• Crystal Mountain Resort Adds Suites As Part Of $11-Million Expansion

    POSTED December 21, 2017

The celebrated northern Michigan Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville opened 25 new suites as part of an $11-million expansion of its The Inn at the Mountain.

“It marked a great kickoff for our winter season,” says Brian Lawson, the resort’s public relations director. “Add to that addition our new Mountain Market and Bru lobby bar inside the inn, plus our new rooftop terrace, and visitors will see lots of excitement happening.”

The south wing suites in the 31,200-square-foot expansion feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the downhill ski trails and the village. Photographers were commissioned to supply photos for each of the new Michigan-themed suites. Their names include Sleeping Bear Dunes, Fishtown, Old Mission Peninsula, Platte Bay and Point Betsie.

The building contains a geo-thermal system with 26,000 feet of pipe that travel 460 feet below the ground to use the earth’s constant temperature to heat in the winter and cool during the summer. This system is 48 percent more efficient than a traditional system. 

The 36-room Atticus Hotel in McMinnville, Oregon, opened for business this past spring. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and bar, private dining in the Atticus Hotel Drawing Room, a boardroom for meetings of up to 16 people, a business center and a fitness room. Additional amenities include Dutch-style bicycles, electric-car charging stations, rooms with fireplaces and original artwork from local artists.  


More good news for meetings and events continues to pour out of the Gerald R. Ford International (GFIA) Airport.

The airport reported an almost 6 percent increase in passengers—2,811,622 total in 2017—flying and in out of the Grand Rapids facility. That record established the best year in the airport’s 54-year history, and marked the fifth straight year of record-setting growth.

The airport saw growth in 11 of 12 months during 2017, and experienced 53 months of growth over a 60-month period.