Small Market Meetings

JAN 2017

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27 L o d g e o f F o u r S e a s o n s L a k e O z a r k , M i s s o u r i M o n o n a T e r r a c e M a d i s o n , W i s c o n s i n January 2017 A short drive away, Huron Lady Cruises offers dinner cruises, specialty tours and private charters aboard the 73-foot Huron Lady II, which has two decks and can accommodate as many as 100 passengers. Lodge of Four Seasons Lake Ozark, Missouri Sometimes people think holding a meet- ing at a waterfront resort means it will be "more leisure than business," but that's not true, said Frederik Houben, director of sales at the Lodge of Four Seasons on Missouri's Lake Ozark. "Natural daylight and getting out of your work ambiance is rejuvenating and raises energy levels, but we do also pro- vide the aspect of providing fun." The Lodge recently completed a $15 mil- lion renovation, which included redoing all meeting rooms in 2016 as well as updating its 350-plus guest rooms. The resort has more than 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including a 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall, an 8,700-square-foot ballroom that can be split into thirds and a variety of other flexible spaces, including rooms with their own patios "where people can go get fresh air and overlook the lake." For views of Lake of the Ozarks, the 2,000-square-foot Valencia room can be halved and opens onto the 6,700-square-foot Valencia patio. The Lakeview Patio is directly off the Cloverleaf pool and is popular for receptions, ceremonies and live music. At the wharf and full-service marina, groups can arrange for banquets and recep- tions. In addition to renting kayaks, stand- up paddleboards and jet skis, groups can take narrated sightseeing tours or other spe- cialty cruises with Celebration Cruises or Tropic Island Cruises. The resort can also charter boats for team- building outings or cocktail receptions, or groups can stay on land near the water to play sand volleyball, disc golf or a game on the lakeside oversized chess board. Monona Terrace Madison, Wisconsin Monona Terrace has a couple of claims to fame. First, the iconic building in Madison, Wisconsin, was originally designed and proposed in 1938 by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, even though construction wasn't complete and the doors didn't open Those include the divisible 1,540-square- foot Riverview Suite and the 20,400-square- foot Lake Huron Convention Hall, which has tall windows looking out at the St. Clair River. The hall can seat about 900 at rounds or be split into two spaces. "It's such a picturesque view of the Blue Water Bridge; it adds a different touch as opposed to a regular meeting or event space that has a view of the parking lot," she said. The Great Lakes Hall is a 5,000-square- foot prefunction area with 40-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that open onto an adjoining patio overlook- ing the river. The center opened in April 2015 and has been popular for weddings and corporate events, especially for executives "trying to impress clients or higher-ups in their com- pany." The 149-room DoubleTree by Hilton con- nects directly to the center, and balcony rooms offer views of the river and the bridge. Freighters Eatery and Taproom is the center's on-site restaurant that also provides catering for events. Courtesy Grand River Center From a prestigious university to bountiful farmland, Champaign County delivers an Outside of Ordinary meeting experience. SCHEDULE A SITE VISIT TODAY TO RECEIVE AN ILLINI T- SHIRT! LEAHL@VISITCHAMPAIGNCOUNTY.ORG 800.369.6151 | VISITCHAMPAIGNCOUNTY.ORG When your meeting overlooks football's greatest legend.

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