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08.16.17

This Milwaukee man has become a bit of a celebrity for getting big name hotel guests

Working in hospitality can sometimes be a tiring and thankless job, but one local man’s positive personality is doing more than just comforting guests. If you’ve been to the Pfister Hotel lately, there’s a good chance you’ve seen him because he greets every guest with respect from the moment they walk in the door. Brian visited Milwaukee’s premiere hotel to see what makes this bell captain one of the best in the business.

Read more at http://fox6now.com/2017/08/09/this-milwaukee-man-has-become-a-bit-of-a-celebrity-for-getting-big-name-hotel-guests/

08.03.17

Historic Hotels of America Announces 2017 Awards of Excellence Nominee Finalists

Hotels and Recipients to be Honored at the 2017 Historic Hotels Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on September 28 at The Omni Homestead Resort

WASHINGTON, D.C.—August 3, 2017 Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are pleased to announce the nominee finalists for the 2017 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. These Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers across the nation and around the world.

The 2017 Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence and Gala Dinner will take place at The Omni Homestead Resort (1766) in Hot Springs, Virginia on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6 pm. The final award winners will be announced to recipients before an audience of owners, senior management, industry leaders, and representatives from the finest historic hotels around the world.

Award recipients are selected from nominees received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients, community leaders, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories.

From over 200 nominations, the awards committee evaluated, and after careful consideration selected the following 2017 award nominee finalists:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year
• Inn at Willow Grove (1778) Orange, Virginia
• The Georges (1789) Lexington, Virginia
• Penn Wells Hotel (1869) Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
• Marriott Syracuse Downtown (1924) Syracuse, New York
• Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton (1927) Saranac Lake, New York
• Silver Birches (1929) Hawley, Pennsylvania

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel
• The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1847) Washington, DC
• The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa (1876) Riverside, California
• Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
• The Otesaga Hotel and the Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, New York
• Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection (1915) Davenport, Iowa
• The Don CeSar (1928) St. Petersburg, Florida

Sustainability Champion
• Hotel El Convento (1651) San Juan, Puerto Rico
• Mohonk Mountain House (1869) New Paltz, New York
• Ledges Hotel (1890) Hawley, Pennsylvania
• The Lenox (1900) Boston, Massachusetts
• Inn at the Presidio (1903) San Francisco, California
• The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)
• The Georges (1789) Lexington, Virginia
• The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa (1799) Montchanin, Delaware
• Napa River Inn (1884) Napa, California
• OHEKA CASTLE (1919) Huntington, New York
• The Lord Jeffery Inn (1926) Amherst, Massachusetts
• The Dunhill Hotel (1929) Charlotte, North Carolina

Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms)
• The Jefferson Hotel (1895) Richmond, Virginia
• Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection (1900) Nashville, Tennessee
• Hotel Boulderado (1909) Boulder, Colorado
• The Gasparilla Inn & Club (1913) Boca Grande, Florida
• Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
• Mayflower Park Hotel (1927) Seattle, Washington

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms)
• The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1847) Washington, DC
• The Pfister Hotel (1893) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) West Baden, Indiana
• The Hollywood Roosevelt (1927) Los Angeles, California
• Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton (1931) Kansas City, Missouri
• The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms)
• Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Boston, Massachusetts
• St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton (1894) St. Louis, Missouri
• Amway Grand Plaza (1913) Grand Rapids, Michigan
• The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection (1925) Washington, DC
• Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
• InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile (1929) Chicago, Illinois

Best City Center Historic Hotel
• The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1847) Washington, DC
• Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (1907) San Francisco, California
• Marriott Syracuse Downtown (1924) Syracuse, New York
• The Lancaster Hotel (1926) Houston, Texas
• Mayflower Park Hotel (1927) Seattle, Washington
• The Edgewater (1948) Madison, Wisconsin

