Kindred Resorts & Hotels

Inspiration for meeting and event planners, from a collection of unique and authentic properties in some of the most incredible locations. Welcome to our storyboard.

GAME ON!

Get your game on at French Lick Casino, a 51,000-square-foot Vegas-style gaming facility complete with live-action blackjack, roulette, and craps, plus a high-limit room.

Here’s what you’ll find:

- 1,060 new and classic slots, video poker, progressive jackpots, video keno, and electronic table games of all denominations and themes

- 40 table games featuring blackjack, craps, roulette, ultimate Texas hold ‘em, 3-card poker, mini-baccarat, and more

- A 9,500-square-foot non-smoking gaming room with live table games and 250 of the latest slots

- A high-limit gaming area with slots ranging from 25 cents up to $100 and VIP lounge areas

All this plus two historic AAA Four Diamond hotels, a luxurious spa, four award-winning golf courses, and a 109,000-square-foot premier event center? Let the games begin!

DÉCOR BEYOND COMPARE

Eclectic. Whimsical. Modern. Classic. Traditional. Rustic. Earthy. It’s not often you find a property fitting such a range of descriptive phrases, but the décor and architecture at Twin Farms simply defies a single definition.

Twin Farms, Vermont’s only luxury, five-star experience, surprises and enchants around every corner of its 20 uniquely designed guest rooms. The level of attention is exceptional — and the results, extraordinary.

Jed Johnson, regarded as one of the world’s leading interior designers, fashioned these spaces. In 2005, famed residential architect Peter Bohlin — who designed homes for Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, among others — constructed Aviary and the Farmhouse at Copper Hill, which contains four private suites around a common library and living room. And interior designer Thad Hayes perfected the integration between function and feel in the more recent accommodations.

The cottages and rooms at Twin Farms take you on a world tour. An Alpine chalet. Exotic Moroccan flair. Japanese simplicity. The inspiration of Tuscany. And, of course, the classic Vermont farmhouse. You’ll delight in every detail from stone fireplaces and antiques to mahogany and floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite. You’ll just have to stay in every one.

Pictured clockwise from top are: Treehouse, Chalet, The Aviary, and Meadow Cottage.

MODERN COLONIAL

Don’t be fooled by the period costumes and historic buildings. Colonial Williamsburg's meeting facilities are anything but antiquated.

Set in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, Colonial Williamsburg is the Revolutionary City, where you can experience daily life at it was against the backdrop of the revolution. In addition to the rich history, you can also enjoy championship golf, the award-winning spa, and exceptional dining in addition to modern meeting spaces.

Colonial Williamsburg’s flexible facilities easily accommodate a meeting for 8 or a conference for 1,500. Each room is fully equipped with a menu of high-tech options. From user-friendly A/V to large-screen video and data projections to computerized voting systems, you’ll find what you need to ensure your presentation is polished and professional, and goes off without a hitch.

And when it’s time to relax, your meeting attendees can choose to enjoy an 18th-century meal — complete with strolling balladeers and Thomas Jefferson sharing his views on wine — before a restful night’s sleep at one of six unique hotel properties, including three premium luxury hotels.

HOW SWEET IT IS

It’s the time of year when Vermonters celebrate a local treasure and the original natural sweetener: maple syrup.

Vermont’s maple season is a feast for the senses: Taste the delicate flavor of pure Vermont maple syrup, smell wood-fired maple steam as it wafts through the air, listen to the snow crunch underfoot as you approach a sugarbush, and experience this time-honored tradition in the Maple Syrup Capital — Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of this sweet stuff.

Vermont’s maple sugaring season usually runs from late February to April. You and your group can join the fun with tappings, tastings, demonstrations, and festivals as the days warm up. Need a place to stay? Try the quintessential Vermont inn with an impressive pedigree: Woodstock Inn & Resort, a AAA Four Diamond resort also recently named to Travel + Leisure’s 2014 list of the Top 500 Hotels in the World.

EAT, PLAY, COOK

If the names Jose Garces, Art Smith, Sara Moulton, Virginia Willis, and Lulu Powers get your mixer running, point your culinary compass to Key Largo, Florida, for the Ocean Reef Club. Whether you love to cook, entertain, or just appreciate the pleasure of great food, the Ocean Reef Club Cooking School is the perfect place to indulge.

Each season, Ocean Reef serves up a smorgasbord of interactive classes and hands-on demonstrations with culinary masters, including celebrity chefs, celebrated cookbook authors, and the club’s own top chefs. Participants meet fabulous new chefs and learn about the ingredients, cooking equipment, cooking tips, new cookbooks, and shortcuts that take cooking to the next level. And it all takes place in the specially designed demonstration kitchen equipped with an overhead mirror so every seat has a terrific view.

So at your next meeting, grab a glass of wine and spend a few hours with world-renowned chefs watching amazing food being prepared. Yes, tasting is included!

LET’S GET IT STARTED!

Whether your team prefers climbing or cooking, Skytop Lodge makes team-building easy. The toughest part is choosing what to do!

