Wisconsin's Osthoff Resort Planning Major Expansion of Its Conference Facilities
Posted on: 11/7/2013
Additional Square Footage Will Put Resort in Next Tier of Conference Properties
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (November 7, 2013) – The Osthoff Resort, a AAA Four-Diamond property on the shores of Elkhart Lake in eastern Wisconsin, is planning a significant expansion of its conference facilities. The addition to the north wing of the resort would add 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space plus an additional 10,000 square feet of pre-function and back-of-house prep space, and accommodate over 800 for dinner and 1,400 in theater-style seating, with flexibility to divide the space into two or three smaller configurations. Once approved, construction is expected to begin in mid-November, with the goal to complete the addition by the start of the 2014 summer season. For more on the resort’s meeting facilities, log on to www.OsthoffMeetings.com.
According to Lola Roeh, general manager of The Osthoff, this planned addition is not only good for the resort it’s also a welcome development for the Village of Elkhart Lake and the many hospitality businesses in the area. “We will be a destination for larger groups who previously would not have considered The Osthoff, and that means an influx of dollars for the local tourism economy, particularly during the cold-weather low season when we all need it,” said Roeh.
The idea for the expansion was vetted during the resort’s annual strategic planning and there was swift consensus that additional conference space was the best strategy for growth. “We were capped in the types of meetings and events we could attract, given we had the least square footage per guest room of all our competitors,” said Roeh. She added there is ample guest room inventory to accommodate the additional meeting space. The Osthoff is a condominium-style property, so the go-ahead required approval from the condominium owners and that approval came late last month.
The Osthoff Resort plans to market the space for larger conferences and meetings, galas, private events including weddings, expos and group gatherings. Roeh said there are also concepts for additional Osthoff-hosted special events that have been on hold due to space constraints that they could now consider.
The addition will be a continuation of the north wing conference center built in 2005, with décor and finishes to be consistent with that space. There will be windows in both the pre-function space and along the entire span of the north wall. A porte-cochere providing coverage from the elements, 100 additional parking spaces and a garden area are included in the design as well. Plans also call for the best technology available in audio visual equipment and wireless capabilities.
Architecture firm Kahler Slater, headquartered in Milwaukee and who designed the 2005 addition, has been selected for this expansion project. AChappa Construction has been selected as the general contractor.
Another interesting aspect to the space is the ability to accommodate vehicles. “Given the rich history of car racing at nearby Road America, we anticipate interest among groups and manufacturers needing ample space to display cars,” said Roeh.
The Osthoff Resort is Travel Green Wisconsin certified and this new space will also include eco-friendly design elements and practices.
Every year since 2005 the resort has undertaken at least one significant development project. It built the north wing with conference center, spa and restaurant; added a cooking school; created a lake deck for casual dining and live music; added a lounge to its main floor Elk Room; expanded the gardens that serve the hotel’s restaurants; and recently completed a significant refurbishing of all the guest suites in the main building and south wing. “We are never ones to rest on our laurels and we’re always looking to be a leader in hospitality trends,” noted Roeh.
Currently the resort’s meeting space includes The Palm Garden Ballroom and Villa Gottfried Room in the north wing, plus smaller meeting spaces in the main building, some with connected outdoor patios, totaling 16,000 square feet.
In the last two years alone The Osthoff Resort was voted the 2012 Best Wisconsin Lakeshore Resort by Wisconsin Meetings Magazine, andthe #35 Top Resort in the Continental U.S. in 2013 and the #15 Best Lake Hotel in the Country in 2012 by Travel + Leisure magazine. Its Aspira Spa was ranked #3 in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler magazine national spa poll.
About The Osthoff Resort
The Osthoff Resort features all-suite accommodations, a stunning lakefront setting, two restaurants, Aspira Spa, L’ecole de la Maison cooking school, year-round recreation, spa and gift boutiques, and grand conference rooms and meeting spaces. For reservations, call 800.876.3399 or book online at www.Osthoff.com.