New Summer Meetings Offerings at Kindred Resorts & Hotels

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Exceptional Wellness, Sweet Treats, Renovations and Packages Debut for Groups at Eight Kindred Properties

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Kindred Resorts & Hotels, a collection of independent hotels and resorts focused exclusively on the group and meetings market, have announced new offerings at a selection of iconic properties across North America. From innovative new wellness and culinary programs to renovations, new meeting and event spaces, engaging activities and more, coupled with exceptional service and unrivaled expertise, Kindred Resorts & Hotels delivers compelling reasons for meeting planners to book for every type of gathering. Below is a sampling of news from the collection. For more information, visit http://www.meetkindred.com.

Basin Harbor Club – Vergennes, VT
A charming seasonal resort open May through October, Basin Harbor Club spans 700 acres of lakeside splendor and tranquil countryside with 74 individual cottages and 47 guest rooms. Groups can take advantage of the outdoor setting by building a custom activity menu including miles of hiking trails, tubing, tennis, scavenger hunts, triathlon challenges, birdwatching, knockerball, lake cruises and more.

This year, the 1,500-square-foot Wildernath Garden will be completely replanted and transformed into the Harry Potter Garden, which can be rented out to groups. On August 10th 2016, the garden will also play host to a Harry Potter Hogwarts Banquet, complete with Quidditch matches and Butter Beer.    

Canyon Ranch® – Tucson, AZ and Lenox, MA
The holistic Canyon Ranch® brand, which emphasizes an integrative approach to healthy living and transformative wellness, is enhancing their signature wellness experience this summer with new programming including their first-ever bath & body collection, available as both on-property amenities and for retail.

The Tucson property will host a new summer event - Men's Health Week, July 12-15, 2016, – inspired by Medical Director Stephen Brewer MD's new book, The Canyon Ranch Guide to Men's Health: A Doctor's Prescription for Male Wellness. Joined by other Canyon Ranch experts, Dr. Brewer will discuss the latest research, trends and strategies for men pursuing lifelong health. Guests can also take advantage of the property’s new Spiritual Wellness Center, including the sound and spirit workshop and crystal sound activation service.

Canyon Ranch in Lenox is in the process of completing renovations to its main areas. In June 2016, the main dining room will debut a more vibrant dining experience, from both a food and design perspective. With a contemporized restoration of the Bellefontaine mansion in mind, updates to guest rooms will soon follow, resulting in accommodations that exude simple, clean luxury.

Ocean House – Watch Hill, RI
In late May, the iconic New England seaside resort Ocean House will debut their latest culinary endeavor, the whimsical “Below Deck” store, which will serve an assortment of soft goods and sugary treats for guests. Conveniently located along the walking path to the Ocean House beach, the indoor/outdoor eatery and retail space will offer eight flavors of decadent handmade gelato and old-fashioned candy. The feature attraction is a machine which serves small batches of made-to-order mini doughnuts, coated in flavored sugars and house-made dipping sauces. Meeting attendees can opt for a Below Deck Break instead of a traditional coffee.

Guests can also take their Below Deck treats to-go and bring them to the property’s brand-new movie theater. Featuring cinema-quality technology, three tiers of stunning vintage theater seating and freshly popped popcorn, guests and groups may enjoy daily showings of newly released films in their downtime, or can rent out the space for private screenings and events.

Saddlebrook Resort – Tampa Bay, FL
Saddlebook Resort, known for their award-winning spa, golf, tennis and meetings offerings, recently completed renovations of their meeting spaces including new ceramic flooring on both their Pegasus and Royal Palm foyers, fresh carpeting in the ballrooms and board rooms, new colorful artwork on freshly painted walls and enhanced lighting. The resort has also installed fiber optic cabling throughout the resort, providing state-of-the-art internet access to all guest rooms and meeting space, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi resulting in increased bandwidth throughout the resort.