For the adventurous, this Pocono Mountains resort specializes in the adrenaline rush. Conquer the custom-built 30-foot climbing wall. Put your team to the test with a high-tech laser tag battle in the indoor arena. Or tackle the Wilderness Challenge, which combines fire-building skills, geocaching, and a paintball target shoot for a unique 3-hour experience. Feeling daring? Zip — or zipline — along the TreeTop Adventure Course. The entire 3,000-foot course is 10 to 15 feet off the ground!

For those with a sense of humor, old-fashioned fun and games are always a great choice. The Silly Corporate Olympics combines contests like a sack race and tug-of-war to put your team through the paces with smiles on their faces. The Veg-Box Derby and Boat Building challenge creativity — with a twist. Ever build a derby car of vegetables? Or a boat out of cardboard?

Finally, see if your team can take the heat in the kitchen with a variety of culinary contests to bring out their inner chef — and competitive spirit. Go crazy with cake decorating or spice things up with a chili cook-off. Your team can mastermind a culinary coup and earn bragging rights among their colleagues.

BAR NONE

When it comes to fun, Kindred resorts are the best, bar none. Let’s subscribe to the theory that “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” and take a moment on this busy Friday to sip and savor some of the bars of Kindred — where the decor and ambience of each is as unique as its signature cocktails.

Pictured, clockwise from top, are:

- Pacific Palms Resort's Red Restaurant and Bar, City of Industry, California: An upscale bar with magnificent modern design, live music, and a glowing counter that's always a conversation starter.

- The Breakers' The Seafood Bar, Palm Beach, Florida: A casually elegant oceanfront hotspot, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, open-beam ceilings, and two fantastic L-shaped aquarium bar counters where small fish swim under your glass.

- Queen & Crescent Hotel's Club Car Lounge, New Orleans, Louisiana: A charming lobby lounge and the perfect place to relax after a day of shopping and touring — or to gear up for a night in the infamous French Quarter, just two blocks away.

- Sanderling Resort's Sandbar, Duck, North Carolina: A casual outdoor oasis, where guests sit on the deck under an umbrella to nosh on everything from small plates to burgers.

- Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa's Moray's Lounge, San Diego, California: An elegant brass bar with 800-gallon saltwater tank featuring a rainbow of tropical fish and its namesake resident the moray eel.

- Wequassett Resort and Golf Club's LiBAYtion, Harwich, Massachusetts: A beachfront bar offering the most extraordinary water views on Cape Cod under a fashionable pergola, with nightly live music to get your toes tapping.

PICTURE THIS

Looking to wow attendees at your next meeting? The Bahia Resort Hotel's historic sternwheelers are sure to float your boat. This premier San Diego resort on beautiful Mission Bay features luxurious bay cruises with music, dancing, and fine dining on its historic sternwheelers: the Bahia Belle and William D. Evans.

Once they’re aboard, your attendees will embrace an authentic 19th-century nautical experience. For more than 30 years, the Victorian-style Bahia Belle has been a popular attraction on Mission Bay. Its three decks feature stunning banquet facilities. The 100-foot William D. Evans, the resort’s largest ship, can handle up to 450 guests. Between the hand-carved mahogany doors, breathtaking upper-deck stained glass ceiling, and polished brass fixtures, this vessel has been painstakingly crafted to replicate a genuine Mississippi riverboat.

Bahia’s sternwheelers are a truly unique and thoroughly San Diego experience — and an unforgettable one for your meeting attendees.

PRESIDENTIAL PLACES

Your meeting attendees may not be able to sleep in the White House’s famed Lincoln Bedroom, but at the Grand Hotel they can stay in a room with a distinctive presidential connection.

Of this magnificent Mackinac Island resort’s 386 guest rooms, the most exceptional are the more than three dozen named rooms and suites — including those named for famous U.S. Presidents and First Ladies: Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Dwight Eisenhower, and Teddy Roosevelt, as well as Laura Bush, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush.

Like all Grand Hotel accommodations, each of the named rooms and suites has been decorated by interior designer Carleton Varney and feature their own thematic design, furnishings, and ambiance. It’s a truly eclectic mix based on the lives of several U.S. Presidents and First Ladies, various historical times, decorating styles, and prominent historical figures and events.

Of course, The Grand Hotel also has its very own version of the Presidential Suite.

Party affiliation aside, everyone will agree each named room and suite is uniquely luxurious — and grand.

Pictured above are the Laura Bush Suite (top) and Jacqueline Kennedy Suite (bottom).

HOW SWEET IT IS!

On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate our sweethearts with sweets — namely, chocolate. Whether you prefer dark or white, gourmet or traditional, Kindred resorts sure know how to get to the hearts of chocolate lovers. So treat yourself to a moment to savor these chocolate temptations — and imagine them on the menu at your next Kindred meeting or event.

Pictured clockwise from top are desserts from: Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail, Colorado; Arizona Inn, Tucson, Arizona; The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida; and French Lick Resort, French Lick, Indiana.

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