• Warehouse 6 Combines a Little Old with the New

    Holland Up Close» A Surprising Venue

     
    POSTED December 12, 2018
     

Perhaps the most innovative meeting space to hit Michigan in a while is Warehouse 6, overseen by a pair of self-described corporate refugees from the manufacturing industry.

The other side of that Holland business is Cento Anni, a custom shop repurposing wood into everything from cutting boards and furniture to office uses. In fact, the building they’re in is repurposed from a manufacturing building that was vacant for 15 years.

They kept the distinctive post-industrial feel. After realizing they could use their showroom and design space for outside meetings and events while showcasing their products at the same time, they combined the two ideas three years ago for an entirely new event space concept holding up to 165 guests, says Ben Patchin, venue manager.

“A lot of what we try to do is to make old things new,” Patchin says. “One beautiful feature is a wall made of old wood bleacher risers. When no one knew what to do with the wood,” he says, “we stepped in and said ‘we’ll take those,’ and it makes for a real cool accent wall.

“We want people to have the freedom to create their own event. You have the option to choose your own catering vendor. We work with Grand Rapids’ The Catering Company and Barfly Events while still allowing a pretty wide net for you to throw for cost points, food styles and more,” Patchin adds.

This summer, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is debuting $25 million in expansions. The new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge features a central gathering building, communal outdoor fire pits and more than 50 two-bedroom cabins. Also, the lodge recently introduced new Glacier Point at Sunset Tours that run from May through September and combine the expert knowledge of a local guide with the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Groups can enjoy wine, cheese and crackers or their own picnic dinner while enjoying the alpenglow.

 

Originally built in 1927 and located in Death Valley National Park, the mission-style Inn at Death Valley celebrated its $100 million transformation with a grand reopening celebration in November 2018. The property, owned by Xanterra Travel Collection, features 66 updated rooms, a renovated fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge, the new Tranquility Spa, and a spring-fed pool bordered by a new café and cabanas. Twenty-two one-bedroom casitas have been added along with Mission Gardens, a prime location for outdoor events.

 

The Josie Hotel, a ski-in/ski-out boutique property in Rossland, British Columbia, opened its doors in November at the base of RED Mountain Resort’s slopes. The 106-room property, named after one of the town’s most notable mines, Josie Mine, also is located along Canada’s world-renowned Powder Highway in the heart of the West Kootenays. Key amenities include more than 1,500 square feet of function space, a spa (opening winter 2019) and fitness center, and The Velvet Restaurant & Lounge.