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04.20.17

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Features The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence

Pfister artist Margaret Muza processes love of history through tintype photographs

Taylor Davis, a valet and bellman at the Pfister Hotel, sits down in front of the camera, and Margaret Muza goes to work.

Wearing goggles, gloves and a mask, Muza mixes a liquid film called collodion in a nearby walk-in closet that she’s converted to a darkroom. She carefully pours just enough collodion to coat a metal plate — aluminum with a black coating. She drips off the excess and then puts the plate into a bath of silver nitrate. When her sand timer runs out, Muza loads the plate to transport it from her darkroom to the camera. She lines up the shot and clicks the shutter.

Muza must develop the photograph in the next 15 minutes before the chemicals on the metal plate dry.
The process is a step back in time. Her photos don’t upload to the cloud. There’s no digital screen. She doesn’t use film.

Muza, the artist in residence at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel, practices a style of photography popular during the American Civil War, capturing images onto sheets of metal.

It’s called tintype photography, characterized by its use of metal to create a direct positive. The style — also known as melainotype or ferrotype — became popular in the mid-1850s. It was more durable and cheaper than daguerreotypes or ambrotype photographs at the time. The tintype method went out of common use at the beginning of the 20th century.

Back in her darkroom under safe red lights, Muza pours developer onto the metal. Slowly, a negative of the image appears. Once she sees what she’s looking for, she pours on water to stop the development and rinses the chemicals off. Then she pours fixer onto the plate to turn the negative image into a positive one.

Tintypes can last for more than 100 years if they’re preserved. To protect her photographs, Muza pours a varnish made from alcohol, lavender oil and tree sap onto the plate. The tintype is complete.

The portrait of Davis in his uniform could have been displayed on opening day at the Pfister in 1893 — and it would have looked charmingly old then.

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04.18.17

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Pfister artist Margaret Muza processes love of history through tintype photographs

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured the Pfister’s 2017-2018 artist-in-residence, Margaret Muza and her unique art form, tintype photography. Learn about this historic photography process that dates back to the 1860’s and watch the video on how Muza creates a work of art using sheets of metal and chemistry here.

04.08.17

WISN-TV: ‘Dinner From a Movie’ at Mason Street Grill

Chef Mark Weber from the Mason Street Grill was on WISN-TV to discuss the restaurant’s new renovations and the ‘dinner from a movie’ special. Watch here to see what movie favorites Mason Street Grill is serving up.

04.04.17

Wisconsin Meetings – Spring Edition

In The News

New Milwaukee Hotel in the Works: Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation Committee has given its approval for plans to convert the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center into a hotel. The project will include a 14-story addition to the historic building located in downtown Milwaukee. The current structure will be converted into the hotel’s lobby, restaurant, and meeting rooms according to the developer, Madison-based Ascendant Holdings Real Estate. The hotel will have 220 rooms.

AAA Four Diamond Awards Announced: Three Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties in Wisconsin have received the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2017. They include: The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee; Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva; and the Hilton Milwaukee, Milwaukee. The Pfister Hotel is one of only 12 hotels in North American that has maintained AAA Four Diamond status since the ratings were introduced in 1976.

Green Venues Offer Higher ROI: According to the LEED in Motion: Venues report released by the US Green Building Council, venues such as convention centers that incorporate LEED into their buildings enjoy increased cost-savings, decreased annual operating costs and a higher return on investment overall. The report highlights the green strategies and savings of more than 30 LEED-certificed venues across the globe, including the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., which is certified LEED Silver, and the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., which is certified LEED O + M.

Top Trends for 2017

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, a US based hospitality management company operating 70 hotels, resorts, and conference centers, has announced its “Top Meeting Trends for 2017”

#1. The outlook is promising: early indications are encouraging for a favorable business environment for 2017. The remainder of the year looks bright with renewed energy and prosperity in the meetings and marketplace, growing confidence in job creation and resulting training demand, and a reinvigorated economy expected to provide a strong boost to corporate meetings.

#2. Authenticity matters: more than ever, groups want authentic, interactive travel experiences to enrich their meetings. This is particularly so with millennials. Planners seek to immerse their attendees within the local milieu or engage with social causes. Properties that provide opportunities to discover genuinely authentic destination experiences set themselves far apart from their competitors and leave their guests transformed.

To read the full list of trends, please go to the news tab on wiscosinmeetings.com

Set a course for success:

Step outside the box – be it cubicle or office – and take your next meeting out to the course for an inspiring change that breaks down walls and builds productivity.

