonfire, along with a beer tent and drink specials. Please call (800) 558-3417 for more information.

Christmas Day Dining – Celebrate the holidays at Grand Geneva with a traditional Christmas Day brunch in Geneva ChopHouse. Christmas Day dinner will also be offered at Geneva ChopHouse, Ristorante Brissago and the Grand Café.

Holiday Packages at Grand Geneva
*All packages are available to book in a deluxe guestroom, suite or villa.

Illumination Ceremony PackageEnjoy a special rate starting at $79 for the night of the resort’s 23rd Annual Illumination Ceremony on Sunday, November 19. The event kicks off of the annual Christmas in the Country. Take in all of the sights and sounds of Christmas and see more than two million lights illuminate followed by a fireworks display.

Breakfast with Santa Package – Wake up to live holiday music and meet Santa while enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet. Enjoy fun holiday activities, plus separate kid and adult buffets to accommodate every taste. All attire is welcome, whether you want to dress up for the photo with Santa or show up in pajamas. The package includes a one night stay and breakfast for four to Breakfast with Santa.

Santa Cruise Package – Take the holiday cruise on Geneva Lake and ride past brilliant shoreline holiday light displays on the way to see Santa at his North Pole Hideaway. The package includes a one night stay, two tickets to the Santa Cruise by Lake Geneva Cruise Line and $25 Grand Geneva dining credit.

Grand Romance PackageNow through December 30, treat your special someone to a romantic getaway at Grand Geneva and enjoy decadent dining and relaxing quality time. The package include two night accommodations, handmade chocolate truffles and a red rose delivered to the room, a bottle of champagne, a 15% spa discount at WELL Spa + Salon and a $100 dining credit.

New Year’s Eve Packages at Grand Geneva
*All packages available in a deluxe guestroom and include a two night stay.

NYE Hills and Thrills PackageCelebrate the New Year slope style with your whole family at The Mountain Top. The package offers four lift tickets for one day of skiing and snowboarding, NYE dinner buffet for four at the Forum at Grand Geneva (served from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.), family games and activities, DJ entertainment, party favors and a midnight balloon drop. Pricing starts at $799 for a family of four.

NYE ChopHouse Dining Package – Make this New Year’s Eve unforgettable with a romantic dinner at Geneva ChopHouse and a night of music and dancing in the Grand Ballroom. Package also includes admission to the Déjà vu Party, featuring a champagne toast, cash bar, party favors, midnight balloon drop and live entertainment by the band Déjà Vu from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Pricing starts at $799 for two people.

NYE Grand Celebration Package – Dress to the nines for this Grand Celebration on New Year’s Eve. The package includes a private table for two in the Grand Ballroom to enjoy prime rib and seafood action stations, and admission to the Déjà vu Party that features a champagne toast, two drink tickets then cash bar, party favors, midnight balloon drop and live entertainment by the band Déjà Vu from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Pricing starts at $699 for two people.

NYE Brissago Dining Package – Start counting down to the New Year with a romantic dinner at Ristorante Brissago and a night of music and dancing in the Grand Ballroom. Package also includes admission to the Déjà vu Party that features a champagne toast, two drink tickets then cash bar, party favors, midnight balloon drop and live entertainment by the band Déjà Vu from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Pricing starts at $799 for a two night stay for two people.

For more information on Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and seasonal happenings, please visit www.grandgeneva.com.

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About Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-wining all-seasons resort set on 1,300 acres in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva; 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property features 609 guest accommodations including 29 new villas; WELL Spa + Salon; two championship 18-hole golf courses; The Mountain Top, a ski and snowboard facility; 62,000-square-feet of meeting and convention space and three restaurants. 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 17 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, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a second location that opened in early 2017 in Chicago, Ill. For more information, please visit http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter(@MarcusHotels).

