LaKota Oaks

About Us

Formerly known as Dolce Norwalk, the new LaKota Oaks™ has just raised the bar on social event and productive conference experiences.

“LaKota” is a Native American word that warmly signifies “allies.” What better notion to exemplify the purpose of this stunning property, and to welcome all who seek productive conferences, memorable weddings and social events that truly go above and beyond.

Our Mission

Simply put, our mission is to personify Hospitality Defined at every level, and every turn. To provide a white-glove level of service and attention that consistently deliver on the promise of truly memorable conference and event experiences.

Our Property

Available to groups large or small, LaKota Oaks™ is situated on 66 secluded acres of rolling hills, sweeping lawns, and scenic ponds in the heart of Fairfield County, offering 121 deluxe guestrooms, large social event spaces, state-of-the-art conference facilities, a 75-foot indoor lap pool and fitness center, walking, jogging and bike trails, indoor basketball and racquetball courts, and outdoor tennis, volleyball, and bocce courts.

The conference center exemplifies our Hospitality Defined philosophy. It features 20 unique hi-touch and hi-tech collaborative spaces for strategic planning, training and culture building, and a food service system specifically designed to cater to conference and social groups. We’re an International Association of Conference Centers certified venue and was voted “Best Weddings” by The Knot. Just minutes from I-95, the Merritt Parkway, Metro-North Rail stations, several marinas and beaches, and all of Southern Connecticut’s attractions, LaKota Oaks™ is easily reached from anywhere in the entire Metro New York area.

Equally supreme for meetings, team-building outings or stunning weddings, LaKota Oaks™ makes quite an impression – especially on your first visit. Wind your way up the scenic main road, and you’ll be met with several stately red brick buildings, complete with soaring gables and towering windows. Once inside, you’ll witness more than 10,500 square feet of IACC-certified event space, including 20 multi-purpose meeting rooms and a grand 3,612 square-foot ballroom. Also, on-site, basketball, racquetball, volleyball, tennis, a fitness center with pool, and two restaurants provide plenty of post-event opportunities.

Lakota Wedding Outdoor

Our History

A stroll through the scenic grounds of LaKota Oaks™ will reveal this historic site was originally a monastery – a seminary of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Norwalk directories list this seminary as being used by the Holy Ghost Fathers from 1903 until 1930, and after that by the Immaculate Heart of Mary. A small graveyard, together with Stations of the Cross statues located along the half-mile walking path further paint the picture of a long-past era.

The seminary, better known as Ferndale due to the abundance of fern growth on the property, was a largely self-contained facility where the seminarians were trained under difficult conditions to serve as missionaries, often requiring them to perform not only spiritual tasks, but practical ones as well. Members of the seminary community served as barbers, shoemakers and photographers to meet the residents’ meager needs.

In 1979, GTE acquired the Ferndale Seminary property and later opened its Executive Learning Center in 1982. Dolce International purchased the center in 2003, and Dolce Norwalk opened its doors in 2004. Most recently, Queens Plaza West purchased the property and engaged LaKota Hotels & Resorts to upgrade the offerings, rebrand the property LaKota Oaks™, and enhance its appeal to social events and corporate conferences.

Our Team

Sam L. Haigh

GENERAL MANAGER

Daniel Dolce

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

SALES & DEVELOPMENT

Sam D. Haigh

PRESIDENT & CEO

While we do offer group room blocks, we do not offer individual overnight guest accommodation bookings online. If you’re looking to host a wedding, meeting or other event in our state-of-the-art event space, please call 1-203-852-7300 for information.