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05.14.18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milwaukee ChopHouse Announces New Chef de Cuisine and Menu

Milwaukee ChopHouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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03.16.18

The Platinum Hotel earns 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award by TripAdvisor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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03.12.18

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence Program

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

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

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

About The Pfister Hotel

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

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

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02.12.18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

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

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

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

02.01.18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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01.24.18

Control Assigns New Secret Agents to SafeHouse Milwaukee

SafeHouse Restaurants

Control, the clandestine organization tasked with establishing and maintaining SafeHouse Restaurants in Milwaukee and Chicago, announced today that it has assigned two new agents to SafeHouse Milwaukee. Agent Change, a.k.a. Nick Dillon, joins the restaurant as the new Chief of Staff (general manager), and Agent Bacon, a.k.a. Craig Larson, was named the new Chief Culinary Agent (kitchen manager). Collectively, Agents Change and Bacon will manage all aspects of SafeHouse Milwaukee.

SafeHouse General Manager Agent Change aka Nick Dillon

Agent Change
In his new role as top operative at SafeHouse Milwaukee, Agent Change will be responsible for overseeing all secret missions and operations at the restaurant. He has more than 15 years of experience working in the restaurant industry around the country, including assignments as general manager of southeastern Wisconsin’s Water Street Brewery and St. Francis Brewery. While at St. Francis Brewery, Agent Change partnered with Milwaukee County Parks and successfully launched Milwaukee’s Craft Beer Garden in Humboldt Park, which remains one of the city’s premier beer gardens during the summer.

Before going undercover at The SafeHouse, Agent Change was stationed at the Milwaukee Burger Company in Franklin, Wisconsin. He has also worked as general manager of the oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family in the U.S. – El Charro Café – located in Tucson, Arizona. He is originally from Burlington, Wisconsin and currently resides in Glendale, Wisconsin with his wife Sarah and their three children Liam, Harrison and Penelope.

SafeHouse kitchen manager Agent Bacon aka Craig Larson

Agent Bacon
Agent Bacon, also a Wisconsin native, has more than seven years of experience working in the restaurant industry in Wisconsin and Illinois. Prior to joining the stealthy team at SafeHouse Milwaukee, Agent Bacon served as executive chef of Di Moda on Milwaukee’s lower east side, which he helped open. He has also held positions at Milwaukee’s Screaming Tuna as executive sous chef and Madison, Wisconsin’s Ale Asylum as the assistant kitchen manager. Early in his career, Agent Bacon worked as a sous chef at Giovanni’s Restaurant and Convention Center in Rockford, Illinois.

“Agents Change and Bacon join a team of highly-trained sleuths at SafeHouse Milwaukee. With their talents for building original and successful restaurant programs, as well as creating exceptional culinary experiences, they fit right in,” whispered Agent Blonde, a.k.a. Peggy Williams-Smith, senior vice president of SafeHouse Restaurants. “SafeHouse Milwaukee is an iconic landmark in our city. These two agents bring the necessary skills and cunning expertise needed to keep the tradition alive for many years to come. We’re thrilled they agreed to help us carry out our mission.”

Since first opening in 1966, SafeHouse Milwaukee has operated under the alias International Exports Ltd. and has become the premier refuge for the world’s undercover elite. In February 2017, Control welcomed a second SafeHouse location in downtown Chicago. Today, agents visiting either city can rest easy knowing that they have a SafeHouse waiting.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Restaurant Group, please visit http://marcusrestaurants.com/.

About 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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01.24.18

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Named Among “Best of Weddings 2018” Winners by The Knot

GRAND GENEVA RESORT & SPA NAMED AMONG “BEST OF WEDDINGS 2018” WINNERS BY THE KNOT

Award-Winning Wisconsin Resort Recognized As Top Reception Venue

LAKE GENEVA, Wis., (January 24, 2018) – Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, the award-winning AAA Four-Diamond resort owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, is honored to be recognized by The Knot’s “Best of Weddings 2018” as one of the top reception venues in the Milwaukee area. The highly esteemed wedding website and magazine helps engaged couples plan their nuptials by supplying everything from planning tips and vendor recommendations to wedding dress ideas and gift registry.

The breathtaking surroundings, elegant reception space, outstanding cuisine and highly attentive service make Grand Geneva Resort & Spa the ideal wedding venue to create a seamless wedding day experience for the couple and up to 400 guests. While the Grand Ballroom is the largest and most traditional option, the Chalet at The Mountain Top’s exposed beams, paver brick floors and a sweeping outdoor patio space make for an ideal, rustic setting. With possibilities for every couple, the property also has two outdoor ceremony lawns, the Fairview and Greenview, which offer beautiful views of the lake and The Brute golf course.  Moreover, the amenities and experiences housed right on the property mean guests will never have to search for more ways to enjoy their stay. That includes pampering for the bridal party and others at the onsite WELL Spa + Salon, along with an array of year-round activities such as championship golf, horseback riding, skiing, swimming and more.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is just 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee, which makes traveling to Lake Geneva easy and convenient. For more information on wedding planning at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, visit GrandGenevaWeddings.com.