10.25.17

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Awarded 2017 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award

GRAND GENEVA RESORT & SPA AWARDED 2017 CONDE NAST TRAVELER READERS’ CHOICE AWARD

Lake Geneva Property Named One of the Top Resorts in the Midwest

LAKE GENEVA, Wis., (October 25, 2017) – Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, the award-winning AAA Four-Diamond resort owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, is thrilled to announce that they were named one of the top resorts in the Midwest by Conde Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. The resort was ranked #7 in a list of 10 total properties, garnering a score of 91.7 (out of 100). This year, more than 300,000 travelers took part in the 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, creating a record-breaking number of ratings and comments to help the outlet create a list of favorites. The award further enhances the resort’s standing as a must-visit property in the Midwest and beyond.

At Grand Geneva, the 1,300 acre property features 355 guest rooms and 29 brand new upscale villas; the award-winning WELL Spa + Salon; two championship 18-hole golf courses; The Mountain Top, a ski and snowboard facility; 62,000 square feet of meeting and convention space; and three distinctive restaurants. In June 2017, Grand Geneva opened 29 all-season villas, and with the multi-million dollar investment, enhanced the resort experience with expanded, upscale accommodations for leisure and business guests alike. Nestled in a beautifully manicured and scenic setting, the new villas feature spacious studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodations. Each unit includes a full kitchen, flat screen TVs, washer and dryer and deluxe furnishings, as well as a furnished outdoor sitting area.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa features a wide variety of activities for all ages and all seasons, including golf, swimming, skiing, horseback riding and relaxing at the luxurious WELL Spa® & Salon. For more information, please visit www.grandgeneva.com.

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About Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-wining all-seasons resort set on 1,300 acres in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva; 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property features 609 guest accommodations; WELL Spa + Salon; two championship 18-hole golf courses; The Mountain Top, a three-chair/20-run ski and snowboard facility; 62,000-square-feet of meeting and convention space and three restaurants. 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 17 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, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a second location that opened in early 2017 in Chicago, Ill. For more information, please visit http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter(@MarcusHotels).

10.23.17

Brian Frakes Honored with Salute to Excellence Award

Brian Frakes, Executive Chef at The Pfister Hotel/Marcus Hotels and Resorts in Milwaukee, will receive the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s (WRA EF) Salute to Excellence Mentor Award at the industry’s Celebration of Excellence dinner taking place on October 22nd at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. He is honored for his dedication to excellence in food service and his passion for educating and training the future leaders of the industry.

“Brian Frakes spends countless hours sharing his expertise to help students learn and grow their culinary skills and hospitality knowledge,” said Connie Fedor, Executive Director of the WRA EF. “His involvement as a ProStart® mentor at Greendale High School has made a positive and meaningful impact on students.”

Frakes is currently a member of the WRA EF board of directors and was honored with the WRA EF Salute to Excellence Chef award in 2014.

He has earned many other awards including Fort Lauderdale/Sun Sentinel’s Top 10 Best New Chef in 2000, a Milwaukee Business Journal Forty Under 40 in 2007 and the American Liver Foundation Silver Cleaver in 2015.

Frakes also volunteers for several charitable causes including the American Liver Foundation – Great Lakes Division, Wisconsin March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, Hope House, Hunger Task Force, the Catholic Archdiocese and others.

He is a volunteer advisor for Milwaukee Area Technical College, Culinary Institute of America, Le Cordon Bleu, Johnson and Wales University and Kendall College.

Passionate about sustainability and the use of local Wisconsin products, he is a recognized public spokesperson on these topics.

The WRA EF recognizes six individuals and one company for dedication and commitment to education in the restaurant industry as Salute to Excellence honorees. Other 2017 Salute to Excellence honorees include: RC Schroeder, Jr. (Fox Valley Technical College), Glee Brechler (James Madison Memorial High School), Trey Hester (Rocky Rococo Restaurants), Chris Roderique (Piggy’s Restaurant), Tom Surwillo (Milwaukee Area Technical College) and Gordon Food Service.