At Geneva National Resort, each meeting space offers panoramic views of lush fairways, rolling countryside and pristine shorelines – landscapes that can sharpen thinking and creativity and provide for walking breaks and a round – or three – of golf.

With 54 legendary holes designed by Arnold Palmer, Gary Plater and Lee Trevino, this revered golf club accommodates groups of all sizes, and its professional on site team orchestrates tournaments, teaching clinics, dining, lodging and activities in the popular resort town of Lake Geneva.

“We try to personalize each outing and make it memorable for every player,” notes Brian Kaminksi of Geneva National’s Golf Department. “This high level of service combined with quality of play is why groups return year after year.”

Holiday Inn Express Racks up Awards: The Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Madison Central received the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2016 Torchbearer Award, IHG’s most prestigious award. This award is given to IHG hotels that achieve the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation. In addition, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites- Madison Central received the 2016 Great Lakes Management Group Outstanding Customer Service Award and the 2016 General Manager of the Year Award.

AEC Recommendations are in: A plan looking at the future uses and needs of Madison’s Allianz Energy Center campus calls for adding a hotel, exhibition and commercial space, in addition to skywalks between buildings. It also recommends keeping the Coliseum, but renovating and expanding it. Chicago-Based Hunden Strategic Partners created the plan. Public discussion will be invited before a final proposal is submitted to Dane County, which owns and operates the facility.

Road America Promotions: Michael Kertscher, director of business services, and Greg Wieser, director of operations, have both been promoted to Vice President at road America. “Both of these individuals have demonstrated success in driving key areas of Road America’s business and now become part of an overall leadership team that has us well positioned for the future,” said George Bruggenthies, Road America’s president and general manager.

 

03.30.17

Make it Better

Eco-Friendly Getaways Near Chicago

MARCH 30, 2017 BY MIRA TEMKIN PRINT

Looking for a place to escape within driving distance of the Chicago area? How about some family-friendly venues and destinations that support a “go green” initiative? These great getaways near Chicago are all within a five hour drive. Plus, find tips for reducing the carbon footprint of your travel at carbonfund.org.

Going Green in Wisconsin
Our neighbor to the North is one of the few states that actually features a Travel Green Wisconsin website, complete with certifications that promote smart, environmentally friendly business practices. Just a few hours away are a variety of Travel Green certified restaurants, hotels and venues that are committed to sustaining green practices and supporting the local economy.

It’s Grand in Lake Geneva

Splash down fun at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark (Photo courtesy of Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark.)

The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark are close by, so you can slip, slide and sleep while creating wonderful memories for your family. The big draw at Timber Ridge is the 50,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor waterpark, Moose Mountain Falls, with pools, slides, a lazy river, several hot tubs, and new musically inspired waterslide, Avalanche Falls. Check out their special packages for great savings and family fun.

Right next door is the AAA Four-Diamond Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, an all-season resort with a weekly schedule of recreational activities, family entertainment and leisure programming. Take on a life-size game of Human Foosball or let the kids go for Pastries and Picassos, where they can create a masterpiece on a plate and enjoy a delicious treat.

“The natural beauty of Grand Geneva is something that should not be taken for granted. Grand Geneva and Timber Ridge are committed to going green, reducing their carbon footprint and embracing the natural beauty that surrounds them,” says Steve Magnuson, managing director at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark.

Green initiatives at Grand Geneva and Timber Ridge include the full range of amenities. “The resorts’ fertile locale cultivated a natural herb and vegetable garden, which provides fresh produce for the Ristoranté Brissago, Geneva ChopHouse
and Grand Café,” says Magnuson.

In addition, local partners are utilized in all of the Grand Geneva restaurants.
“Since 2009, Grand Geneva has participated in the Clean the World program, which collects leftover soap and bottled amenities from guest rooms for redistribution to children and families in need,” Magnuson says. Clean the World has distributed more than 17 million bars of soap in 96 different countries.

In 2010, Grand Geneva became the first resort in the Midwest to offer an on-site charging station for electric cars, including two Tesla electric charging stations. Timber Ridge regulates its electricity, heating and cooling with guests’ keys alone, and has converted to all LED lights in guestrooms

Braise the Bar in Milwaukee
Check out Braise, Milwaukee’s first community supported agriculture (CSA) restaurant, where diners find a truly unique farm-to-table experience that supports the local economy. Braise grows their own vegetables, bakes their own bread and butchers their own meats. The menu changes daily, so there’s always something new to try. From seasonally inspired menus and creative cocktails, to hands-on classes and events, they work to educate their community on food. Braise serves dinner only.

