OKEECHOBEE, Fla., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- With the completion of a new 8,500-square-foot Outdoorsman's Lodge and additional lakeside cottages, Quail Creek Plantation—regarded as the state's top sporting clays and hunting facility— is now taking aim at corporations and regional organizations looking for a more non-traditional setting to hold catered meetings and events.
The rustic, open-beamed lodge, which can comfortably seat 60 in the main dining room and an additional 24 on the screened porch dining area, features a hotel quality professional kitchen with three chefs. The conference area within the lodge comfortably seats 70 guests and provides full multi-media capabilities making it easy to put on a productive event, ranging from a one-day meeting to corporate retreats lasting several days. There is also a large outdoor pavilion with its own kitchen that can facilitate as many as 200 people. No need to seek lodging off property, as management now provides 10 lakeside cottages with room for up to 40 guests. A new guest lodge annex, scheduled to be ready this fall, will feature eight king-sized suites designed around a common area.
According to a recent story in USA Today, meeting planners are cutting back on conventions, meetings and retreats at pricey hotels in urban city centers or resorts and are opting for less-expensive suburban locations, making Quail Creek Plantation's rustic old Florida setting a good, cost-effective alternative for planners looking for smaller group venues.
Set amid 3,000 acres of stately oak hammocks and pine forests, Quail Creek Plantation opened in 2002 as the region's ultimate multi-disciplinary shotgunning complexes offering a 5-stand practice range, two 14-station sporting clay courses covering some 40 shooting positions and seasonal hunts for quail, turkey and pheasant. Located 18 miles west of Fort Pierce, 70 miles south of Orlando and a two-hour drive from Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Quail Creek Plantation has attracted thousands of visitors over the last eight years, hosting major National Sporting Clays Association tournaments (including The Seminole Cup), seasonal hunts as well as serving a smaller venue for local association meetings, including the Citrus Growers Association, National Rifle Association, NFL Alumni, Boy Scouts of America and various chemical and seed companies.
"With the addition of the lodge and additional cottages, we are offering corporate and group meeting planners comparable facilities, hospitality and technology in an incomparable, one-of-a-kind setting," said Quail Creek Manager Fred Fanizzi. "This is one of the most relaxing, natural settings in central Florida, and in addition to the shooting sports activities, we can offer meeting attendees bass fishing, archery and buggy rides for post-event options."
Fanizzi said Quail Creek has also been popular as a day-trip option for conventioneers and vacationers in the Greater Orlando area looking for an alternative to golf or entertainment parks.
For more information on booking availabilities for a corporate meeting or event at Quail Creek Plantation, please call 863-763-2529. For additional information go to www.quailcreekplantation.com.
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