Each honoree creates opportunities for people interested in foodservice industry careers. While they have worked in a variety of roles and in different parts of the state, they all share enthusiasm and optimism for the future of the restaurant industry.

The Salute to Excellence awards will be presented at the 2017 Celebration of Excellence on Sunday, October 22 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. More information on the event is available at www.wirestaurant.org.

The WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the nation’s largest state restaurant association foundations. The Foundation’s vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

The ProStart® program, administered by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC and state restaurant associations, is a college-prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

About The Pfister Hotel
The Pfister Hotel has been the premier hotel in downtown Milwaukee for over 120 years. Originally built 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 for 41 consecutive years by AAA as a Four-Diamond property. In 2017, The Pfister Hotel was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report. 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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10.18.17

The Pfister Hotel’s Afternoon Tea Service Returns October 20


The Traditional Afternoon Tea Experience Returns Just in Time for the Holiday Season

The Pfister Hotel’s popular afternoon tea service is returning Friday, October 20 and will run through April 1, 2018. Reminiscent of the 19th century, The Pfister’s afternoon tea offers an elegant experience perfect for friends and families looking to enjoy a traditional English afternoon in Milwaukee’s most luxurious hotel.

Providing an afternoon tea experience unlike any other, guests will enjoy a tableside tea blending, presented in all-silver service by a Pfister Tea Butler, and will learn about each variety of tea, the origins, unique flavors and effects on mood and health. Tea will be paired with a special menu complete with fresh scones, sandwiches and pastries. The Pfister’s tea service is offered in Blu, on the 23rd floor of the hotel, offering panoramic views of Milwaukee’s skyline and Lake Michigan.

“Our afternoon tea service is one of our most popular offerings at The Pfister Hotel. A cherished tradition for many generations of friends and families, our afternoon tea service is unique as we have our very own Tea Butler who makes sure each cup of tea is brewed to the correct temperature and educates our guests on each tea offering and blending options. Our tea service is especially popular during the holiday season when people are looking for a relaxing respite from the bustle of busy holiday activities, to relax and unwind in our elegant tea room overlooking the city. We look forward to once again welcoming guests for this beloved tradition,” said Tim Smith, general manager of The Pfister Hotel.

The Pfister Hotel is proud to offer a fine selection of Rishi Teas in 12 varieties, including its signature blend, Pfister 1893, exclusively crafted in 2013 in conjunction with Milwaukee-based Rishi Tea. Pfister 1893 features a blend of jasmine and wild-rose scented white teas infused with rejuvenating peppermint and calming lavender. Menus vary from Victorian traditional, sweets, vegetarian and gluten free. The high tea experience is complete with delightful music by a pianist, a cozy fireplace and fine selections of Veuve Cliquot or Veuve Cliquot Rose.

For ladies and gentlemen twelve years and younger, an “All Grown Up” menu is available featuring warm sipping chocolate, lemonade, cider, Vermont ham & cheddar finger sandwiches, herbed chicken salad tartlets, traditional scones and chocolate ganache tartlets.

Afternoon tea originated in England in the 1800s, and was often served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock. Women would wear long gowns and men their finest suits while they socialized over delicacies and delights.

People of all ages interested in experiencing The Pfister’s afternoon tea are invited and encouraged to reserve early for this popular series. Seatings are available at 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 414-935-5950 or emailing CustomerCare@marcushotels.com. Private bookings for groups between 12-30 people are also available by contacting the hotel’s event specialist at 414-390-3802 or at amydaniels@marcushotels.com.

For more information on The Pfister Hotel afternoon tea experience, menu selections and pricing, please visit: http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/milwaukee-restaurants/tea-service-milwaukee.