Best Historic Resort
• Mohonk Mountain House (1869) New Paltz, New York
• Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont
• White Stallion Ranch (1900) Tucson, Arizona
• The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colorado
• The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin
• The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hotel Historian of the Year
• Jim Hewes at The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1847) Washington, DC
• Susan Wilson at the Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Boston, Massachusetts
• Keith Scales at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
• Elaine R. Normile at The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club (1925) in St. Petersburg, Florida
• Teresa Porter at the Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California
• Jacquelyn Jenke at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile (1929) Chicago, Illinois

Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel
• Woods Restaurant at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
• Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel (1895) Richmond, Virginia
• Murray Circle at Cavallo Point (1901) Sausalito, California
• Penrose Room at The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colorado
• The Wisconsin Room at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin
• The Circular at The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year
• The Smiley Family at Mohonk Mountain House (1869) New Paltz, New York
• Duane and Kelly Roberts at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa (1876) Riverside, California
• The Beach Family at Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont
• The Kohler Family at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin
• The Melius Family at OHEKA CASTLE (1919) Huntington, New York
• The Korman Family at AKA.

Historic Hotelier of the Year
• John “Rusty” Wallace at the Omni La Mansion del Rio, San Antonio (1852) San Antonio, Texas
• Bob Beach Jr. at Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont
• Philip Wood at The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC
• Gayle Karolczyk at the Francis Marion Hotel (1924) Charleston, South Carolina
• John Beatty at The Dunhill Hotel (1929) Charlotte, North Carolina
• John Dewberry at The Dewberry Charleston (1965) Charleston, South Carolina

Stewards of History and Historic Preservation Award
• Oliver T. Carr at The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1847) Washington, DC
• Duane and Kelly Roberts at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa (1876) Riverside, California
• R.D. (Dan) Musser III at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
• Ed Riley at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown (1924) Syracuse, New York
• Birney and Marie Dempcy at the Mayflower Park Hotel (1927) Seattle, Washington
• Larry Korman at AKA.

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in Europe
• Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden (18th Century) Dresden, Germany
• NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen (1815) Amsterdam, Netherlands
• Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna (1873) Vienna, Austria
• Hotel Waldhaus Sils (1908) Sils Maria, Switzerland
• Grand Hotel Tremezzo (1910) Tremezzo, Italy

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in Asia/Pacific
• Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (1780) Bataan, Philippines
• Alsisar Haveli (1892) Jaipur, India
• Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (1901) Hanoi, Vietnam
• Laxmi Niwas Palace (1904) Bikaner, India
• Hotel New Grand (1927) Yokohama, Japan
• The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (1928) Singapore

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in the Americas
• Hacienda Uxmal Plantation & Museum (1673) Merida, Mexico
• Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel (19th Century) Merida, Mexico
• Quinta Real Zacatecas (1866) Zacatecas, Mexico
• Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (1893) Québec City, Canada
• The Omni King Edward Hotel (1903) Toronto, Canada
• Alvear Palace Hotel (1932) Buenos Aires, Argentina

“It is an honor to congratulate all the 2017 award nominees,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “The nominee finalists exemplify the finest historic hotels and their hoteliers from across the United States of America and from around the world. The historic hotels nominated include small historic inns, boutique hotels, lifestyle hotels, and resorts. They represent small towns to large cities to UNESCO World Heritage destinations. We applaud the dedication and passion of the thousands of individuals working at these iconic hotels that keep the stories alive from the past and that make staying or celebrating a special occasion at these historic hotels a memorable experience. Keynote speakers will include recently named 2017 Historic Hotels of America Historian of the Year, Chef Walter Staib, culinary historian, author, ten-time Emmy® Award winning TV host of A Taste of History©. We will also recognize the recipient of the prestigious 2017 Historic Hotels of America Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Tickets for The Historic Hotels of America 2017 Annual Awards of Excellence and Gala Dinner are available. The awards ceremony and dinner will take place at The Omni Homestead Resort (1766) in Hot Springs, Virginia on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6 pm. Tickets for the awards ceremony and dinner are $350 for one seat and $2,800 per table (for 8 seats). Contact Historic Hotels of America at +1 202 772 8336 or scalhoun@historichotels.org to reserve tickets.

