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  • 2016 Best of Michigan Meetings + Events Finalists

    POSTED March 18, 2016

Congratulations to the finalists of the Michigan Meetings + Events' Best of Awards 2016! We look forward to celebrating with each of you at our Best of Awards on Thursday, May 19 at Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, where the winners will be announced.

* Connect with us on social media before, during and after the awards with the hashtag #BestofMI2016

Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider

Bluewater Technologies
Sound Environments

Best Casino

MGM Grand Detroit
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Turtle Creek Casino & Resort

Best Caterer (On - or Off-Site)

Bavarian Inn Restaurant               
Forte Belanger
Zingerman’s Catering

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau

Detroit Metro CVB
Experience Grand Rapids
Traverse City Tourism

Best College/University Venue

Grand Valley State University
Michigan State University
University of Michigan

Best Craft Brewery/Brewpub

Bell’s Brewery
Founders Brewing Co.
Short’s Brewing Company

Best Décor Provider

Emerald City Designs
Sweet Themes
Top That! Event

Best Entertainment Provider

Black Tie Productions
Mike Staff Productions
Three Men and a Tenor

Event Planner/Event Planning Company

Emerald City Designs
Events North
Top That! Event

Best Event Rental Company

Art Craft Display
Emerald City Designs
Top That! Event

Best Florist

Blumz by JR Designs
Floral Underground
Viviano Flower Shop

Best Golf Resort

Crystal Mountain
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
The Inn at St. John’s

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space – More than 200 Guest Rooms

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Crystal Mountain
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space – Less Than 200 Guest Rooms

The Inn at Bay Harbor
The Inn at St. John’s
Park Place Hotel

Best Intimate Venue

Corner Loft
Planterra Conservatory
Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

Best Meeting/Event Venue in Detroit Metro Area

The Fillmore Detroit
Fox Theatre
The Henry Ford

Best Meeting/Event Venue Outside Detroit Metro Area

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Hagerty Conference Center
Treetops Resort and Spa

Best Meeting Planning Company

Association Management Resources
Events North
Special D Events

Best New Venue (Dec 2014-Dec 2015)

Bonobo Winery
The Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park
NOAH’s Event Venue

Best Photographer

Arising Images
Brian Walters
Sarah Brown Photography

Best Restaurant with Private Dining Space

Bavarian Inn Restaurant               
Red Ginger
Zingerman’s Roadhouse                                              

Best Rooftop

The Franklin
Hockeytown Café
Sky Deck at the Detroit Opera House

Best Service (Meeting/Event Venue)

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Crystal Mountain
The Inn at St. John’s

Best Ski Resort

Boyne Resorts
Crystal Mountain Resort
Shanty Creek Resorts

Best Sports Venue

Comerica Park
Ford Field
Michigan Stadium

Best Sweets Provider

Sweetie-licious Bakery Café
Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Best Transportation Company

Celtic Shuttle & Tours
Dean Transportation
Metro Cars

Best Winery

Black Star Farms
Bowers Harbor Vineyard
Chateau Chantal

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.