After closing its doors in 2019, getting purchased by Lighthouse Hospitality Group and going through months of renovations, the Heidel House Resort & Conference Center in Green Lake is fully open and operational.
Now, two years after its closing, the Heidel House property is entering a new era and is preparing to help its guests create wonderful memories at its resort.
The resort features 115 guest rooms, two ballrooms for weddings and events, two restaurants, two bars and a clothing boutique.
Across the street from the Heidel House is Evensong Spa, which hopes to reopen this year, Sevcik said.
“If there’s bachelorette parties or groups of women that come to stay here and want to go to the spa, we can transport them back and forth on our shuttle,” Heidel House General Manager Nicole Sevcik said at the resort’s grand opening Sept. 8.
Barb Berg opened an Indigo Blue Boutique satellite store in the lobby of the Heidel House, where she sells stylish women’s clothing and accessories.
The independently contracted Escapade tour boat will be available to take guests on tours of Green Lake, while the pier on the resort welcomes boaters to the hotel’s restaurants and bars.
While the resort has been taking guests since June, staffing shortages have caused some hiccups in the reopening of the resort, Sevcik said.
“There were some hiccups we had to overcome this summer,” she said. “But I think we’re over most of the hiccups with staffing issues.”
Now that the busy summer season is over and the resort is in the offseason, Sevcik said the plan now is to search for staff for the upcoming spring.
While the Heidel House experienced staffing shortages this summer, Sevcik said they’ll need a full stage for the busy season because they are already planning next season’s weddings.
“Next spring and summer, just about every Saturday is already booked with weddings,” she said.
Sevcik said she’s really excited for people to come see and enjoy the fully renovated resort.
“The restaurant is doing absolutely amazing and the roads are looking beautiful, so it’s just about getting more people in here to see the changes and stay with us,” she said.
Amelia Compton Wolff, marketing manager for Town Square and a previous staff member of Heidel House, said restorations to the resort make it look like a place that a lot of people are going to want to come.
“I was a housekeeper here in the early 2000s and you could tell that this place had one time been a very grand, lovely hotel, and I think what they’ve done here now is really gorgeous,” she said.
Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Meier said she’s really happy the Heidel House is back up and running.
“I grew up here, so this place was my summer job for four years,” Meier said. “I’m happy it’s back and the impact that the Heidel House is going to have on our community and the chamber of commerce is huge.”
The Heidel House has a major impact on the community’s economy during the tourism season, Meier said.
“At the Heidel House, when a person stays overnight, they spend an average of $162 on just a one-night stay,” she said. “That’s not including their lodging expenses. They go to the gas station, go to a coffee shop or go buy a trinket at a gift shop.”
With 115 guest rooms and weddings almost every weekend in the summer, the Heidel House puts a lot of money back into Green Lake, Meier noted.
Furthermore, the Heidel House will help the chamber of commerce’s budget.
“What it’ll do is help our organization be stronger because we are able to take the tax dollars that are generated here, put them back into marketing and events and promoting Green Lake,” she said.
Meier said having the Heidel House open again in Green Lake makes the area a better place to live and to visit.
“The chamber is ecstatic, we’re just happy to have this piece of history back in Green Lake,” she said.