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.

The City of Bryan has announced that Jamie Cox will be the general manager of the Legends Event Center, a 122,300-square-foot indoor event facility scheduled to open in late 2022. Most recently, Cox served as general manager of the Publix Sports Park in Panama City Beach, Florida. 

 

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.