Room service takes on a whole new meaning at three area hotels with unique new options that were clearly made for the “do not disturb” sign. Hard Rock Hotel Chicago gives you the rock star treatment with the “Sound of Your Stay” program that allows you to choose from 20 different guitars, including iconic Stratocasters and Telecasters, which will be delivered to your room with headphones and a floor amp. Play for free throughout your stay; for interested groups, you can also arrange lessons for a unique team-building session. 

Meanwhile at Thompson Chicago, you can enjoy fine dining from the on-site Nico Osteria right in your guest room— perfect for all those times the Italian hot spot is booked solid. Order from the same dining room menu and staff will hand deliver your entrees complete with a portable table and tablecloth to add ambiance. Your meal can also be coursed out with multiple deliveries if preferred.

In Wisconsin, Aparium Hotel Group (which oversees north of the border properties The Iron Horse Hotel and Charmant Hotel) has partnered with Milwaukee’s Bittercube Bitters Company for an exclusive in-room cocktail program. Guests can mix their own craft cocktails with base elixirs like the whiskey sour and seasonal gimlet alongside paired spirit suggestions, all of which are stationed in each individual room. That means no last call.

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.

 

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.