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Resorts say no to status quo

Courtesy Eagle Ridge Resort

MEREDITH, N.H. — Making construction all American was easier than the Inns and Spa at Mill Falls imagined when it took on ABC-TV’s Made in America Challenge.

The second phase of the resort’s Church Landing expansion, which adds 15 deluxe guest rooms in two new buildings, is 95 percent Made in America. The project should be completed by early summer.

“Everything from the nails, the steel, the staples, the lumber and the bathtubs are domestically made,” said president Rusty McLear. “The remaining 5 percent that we weren’t able to buy American included the limited-access elevator that we plan to install.”

Some small items like screws, nuts, bolts and electrical breakers and panels were purchased from foreign suppliers.

Using almost all domestic materials didn’t add much to the project’s cost. McLear estimated that the resort spent $4,000 more by buying domestically.

Several other New Hampshire projects that are federally funded are being required to buy American; the Church Landing project is the only privately funded expansion in the state to do so.

According to ABC World News, if every builder in America bought 5 percent more American materials, 220,000 jobs would be created.


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The renovation of one of the Broadmoor’s oldest buildings will be completed in April.

Southlake, one of five original buildings at the 1918 resort, has been a perennial favorite, given its location on the southeast curve of Cheyenne Lake, between Broadmoor Main and the South Tower.

The most recent renovation will add balconies, a new entryway, improved lighting, new carpet and new furnishings.

The two-story structure contains 21 guest rooms, including two large suites. Those suites, with views of the lake and Cheyenne Mountain, can serve as venues for small meetings and receptions Six standard rooms also have parlors.

John Rovie, director of sales, said the enhancements will give the 744-room resort another option to offer smaller events that seek exclusive housing or that needs suite accommodations.


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SEDONA, Ariz. — Enchantment Resort will unveil the last phase of its $25 million renovation this spring.

A transformed clubhouse, new and reimagined restaurants, a larger pool area with views of red-rock Boynton Canyon and new retail spaces and outdoor areas are part of the final phase. The resort already has spent $11 million to refurbish its 218 guest rooms and $4 million to expand its onsite meeting village.

“The concept behind the design is to bring the outdoors in and create open-air spaces while reshaping the resort guest experience to better meet the needs of today’s sophisticated guests,” said Mark Grenoble, president of Enchantment Group.

The redesigned clubhouse will give guests a new experience when they arrive. They will be welcomed curbside by resort attendants who will check them in on electronic tablets. A concierge will be posted inside the entrance; retail space in the clubhouse will lead to a patio.

As the central gathering place for guests, the clubhouse includes a fireplace, lounge areas, three dining experiences and the main pool. The building includes the adobe and timber elements of the original private residence that sat on site. Original works of Southwestern art are used throughout.