Hidden among the birch and pine of the lush Wisconsin wilderness, lies the stunning Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat. Tucked away on over 700 acres of dense forest, the resort offers you a premium meeting and retreat environment while only being two hours from the Twin Cities or Eau Claire. Located on the shores of Hoinville Lake, you will be presented with an opportunity to enjoy all the majesty that the local environment can muster. The highlight of this beautiful local environment is the Namekagon National Scenic Riverway. The meandering river is accented by sand bars, dense wilderness, islands, bridges and it is a magnet for the abundant wildlife that call the area home. Dirk Vander Bent, Director of Sales, describes a first time visit as, “Our first time guests are sometimes unsure what to expect, and are always amazed when they drive up and see how beautiful and new the buildings are, as well as the countless recreational activities available here.”.
The property has had a rich history that refuses to be ignored. Beginning in 1923 Heartwood was the summer home to the Hoinville family. They held onto the property till 1955 when they sold it to the Paradise Sportsmans Club. The club (possible mafia) added multiple buildings including cabins that are still used today. The Paradise Sportsman club lost the property in 1960 due to not paying taxes and it was sold to Camp Adventure. Camp Adventure also mismanaged the property, which resulted in them losing it in 1962. The Boy Scouts of America purchased the property for the price of the back taxes. The Boy Scouts improved the property for 15 years until their attendance fell and they were forced to sell in 1977. The next investor split up the property and it was molded into a 700 acre layout. Various owners had the property and improved it thru the 80’s and 90’s until Thrivent Financial brought the resort in 2005. They made big improvements and bought some of the previous property back. They returned the luster to the resort and have been continuing to improve it since their purchase.
Heartwood Conference Center & Retreat prides itself on providing you a premier meeting and relaxation destination. The resort features over 10,000 square feet of meeting and conference ready rooms. It doesn't matter if your group is 10 or 200, the expert and professional staff stands ready to assist with all your meeting needs. The resort offers you a range of amenities for meetings and conferences including customizable rooms, audio/visual setup and assistance, internet, and professional catering. Not only is the resort a great place for your meeting but there are activities onsite and offsite for team building or just having fun. Plan out your meeting with the expert staff and explore the packages and options that can help you maximize your experience.
The resort and the surrounding area are rich with year round activities for you and your group to take part in. Some of the onsite warm weather activities include volleyball, boating, fishing, swimming, disc golf, kayaking, tubing, canoeing, hiking, biking and much more. If you're ready to take in the winter experience you can look forward to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, broomball, along with catch and release ice fishing. No matter the season the area has fun events to participate in such as The Spooner Rodeo, Lumberjack World Championships and American Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race. The area also has an abundance of lakes for fishing, breathtaking wilderness trails, golf, historical sites, shopping and unique dining. Whether you're just enjoying a vacation or building your team, this area has more than enough to offer.
Leave the worry of planning your meeting, conference or getaway with the experienced and capable hands of the staff of Heartwood Conference & Retreat. Wisconsin's vast and awe inspiring wilderness is waiting to be the backdrop of your next business or pleasure getaway.