Earth-Friendly in the Dells

Enjoy a bacon cheeserburger at Moosejaw. (Photo courtesy of Moosejaw Pizza.)

It’s not just great pizza. It’s pizza and burgers that subscribe to eco-friendly practices. Yes, at Moosejaw Pizza and Dells Brewing Company, delivery vehicles run on vegetable oil, recycled from the kitchen fryer. They also handcraft 10 varieties of their own beer with the used brewing grains recycled as horse feed. And there’s a gluten-free menu as well.

Race to Indy
Just a few hours south lies Indianapolis, a great city known for its family-friendly venues. The largest children’s museum in the world, the five-story Indianapolis Children’s Museum, continues to win awards for its innovative, hands-on activities. Enjoy interactive exhibits exploring art, science, history and culture, a Dinosphere, and planetarium.

Another good bet is White River State Park, America’s only cultural urban state park with 250 acres of green space. Explore the park by bike, Segway, or your own two feet as you meander through the Indianapolis Zoo, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, NCAA Hall of Champions, Indiana State Museum and Victory Field. A recommended green stay is The Hampton Inn Indianapolis/Carmel, which features energy efficient, LEED certified accommodations. The Hampton also offers organic products, recycling programs, solar panels, biodegradable materials, and even eco- tourism activities. Ask about their special package for the Children’s Museum.

Do the Dunes in Silver Lake, Michigan

Kids have fun rolling down the dunes. (Photo courtesy of the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce.)

Located on Lake Michigan between Muskegon and Ludington, Silver Lake is often called Michigan’s “Golden Coast,” where you’ll find 70-foot tall sand dunes. You can ride in dune buggy or simply hike to the top — it’s pure joy to run down the dunes. Visit the Little Sable Point Lighthouse, which sits right on the beach. Try sandboarding, which lets you glide down the sand. Rent everything you need for sandboarding at The Sand Box in Mears.

“Our sandboards are specifically designed just for sandboarding,” says Terri Sharpe, owner of The Sand Box. “You can ride it like a sled or stand up. The boards have to be waxed before each run. People love it because it’s exhilarating and it’s easy for kids to do. There’s nothing quite like a run down the dunes under your own power,” adds Sharpe.

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03.30.17

Luxury Travel Magazine

Elite Vacationers Soar with these Destination Copter Rides

From New Zealand and Lake Como to the U.K. and Lanai, birds-eye view is the new bragging right in luxury travel. So move over jet set, it’s all about the copter class with experiences that are quite literally over-the-top.

Helena Bay | North Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s newest luxury property, Helena Bay Lodge, offers not only stunning private beach views, but also high-touch service providing an exclusive retreat built to host no more than five couples in its luxurious villa suites. Guests can delight in world- class cuisine from celebrated Michelin-starred Chef Ernesto Iaccarino of Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 in Italy, and enjoy over-the-top experiences including the Private Flights package which offers private helicopter transportation from Helena Bay to a selection of beautiful wineries. The idyllic excursion sweeps guests from the property to the Waiheke Islands via private helicopter for a wine tasting at both Cable Bay or Man’ O War Estate vineyards as well as lunch and to meet with winemaker. Guests who choose to purchase a bottle of wine to bring back to the property, can then have Chef Michele Martino of celebrated Michelin-starred Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 in Italy, curate a tailored lunch the following day, with custom wine pairings from the bottle chosen at the vineyard.

**The Private Flights package must be reserved with two days in advance and is available for guests staying for a minimum of a two night stay. Advance notice of the type of wine is needed for chef that day. The price for two people including helicopter

transportation, lunch and wine tastings at the vineyard, and chefs wine pairing lunch is $12,475 NZD including GST (tax).

