Best Meeting/Event Venue (In Metro Detroit, No Hotel)

THE WINNER IS: The Henry Ford
Dearborn | 313.982.6001

Runners-up 
» The Fox Theatre
» Cobo Center

Best Meeting/Event Venue (Outside of Metro Detroit, No Hotel)

THE WINNER IS: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Grand Rapids | 616.957.1580

Runners-up 
» Bavarian Inn
» Crystal Gardens Banquet Center

Best Ballroom

THE WINNER IS: The Henry Ford
Dearborn | 313.982.6001

Runners-up 
» Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
» Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Best College/University Venue

THE WINNER IS: Michigan State University

East Lansing | 517.884.8117

Runners-up 
» University of Michigan
» Central Michigan University

Best Intimate Venue

THE WINNER IS: Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

Dexter | 734.619.8100

Runners-up 
» Kirkbride Hall
» Corner Loft

Best New Venue

THE WINNER IS: Zingerman’s Cornman Farms
Dexter | 734.619.8100

Runners-up 
» Kirkbride Hall
» Inn at Harbor Shores

Best Audio/Visual Provider

THE WINNER IS: BlueWater Technologies
Southfield | 248.356.4399

Runners-up 
» PSAV
» KLA Laboratories

Best Décor Provider

THE WINNER IS: Art Craft Display

Novi | 248.380.0843

Runners-up 
» Emerald City Designs
» Display Group

Best Entertainment Provider

THE WINNER IS: Black Tie Productions

Flint | 800.232.9750

Runners-up 
» Mike Staff Productions
» Rusch Entertainment

Best Florist

THE WINNER IS: Emerald City Designs
Farmington Hills | 248.474.7077

Runners-up 
» Planterra Interior Landscapes
» Bellisario Florist

Best Photographer

THE WINNER IS: Sarah Brown Photography
Traverse City | 231.883.7481

Runners-up 
» Brian Walters
» Arising Images

Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (Fewer than 200 Guest Rooms)

THE WINNER IS: Inn at St. John’s

Plymouth | 734.414.0600

Runners-up 
» Royal Park Hotel
» Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (More than 200 Guest Rooms)

THE WINNER IS: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Acme | 231.534.6000

Runners-up 
» Crystal Mountain
» Shanty Creek Resorts

Best Casino

THE WINNER IS: MGM Grand Detroit
Detroit | 877.888.2121

Runners-up 
» Soaring Eagle
» Turtle Creek Casino

Best Airport Hotel

THE WINNER IS: Westin Detroit Metro Airport

Detroit | 800.937.8461

Runners-up 
» Marriott Detroit Metro Airport
» Hilton Grand Rapids Airport

Best Caterer

THE WINNER IS: Catering by Kelly’s

Traverse City | 231.938.3663

Runners-up 
» Forte Belanger
» Black Forest Catering

Best Craft Brewery/Brewpub

THE WINNER IS: Short’s Brewing Co.

Bellaire | 231.498.2300

Runners-up 
» Bell’s Brewery
» Frankenmuth Brewery

Best Restaurant with Private Dining Space

THE WINNER IS: Bavarian Inn

Frankenmuth | 800.228.2742

Runners-up 
» Red Ginger
» Thistle Pub & Grille

Best Sweets Provider

THE WINNER IS: Kilwins

Petoskey | 888.454.5946

Runners-up 
» Sugar High Bakery
» Sweetie-licious Bakery Café

Best Winery

THE WINNER IS: Chateau Chantal

Traverse City | 800.969.4009

Runners-up 
» Black Star Farms
» St. Julian

Best Golf Resort

THE WINNER IS: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Acme | 231.534.6000

Runners-up 
» Crystal Mountain Resort
» Shanty Creek Resorts

Best Ski Resort

THE WINNER IS:  Boyne Resorts

Harbor Springs | 231.526.3000

Runners-up 
» Crystal Mountain Resort
» Shanty Creek Resorts

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau

THE WINNER IS:  Traverse City Tourism

Traverse City | 231.947.0692

Runners-up 
» Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau
»Frankenmuth Convention and Visitors Bureau

Best Event Planning Company

THE WINNER IS: Emerald City Designs

Farmington Hills | 248.474.7077

Runners-up 
» Events North
» Events to Remember

Best Meeting Planning Company

THE WINNER IS: Events North

Traverse City  | 231.883.2708

Runners-up 
» Special D Events
» Event Garde

Best Rental Company

THE WINNER IS:  Art Craft Display
Novi | 248.380.0843

Runners-up 
» Emerald City Designs
» Special Events Rentals

Best Service (Meeting/Event Venue)

THE WINNER IS: Crystal Mountain Resort

Thompsonville | 800.968.7686

Runners-up 
» The Henry Ford
» Shanty Creek Resorts

Best Transportation

THE WINNER IS: Metro Cars

Taylor | 734.946.5700

Runners-up 
» Dean Transportation
» Celtic Shuttle

Well, another fantastic Best of Michigan Awards party has come and gone. Every year, I think we’ve topped ourselves, though, really, each year’s celebration is wonderful in its unique way.

This year we took the party to Traverse City, a much-needed visit by the magazine’s readers and supporters to the region that has done so much to lure tourism to Michigan. The local meeting and events industry folks bent over backwards to make the experience exceptional. We spread out over two venues—the City Opera House and the Hotel Indigo—and enjoyed wonderful hospitality wherever we were.

 

The votes are in; here are the winners as decided by the readers of Michigan Meetings + Events.

What does it mean to be the best? In Michigan, the bar keeps moving north. As our state continues to rebuild and flourish, new venues come on line, new restaurants open their doors and what it takes to truly stand out continues to expand.

So it’s inspiring to see so many long-standing vendors and venues continue to earn our readers’ loyalty. Newcomers are welcome and often impress, but we clearly have many industry players that built their operations to last.

 

BEST MEETING/EVENT VENUE (IN DETROIT METRO, NO HOTEL)

THE WINNER IS: Fox Theatre
Detroit | 313.471.3333

Runners-up
» The Henry Ford
» Detroit Athletic Club