The Heidel House, Green Lake’s biggest and best-known resort, will shut down wedding operations next year as significant renovations will be made. Normal hotel operations and corporate events are expected to continue as usual.
The Heidel House, Green Lake’s biggest and best-known resort, will shut down wedding operations next year as significant renovations will be made. Normal hotel operations and corporate events are expected to continue as usual.

Green Lake’s Heidel House Resort & Spa likely will undergo significant renovations next year — and that means no weddings at the resort in 2019.

Although the exact scope of the project is yet to be determined, refashioning the area’s biggest and most famous resort will be enough to prevent Heidel House from hosting weddings, receptions and other private family events.

It’s not clear yet whether annual community events hosted at the resort — such as summer’s Sunsplash Sunday or fall’s Oktoberfest — will take place normally in 2019, be put on hiatus or move to another location.

“I think all of those types of events are really important to our business and to the community,” said Stacy Nemeth, COO of Fiore Companies, Inc., which has owned the Heidel House for more than 30 years. “So at this time we have not talked about discontinuing them, but ... we have not discussed that level of details yet.”

However, corporate events and hotel stays will continue with business as usual, according to General Manager Kevin Karau.

“[We’ve] committed to — myself and the staff and the management company — that there’s no intention for [Heidel House] to cease operations,” he said. “We are going to run a hotel, and we’re going to do it during whatever alterations to the property are going to take place; we’re still going to operate the hotel.”

But the 80-some weddings and wedding receptions that Heidel House hosts each year will have to cease for 2019, at least.

Read the full story in the Jan. 11, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.