For travelers wishing to extend their trip past the meeting, Saddlebrook is offering a new summer package that takes advantage of all the exciting amenities the property has to offer. Rates start at $99 per person per night based on double occupancy and includes overnight accommodations; daily breakfast; a summer golf rate of $50 (per person, greens fees & cart) to play 36 holes on their Arnold Plamer signature championship golf course as well as golf lesson specials; summer rates in the spa; complimentary fitness activities and fitness center access; S’Kids Club at family-friendly prices; Wine & Cheese Reception, Children’s Social and Drive-In Movie; overnight valet parking and a variety of other Saddlebrook signature amenities.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa – Old Saybrook, CT
The family-owned and operated AAA Four Diamond waterfront inn in historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut has recently opened two new Luxury Guesthouses, Three Stories and Tall Tales, both of which are high-end accommodations providing a unique space for smaller groups on the picturesque shores of the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River. The new Victorian-era Italianate-style homes replicate the architecture and interior design of the period and offer secluded gardens and common areas with traditional billiards, classic games, timeless literature and a lounge area for receptions and breakouts. Three Stories and Tall Tales contain 14 individually designed rooms each uniquely themed after remarkable individuals in American history and local legends, along with private balconies, cozy fireplaces, European bedding, fine hand-woven linens, original artwork by local artists and stunning water views. Groups will also have access to the casual fine dining at the award-winning restaurant Fresh Salt, best known for its farm to table and local seafood specialties, and spa services at Sanno Spa, a full service European Spa.

Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center – Stowe, VT
An award-winning meeting destination steeped in 60 acres of natural beauty in the heart of Stowe, Vermont, the Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center has recently introduced a new wellness program which leverages the expertise of the Spa and Wellness Center’s certified professionals and comprehensive facilities, as well as the AAA Four Diamond property’s experienced culinary staff. Corporate events and meetings can opt for planned group wellness workshops, nutritious menu options, and pre-paid spa access that encourages guests to take advantage of facilities at their own pace and sample classes independently. Group activities include yoga for all experience levels, guided meditation and breathing practice, and chair massage breaks. Wellness workshops are centered on Ayurveda Daily Routines, the ancient Indian science of life and wellness, and include such options as sleep tips, relaxation / stress management, and herbal remedies to combat common ailments.

Outside of the resort itself, Stoweflake offers new experiences that allow groups to explore the surrounding area. For active groups, the property has established partnerships with local mountain bike guide services, providing access to miles of trail systems that are open and accessible to those of every ability level. For groups looking for a more indulgent activity, Stoweflake is located within 10 miles of over eight craft beverage locations (brews, ciders, wines and spirits) and offers both self and guided tours.

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club – Cape Cod, MA
An iconic Cape Cod property and member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels Legend Collection, Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, which spans 27 acres of pristine waterfront on Pleasant Bay, was recently designated as a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, the first in Cape Cod to do so.

Among the luxury offerings at the seaside resort are 120 guest rooms and suites including the Signature Collection and the coveted Round Cove Suite. Led by Executive Chef, James Hackney, signature restaurant Twenty-Eight Atlantic and the Outer Bar and Grill showcase seasonal New England cuisine. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club’s team’s innate passion to provide guests with exceptional service is also a highlight of the resort and one of the driving forces behind receiving this coveted award.

Woodstock Inn & Resort – Woodstock, VT
This spring, the Woodstock Inn & Resort unveiled a $2.6 million renovation, including enhanced public spaces, a new dining menu and exciting additions to their diverse outdoor experiences.

The property’s Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Program highlights central Vermont’s charms including the Ottaquechee River and Kedron Brook. The resort also provides exclusive access to The Meccawe Club, a 116-year-old private trout fishing club featuring a nine-acre pond teaming with over 800 rainbow and brook trout. Orvis certified instructors are available for excursions to nearby fishing hotspots as well as catching classes.

New birds have joined the New England Falconry – with six trained hawks, a falcon and an Eagle Owl, the skilled staff can conduct introductory and extended flying/handling sessions for groups as well as hawk walks and raptor receptions.

About Kindred Resorts & Hotels
Kindred Resorts & Hotels is a collection of independent hotels and resorts in North America focused exclusively on the group and meetings market. The consortia is a division of the Resort Hotel Association (RHA), which was founded by the members of what is now the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Resort Committee. The decision to form RHA was driven by independent hoteliers deciding to pool their resources and group purchase insurance. Kindred was formed to help boutique properties that offer authentic, highly personalized experiences build awareness and inquiry from the group, meetings and events markets. With over 62 participating properties across the United States, each participating venue offers uniquely authentic and local experiences, which vary from rustic lakeside retreats to luxury golf resorts and destination spas. For more information, visit, http://www.meetkindred.com/ or follow on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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