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 About Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

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

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

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

 

01.20.18

The Pfister Hotel Names Six Finalists for its 10th Artist in Residence

Milwaukee, Wis., January 16, 2018The AAA Four-Diamond Pfister® Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced six finalists for the 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence program. This year’s finalists are Katheryn Corbin, ceramic figure sculpture; Clare Jorgensen, encaustic painter; Heidi Parkes, fiber artist; Kate Schaffer, painter; Stephanie Schultz, fashion designer; and Alice Wilson, living statue performer, costume and makeup designer.

Works of the six finalists will be showcased through mid-February at Gallerie M inside the InterContinental® Milwaukee, also owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, to coincide with the Historic Third Ward’s Gallery Night and Day on Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20, 2018. At a special Gallery Night reception at Gallerie M, guests and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the finalists and learn more about their work. The event will be held on Friday, January 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with complimentary light snacks, passed champagne and a cash bar,

The 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence winner will help celebrate the 10th year of the internationally recognized program, which provides an opportunity for local artists to enjoy a highly visible platform to showcase her work. This includes a year’s worth of creating and displaying their work in the designated artist studio and gallery on the first floor of the 125-year-old Pfister Hotel. Guests and the public can visit the artist during her residency in The Pfister’s studio and watch the evolution of each piece come to life while learning about the Artist in Residence’s unique artform and method.

Public Voting
Beginning at noon CST on Friday, January 19, 2018, members of the public will be able to vote online at www.thepfisterhotel.com/vote once per day, or via manual ballot vote at both Gallerie M and the Artist-in-Residence Studio at The Pfister Hotel. Voting will end on Friday, February 16, 2018 at noon CST, and the selection committee will announce the next Artist in Residence soon thereafter. The public voting will comprise of one seat on the selection committee, influencing the final decision. Regardless of who is chosen as Artist in Residence, the winner of the public vote will receive a solo exhibit inside Gallerie M and a $300 Utrecht Art Supplies gift card.

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

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

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

About InterContinental Milwaukee
Whether you’re looking for vibrant nightlife or a uniquely refined place for meetings, InterContinental® Milwaukee is your downtown destination. Mixing sophisticated elegance with modern luxury, InterContinental Milwaukee offers a chic, upscale atmosphere with a twist of the unexpected. Adjacent to the scenic Milwaukee Riverwalk, InterContinental Milwaukee is centrally located to downtown’s business and theatre districts, parks, restaurants and nightlife. Discover the historic Pabst Theatre, the Milwaukee Public Museum or one of Milwaukee’s many summer festivals. InterContinental Milwaukee is located at 139 E. Kilbourn Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. Find the hotel on Facebook (facebook.com/InterContinentalMilwaukee) or follow it on Twitter (@InterConMKE) to learn more about upcoming exhibits, events and specials.

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01.17.18

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Hosts Abominable Snow Race at The Mountain Top

GRAND GENEVA RESORT & SPA HOSTS ABOMINABLE SNOW RACE AT THE MOUNTAIN TOP

Conquer The Midwest’s Premier Winter Obstacle Race on January 27, 2018

LAKE GENEVA, Wis., (January 17, 2018) – Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, the award-winning AAA Four-Diamond resort owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, is excited to welcome back the Abominable Snow Race (ASR) on Saturday, January 27. The Midwest’s premier winter obstacle race challenges participants to five miles of snowy terrain and more than 20 winter-themed obstacles.

Held at The Mountain Top, the ski resort at Grand Geneva, ASR offers the perfect blend of fitness, family and fun. Ideal for varying ages and skills, there are three race categories: Elite Heat (elite racers 17 & older), Hero Heat (military, police & firefighters), and Open Heats (athletes 12 & older). All race participants will receive an exclusive ASR t-shirt, ASR finisher’s medal, 2018 Abominable beanie, and those 21 years of age or older will also receive a free local craft brew at the finish from sponsor Geneva Lake Brewing Co. Kids ages 4 to 11 can conquer the Lil Yeti course, which is a half mile long and features eight plus obstacles on the bunny slopes

Before and after the event, participants are encouraged to check out the 2018 Base Camp, located at the bottom of The Mountain Top, along with the nearby Yeti’s Lodge. While there, guests are invited to listen to live music, play games, enjoy food and drinks by the fire pit, and watch fellow racers conquer the course.

ASR is proud to donate a portion of the 2018 event proceeds to the Oscar Mike Foundation, which aims to help get injured veterans “On-The-Move.” Each year, ASR honors service men and women with the presentation of the flag by the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard, special guest speakers from the Oscar Mike Foundation and the singing of the national anthem.

Participants who are interested in making it a weekend getaway can enjoy exclusive offers such as discounted hotel ratest Grand Geneva and the family-friendly Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, which boasts a 50,000-square foot indoor/outdoor waterpark. Additionally, The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva features more than 30 acres of downhill ski runs and terrain for all ages and abilities. ASR participants can enjoy an exclusive, discounted lift pass for $79.

To register for ASR, please visit www.abominablesnowrace.com. For more information on Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and to book your stay, please visit www.grandgeneva.com.

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About Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

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

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 18 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).