July 22, 2024

A room with a view

Midway’s Homestead Resort also offers a respite from the daily grind. Director of Sales and Marketing Jamie Leatham says the newly remodeled property is synonymous with luxury. Founded in 1886, this charming property has evolved into an idyllic destination for corporate retreats, weddings and social events, attracting visitors from near and far.

The corporate clientele at Homestead span various industries, with notable organizations like Smith’s Food and Drug returning annually for fundraising events. This intimate property comprises only 123 lodging rooms, ensuring personalized attention and a sense of exclusivity for every event. 

The physical beauty only adds to its appeal. According to Leatham, the site boasts a natural hot spring that maintains a comfortable 95 degrees year-round. It’s an amenity that combines relaxation with adventure, as guests can even scuba dive within the crater’s depths. 

Perhaps the property’s greatest asset is its proximity to Wasatch Mountain State Park. Leatham says this prime location means guests can go hiking, biking and ATV riding, experiencing the breadth and depth of the natural world. 

The property itself draws guests in via other experiences, like golf, that allow them to enjoy fresh air while fostering connections with colleagues. After a busy and full day, Leatham says guests can look forward to Homestead’s blend of rustic elegance and contemporary comforts. This is reflected in the individual cottage-style lodging spread across the property. Unlike traditional hotels, each cottage offers guests a private retreat feel, complete with front porches for moments of tranquility.

“Our lodging rooms are set up in little individual cottages around the property,” Leatham says. “We don’t have one big hotel; it’s not traditional at all. Instead, [rooms are] in little cottages. One cottage might have six lodging rooms, each [with its] own room, bathroom and everything like the regular hotel room — just cuter. Everybody has a front porch. It gives a retreat feel to the property instead of a corporate feel.”

Leatham says this setup has been popular with groups because the venue allows for team building but also privacy. The facility offers several meeting spaces, all of which have the benefit of natural light, built-in credenzas, AV capabilities, beautiful lighting and décor. 

As corporate retreat trends evolve, Leatham says Homestead remains ahead of the curve. Recent years have seen a shift toward experiential retreats, with a focus on outdoor activities and themed events. From camping-inspired adventures to outdoor movie nights under the stars, Leatham says her team is intentional in catering to diverse preferences that result in memorable experiences for all.

Looking ahead, Leatham shares the owner’s intentions to enhance the venue’s offerings, with plans for a full-service spa, luxury pools sourced from natural hot springs and a Marriott Autograph property designation by 2026. These developments aim to elevate guest experiences while attracting a broader audience.


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