• Best of Michigan Awards 2016 Winners (Listed)

    Our 11th annual readers’ choice award winners live up to the decade milestone.

     
    POSTED May 20, 2016
     

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

THE WINNER IS: THE HENRY FORD
Dearborn | 313.982.6001

Runners-up
» Fox Theatre
» The Fillmore Detroit

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

THE WINNER IS: FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS & SCULPTURE PARK
Grand Rapids | 616.957.1580

Runners-up
» Treetops Resort and Spa
» Hagerty Conference Center

Best College/University Venue

THE WINNER IS: MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
East Lansing | 517.432.3086

Runners-up
» University of Michigan
» Grand Valley State University

Best Intimate Venue

THE WINNER IS: ZINGERMAN’S CORNMAN FARMS
Dexter | 734.619.8100

Runners-up
» Planterra Conservatory
» The Corner Loft

Best New Venue

THE WINNER IS: CATHEDRAL BARN AT HISTORIC BARNS PARK
Traverse City | 231.342.1526

Runners-up
» Bonobo Winery
» NOAH’S Event Venue

Best Rooftop Venue

THE WINNER IS: HOCKEYTOWN CAFE
Detroit | 313.471.3400

Runners-up
» The Franklin
» 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 Provider

THE WINNER IS: BLUEWATER
Southfield | 248.356.4399

Runners-up
» PSAV
» Sound Environment

Best Décor Provider

THE WINNER IS: EMERALD CITY DESIGNS
Farmington Hills | 248.474.7077

Runners-up
» Sweet Themes
» Top That! Event

Best Entertainment Provider

THE WINNER IS: THREE MEN AND A TENOR
Lansing | 800.277.6863

Runners-up
» Mike Staff Productions
​» Black Tie Productions

Best Florist

THE WINNER IS: VIVIANO FLOWER SHOP
St Clair Shores | 800.848.4266

Runners-up
» Floral Underground
​» Blumz by JRDesigns

Best Photographer

THE WINNER IS: SARAH BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY
Traverse City | 231.883.7481

Runners-up
» Arising Images
​» Brian Walters Photography

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
» The Inn at Bay Harbor

​» Park Place Hotel

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

THE WINNER IS: GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA
Acme | 231.534.6000

Runners-up
» Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

​» Crystal Mountain

Best Casino

THE WINNER IS: MGM GRAND DETROIT
Detroit | 877.888.2121

Runners-up
» Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel

​» Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

Best Caterer

THE WINNER IS: ZINGERMAN’S CATERING AND EVENTS
Ann Arbor | 734.663.3400

Runners-up
» Bavarian Inn

​» 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 Restaurant with Private Dining Space

THE WINNER IS: RED GINGER
Traverse City | 231.944.1733

Runners-up
» Bavarian Inn

​» Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Best Sweets Provider

THE WINNER IS: KILWINS CHOCOLATES, FUDGE & ICE CREAM
Petoskey | 888.454.5946

Runners-up
» Zingerman’s Bakehouse
» Sweetie-licious Bakery Café

Best Winery

THE WINNER IS: CHATEAU CHANTAL
Traverse City | 800.969.4009

Runners-up
» Black Star Farms
» Bowers Harbor Vineyard

Best Golf Resort

THE WINNER IS: GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA
Acme | 231.534.6000

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

Best Ski Resort

THE WINNER IS: BOYNE RESORTS
Harbor Springs | 231.526.3000

Runners-up
» Crystal Mountain
» Shanty Creek Resorts

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau

THE WINNER IS: TRAVERSE CITY TOURISM
Traverse City | 231.947.0692

Runners-up
» Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
» Experience Grand Rapids

Best Event Planning Company

THE WINNER IS: EVENTS NORTH
Traverse City | 231.883.2708

Runners-up
» Emerald City Designs
» Top That! Event

Best Meeting Planning Company

THE WINNER IS: ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT RESOURCES (AMR)
Ann Arbor, Okemos | 734.677.2270

Runners-up
» Events North
» Special D Events

Best Rental Company

THE WINNER IS: EMERALD CITY DESIGNS
Farmington Hills | 248.474.7077

Runners-up
» Art Craft Display
» Top That! Event

Best Service (Meeting/Event Venue)

THE WINNER IS: AMWAY GRAND PLAZA HOTEL
Grand Rapids | 616.774.2000

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

Best Transportation

THE WINNER IS: METRO CARS
Taylor, Grand Rapids | 800.456.1701

Runners-up
» Celtic Shuttles & Tours
» Dean Transportation

MIM+E held its 11th annual Best of Michigan party May 19 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Kurt Colone and Mike Staff Productions provided music and emcee services; event favorite Empty Canvas returned to provide entertainment; Shutterbooth made sure everyone got the chance to take a photo; Holiday Market served up delicious desserts and Top That! Event provided the décor.

 

Each year, prior to our Best of Michigan Awards party, the MIM+E Editorial Advisory Board meets to discuss the state of the meetings and events industry, including the challenges it faces and the trends taking hold or on their way out. Here’s what our members had to say this year.

MIM+E: Let’s start by talking about the issues facing our industry. What are the top challenges?

 

Our 11th annual readers’ choice award winners live up to the decade milestone.