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.

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.