• St. Clair Inn Reclaims Historical Fame

     
    POSTED February 19, 2020
     
  • St. Clair Inn Reclaims Historical Fame

     
    POSTED February 19, 2020
     

A proud symbol of southeast Michigan’s authentic charm, the St. Clair Inn plans to reopen its doors in 2020 following a multimillion-dollar renovation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995, the renovation pays tribute to the hotel’s historic beginnings while breathing new life into its future as a hospitality icon.

The ownership team plans to honor the values of the St. Clair community by preserving the building’s original historic structures. “The Inn set the bar for every hospitality establishment in the region. It drew business and tourism customers from the Metro Detroit region and worldwide,” says Bill Kauffman, project manager of Grindstone Strategies. “The current owners recognized the economic and social potential for the community and southeast Michigan region if the Inn’s former glory was restored.”

The Inn will boast more than 34,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space, including a 3,880-square-foot ballroom overlooking the St. Clair River and Lake Ontario. Equipped with fully customizable, state-of-the-art technology, groups sized anywhere from 8-400 people are invited to take advantage of the variety of venue options for weddings, ceremonies and more.

Seven on-site restaurants and lounges will accompany the new and improved event spaces, where guests will find locally sourced products, artfully crafted menus and signature cocktails. 

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Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.

 

The International Floral Distributors each year teams up with Produce Marketing Association and a designer to create the “Flower Trends Forecast.” For 2020, the organization enlisted Helen Miller, AIFD, CAFA, CF, and Derek Woodruff, AIFD, CFD, CF, PFCI, AAF. Miller owns Flowers & Such in Adrian, Michigan. Her work has been showcased in publications such as Floral Management, Florists Review, and The Knot.

 

The Pacific Northwest is now home to a new and unique subterranean event space: The Sanctuary at The Society Hotel Bingen in Bingen, Washington. This one-of-a-kind dome-shaped building is tucked into a hillside in the northeast corner of the hotel property, which is located in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Sanctuary is now accepting reservations for wellness retreats and private groups for yoga, meditation, qigong, musical performances, sound healing, dance parties and more.