The 2016 Annual Awards of Excellence and Gala Dinner was held at the Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 3, 2016 Please click here to view past award winners.

About Historic Hotels of America®
Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America has more than 298 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the
U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated historic hotels. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit HistoricHotels.org.

About Historic Hotels Worldwide®
Historic Hotels Worldwide® is a prestigious collection of historic treasures, including historic hotels, castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, haciendas, villas, monasteries, and other historic lodging spanning ten centuries. Historic Hotels Worldwide represents the finest global collection of more than 260 historic hotels in more than 34 countries. Historic Hotels Worldwide is dedicated to promoting heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures. Hotels inducted into Historic Hotels Worldwide are authentic historic treasures, demonstrate historic preservation, and celebrate historic significance. Embracing luxury hotel brands, chains, collections, and the finest independent historic hotels, participation is limited to those distinctive historic hotels that adhere to the following criteria: minimum age for the building is 75 years or older; historically relevant as a significant location with a historic district, historically significant landmark, place of a historic event, former home of a famous person, or historic city center; hotel celebrates its history by showcasing memorabilia, artwork, photography, and other examples of its historic significance; recognized by national preservation or heritage buildings organization or located within UNESCO World Heritage Site; presently used as historic hotel. To learn more visit www.HistoricHotelsWorldwide.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Heather Taylor
Historic Hotels of America
Senior Manager, Marketing Communications Tel: +1 202 772 8333 Fax: +1 202 772 8338
htaylor@historichotels.org

07.20.17

Four Marcus Restaurant Properties Awarded Wine Spectator Recognition

Marcus Restaurant Group Logo

Marcus® Restaurant Group announced today that four of its premier properties – Mason Street Grill and Milwaukee ChopHouse in Milwaukee; Capitol ChopHouse in Madison, Wis.; and Grey Rock at the Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wis. – have earned a 2017 Wine Spectator award to recognize their respective wine programs.

Mason Street Grill has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence five years in a row, while Grey Rock has earned the award for its 15th year. In 2017, Capitol ChopHouse and Milwaukee ChopHouse are both receiving the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the first time.

The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recognizes fewer than 2,400 restaurants each year, requiring at least 90 wine options and a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the restaurant menu.

“We are proud to have four Marcus restaurants recognized for this prestigious ranking,” said Susan Terry, vice president of food & beverage operations for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “It reflects the thoughtful selection and high quality of wines that our teams pair with our restaurants’ exceptional cuisine.”

To be considered for a 2017 Wine Spectator Award, each Marcus Restaurant property submitted an application highlighting its particular strengths:

Mason Street Grill – With more than 290 wines available by the glass or bottle, downtown Milwaukee’s Mason Street Grill offers a diverse selection of quality wines from all major wine producing regions throughout the world. The restaurant boasts a strong selection of wines from the western United States – California, Oregon and Washington, and regularly brings in upper-tier and limited-release wines from that region and others.

Milwaukee ChopHouse – Newly recognized this year, the Milwaukee ChopHouse, located inside the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, offers more than 150 wines that complement the restaurant’s selection of quality steaks and entrees. The restaurant also regularly partners with vineyards and wineries across the U.S. to bring unique tasting experiences to guests, locals and visitors alike.

Capitol ChopHouse – Similar to the Milwaukee ChopHouse, the Capitol ChopHouse, located in downtown Madison, Wis. at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the first time this year. The restaurant added more than 30 wines to its wine menu, which has a selection of more than 180 wines total. With wines ranging from sparkling whites to Cabernet Sauvignon, the restaurant’s wines pair well with the traditional steak house cuisine that features locally sourced products and seasonal produce.

