Small Market Meetings

FEB 2017

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www.smallmarketmeetings.com 32 Hospitality Showcase By Kristy Alpert B efore the wild days of gun-slinging residents like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, Deadwood was simply a quiet refuge in the heart of the Lakota Sioux nation. The peaceful whisper of the trees swaying in the South Dakota breeze and the gentle babble of the creek were the only soundtrack along that majestic stretch of the Black Hills until 1874, when the discovery of gold forever changed the landscape. Deadwood was born seemingly overnight after that shining discovery, quickly becoming a hot spot for gamblers and gold seekers hoping to strike it rich. Although the cowboys and outlaws are a distant memory of modern-day Deadwood, that pioneering Wild West spirit lives on in the heart of the Lodge at Deadwood Gaming Resort. The resort sits just north of where the first nugget of gold was found years before where, now, striking it rich in the Black Hills is as easy as checking into one of the resort's 140 rooms and suites. The Lodge at Deadwood is one of the newest and most luxurious hotels in Deadwood, and features panoramic views of the Black Hills. Along with two award-winning restaurants, an indoor water park and a Las Vegas-style casino, the resort is home to the largest convention center in the region, with more than 16,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The modern and sophisticated design of the convention center's main ballroom makes it a great spot for hosting a range of events, from casual business seminars to elegant wedding receptions, and the four smaller conference rooms and boardroom are a good fit for small meetings and break- out sessions. Previous guests rave about the scrumptious banquet menus offered by the on-site catering department, and every detail is handled by a professional meeting planner. The Lodge at Deadwood puts a contemporary finish on the area's wild and rugged past by offering a place where meeting and event guests can enjoy that same gold-rush excitement in a setting that is all at once comfortable and couture. Luxury in the Black Hills Photos courtesy the Lodge at Deadwood

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