by Matt Alderton | April 13, 2017
Kindred Resorts & Hotels announced this week that it has introduced new experiences and programs for groups meeting at a number of its properties.

All told, seven of the hotels and resorts in Kindred's portfolio of 63 independent properties have launched new offerings for groups. Among them: the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, MI (pictured), which will open for the season in May with three new one- or two-bedroom suites designed by interior design firm Dorothy Draper & Company, as well as a completely renovated 600-foot front porch -- the world's longest hotel porch.

The Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson, AZ, also has made updates thanks to a multimillion-dollar expansion. It has added 32 new guest rooms and suites, an infinity-edge pool, and a new ballroom featuring 5,100 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. It has also updated its oldest rooms with new furnishings, updated technology, and refreshed bathrooms.

In Austin, TX, Lake Austin Spa Resort has rolled out 20 new spa services and offerings, as well as a new luxury water taxi to transport guests to the property from downtown Austin.

North, in New Paltz, NY, Mohonk Mountain House has introduced its first new accommodations in more than 100 years thanks to the addition of a new 7,000-square-foot, two-story lodge that features six 700-square-foot rooms and an 1,800-square-foot great room. Groups can reserve the entire lodge.

In Old Saybrook, CT, Saybrook Point Inn & Spa has expanded its selection of teambuilding exercises and group activities. New offerings include fishing trips, chef challenges, mixologist soirées, wine classes, and a Navy SEAL training program. The property also has opened two new luxury guest houses that can be used for group accommodations and special events.

Groups interested in golf outings can look to Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, FL, which has renewed and refreshed its two Arnold Palmer signature golf courses and opened a new Golf Training Center and Range.

Finally, there's the Tides Inn in Irvington, VA, which recently opened its "Virginia Oyster Academy," which offers groups a bay-to-table experience that includes a morning excursion with a Virginia waterman, an oyster roast lunch with wine pairings, and culinary demonstrations by a gourmet seafood chef -- all of which will impart lessons about the history of the native oyster, the environmental benefits of the oyster industry, and the art of eating oysters.

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