Grey Rock – Located at the Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wis., Grey Rock has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 2002. In a relaxed, lakefront setting, the restaurant offers fine dining with approximately 115 wines available by the glass or bottle and a strong emphasis on California wines. Grey Rock also features two wines from Wisconsin on its menu.

“We care about every guest experience. Since wine can be, and often is, a critical component to the meal, we are continuing to increase our offerings and selection at all of our restaurants,” added Terry. “This recognition proves that the hard work of our restaurant teams is paying off.”

For more information about Marcus Restaurant Group’s premier properties, visit http://marcusrestaurants.com/.

To learn about the Wine Spectator Awards program, visit https://restaurants.winespectator.com.

About Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

About Marcus Restaurant Group
Milwaukee-based Marcus Restaurant Group, an operating unit of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, develops and operates distinctive nation-wide 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 the SafeHouse. Frequent diners are encouraged to partake in the Marcus Rewards loyalty program at participating restaurants, bars and lounges at: http://www.marcusrewards.com. For more information on Marcus Restaurant Group please visit http://www.marcusrestaurants.com or visit Facebook and twitter for the latest news and updates.
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07.10.17

Combine Science, Fun & Farmland to View this August’s Solar Eclipse

Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker, the #1 Hotel in Lincoln, Neb. Offers an Out-of-This-World Package for the Solar Eclipse Weekend August 18-21

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, the #1 hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska, is offering an out-of-this-world deal for the Solar Eclipse weekend August 18-21. The hotel’s Solar Eclipse Package provides a special experience for guests who want to see and enjoy one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights.

People from across the world will gather to witness the eclipse on August 21. The eclipse will carve a path across the entire country and Nebraska happens to be a prime spot for viewing it. Observers will see approximately 1 minute 24 seconds of totality as the moon completely covers the sun. The last eclipse that travelled this path in the continental United States took place June 8, 1918, long before most of today’s U.S. residents were even born. As a community, Lincoln will celebrate the eclipse with entertainment opportunities throughout the entire eclipse weekend.

With rates starting at $259, the Cornhusker’s Solar Eclipse Package includes: overnight guestroom accommodations for two, breakfast buffet for two in The Café and complimentary valet parking. Exclusively added to this package are two disposable Solar Eclipse Glasses, Special Edition Solar Eclipse Patch from Homestead National Park, Special Edition Darkness Over the Prairie magnet, complimentary access to the Solar Eclipse Lounge Sunday night, and an Escape Lincoln guide with information about all the events for the Eclipse weekend. With amenities including an indoor pool and two in-house restaurants, a convenient location within walking distance to many shops and restaurants, and a complimentary shuttle in the downtown area, The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker offers the perfect solar eclipse weekend getaway.

Book your rate for Solar Eclipse 2017 Package
The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel is located at 333 South 13th Street in Lincoln, Neb. and is majority owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts. For more information or to reserve accommodations, 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
(https://www.facebook.com/thecornhuskermarriott) or follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@thecornhuskerh).

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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07.05.17

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Announces Official Opening of New Villas

 

GRAND GENEVA RESORT & SPA ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL OPENING OF NEW VILLAS

New Upscale Lodging Options for Guests Launch Just in Time for Summer Season

LAKE GENEVA, Wis., (July 5, 2017) – Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, an award-winning AAA Four-Diamond resort owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, is thrilled to  announce the opening of 29 all-season villas. These new offerings are an exciting addition to the 1,300-acre property in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva, Wis. This multi-million dollar investment is designed to enhance the resort experience with expanded, upscale accommodations for leisure and business guests alike.

“Ideal for families seeking a vacation with the comforts of home or friends searching for a unique weekend getaway, our new villas truly strengthen our diverse accommodation offerings at the resort,” said Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Managing Director Steve Magnuson. “The addition of these spectacular villas supports our goal of continuing to be a top travel destination in the Midwest.”

