This week, I was invited to experience the new direct flight from Dallas to Monterey, California (yeah, I know—tough job, right?). The night before, I stayed at The Aldophus Hotel in Dallas (seriously, I can’t believe I get paid for this) and enjoyed a wonderful tour of the property with Kristin Crawford, director of sales. 

Wow.

What a local treasure and the history of the building is fascinating.  The location was originally sited for Dallas' city hall, but Aldophus Busch, co-founder of Anheuser-Busch, wanted the address for a luxury hotel. How can you say no to that? So they didn't. Over the years, the hotel has played host to presidents, royalty and top-tier stars such as Tony Bennett, Benny Goodman and the Andrews Sisters.

During the hotel's 2017 renovation, designers uncovered the original marble floors of the French Room Salon and they also scored the original barbershop chairs, tracking one down in Canada. Behind the front desk you can see a display of the hotel's original keys, and the vintage grand "King of Beers" chandelier hangs above the escalators in the lobby (its twin is in the stables of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales). In total, the hotel has 24,000 square feet of meeting.

I'm so thrilled I got to experience the Aldophus. (And stay tuned for info on the now easy-to-get-to meeting and retreat destination of Monterey courtesy of American Airlines.)

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.

 

Despite an overall crushing year for the hospitality industry in Pennsylvania, some seeds of hope have been planted and are finally sprouting in the form of new hotel openings. These new properties on the horizon have ample meeting and event space up for grabs, all within close proximity of each other. As capacities allowances increase, check out the new real estate for meetings and events at the following hotels.

 

Making the most of Minnesota’s ideal (and ever-fleeting) outdoor event season is a time-honored tradition, but outdoor venues hold a whole new appeal in a post-pandemic landscape. 
Plein air events can offer planners plenty of space to safely distance their guests as well as peace of mind to attendees still wary of in-person gatherings—as well as some much-needed screen-free interaction.