Chewton Glen | Hampshire, UK

Chewton Glen an award winning storied Relais & Châteaux property, located in Hampshire, UK welcomes guests to experience the high life with their Helicopter Hotel Breaks package. Indulge in a two night stay in one of the hotel’s exclusive Treehouse Suites. Built high among the trees of a secluded valley, each Treehouse suspense 35 feet above ground is an unforgettable setting for a truly unique, unwinding, relaxing getaway. Huge windows give a panoramic view through the canopy to the valley beyond and every need is catered for and brought straight to the Treehouse doors…from a curated dining experience via a picnic basket style hamper, to unique Treehouse spa treatments, to a children’s nook filled storybooks the Treehouse suites at Chewton Glen are wonderfully unique. Once settled into your home in the sky, go even higher with a 45-minute private helicopter flight over the picturesque Isle of Wight with flowing champagne. Included in booking this stay is also full use of the award-winning spa, leisure facilities, dinner hamper for two, breakfast hamper for two and VAT. The Helicopter Hotel Breaks package begins at £1,850 per room per night based on two people sharing a Treehouse Studio Suite.

Jumeirah Port Soller | Mallorca, Spain

Just recently re-opened for it’s fifth season, the stunning Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa has unveiled a Unique Experiences Program to help guests discover the true beauty, culture, cuisine, wildlife and local produce of Mallorca. The private helicopter trip lasts approximately 20 minutes, enough time to identify many of the best parts of the island, and will drop you off right at the door of a charming agritourism in Fornalutx. A magnificent traditional manor house with a colorful history, where you will be offered locally grown oranges for your refreshment. Continue the day hiking across Sa Costera, one of the most beautiful coastal trails on the island that will take you to Cala Tuent. Finish off the day with lunch at ‘Es Vergeret’, offering local cuisine and freshly caught fish and seafood. Enjoy a swim before returning back to the hotel by private speedboat. Pricing upon request.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo | Lake Como, Italy

A rare jewel of Italian art de vivre with frescoed rooms and legendary architecture, Villa Sola Cabiati is a museum-worthy masterpiece that until recently was reserved for private use only. Today, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, an icon of period style and elegance, is setting the stage for guests at the historic villa, where the leisure class lounged lakeside since the 1700s. Sitting side-by-side along the Riviera della Tremezzina, the marriage of Grand Hotel Tremezzo and Villa Sola Cabiati is a study in refined luxury and a window into the heritage of Lake Como and its Grand Tour spanning two centuries. Separated by just a short ride in a traditional or water limousine, Grand Hotel Tremezzo and Villa Sola Cabiati offer high-level service and an extraordinarily regal experience in the air to

view Lake Como and it’s glory from high above in a helicopter. From the intimate to the elaborate, on the roof of Villa Sola sits a landing pad after your tour and on the grounds are perfectly suited for romantic dinners, milestone celebrations, spectacular soirées, or languid afternoons of alfresco luncheons, sun-dappled picnics and treasure hunts for little ones.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai | Lanai City, Hawaii

With contrasting landscapes across only 140 square miles, the secluded island of Lanai offers visitors unique, one-of-a-kind experiences highlighting the island’s diverse topography. For those looking for a sky-high adventure – all with the hallmark of Four Seasons and Lanai inspired, embark on a helicopter tour and fly over rolling mountains, jagged cliffs and broad beaches. Choose from the 20-minute Lanai Circle Island Experience for an aerial understanding of the island’s history, culture and beauty, or take a longer air expedition over the islands of Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui and Molokai and learn about their geological evolution over the last million years. Guests can also choose their own birds-eye adventure and develop a custom itinerary with a pilot for a full day’s flight over coffee estates, remote beaches and lava flows around active volcanoes. When the mood strikes, land for a gourmet picnic lunch, hiking tour or visit to local attractions. In addition, guests can learn to fly and perform basic maneuvers, such as takeoff, cruise and land, with the Maui Flight Academy. Fly in between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, directly over the active volcano vent, travel alongside tall sea cliffs to Molokai before heading over the lush West Maui mountains, finally landing in Hana to explore the rainforest on a 2-4 hour experience. The Fabulous 4 flight is a full-day of pure joy. Fly to Molokaʿi, Honolulu, Hawaiʿi’s Volcano, Hilo, Waipiʿo Valley, Hana Maui and Kahului for a once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Gurney’s Resorts | Montauk, NY and Newport, RI