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. The interior design of the villas incorporates visual elements of the beautiful outdoors while providing a comfortable experience. Villa guests can also enjoy most resort amenities, from activities at the Adventure Center to access to the award-winning golf courses, combined with their own outdoor swimming pool during the summer season and an outdoor fire pit area for evening enjoyment and entertainment.

To further enhance the experience, villa guests are invited to pamper themselves with a new in-villa spa menu featuring a plethora of treatments, ranging from soothing massages and facials to salon services like manicures and airbrush makeup. Two new spa packages are also offered exclusively at the villas. The “North Shore Package” features a White River Relaxing Massage or Facial and a dry brush exfoliation, and the “Day on the Lake Package” includes a blowout, makeup and lash application.

The resort originally opened in 1968 as the Lake Geneva Playboy Club Hotel. The Marcus Corporation purchased this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired resort in 1993, and reopened it as the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in 1994. Throughout the years, the company has enhanced the quality of the property by adding three successful restaurants, renovating the award-winning golf courses, adding Timber Ridge Lodge & Water Park, expanding the meeting spaces, and renovating all of the guest rooms and suites. With the addition of the new villas, the enhancement of Grand Geneva Resort & Spa continues. The new villas will increase the total combined units on the property to more than 600.

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 on Facebook, Twitter 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).

 

06.29.17

Pfister Narrator-in-Residence Nicole Mattke Launches Pfister Book Club Program

Nicole Mattke Invites the Public to Participate in the First-Ever Pfister Book Club July 13

Milwaukee, Wis., June 29, 2017 – The historic AAA Four-Diamond Pfister Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today unveiled The Pfister Book Club, a year-long book club program moderated by the hotel’s tenth Narrator-in-Residence, Nicole Mattke. The book club’s first meeting will be held on July 13 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the hotel’s mezzanine.

The Pfister Book Club’s first meeting will discuss the book, “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. The story, which takes place in a hotel, follows an aristocrat who is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel in Moscow. The public is invited to participate in discussion about the literature, and for those who read the book, guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments and lights snacks. The Pfister Hotel’s executive pastry chef, Travis Martinez, will also create a specially-created themed dessert for each meeting. Complimentary parking for the event is also available.

“I’m thrilled to bring the first-ever Pfister Book Club to the hotel,” said Mattke. “The Book Club is a modern take on traditional book clubs and invites all readers to enjoy the hotel’s beauty while creating a literary community. Participants will also love the unique themed desserts Travis will create to accompany our meetings and discussions.”

The Pfister Book Club has three additional planned meetings, with others to be announced at a later date.

  • August 10, 2017 to discuss “The Shark Club” by Ann Kidd Taylor
  • September 14, 2017 to discuss “The Cottingley Secret” by Hazel Gaynor
  • October 12, 2017 to discuss “Forest Dark” by Nicole Krauss

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about The Pfister Book Club, please visit the Pfister Hotel’s Facebook page. For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

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 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).

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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06.27.17

New Omaha Capitol District Restaurant and Bar Concepts Unveiled

Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District
Society 1854 and Burdock + Bitters Bring Local Culinary Flair To Omaha’s Popular Downtown Area

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts today unveiled its new dining and bar concepts, Society 1854 and Burdock + Bitters, located in Omaha’s Capitol District upscale urban dining and entertainment community. Scheduled to open later this summer, both concepts pay homage to Omaha’s industrial history, bringing a timeless, high-quality dining experience to guests and locals alike.

Society 1854 and Burdock + Bitters will be located at 222 N. 10th Street in the new Omaha Marriott Downtown at The Capitol District near the popular Old Market neighborhood, the CenturyLink Center, the TD Ameritrade Park and many of Omaha’s museums and attractions.

The two new concepts, Society 1854 and Burdock + Bitters, will be under the creative direction of Executive Chef Brent Hockenberry, Omaha Chef Jon Seymour, and Craftsman and Beverage Expert Granville Sharpe.

