The hotel has been owned by Waukesha Hospitality – a division of Minneapolis-based Burwell Enterprises – since February 2017. Burwell also owns The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club in downtown Madison.
The Gettys Group, based in Chicago, will spearhead the hotel's design and rebranding efforts, which will include extensive renovations and remodeling of 194 guest rooms and suites.
Here are renderings of the new room decor:
According to the new Ingleside web site, which is already online, a "reimagined" ballroom (a rendering of which is below) will cover 7,200 square feet and there will be a new restaurant, called Didi's Supper Club, a new lobby coffee shop and more. The Springs Water Park is still featured on the new website.
The hotel will remain open during the transformation and The Country Springs web site is still online.
The old Scots word "ingle" has become an English synonym for fireplace.
"My family always looks to deal with businesses that 'have heart,' that's most certainly the case at Country Springs," said Peter Burwell, CEO of Burwell Enterprises, in a statement. "We look forward to refreshing the property to meet the character level of the people who work here."
SilverTree Hospitality COO Stephen Zanoni, who is also general manager of The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club added, "The property has a strong history and many unique assets, including a first-class location and over 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Our goal is to build on that uniqueness and create a convention, wedding and leisure destination for the entire upper Midwest."
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in an episode of TV's "Party of Five," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.