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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel: 125 years of history, hospitality and heart

From its Victorian art collection, sweeping hallways, soaring ceilings and seventh-floor ballroom, The Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee is known as the most iconic hotel in Milwaukee. Learn about its 125 year history and what this magnificent hotel means to Milwaukee in a feature from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Afternoon Tea featured on the Food Network

From tea and finger sandwiches served in the traditional English style to cakes and scones with a Mediterranean twist, check out some of the best spots across the country to lift your pinkie, including Afternoon Tea at The Pfister Hotel.
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Food Network: 10 Afternoon Tea Spots Across the Country

10 Afternoon Tea Spots Across the Country

From tea and finger sandwiches served in the traditional English style to cakes and scones with a Mediterranean twist, check out some of the best spots across the country to lift your pinkie, including Afternoon Tea at The Pfister Hotel.

View the full slideshow online here.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A college dorm job steered Milwaukee Chophouse’s new chef de cuisine from history to the kitchen

New Milwaukee ChopHouse Chef de Cuisine, Calum Hastreiter, was featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Fork.Spoon.Life” column. In the article, Hastreiter shares why he loves to cook, his favorite foods and lessons learned throughout his career. Read the full article here.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Fashion designer to create Victorian-inspired line as the next Pfister artist in residence

By Sarah Hauer | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The AAA Four Diamond Pfister Hotel recently announced its 10th artist in residence will be Milwaukee-area fashion designer Stephanie Schultz. Schultz will move into the artist workspace in the hotel’s lobby April 1. She was selected by leaders in the local arts community and a public vote. The current artist in residence at the Pfister is tintype photographer Margaret Muza. Read the full story to learn more about Stephanie, her work and the Artist-in-Residence program – which is celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Read the full story online here.


Travel Channel

8 of the Most Incredible Indoor Water Parks

By Erin Gifford

Timber Ridge Lodge & Water Park

Just two hours north of Chicago, Moose Mountain Falls at Timber Ridge Lodge & Water Park in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is the place to go for 50,000 square feet of pools, slides, tubes and a lazy river. A new slide, Avalanche Falls, engages all the senses thanks to colored lights and energetic playlists that let riders rock out to their favorite tunes as they slide. When you’re ready to dry off, head to Crazy Coyotes Arcade for dozens of arcade games or enjoy daily activities, like family movies and arts and crafts.

Wilderness Resort

Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, the self-proclaimed “Water Park Capital of the World,” may not be able to claim the largest indoor water park in the country, but it is the largest water park resort. The resort’s four indoor water parks make up over 250,000 square feet of wet and wild fun, and that doesn’t even include the four outdoor water parks at Wilderness Resort. Inside, ride the waves at the country’s largest indoor wave pool at Wild WaterDome or try the Midwest’s only slideboarding ride at Klondike Kavern.

Epic Waters Indoor Water Park

The brand new Epic Waters Indoor Water Park in Grand Prairie, Texas boasts 80,000 square feet of splash-worthy fun thanks to 11 water slides, like the Texas Twist and Yellowjacket Drop, as well as Lasso Loop, the tallest indoor Aqualoop ride in the country. A lazy river, mat racer slides and a water playground with geysers, sprinklers and a 300-gallon tipping bucket add to the fun. As a bonus, the water park has a retractable roof so you can enjoy the sunshine from inside the park on especially nice days.


Modern Luxury Men’s Book Chicago

Adventures: Back in the Swing

By David Zivan

Jack Nicklaus. Arnold Palmer. Lee Trevino. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? What you may not have known is that each of those legendary swingers designed courses at Lake Geneva. A longtime destination for Chicagoans seeking respite from city life, the area offers many pleasures, but none surpass the variety of its golf options – 11 courses in all. There’s The Brute, for instance: a 7,000-yard, par-72 danger zone area at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, where rates start at $79 and a hole-in-one challenge touts a $10,000 prize. Or, along Geneva National, enjoy stunning overlooks of Lake Como – but, as ever, we recommend you keep your head down.


USA Today

Indoor Water Park Hotels Near Chicago

By Brittany Anas

Indoor pools are standard at many hotels near Chicago. But, indoor water parks? They’re sure to make a big splash, especially with families who are traveling with children. Of course, a major perk of indoor water parks is that fun isn’t dependent on favorable weather forecasts. Instead, hotel guests can zip down slides or float in lazy rivers any time of year. A mid-winter weekend getaway to an indoor water park could help hold the kids over until the pools re-open in the summer. At these hotels near Chicago, water parks are star amenities.

Timber Ridge Lodge and Water Park at Grand Geneva

About 90 minutes from Chicago, the Timber Ridge Lodge and Water Park at Grand Geneva is a family-friendly destination that offers, not just water slides and pools, but also arcades and mini-golf. The 50,000-square-foot water park has attractions that kids of all ages can enjoy. The Tiny Timbers features swings, mini-slides, spouts and a mushroom waterfall to engage the little ones. An activity pool has a rope climb on which kids can monkey their way across, plus basketball hoops and waterslides. Canyon River is the water park’s lazy river with single and double tubes available. The Timber Rapids and Avalanche Falls slides are synced to upbeat country and pop songs. Of course, there’s a hot tub to warm up in as well. Guests who stay at the Timber Ridge Lodge receive four complimentary water park passes with a one-bedroom suite, and six passes with a two-bedroom suite.

Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells

First, some good news: The Great Wolf Lodge plans to open its newest location in Gurnee, Ill., just about an hour from Chicago in mid-2018. Great Wolf Lodge is renovating the former KeyLime Cove indoor water park that closed. Otherwise, the closest Great Wolf Lodge to Chicago is about three hours away in the Wisconsin Dells. Some fun attractions include the Mountain Edge Raceway that’s akin to tobogganing, except with a mat and on a waterslide; Frog Bog Log Walk that challenges kiddos to cross floating lily pads with the help of cargo nets; and the Slap Tail Pond, a wave pool. Other highlights include indoor cabanas, hot springs warming pools and lots of water slides. Water park passes are exclusive to guests.

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Utica, Ill.

Bob in the waves at the water park’s rock-lined wave pool or slip and slide down the waterslides. It’s your move at this resort, which is about 90 minutes outside of Chicago in Utica, Ill. and near Starved Rock State Park. The water park also has a play structure for children, a lazy river and a hot tub. A small fire contained to the water park area prompted the water park to shut down for renovations, but it’s scheduled to re-open Memorial Day 2018. Water park admission is complimentary to hotel guests. Day passes are available, starting at $17.95 per person.

Country Inn and Suites in Galena, Ill.

The swim area at the Country Inn & Suites in Galena, Ill. falls somewhere between standard hotel pool and full-on water park. A twisting waterslide empties out into the main pool. Plus, a kids’ section has a mini-frog water slide and play structure.


The most romantic weekend getaways in America

By Terry Ward


Hotel Management: Marcus Hotels to manage the newly opened Murieta Inn and Spa

By Elliott Mest | Hotel Management

Marcus Hotels & Resorts recently announced it has been selected to manage the Murieta Inn and Spa in Rancho Murieta, Calif., which opened Jan. 23, 2018. An independent, boutique hotel, the Murieta Inn and Spa perfectly complements the company’s portfolio as it expands on the West Coast and establishes a presence in Northern California.

Read the full story about the announcement here.