Society 1854, Omaha Marriott Downtown

Society 1854 – Omaha Eatery
Society 1854, named for the year Omaha was founded, will offer a regionally inspired menu featuring handcrafted recipes focusing on “all things local.” The culinary leaders are creating an authentically Midwestern seasonal breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. The menu will feature familiar American cuisine, while incorporating a unique, creative flair that highlights the region’s finest ingredients. The eatery will also tap into Omaha’s local breweries, offering a thoughtfully curated craft beer list from some of the best brewers in the state.

A selection of wines from some of the world’s finest appellations will also be available by the glass and bottle. Throughout the day, Society 1854 will feature a “sharing table” that highlights local food and tastings.

“Society 1854 represents a timeless eatery inspired by Omaha’s charm and will offer a space for guests to enjoy popular Midwestern staples with a modern twist. Our commitment to farm-to-table style preparations can be seen in every dish we create. We take great pride in working with local farmers, butchers, creameries and brewers to bring our guests a powerful culinary experience,” said Hockenberry.

Burdock + Bitters, Omaha Marriott Downtown

Burdock + Bitters – Omaha Bar & Lounge
Omaha’s newest bar and lounge, Burdock + Bitters, will offer an array of spirits and cocktails, select beer and wine, and delectable small plates sure to take guests on a sensory food and beverage journey. Named for the two prominent ingredients in the classic American drink, The Old Fashioned, Burdock + Bitters will be perfect for after work happy hours, unwinding or a fun night on the town. Guests can sample the bar’s international collection of whiskey through whiskey flights, or enjoy a beer from its vast collection of seasonal, local, craft, macro and import offerings. Handcrafted cocktails are prepared with fresh ingredients mixed with local and exotic flavors, and an approachable collection of wines will be available by the bottle or glass.

“During each visit, our bartenders will personally guide guests through Burdock + Bitters’ menu, helping them learn about all our fine cocktail and spirit offerings,” added Hockenberry. “Located in the new energetic Capitol District, Burdock + Bitters will provide an upscale and modern space for all to enjoy a drink before or after a concert, a sporting event, or just for fun. Guests and locals can also take advantage of our weekly happy hour specials and discounts.”

Burdock + Bitters will also feature unique snacks and small plates perfect for sharing, as well as larger plates for guests looking to dine at the bar. A sample of featured cocktails include:

– Martinez – Old Tom gin, Italian vermouth, maraschino liqueur and bitters
– Bijou – Plymouth gin, Chartreuse, Italian vermouth and bitters
– Boulevardier – Bourbon, Campari and Italian vermouth
– Blood & Sand – Scotch whiskey, Cherry Herring, Italian vermouth and range juice
– Cigar at Sunrise – Cold Brew Mezcal, blended scotch, Oleo Saccharum and habanero shrub bitters

Culinary & Beverage Leadership

Chef Brent Hockenberry, who will oversee both the restaurant and bar concepts as well all banquets and catering for the 333-room hotel, joins the growing Omaha Marriott Downtown team with more than a decade of culinary and management experience in top resort properties, business hotels and fine dining restaurants across the globe. Prior to joining the Marriott Omaha Downtown, Hockenberry served as executive sous chef at the Grand Hyatt D.C., and has also worked in prestigious resorts across the Caribbean and Costa Rica.
Chef Jon Seymour, well known among Omaha’s dining scene, will serve as sous chef of the two restaurant concepts. Seymour previously served as head chef of V. Mertz Restaurant and Winebar, and has worked at other prominent dining establishments including Jack Binion’s, The Boiler Room Restaurant and Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops. He also has run pop-up diners at Nite Owl and Block 16, among other locations.
Granville Sharpe joins the team as Burdock + Bitters’ craftsman and beverage expert. Learning from some of the very best in the industry, his experience includes most recently serving as bar manager at Omaha’s Le Bouillion, working under chef Paul Kulik. Sharpe has a passion for the details of his craft and believes that even the simplest of drinks should be a memorable experience.

