Sante Fe’s Eldorado Hotel & Spa has added a new 7,000-squarefoot ballroom, lobby bar and wedding chapel and introduced a refreshed room design and new artwork in its 219 guest rooms and suites. Now offering a total of 29,000 square feet of meeting and event space, the Eldorado’s outdoor pavilion was transformed into the fully enclosed ballroom with 18-foot ceilings, the ability to divide into two separate meeting rooms and a state-of-the-art LED lighting system in the ceiling. The hotel’s 4,000-square-foot gallery is now a lobby lounge designed as a place to gather, listen to live music and enjoy sharing menus and refreshments.

A group of New Mexico families acquired the Eldorado Hotel in May 2014, and Heritage Hotels & Resorts manages the property situated along the historic Santa Fe Plaza, making it the eighth hotel in the company’s portfolio of New Mexico properties and the fourth hotel in Santa Fe.

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.