• Venue Report: Lancaster Arts Hotel

     
    POSTED October 17, 2014
     
  • Venue Report: Lancaster Arts Hotel

     
    POSTED October 17, 2014
     
  • Venue Report: Lancaster Arts Hotel

     
    POSTED October 17, 2014
     
  • Venue Report: Lancaster Arts Hotel

     
    POSTED October 17, 2014
     
  • Venue Report: Lancaster Arts Hotel

     
    POSTED October 17, 2014
     

If you read hotel marketing materials as much as I do, you’ll realize that many like to say they “feel just like home.” I’ve always taken issue with that – not because I don’t love my own home – but because when I travel I want my hotel to be different. I want to experience something unique and memorable. Comfortable, yes, but exactly like what I have at home…no thanks.

 

Luckily, some hotels still know how to surprise you. The Lancaster Arts Hotel is a former tobacco warehouse with a rich history tied to the city’s past, but as soon as you pull up to the entrance, you know you’re in for something different.

 

The brick building may look like any other former warehouse, but open the doors and you’re soon inside a world filled with quirky and forward-thinking art. Exposed brick walls, oversized plush chairs with backs crafted out of tobacco leaf-shaped pillows and original works of art fill this intriguing space. It’s the kind of lobby where you want to sit down and just take it all in. It’s not just oil paintings….the lobby is filled with everything from an antique carousel animal to a giant metal wire sculpture.

 

The Lancaster Arts has 63 guest rooms with 12 suites. The exposed brick walls and wide plank wood floors continue in the accommodations, where you’ll find more art and a decidedly inspiring ambience. In fact, “be inspired” is the hotel’s mantra and you’ll see it printed everywhere. Two of the smile-inducing touches that struck a chord with me were the sketchbook and pencil left on the desk (should the artistic mood strike) and the different take on the standard Do Not Disturb sign (here, it’s “Artists at Work”).

 

The Lancaster Arts has a well-regarded bar/restaurant, John J. Jefffries, located right off the lobby. It’s intimate, so it's perfect for smaller groups. There is also a delightful meeting room off the lobby that is perfect for groups of 20 or less, and the Blanche Nevin Room, which functions as the breakfast room, can also be transformed into an event space for up to 50.

 

In 2021, the focus is on wellness. In Texas, there’s a spa for that.

The last two years have been, to put it mildly, challenging. Showing your team some appreciation for a job well done with a little spa pampering will allow them to relax and regroup together. Whether you’re looking to make a day, weekend or week of it, Texas has a spa retreat to suit your needs. 

Make a Week of It

 

Temperatures are starting to dip in Seattle, but if you want to get in one last outdoor gathering before winter, consider The Rooftop at WeWork Cap Hill. Located on the penthouse level on 11th Avenue near Seattle’s storied Pine and Pike Streets, the space offers inviting landscapes and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Capacity: 74.  Bring sweaters and scarves!

 

Four reasons to spend time on one of Texas’ resort golf courses. 

At a little more than 900, Texas has the third most golf courses in the U.S. So, it only makes sense that at some point in time, sooner rather than later, your group is going to want to meet on one. Here are four favorite resort courses where you can stay, play and celebrate.

Lajitas Golf Resort

Lajitas 

432.424.5000 

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Assistant general manager and interim golf pro:  Matt Fawkes