House of Kooser. Yes, I didn’t get the name thing at first until I was told this Representation Company was started by a long-time hotel guy named Greg Kooser.. That whole name thing aside, they represent 28 boutique hotels in the US, Canada and Europe. That number will be growing. All of the hotels are very different, some have meeting space, some not… so to sort through that just ask Jonathan Wisner at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or visit www.houseofkooser.com
- Asia 5
- Australia 3
- Canada 2
- Caribbean 1
- East Bay/Contra Costa 2
- Europe 12
- Greater L.A. 1
- Hawaii 1
- Mexico & Central America 10
- Middle East 4
- Midwest - US 4
- Monterey/Carmel 15
- Northeast - US 9
- Northern California 20
- Northwest - US 12
- Online Search Tools 6
- Peninsula/South Bay 9
- San Francisco 5
- Santa Barbara/Central CA 1
- South America 3
- Southeast - US 11
- Southern California 7
- Southwest - US 84
- Tahoe/Yosemite 3
- Wine Country 25
- Worldwide Chain 17
Historic Hotels of America represents more than 300 full-service properties as part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. What does that mean? A really, really wide variety of cool, historic hotels including some of the most recognized names in the industry as well as really cool places you didn’t even know existed (but should). Contact Michale DiRienzo at email@example.com and/or visit www.historichotels.org
Let’s not even call it The American Club. Let’s call it Destination Kohler.
The American Club, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort-hotel was named #3 Golf Resort in North America, by Golf Digest Magazine. It’s just one hour north of Milwaukee and is one of the “classic” resorts that every major company in the universe has been to at least once. If you have to do something in the mid-west, do it here.
But forget golf for a moment (if you can). Let’s talk guns… they wanted me to be very specific. They are not, and do not have, a Gun Club. But they definitely have guns for recreational use (and for group stuff). And now it gets even better because they feature…
River Wildlife, a 500-acre wilderness preserve, is maintained in a natural state for the preservation of native vegetation. It has members… and Resort guests can have access for a fee. Among the many other things you can find there, your group can arrange…
Trapshooting : On-your-command targets hurtle away at 45-degree angles and varying heights, offering valuable warm–up before a pheasant hunt or providing novice/beginners with a great opportunity to learn basic shooting skills. Trapshooting can also be a fun, competitive activity for larger groups.
5-Stand Shooting: A compact 5-stand course provides an invigorating workout for the experienced shooter. Each station simulates different wild game as it’s being flushed: “running rabbit,” “springing teal,” etc.
Air Rifles: Shooting fun for any age (for some reason this sounds funny to me). An air rifle, targets and ammunition are provided.
Pheasant Hunting (Mid-September–Early Spring) One of the Midwest’s premier shooting clubs offers upland bird hunting in a variety of terrains. Their three hunt fields are planted with native prairie grasses and annual cover crops. Since they are situated along the river and woods, they provide a challenging workout for both hunters and their dogs. Expert guides, dogs and equipment are available. If you had listened to my advice and taken that hunting dog course at Gleneagles, you would know how to handle your dog in Wisconsin. (http://www.americanclubresort.com)
Located in River North along the Magnificent Mile, The Gwen does that fusing of “elegance and modern luxury” thing. Located in the McGraw-Hill Building, and “adorned” (I applaud them on using the word “adorned” in their PR) with panels created in 1929, The Gwen celebrates the energy and glamour of Chicago in the Art Deco era and is themed around art and the 1930s.
The 300-room Gwen has 15 meeting rooms and more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space. A couple of cool features… The Terrace Rooftop with amazing skyline views overlooking the Magnificent Mile and the 16th floor, Grand Terrace Suite that can hold up to 75 guests.
OK, I admit, this next one is not really an Art Deco style hotel (and I forgive them for that), but… it definitely has it’s own historic thing going (with some deco elements mixed in). www.thegwenchicago.com