Brent Hockenberry Executive Chef at the Omaha Marriott Downtown Chef Jon Seymour, Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District Granville Sharp, Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District

The Omaha Marriott Downtown is now accepting reservations for group blocks, meetings, weddings and individual reservations. To make an individual reservation, please call (844) 696-3779 or make a reservation online. For those interested in booking a meeting or wedding, please contact Megan Gilligan, director of sales and marketing, via phone at (531) 205-7354, or email her at megangilligan@marcushotels.com.

For more information about the hotel, visit http://www.downtownomahamarriott.com/.
More information on the Capitol District Development is available at http://www.capitoldistrictomaha.com, and views of the project site can also be seen live at: http://www.workzonecam.com/projects/shamrock/capitaldistrict/workzonecam.

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).

About the Capitol District
The Capitol District is Omaha’s only downtown entertainment district. The District surrounds a technology-smart, modern town square and will feature a 218-unit high rise apartment tower, a full-service Marriott hotel, Class A office space, plenty of adjacent parking and over 20 diverse restaurants and bars – all within walking distance of Omaha’s best civic, cultural and entertainment venues and the Riverfront. The Capitol District will connect, invigorate and entertain Omaha. The District will welcome people year-round at all times of day by hosting collaborative events, live music and everyday fun. For more information, visit www.capitoldistrictomaha.com.

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06.19.17

Shh…Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s Secret Sculpture Garden Begins June 21

Local artist’s sculptures will be featured at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center throughout the summer

MILWAUKEE – June 19, 2017 – The Hilton Milwaukee City Center, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, will host a Secret Sculpture Garden in 6th and Green, the hotel’s outside courtyard, from June 21 through September 4, 2017. The public is invited to visit the secret garden and see local artist, Joel Pfeiffer’s 17 breathtaking stainless steel and fused glass sculptures in the “Walk of Wonder” exhibit.

The Secret Sculpture Garden will begin on Wednesday, June 21 with an opening reception from 5 – 8 p.m. Guests will be able to walk amongst the sculptures and meet Pfeiffer as he discusses his inspiration for each piece. The event will include a cash bar and a la carte food for purchase, as well as live music from Painted Caves, a Milwaukee-based band known for their Arabian-inspired folk music and mesmerizing performances. The hotel will also host happy hours in the space every Friday from 5 – 9 p.m. June 23 through September 1, 2017.

“I’m thrilled to feature my outdoor colored glass and stainless-steel sculptures at the Hilton Milwaukee,” said Joel Pfeiffer, local artist. “The green space at the Hilton lends a perfect landscape for the interplay of color and light throughout the day. I’m inspired by this fusion of color, glass and light for the “Walk of Wonder” exhibit.”

Pfeiffer, who resides in Hartland, Wisconsin, has had numerous shows and exhibitions, received countless arts and education awards, and has presented at many conferences and events, most often as a keynote speaker. He has had a number of major international and community art installations throughout the state. One of his most notable installations is the American-Soviet Mural Project, an 8’ x 36’ ceramic mural installed at the Mitchell International Airport since 1990.

Pfeiffer is also known throughout the community for his clay stomps, which mixes dry ingredients into clay for ceramic works of art. Over the past 33 years, Pfeiffer has facilitated over 80 clay stomps for schools, art museums, libraries and other community events. The clay stomps allow people to be a part of his art work and have fun.

The Secret Sculpture Garden is a sanctioned Sculpture Milwaukee event, a nonprofit organization that has brought 22 sculptures by 21 different artists along Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee. All of Pfeiffer’s sculptures in the Secret Sculpture Garden will be available for purchase.

The opening reception and Secret Sculpture Garden are free and open to the public. For more information about the Secret Sculpture Garden, visit the event website, or, you can check for more details via Facebook or Twitter @HiltonMilwaukee.

