as well as the 13,000-square-foot Forum
meeting space and Grand Suite. Overall, the
resort provides 62,000 square feet of function and event space, including multiple
ballrooms and an outdoor pavilion.
The Lodge of Four Seasons,
Lake Ozark, Mo.
The Lodge of Four Seasons takes full advantage of its lakefront location with year-round
waterborne recreation. The resort is located
on Lake of the Ozarks, which has 1,150 miles
of shoreline. The property is home to the
largest full-service marina, giving groups
access to an array of activities.
The best way to experience Lake of the
Ozarks is on the water, and groups can take
a sunset cruise or have a catered reception
or event on one of the resort’s pontoon
boats. WaveRunners and deck boats are
also available to rent as well as private boat
charters for waterskiing, wakeboarding,
wakeskating or tubing for the more adventurous.
According to Tom Conner, director of
sales and marketing at the resort, back on
land, the property has 3,500 acres, and
groups can have scavenger hunts, races and
other events on the groomed trails as well as
The Lodge of Four Seasons isn’t all for fun
and games either. “
Something that sets the resort apart from
nearby properties is the sleeping rooms to
meeting rooms ratio—358 rooms to 65,000
square feet of meeting space,” Conner said.
“Also, we have numerous smaller options for
Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron, Ohio
On Lake Erie’s shore, Sawmill Creek Resort
offers an abundance of activities, and the
setting encourages outdoor adventures,
from teambuilding to relaxing receptions.
The property boasts 50,000 square feet of
event space, including outdoor venues.
“We have several quaint patios to host receptions or dinners and even
offer a very large deck at the
golf course for a private event
of 100 people or less,” said
Cathy Razzante, senior sales
manager at Sawmill Creek Re-
sort. “We offer groups a private
remote beach for bonfires,
themed dinners, teambuilding
and receptions. We strive to
get our groups outdoors and
Groups at Sawmill Creek Re-
sort can take their teambuild-
ing outside on the property’s
grassy areas or on the water. Planners can
choose from more than 20 teambuilding op-
tions, such as building a bicycle or playhouse,
which are donated to those in need; going
to great heights navigating a treetop ropes
course; or competing in the America’s Cup
Challenge after teams build their own raft.
“The marina also offers jet skis, kayaks
and body boards that can be rented and
enjoyed by all,” Razzante said.
Groups can also take a cruise on a ferry
boat that was built in 1954 in neighboring
Sandusky, Ohio. The boat, Dispatch, was originally used to ferry passengers to and from
Cedar Point and has since been restored and
rechristened as the Sawmill Explorer. The
vessel can accommodate up to 60 for cruises
in Lake Erie and the Huron River.
Park Place Hotel & Conference
Center, Traverse City, Mich.
Since 1930, Park Place Hotel & Conference Center has been a destination itself
and landmark on the shore of West Grand
Traverse Bay, part of Lake Michigan. Now
the hotel can host larger groups in its newly
opened conference center. The Gardenview
room can seat up to 500 guests or be separated into four smaller spaces. The 13,500
square feet of meeting space includes 14
rooms and two outdoor venues.
“We offer everything under one roof—
comfortable lodging, a new conference center
plus additional event space options, including
the top of the Park, which offers a 360-degree,
floor-to-ceiling view from the 10th floor of
the Tower encompassing all of the Traverse
City area and West Bay,” said Lisa Monache,
director of sales and marketing at the Park
Place Hotel & Conference Center.
Both the Madeline and the Nauti-Cat
boats sail on West Grand Traverse Bay and
offer teambuilding options, such as becom-
ing Great Lakes scientists for a day, crewing
the boat, or creating a Survivor-themed
adventure tailored to the group. Team kayak
adventures on Boardman Lake and down
Boardman River can be arranged as well as
a sip and paddle type outing to area micro-
brews along the route.
“Our close proximity to the bay as well
as Boardman Lake, Boardman River, Platte
River and Torch Lake, named the third most
beautiful lake in the world, allow our guests
to experience a group kayak event, boat-
ing, canoeing and paddleboard options,”
Monache said. “In addition, group and
social sailing options are easily accessible
just minutes from our front door aboard the
twin-hulled catamaran, Nauti-Cat, as well
as the beautifully restored schooner, the
GRAND GENEVA RESORT & SPA, LAKE GENEVA, WIS.
PARK PLACE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER, TRAVERSE CITY, MICH.
SAWMILL CREEK RESORT, HURON, OHIO
THE LODGE OF FOUR SEASONS,
LAKE OZARK, MO.