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

The annual readers' choice awards are designed to honor the cream of the crop in the regional meetings and events industry. The awards are a celebration of the hard work and above-and-beyond service of suppliers who help planners to be at the top of their game.

 

 Hands down, these seven superstars shine the brightest.