Gurney’s Resorts make it easy to visit their Montauk, NY and (new!) Newport, RI locations with a new partnership between the aviation company BLADE with Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa and Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina. The properties can arrange for easy transportation on a luxurious BLADE seaplane from Manhattan to both islands – or in between islands allowing for a Montauk to Newport experience. Additionally, for the month of June, those that book a flight from Manhattan to Newport will receive complimentary accommodations at Gurney’s Newport. Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina debuted January 2017 as the only four-season resort in Newport, RI. Surrounded by water with frontage on both the Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor and a few minutes’ walk to Downtown Newport, Gurney’s Newport has 257 rooms and suites, four restaurant outlets, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, spa, and spacious banquet space for groups and events. Under new ownership led by George Filopoulos and Lloyd Goldman, the resort will feature a refreshed lobby, new marina in early 2017, as well as enhanced pool deck and updated culinary outlets by summer 2017. Gurney’s Newport marks an expansion of the Gurney’s brand in the northeast, following the success of Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa in the Hamptons, NY. Additionally, situated on Montauk’s most pristine stretch of oceanfront

real estate, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is a Hampton’s institution and the only four-season resort on Montauk. Providing guests with direct access to a 2,000 ft. private sand beach, Gurney’s features 146 rooms, suites and beachfront cottages, each with dramatic ocean views. Under new ownership led by George Filopoulos and Lloyd Goldman, the multi-phase, multi-year refresh of the entire property began in 2014 and has returned the year-round spa destination to the epicenter of the Hampton’s experience.

Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara | North San Diego, Calif.

Capture the beauty of Coastal California from sea and sky with Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara’s Coastal Photo Safari. Led by award winning and internationally acclaimed artist Aaron Chang, this unique expedition offers hands-on experience with the creator of modern surf and ocean photography himself. Armed with a waterproof camera and wetsuit, guests free-dive as Chang shares tips for shooting the rhythm and movement of the water and tricks for capturing the early morning light. Next, the class enjoys a drive down the coast to Chang’s award-winning gallery, where he’ll gives a behind-the-scenes tour, before a private farm-to-fork lunch served along the beach. By the afternoon, guests will soar by helicopter above the San Diego shoreline while Chang guides them towards the perfect aerial shot. Situated in shimmering Southern California along the coastal city of Carlsbad, Four Seasons Residence Club offers 246 villas with all the comforts of a luxurious vacation home, coupled with intuitive service and amenities.

Trappers Cabin | Beaver Creek, Colo.

Beaver Creek pulls out all the stops with the ultimate White Glove Winter Package! Visitors can treat themselves and three guests and experience a ski vacation that will spoil them for anywhere else. With every detail attended to and amenities ranging from first class airfare, a private helicopter transport and private car to deliver guests to an on-mountain cabin all their own, there is no better place to experience the vacation of a lifetime than at Beaver Creek. Guests are encouraged to embrace the finer things in mountain life with this unforgettable vacation package valued at $50,000 (All package items subject to availability). The White Glove treatment features:

• Four Epic Passes, providing skiing and snowboarding privileges at 13 resorts in 3 countries
• First-class, round-trip airfare to Eagle Airport (EGE) from anywhere in the lower 48 states

• A private helicopter transfer straight from EGE to the base of Beaver Creek Mountain
• Four-night stay at the on-mountain Trappers Cabin with a personal “Cabin Keeper” concierge and chef
• A “welcome to Beaver Creek ski apparel package,” including items from Helly Hansen and Smartwool
• Golden Ticket First Tracks access to the mountain before it opens to the public

• Private ski lessons with a Ski School Ambassador
• A ski concierge private boot fitting and ski rental delivery
• Other activities and amenities include: a private snowshoe tour and picnic, private on mountain lunch, gourmet dinner at SaddleRidge Restaurant, post-ski spa treatment, dinner at Beano’s Cabin

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa | Lake Geneva, Wis.

With the US Open heading to Erin Hills in just a few months time, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis. (just 50 miles away from each other) is officially offering an over-the-top package for golf enthusiasts that includes a helicopter ride, a three- bedroom villa (brand new and debuting this June), private dining experience and more.

Fairways and Airways — Brand new Villa Access, Helicopter Transportation and Tickets to the US Open

• Four tickets to the US Open, with access to the hospitality tent with an open bar • Two night stay in a three-bedroom brand new Villa **the resort is celebrating the grand opening of the Villas in June
• Helicopter transportation for four to the US Open
• Transportation from landing spot to the US Open
• Grilled to order in-room villa dining experience with Grand Geneva’s chef
• Valid June 11 – 18, 2017. Package is subject to availability and does not include nightly resort fee and taxes.
Starting at $6,999

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03.30.17

FOX6Now.com

Back for another year, the Lake Geneva Festival of Wine is a three-day celebration

POSTED 9:33 AM, MARCH 30, 2017, BY CARL DEFFENBAUGH

LAKE GENEVA — Back for another year, the Lake Geneva Festival of Wineis a three-day celebration that starts Friday, March 31st. And it’s about so much more than just drinking wine. Carl spent the morning getting a preview.

