The management at the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa – located 150 miles west of Chicago within The Galena Territory, a 6,800 acre recreational, residential and resort community six miles southeast of the historic town of Galena, Ill – announced plans for a renovation that will affect almost all the public areas of the property, from the thousands of square feet of conference space to the golfing greens.
The centerpiece of the renovation will be the 15,000 square feet of meeting space, where a portion will be built to standards specified by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). These guidelines are the basis for the Eagle Ridge renovation, which will include a dedicated conference center, specially designated food and beverage service and facilities, re-calibrated acoustics and lighting, ergonomic furniture and introduction of new technology ranging from Internet connectivity to built-in video systems for presentations and videoconferences.
In addition to the conference center, the entire lobby and public area, from the porte cochere at the property's entrance through the dining room will be modernized with upscale flooring, lighting, wall color and furniture. An entirely new front desk will include check-in pods for guests.
The dining options at Eagle Ridge will also be enhanced. The Woodlands Restaurant will be updated with modern paint, furniture and flooring as well as new equipment. Spikes Bar and Grill, the clubhouse restaurant, will undergo a concept change to become a more community-centered, family-friendly, upscale but casual dining destination. A new name for Spikes will be announced at a future date.
The hotel interior is not the only area getting a makeover. Reagan Davis, the new golf director at Eagle Ridge, is overseeing the restoration of the 63 holes spanning four championship courses. Davis, a 22-year PGA professional, will reinstate the original course design, which incorporates the natural landscape of the Galena Territory. The transformed courses will be ready for the 2014 season.
Eagle Ridge will be open during all renovations, and the renovation is slated to be completed by the end of spring 2014.