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Executive retreats: a selection of meeting places for a company getaway.

Artists Colony Inn

& Restaurant

Franklin & Van Buren,

Nashville, 47448, 812/988-0600

www.artistscolonyinn.com

This 19-Century-style country inn and restaurant is within walking distance of the shops and galleries of Nashville. The inn has 20 guest rooms and three executive suites, with the largest one able to hold a meeting for up to 14 people. The large banquet meeting room has a stone hearth fireplace, complete A/V equipment and high-speed Internet access. Dining options include breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the Artists Colony Restaurant, where guests are surrounded by the works of local artists.

Guests easily find relaxation in the rooftop Jacuzzi or by enjoying the scenic rolling hills from an outdoor balcony.

Caesars Indiana Casino Resort

11999 Avenue of the Emperors,

Elizabeth, 47117, 812/969-6308

www. caesarsindiana.com

Caesars Indiana promises to be "strictly business--with a twist." The Caesars Conference Center has 24,000 square feet of flexible meeting space including a luxurious, fully equipped executive boardroom.

Caesars has 503 rooms and suites, a fitness center and pool reminiscent of the Roman baths. The executive team can try its luck at the Glory of Rome, the world's largest riverboat casino with 93,000 square feet of gaming space the most tables in the state. Both high- and low-handicappers will appreciate the 7,000-yard Chariot Run golf course.

Conner Prairie

13400 Allisonville Road,

Fishers, 46038, 317/776-6000

www.connerprairie.org

With more than 1,400 acres of natural beauty, Conner Prairie is an ideal choice for your next corporate retreat. Three modernized log cabins serve as retreat houses in a rustic, wooded setting, and Lilly Theater is great for lectures. The large conference room, Woodland Hall, can hold up to 250.

For dining options, guests can choose from a fine restaurant overlooking the open prairie to an outdoor picnic pavilion. Conner Prairie Catering provides full-service facility rentals and catering. Entertainment opportunities include hayrides, barn dances, and special events in conjunction with Symphony on the Prairie in the summer and Headless Horseman in the fall.

Culver Cove Resort

& Conference Center

319 East Jefferson, Culver, 46511,

574/842-2683 www.culvercove.com

With more than 5,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities, Culver Cove can accommodate up to 250. All catered events are serviced by The Beacon Restaurant, and Culver Banquets will help make all the arrangements.

Forty condominiums overlooking Lake Maxinkuckee are available for overnight retreats, with such attractions as a private beach, tennis, golf, fishing and volleyball.

"We are located in North Central Indiana, which makes a perfect meeting place for surrounding cities," says Jan Eby, executive director.

Essenhaus Inn

& Conference Center

240 US 20, Middlebury, 46540,

800/455-9471 www.essenhaus.com

Ideal for corporate retreats, workshops, conferences and seminars, the Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center offers flexible meeting space for groups of four to 400. Five meeting rooms feature 4,667 square feet, complete with projection screens, A/V services and high-speed wireless Internet. On-site dining is available at the Das Dutchman Essenhaus restaurant, and a professional group coordinator will aid in all the details of a corporate visit.

Outdoor recreation includes horse-drawn carriage rides and shopping. "Visitors enjoy scenic views of the Northern Indiana Amish countryside in this comfortable home-like setting," says Jill Garris, marketing and sales manager.

The Inn at Aberdeen

3158 South State Road 2, Valparaiso,

46385, 219/465-3753

www.innataberdeen.com

Billed as the "Best Corporate Retreat" in 2003 and 2004 by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly, The Inn at Aberdeen's Executive Conference Center can serve from two to 64 guests. Wireless DSL throughout and A/V services are available. Once the meeting is over, the Inn features special entertainment packages, including a mystery dinner, wine tasting, golf, museum tours and even spa appointments. Plus, the Indiana Dunes parks are not far.

Eleven guest rooms are available for overnight retreats, with an executive chef on hand at this 1800s-era farmhouse inn.

New Harmony Inn &

Conference Center

504 North Street, New Harmony, 47631,

812/682-4491 www.newharmonyinn.com

New Harmony Inn & Conference Center offers a "casually elegant" meeting venue in the historic town of New Harmony. Two large conference rooms with the latest A/V equipment and Internet access can handle up to 400 while two smaller meeting rooms hold groups up to 24. After meeting amenities include a fitness center, a year-round swimming pool and gourmet dining at the Red Geranium restaurant. The Inn offers "classic simplicity" with Shaker-modest furnishing in 89 rooms, 18 with fireplaces. A tranquil setting with 125 acres of gardens, fountains, ponds and sculpture allows for peace and reflection.

Purdue University Conferences

610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, 47907,

765/274-3196 www.purdue.edu

In the conference business for more than four decades, Purdue University offers its Stewart Center built as a dedicated meeting facility with 23 meeting rooms ranging from 900 to 2900 square feet. The center is equipped with the latest technology including onsite A/V services, videoconferencing and wireless Internet.

The Purdue Memorial Union can accommodate dinners for groups up to 900 in the North and South ballrooms or smaller groups in one six additional dining rooms. The newly remodeled Union Club Hotel has 192 rooms with suite accommodations.

"Corporate planners are turning to unique meeting sites for their retreats to maximize the return on their investment," says Paul Horngren, director of Purdue Conferences.

The Seasons Lodge

& Conference Center

PO Box 187, Nashville, 47448,

812/988-2284 www.seasonslodge.com

"We have clients who book their meeting here just to eat our fried biscuits and homemade apple butter," says Carol Fitzgerald, sales director at The Seasons Lodge.

The conference center has four large that combined can accommodate 600 for a banquet. The smaller Redbud and Dogwood rooms can handle meetings up to 25.

Eight spacious rooms, six with fireplaces, are available at The Seasons Lodge and the Brown County Inn has 99 guest rooms.

Walden Inn & Conference Center

2 Seminary Square, Greencastle, 46135,

765/653-2761 www.waldeninn.com

The Walden Inn offers an on-site conference planner to help ensure a corporate meeting runs smoothly. Only 45 minutes from Indianapolis, the 19,000 square-foot Walden Inn offers a large breakout room with state-of-the-art A/V services and a private conference dining room.

Natural and soft lighting in its 54 sleeping rooms make them suitable for work or relaxation. Each of its 54 sleeping rooms comes equipped with a 27-inch flat screen TV with built-in DVD player, as well as a multifunctional desk.

A few on-site dining options include The Different Drummer, offering American cuisine and The Fluttering Duck, a full-service sports bar & grill with live jazz.

"We know that companies can spend a lot of resources calling around, looking for the perfect place for functions. We will help eliminate that with an all-inclusive package," says Bill Robbins, director of sales.
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Date:Feb 1, 2006
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