Lake Geneva Festival of Wine (website)

Welcoming all wine lovers! Join us for the Lake Geneva Festival of Wine at Grand Geneva. We have an entire weekend of vintage entertainment planned for all you enthusiasts, from social wine drinkers to sommeliers. Enjoy Friday night wine dinners at our premier restaurants to kick off the weekend then don’t miss the Grand Tasting on Saturday – our main event – as well as informative seminars and room packages too. Tickets range from $80-$106. Packages for resort stay are also available to reserve and purchase **Must be 21 years old to attend**

Event Date Details:

Mar 31, 2017 – Apr 2, 2017 Mar 30, 2018 – Apr 1, 2018

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03.29.17

OnMilwaukee.com: Frozen and boozy: 7 alcoholic ice cream drinks to whet your whistle

OnMilwaukee.com shared the Monarch Lounge’s delicious floats in its article on the boozy floats and shakes you can find around Milwaukee. Check out number 5, Sprecher ginger soda with juniper berry and lime ice cream and a shot of Rehorst gin, the next time you are at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Read the entire article here.

03.26.17

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinal

Film festival, spring skiing and more to do around Wisconsin 
Lake Geneva: Festival of Wine. A weekend of wine tasting awaits visitors to the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa March 31-April 2. The main event, the Grand Tasting, takes places from 3 to 6 pm April 1. Tickets of that are $75 and include wine, cheese and chocolate tastings. See grandgeneva.com.
Madison: Wisconsin Film Festival. More than 150 screenings are scheduled at a handful of theaters around madison during this festival March 30-April 6. Individual tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, UW faculty and staff and seniors. See wifilmfest.com
Mineral Point: Gallery Night. Mineral Point hosts its first Gallery Night of the year on April 1. Artists in everything from painting and ceramics to photography and fiber art will open their galleries and studios to visitors for the day. See artsmp.org.
Minoqua: Only Fools Run at Midnight 5k. Race through the streets of Minocqua at night on April 1. The 5k race kicks off at 11 pm. Runners are given green glow necklaces and encouraged to dress in costume for the fun run. Registration is $25 in advance and $35 the day of. See minocqua.org.
Phelps: Maple Syrup Fest. Watch tree-tapping demonstrations, browse more than 70 vendors and enjoy plenty of maple syrup treats at this festival from 8am to 4pm April 1 at the Phelps School. There will also be a few classes this year, including a cooking class ($15), Beekeeping 101 and Maple Syrup 101 ($10 each). See phelpswi.us.
Poynette: Maple Syrup Festival. Learn about the science and history of making maple syrup, including how the Ho Chunk and early European settler did it, at this festival from 8am to 2pm April 1 at the Mackenzie center. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. There also will be a pancake breakfast ($7 for adults, $5 for kids 3-11). See friendsofmackenzie.org.
Waukesha: Trailbreaker Marathon. Choose from a variety of distances – 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon – for this race on April 1. The marathon routes follows city streets, bike trails and a 5-mile segment of the Ice Age Trail. Registration through March 29 is $40 for the 5k, $50 for the 10k, $60 for the half marathon and $70 for the marathon. See runthetrailbreak.com.
Wausau: Granite Peak Family Festival Weekend. Get in a final weekend of skiing during Granite Peak’s Family Weekend March 31-April 2. In addition to lodging and lift ticket discounts there will be free horse-drawn wagon rides and fireworks and a bonfire on a Saturday night. See skigranitepeak.com.
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03.21.17

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: $6,999 Marcus hotel package includes helicopter rides to U.S. Open at Erin Hills

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlighted the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa’s luxurious “Fairways and Airways” promotion to the U.S. Open at Erin Hills golf course this June. The $6,999 package gives guests a two-night stay at one of Grand Geneva’s recently renovated three-bedroom villas and four tickets to the U.S. Open, with hospitality tent access that includes a full open bar. The article also featured the InterContinental Milwaukee’s “Fore! The Love of Golf” package that offers overnight accommodations for two people, a pair of tickets to the hospitality tent at Erin Hills and transportation to and from the U.S. Open. Read the article here.



 
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