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Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Thu, Aug 18 2016, 10:41 PM
by KiteVoice
Thanks, Mike

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Fri, Aug 19 2016, 03:53 PM
by Mike
We are changing hotels.
They haven't entered it into their computer yet, but the paperwork is done. I'll let you know when you're able to book a room.
Hopefully by tomorrow?

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Sat, Aug 20 2016, 07:01 PM
by Mike
Ok folks, we're set.
The Best Western raised their rates, so we're going to the Quality Inn which is right nearby and saves up to $40, depending on the room.
We have a block of rooms reserved for Saturday night, September 24.

The address is:
Quality Inn
418 Council Road
Chesterton, IN 46304

Our rate is $80.99 for any room (Single King, 2 Doubles, or 2 Queens)
You must reserve by September 17 to get this rate.
The room is refundable. Just cancel by 4pm of the arrival date.

If you want to gamble with the weather, you can save 9 more dollars by booking directly at the hotel website for a non-refundable rate.

To book the room, you must call the hotel directly: (219) 929-5549, ask for the IKE group rate.

This rate is barely less than than the regular rate. If we book a bunch of rooms through the IKE reservation, it may give me more bargaining power next year.

So call today! (You can always cancel it last minute if you need to)

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Sat, Aug 20 2016, 07:01 PM
by Mike
I've booked a room for me and Rose!

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Thu, Sep 01 2016, 10:54 AM
by illescasd
The world famous adventure dog & I are IN.

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Wed, Sep 07 2016, 03:26 PM
by backdraft
The Quality Inn is booked.

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Wed, Sep 07 2016, 03:43 PM
by goestoeleven
Ugh . . . I may end up commuting . . . .

Thanks for letting us know.

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Wed, Sep 07 2016, 08:48 PM
by Mike
Wow, our block of rooms are all sold already?
I know a couple of people who came last year aren't able to come this year, so I am surprised.
I'd call anyway Steve. Maybe the agent Big Mike called punched the wrong number or something into the computer.
If you can't get a room Steve, let me know.

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Wed, Sep 07 2016, 09:48 PM
by goestoeleven
George Jacobson told me at KOLM that there was only one room left when he called. He's actually staying at the BW since he needed a room with two beds.

I will probably look at another hotel, maybe use points. Or I'll drive.....

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Wed, Sep 07 2016, 10:04 PM
by Shari
Back Up Idea for any other slackers:
We booked the Comfort Inn & Suites in Porter

Comfort Inn & Suites
1800 West US Highway 20,
Porter, IN, US, 46304
(219) 787-1400
:welcome:

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Wed, Sep 07 2016, 10:19 PM
by illescasd
I usually commute, but this time Adventure Dog & I were planning on staying... Even Merriville could be an option.

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Thu, Sep 08 2016, 01:13 PM
by Mike
I've tried calling the Quality Inn twice, but they aren't answering their phone.

Hotel prices are high for that weekend for some reason. And it'd be too bad if we were all at different hotels.
One other option would be to move the retreat to a different day.
We could move it to October 8 & 9

thoughts?

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Thu, Sep 08 2016, 01:17 PM
by goestoeleven
I think we should keep those dates as many people have already planned on the weekend. Plus, I can't make the weekend of the 8th at all. College visits.

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Thu, Sep 08 2016, 01:52 PM
by Mike
OK, no date change and folks find a place to sleep wherever...

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Thu, Sep 08 2016, 02:54 PM
by goestoeleven
Yeah, it's not ideal to be spread around between hotels, but we'll all be at the same beach both days, and the same restaurant for dinner!

I think I've been at a different hotel from the rest of the group every time except for the first year because I never know where I'll be and I book late (and that's not counting the year I was a squatter in someone else's site in the campground).

I'm tentatively at the Hampton Portage. Shari already gave me enough grief about that via text message.

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Mon, Sep 19 2016, 11:39 AM
by goestoeleven
Less than one week folks! I know I will need this break . . . .

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Mon, Sep 19 2016, 04:34 PM
by KiteVoice
Really looking forward to it!

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Mon, Sep 19 2016, 05:27 PM
by basicbill
KiteVoice wrote:Really looking forward to it!


Absolutely.

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Tue, Sep 20 2016, 09:33 AM
by Mike
basicbill wrote:
KiteVoice wrote:Really looking forward to it!


Absolutely.

Me too!

Re: IKE Retreat 2016?

Posted: Wed, Sep 21 2016, 09:48 AM
by Mike
For those of you who like weather forecasts, here it is for the coordinates of our beach:
https://darksky.net/41.6624,-87.0654/2016-9-24