For more information on Joel Pfeiffer’s works, please visit: http://www.heartrootsstudio.com.

About Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Located in the heart of downtown, the AAA Four Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center is a true Milwaukee landmark. In 2011, it became a member of Historic Hotels of America. As Milwaukee’s convention headquarters hotel of choice, Hilton Milwaukee offers the most meeting and event space of any hotel in the city—more than 34,000 square feet—including three ballrooms and 18 well-appointed meeting rooms of various sizes. The hotel’s ballrooms, with their vaulted ceilings and period fabrics, echo the magnificence evident throughout this showpiece.

With 729 renovated guest rooms, Hilton Milwaukee can accommodate nearly any group. Its central location means guests are just moments away from the city’s theater district, the lakefront and Summerfest grounds, Bradley Center sports complex and Historic Third Ward. Hilton Milwaukee is located at 509 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information on the hotel, visit www.HiltonMilwaukee.com, find the hotel on Facebook (Facebook.com/hiltonmilwaukee), or follow it on Twitter (@HiltonMilwaukee).

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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05.31.17

New Narrator-In-Residence: Nicole Mattke

Milwaukee, Wis., May 23, 2017 – The historic AAA Four-Diamond Pfister Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced Nicole Mattke as its tenth “Pfister Narrator.” In this role, Mattke will spend time in the hotel’s lobby and public spaces interacting with visitors and guests and sharing their stories on The Pfister’s award-winning blog (blog.thepfisterhotel.com). As narrator-in-residence, Mattke will share her experiences at the hotel through blog entries at least twice each week over the course of a year.  She also plans to host events and book clubs to bring the literary community together.

 

“I am so honored to be named the next Pfister Narrator. This is truly my dream job and I can’t wait to begin interacting with visitors and guests, and writing about the experiences that make the Pfister so unique,” said Mattke. “I plan to link the Pfister’s long history with the guests that travel here today. My vision for this position is to bring a vibrant literary culture to the Pfister through seasonal mini-events with book themes, monthly book clubs and monthly story prompts for guests and the entire community.”

As a published author, Mattke has received honors for her writing and has presented her work at various events throughout the community. Her talents lie in creating stunning pieces of writing that reveal the beauty in daily life. A busy mother of two sets of twins, Mattke finds time to write in a variety of genres as well as contribute to blogs.

Mattke was chosen to serve as the hotel’s tenth narrator-in-residence based on her excellent writing and vision for the role. She was selected from a pool of applicants by a review panel consisting of local writers, editors and representatives from the hotel. She succeeds Dominic Inouye, who served as the ninth Pfister Narrator.

 

“We are thrilled for Nicole to be the next narrator-in-residence,” said Tim Smith, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “Nicole will bring new and exciting events to the hotel for the entire family. Guests and staff will enjoy her friendly and outgoing personality as she engages with them in the lobby, café and throughout the hotel.”

 

More information about The Pfister Narrator 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.

05.31.17

New Pastry Chef! Welcome Travis Martinez!

Milwaukee, Wis., May 16, 2017. . . .The Pfister Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced the appointment of Travis Martinez as executive pastry chef. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing the production of all confections and chocolates within the historic downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin hotel.

 

Martinez joins The Pfister’s premier culinary team with more than 10 years of pastry and baking experience. He has worked as a pastry chef or baker at top luxury properties and casinos throughout the United States, including Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Potawatomi Resort & Casino in Milwaukee, and Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California. Prior to coming to The Pfister Hotel, Martinez served as a pastry chef and chocolatier for JinJu Chocolates in Las Vegas, an award-winning artisan shop known for its gourmet, hand-crafted chocolates. In 2015, Martinez was also a finalist for the Food Network’s season 1 of “Cake Wars: Christmas,” where he competed with other pastry chefs and food artists from around the country to create decadent Christmas themed dessert displays.

 

Martinez received a professional certificate in baking and pastry from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.



 
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