• A Former Candy Factory Transforms into a Brand-New Luxury Hotel

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

In 1898, Joseph B. Funke opened a candy company in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It operated until 1933 when the doors were closed and no more candy shipped out. That is until this past September, when the building reopened with a new name and new idea. 

The site is now the home to The Charmant Hotel, after a $30 million renovation to the property that also keeps it in touch with its sweet history. The original bricks are still visible on the outside, while the maple flooring fills the venue; even advertisements from the Funke Candy Company stay at home in the 67 guest rooms. Corporate groups will enjoy the boardrooms holding anywhere from 12 to 40 guests, as well as a rooftop terrace and first-floor parlour.

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.