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About The Pfister Hotel
The Pfister Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, has been the premier hotel in downtown Milwaukee for over 120 years. Originally built 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 for 41 consecutive years by AAA as a Four-Diamond property. In 2017, The Pfister Hotel was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report. This exceptional property is a member of two prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. 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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10.13.17

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Appoints Sara Schmitz as New Director of Marketing

LAKE GENEVA, Wis., (October 13, 2017) – Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, the award-winning AAA Four-Diamond resort owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Schmitz as the property’s director of marketing. In her new role, Schmitz will oversee the marketing, communications and public relations efforts for the 1,300 acre all-season resort, including the spa, two award-winning golf courses, three restaurants and new luxury villas, as well as family favorite Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark.

Schmitz brings more than 17 years of experience providing strategic marketing, public relations and crisis communication counsel to Fortune 500 companies, including Zoetis, Altria Group, Johnson Controls and Marshall & Ilsley Corporation. As an established leader in the hospitality industry, she most recently served as the marketing director of The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa for four years located in Fontana on Geneva Lake. Schmitz is a graduate of Michigan State University.

“Since joining the team last month, Sara has already had a great impact on our resort,” explains Steve Magnuson, managing director. “I am confident that her diverse experience and enthusiasm will lead to great things, as we continue to build our reputation as a premier luxury resort in the Midwest.”

For more information on Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, please visit www.grandgeneva.com.

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About Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-wining all-seasons resort set on 1,300 acres in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva; 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property features 609 guest accommodations; WELL Spa + Salon; two championship 18-hole golf courses; The Mountain Top, a three-chair/20-run ski and snowboard facility; 62,000-square-feet of meeting and convention space and three restaurants. 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 17 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, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a second location that opened in early 2017 in Chicago, Ill. For more information, please visit http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter(@MarcusHotels).

10.12.17

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark Launches Seasonal Fall Packages

The All-Suite, Family Friendly Resort is Now Offering Four Festive Packages for Visitors

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (October 12, 2017) – Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, the family-friendly property owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, presents four new fall vacation packages for guests to celebrate the season in Lake Geneva. While guests are still able to enjoy the mainstays of the property, including 225 expansive suites and the signature 50,000 square foot aquatic wonderland, Moose Mountain Falls, visiting families and groups can enjoy seasonal offerings, including hayrides and apple picking. During a stay at Timber Ridge, guests can enjoy great events like pumpkin painting each Saturday in October, pony rides at Dan Patch Stables, and the Haunted Hayride.

Fall Packages at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark
*All packages are available to book in one or two bedroom suites, with 4 waterpark passes and 4 “experience” passes or tickets for a one-bedroom (excluding Horse Rides and Water Slides, which offers 2 trail rides), and 6 with a two-bedroom.

Amaze N Apples It is apple orchard season! Now through October 31, you can splash part of the day away in the waterpark and then venture to Royal Oak Farm Orchard, the only orchard in the country with an apple tree maze.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard allows visitors to explore 1.5 miles of trails with nine varieties of apples. They also feature U-pick apples, pumpkins, fresh apple cider donuts, as well as an entertainment area for the whole family with train rides, carousel rides and hayrides. Royal Oak Farm Orchard is located in Harvard, Ill., just 20 minutes from the resort. Additional fees apply for other activities at the orchard.

Haunted Hayride Climb aboard the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Hayride at Dan Patch Stables on Grand Geneva Resort & Spa’s grounds. Hayrides are on a first come, first serve basis and you must arrive to the stables by 8 p.m. to be guaranteed a ride. The package runs until October 28.

Friday Night Frights – Every Friday in October, bring the family to the lodge to enjoy themed activities, a welcome treat, apple cider tastings, and a costume contest. Experience waterpark fun and be on the lookout for a roaming balloon artist to create your favorite Halloween accessory. This package expires October 27.

Horse Rides and Water Slides – Calling all horse lovers! This vacation package is perfect for animal lovers, which offers horseback riding and waterpark excitement all in one, and is available for ages 7 and above through October 31. The package includes waterpark passes, as well as two 45 minute guided trail rides on horseback around the resort.

For more information on Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark and seasonal happenings, please visit www.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.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 17 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, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a second location that opened in early 2017 in Chicago, Ill. For more information, please visit http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).



 
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