Hello readers,

This week we may witness history as the Chicago Cubs travel to Cleveland and continue their bid in the World Series where they could end up winning the championship for the first time in more than 100 years. The stakes are high, with everyone making wagers on the final team standing—including Kimpton Hotels. Last week Kimpton’s combined Chicago properties (the Allegro, Monaco, Palomar, Burnham and the Gray) sent a goat and the following message to their partner, The Schofield Hotel in Ohio.

“Your Kimpton sister hotels in Chicago wanted to let you know: [We Aren’t] Afraid of No Goats! But YOU should be. We’re so confident that our Cubbies will bring home the big W for Chicago that, if they don't, all Kimpton Chicago hotels will offer Ohio residents rates of $99 the month of December. And if the reverse happens, Schofield Hotel will offer Illinois residents the same deal the month of December. Do you accept our challenge?"

The Schofield did accept—now all fans of the Cubs (and Kimpton) just have to wait for the final play.

Note, the rates are limited and subject to blackout dates, but even so this is a great deal for the boutique hotel in Cleveland.

Happy Planning!

Selena Fragassi
Editor
Illinois Meetings + Events

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 

 

Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road.