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

(OUTSIDE OF DETROIT METRO, NO HOTEL)

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

Runners-up
» DeVos Place Convention Center
» Bavarian Inn Restaurant


BEST COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY VENUE

THE WINNER IS: Michigan State University
East Lansing | 517.884.8117

Runners-up
» University of Michigan
» Central Michigan University


BEST CONVENTION CENTER

THE WINNER IS: DeVos Place Convention Center
Grand Rapids | 616.742.6500

Runners-up
» Cobo Center
» Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

BEST INTIMATE VENUE

THE WINNER IS: Black Star Farms
Traverse City | 231.944.1270

Runners-up
» Zingerman’s Cornman Farms
» Chateau Chantal


BEST NEW VENUE (DECEMBER 2015 – DECEMBER 2016)

THE WINNER IS: Hotel Indigo
Traverse City | 231.932.0500

Runners-up
» Knickerbocker Brewpub & Distillery
» Zingerman’s Greyline

BEST RENOVATION

THE WINNER IS: Cobo Center
Detroit | 313.877.8777

Runners-up
» Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
» Mission Point Resort

BEST ROOFTOP

THE WINNER IS: Hockeytown Cafe
Detroit | 313.471.3400

Runners-up
» Hotel Indigo
» Sky Deck at the Detroit Opera House

BEST SPORTS VENUE

THE WINNER IS: Comerica Park
Detroit | 313.962.4000

Runners-up
» Ford Field
» Michigan Stadium

BEST AUDIO-VISUAL/VISUAL PRESENTATION PROVIDER

THE WINNER IS: AV Squared
Brighton | 810.494.0006

Runners-up
» Bluewater Technologies
» PSAV

BEST BAND

THE WINNER IS: Three Men and a Tenor
Lansing | 800.277.6863

Runners-up
» Killer Flamingos
» Dan Rafferty Band

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDER

THE WINNER IS: Black Tie Productions
Flint | 800.232.9750

Runners-up
» 2Bay DJs
» Mike Staff Productions

BEST DÉCOR PROVIDER

THE WINNER IS: Emerald City Designs
Farmington Hills | 248.474.7077

Runners-up
» Art Craft Display, Inc.
» Top That! Event

BEST FLORIST

THE WINNER IS: Emerald City Designs
Farmington Hills | 248.474.7077

Runners-up
» Viviano Flower Shop
» Blumz by JRDesigns

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

THE WINNER IS: Sarah Brown Photography
Traverse City | 231.883.7481

Runners-up
» Daphne Doerr Photography
» Lola Grace Photography

BEST CASINO

THE WINNER IS: MGM Grand Detroit
Detroit | 877.888.2121

Runners-up
» Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel
» Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort


BEST HOTEL WITH MEETING/EVENT SPACE (FEWER THAN 200 GUEST ROOMS)

THE WINNER IS: The Inn at St. John’s
Plymouth | 734.414.0600

Runners-up
» Park Place Hotel
» Kellogg Hotel & Convention Center


BEST HOTEL WITH MEETING/EVENT SPACE (MORE THAN 200 GUEST ROOMS)

THE WINNER IS: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Acme 231.534.6000 | 800.236.1577

Runners-up
» Crystal Mountain Resort
» Amway Grand Plaza Hotel


BEST CATERER (ON- OR OFF-SITE)

THE WINNER IS: Zingerman’s Catering
Ann Arbor | 734.663.3400

Runners-up
» Bavarian Inn Restaurant
» Forte Belanger

BEST CRAFT BREWERY/BREWPUB

THE WINNER IS: Short’s Brewing Co.
Bellaire | 231.498.2300

Runners-up
» Bell’s Brewery
» Founders Brewing Co.

BEST DISTILLERY

THE WINNER IS: Grand Traverse Distillery
Traverse City | 231.947.8635

Runners-up
» Two James Spirits
» Ann Arbor Distilling Co.


BEST RESTAURANT WITH PRIVATE DINING SPACE

THE WINNER IS: Red Ginger
Traverse City | 231.944.1733

Runners-up
» Zingerman’s Roadhouse
» Bavarian Inn Restaurant

BEST SWEETS PROVIDER

THE WINNER IS: Zingerman’s Bakehouse
Ann Arbor | 734.761.2095

Runners-up
» SugarHigh Baker
» Kilwins

BEST WINERY

THE WINNER IS: Black Star Farms
Traverse City | 231.944.1270

Runners-up
» Chateau Chantal
» Chateau Grand Traverse


BEST GOLF RESORT

THE WINNER IS: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Acme 231.534.6000 | 800.236.1577

Runners-up
» Crystal Mountain Resort
» The Inn at St. John’s


BEST SKI RESORT

THE WINNER IS: Crystal Mountain Resort
Thompsonville | 855.734.1379

Runners-up
» Boyne Resorts
» Shanty Creek Resorts

BEST CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU (OVER 50,000 IN POPULATION)

THE WINNER IS: Traverse City Tourism
Traverse Ctiy | 231.995.3908

Runners-up
» Detroit Metro CVB
» Experience Grand Rapids


BEST CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU (UNDER 50,000 IN POPULATION)

THE WINNER IS: Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and CVB
Frankenmuth | 989.652.6106

Runners-up
» Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
» Benzie County Visitors Bureau


BEST EVENT PLANNER/EVENT PLANNING COMPANY

THE WINNER IS: Emerald City Designs
Farmington Hills | 248.474.7077

Runners-up
» Events North
» Top That! Event


BEST MEETING PLANNING COMPANY

THE WINNER IS: Events North
Traverse City
eventsnorth.com | 231.883.2708

Runners-up
» Emerald City Designs
» Special D Events


BEST RENTAL COMPANY

THE WINNER IS: Art Craft Display, Inc.
Lansing | 517.485.2221

Runners-up
» Emerald City Designs
» Event Source


BEST SERVICE (MEETING/EVENT VENUE)

THE WINNER IS: Crystal Mountain Resort
Thompsonville | 855.734.1379

Runners-up
» Grand Hotel
» Amway Grand Plaza Hotel


BEST TRANSPORTATION COMPANY

THE WINNER IS: Metro Cars
Taylor | 800.456.1701

Runners-up
» Celtic Transport Logistics
» Dean Transportation

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.

 

These seven industry leaders and up-and-coming professionals are the real deal.