13 Nov 2018

Two lumps, please

Two lumps, please

One of my favorite life experiences has been high tea at the Pump House in Bath, Somerset. The English resort town was a frequent destination for Jane Austen, and the vacationing characters in her celebrated novels spent many afternoons nibbling scones in the famous tea room, while anticipating upcoming balls. As a girl, I was […]

7 Nov 2018

Founder’s Day Celebration

Founder’s Day Celebration

Friday was the day the hotel honors the man who began the modern chapter of The Pfister Hotel’s history, Ben Marcus. He began his career delighting guests in 1935, when he purchased his first theater in Ripon, Wisconsin. In the early days, Marcus, and his wife, Ceil, were the initial employees of the business.  The […]

5 Nov 2018

They Are “Glad to be Plaid”

They Are “Glad to be Plaid”

On Sunday, November 4, students from Divine Savior Holy Angels gathered with their mothers at The Pfister Hotel for their annual Mother-Daughter Luncheon. The private, college-preparatory high school has been educating young women in the Catholic tradition since 1892.  The students, and the women who love them, gathered in the Imperial Ballroom for a morning […]

31 Oct 2018

Voila! A fête!

Voila! A fête!

A raucous crew of merry-makers stormed the Lobby Lounge in swirl of voices and kinetic energy. With ages that range from 6 years to 7 months, the 5 siblings, accompanied by their mother and an au pair, filled the lobby with joy as they had their first taste of The Pfister Hotel. The bilingual brood […]

29 Oct 2018

All Aboard the Hiawatha

All Aboard the Hiawatha

Carmela sat fireside, paging through her newly acquired Pfister Hotel coffee table book. Self-possess and stylish, she sipped her drink while she waited for her daughter, Maria, to rejoin her. Soon, the pair would head to the train station and return to the Windy City, but for now, this moment was still hers in which […]

24 Oct 2018

A Royal Visit

A Royal Visit

Princess Aubree lit up the lobby like a sparkler as she soared off the elevator. The aura of little girl magic surrounded her as she moved through the room, sharing her broad smile with everyone she passed. Unfailingly, the smile was returned; her sweet- sunniness could not be ignored. Certain the hotel was truly the […]