Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Address: 444 Eagle Ridge Drive, Galena, Ill 61036
Managed by: The Bricton Group
Number of employees: 450 during prime time and 250 when the golf courses are closed
When business opened: Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa opened 35 years ago. A year-long anniversary celebration planned in 2014.
Web address: www.eagleridge.com
An interview with Colin Sanderson, director of sales and marketing for Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa.
Q: Tell us about the resort.
A: Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is 150 miles west of Chicago within The Galena Territory, a 6,800 acre recreational, residential and resort community six miles southeast of the historic town of Galena. The resort’s grounds include 63 holes on four award-winning golf courses, and accommodations range from quaint inn rooms to more than 250 villas and distinctive homes. The resort has 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space and conference homes which accommodate corporate groups, banquets and weddings.
Other features include award-winning restaurants, the tranquil Stonedrift Spa, and a selection of winter and summer outdoor activities including miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, tennis, hot air balloon rides, cross-country skiing, sledding, boating and fishing on the picturesque 225-acre Lake Galena.
Q: You’re in Illinois, but it does not feel like it. Describe the location.
A: As one of the few areas in the Midwest protected from glaciers centuries ago, Eagle Ridge is a natural backdrop to the picturesque setting in the 6,800-acre Galena Territory with abundant wildlife and rolling hills that stand out from the normally flat Illinois landscape. Eagle Ridge Resort and The Galena Territory have some of the most spectacular views in all of Illinois. At some points of The Galena Territory including but not limited to the 14th hole on the General Golf course you can see over three states and it’s one of the third highest points in Illinois.
Q: How did the name of the business come about?
A: While it’s hard to find all the documents on how the name originated, the Galena Territory has some of the most fantastic Eagle watching in all of Illinois.
Q: Who is your typical customer and where do they come from?
A: We cater to a broad range of clientele from the Chicagoland area and beyond. We serve as the local go-to spot for a variety of holidays from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day to Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Families, golfers, skiers, bird watchers, and spa enthusiasts all come to Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa to experience all that the resort & The Galena Territory has to offer.
We market to every age group from 25 to 75 from girlfriend getaways to grandparents who live in the territory who are having their kids and grandchildren in town.
Q: What size meetings can you host?
A: From events of 10 to 400 guests, Eagle Ridge boasts 15,000 square feet of flexible function space in addition to the Port Patio that can seat up to 150 people banquet style and is perfect for special occasions including weddings.
The award-winning catering team can create anything from a continental breakfast to elegant five-course dinners.
Q: What else should people know?
A: Eagle Ridge’s tag line is “A world away.today” because that is exactly what it feels like. You are far enough from the city that when you arrive, you are in another world and certainly not in Illinois, yet you are close enough to home to make this a day trip, a weekend trip or longer.