UTICA — Starved Rock Lodge, located in Starved Rock State Park, was voted the best lodge in the Midwest for a meeting. The social media-based contest began on Facebook a few weeks ago and was created by MidwestMeetings.com.
“We decided to launch the contest because we know there are some great cities and facilities throughout the Midwest, and we wanted a way to recognize them,” said Christianne Beringer, communications coordinator for Midwest Meetings, “We didn’t want to choose the contestants; we wanted nominations to come in from people that had first-hand knowledge of working with the cities/facilities.”
Originally, 19 lodges were nominated from throughout the Midwest. Starved Rock Lodge made it to the final four along with Quail Hollow Resort (Concord, Ohio), Wilderness Resort (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) and Landmark Resort (Egg Harbor, Wis.).
Starved Rock Lodge hosts more than 350 meetings per year ranging from small groups of less than 10 attendees to up to 200 corporate clients. In addition to the Starved Rock Room, the lodge has four smaller meeting rooms, team-building activities (such as scavenger hunts), guided hikes to see seasonal waterfalls and canyons, cocktail parties, awards banquets and annual dinners.
Two years ago, the Lodge added outdoor educational programming at Fox Ridge (located across from the main entrance). Bench-style seating for 150 is nestled under the pines, and lectures range from falconry to “What’s the BUZZ about bees.”
Jenny Roulston, the lodge’s sales manager, said, “Customer service is our top priority, but our unique venue offers corporate clients a wonderful combination of woods, water, history and chance to get out of the office and into the woods.”
Starved Rock Lodge will receive a trophy and a four-page spread in an upcoming issue of Midwest Meetings magazine. For more information, call the Starved Rock Lodge at (815) 220-7333 or visit www.starvedrocklodge.com.