• 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.

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels’ founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas, will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.