Kindred Resorts & Hotels, a collection of independent hotels and resorts focused exclusively on the group and meetings market, announced new group offerings and programs at properties across North America.
Group and meeting activities include such authentic and local experiences as getting “up close and personal” with birds of prey and organic gardening to exclusive golf outings at one of Connecticut’s most historic courses and gluten-free dining.
“One of the distinct benefits of booking a meeting at a Kindred resort or hotel is that meeting planners are able to offer their attendees truly authentic and highly personalized experiences at top independent boutique properties across the country,” said Bree Brostko, managing director, Kindred Resorts & Hotels.
The Woodstock Inn & Resort, one of five Kindred properties in Vermont, has added falconry to its roster of signature outdoor group experiences this summer in partnership with renowned New England Falconry. Under the watchful eye of Master Falconer Chris Davis, the collection of six Harris’s hawks, a falcon and an eagle owl are trained for a variety of guest experiences including hawk walks, raptor receptions and even as skilled ring bearers for weddings.
Also this summer, the Woodstock Inn & Resort invites guests to explore the art and techniques of gardening at its flourishing 2.5-acre Kelly Way Gardens, certified organic by the Vermont Organic Farmers Association. Master Gardener Benjamin Pauly has overseen and nurtured more than 200 varieties of vegetables, 50 types of herbs and edible flowers, 75 berries and orchard plantings, a mushroom glen, and both annual and perennial flowers.
Produce from the Kelly Way Gardens provides culinary inspiration for the resort’s menus. Garden classes can be customized for groups and cover a variety of topics such as floral arranging using the several hundred varieties of cultivated cut flowers, organic gardening fundamentals and seasonal gardening techniques. The classes share a behind-the-scenes look at the partnership between the chef and gardener and gives insight into how the current harvests make it on the menu and to the resort’s tables.
The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, located along a picturesque coastal community and the only Kindred property in Connecticut, is now offering group guests the opportunity to golf at the prestigious Old Lyme Country Club. With more than 8,500 square feet of meeting space, Saybrook Point offers a variety of conference center facilities ideal for meetings, conventions, and corporate retreats.
This coming winter season at the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail, one of three Kindred properties in Colorado, meeting attendees will be able to enjoy gluten-free dishes. Created by Chef Florian Schwarz, the new menu will be featured at Ludwig’s restaurant, available for group buy-outs. Ludwig’s is the first restaurant in the Vail Valley to exclusively offer gluten-free cuisine.
The property is also debuting a new Club Room offering 3,000 square feet of function space including an indoor/outdoor bar, pool table and shuffleboard.
For more information, visit meetkindred.com