Michigan's numerous ski resorts are ideal spots for visitors to create memories and engage in team-building activities. Among snow-capped peaks and scenic vistas (talk about a change of scenery from the boardroom), guests can relax and build camaraderie through a host of fun wintertime activities. As Matt Alagna, sales director at Boyne Resorts in Boyne Falls, says, “If you sit on a chair lift with somebody, you really get to know him.”
Calhoun County offers planners the charm of country living and the cultural and recreational amenities of an urban area.
Located in southern Michigan, midway between Detroit and Chicago, the county is home to three cities: Battle Creek, Marshall and Albion. The area offers 1,500 hotel rooms and hosts several events each year. (Our favorite is the annual Battle Creek Cereal Festival, which boasts the World’s Longest Breakfast Table courtesy of Battle Creek’s three cereal companies, Kellogg’s, Post and Ralston.)
Looking for a destination that’s both easy to get to and a pleasure to visit? Plymouth and Livonia have you covered.
The cities are an easy drive to downtown Detroit, Metro Airport and the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, a top exposition, conference and banquet center. They’re also home to 14 hotels offering 1,984 rooms. And then there’s downtown Plymouth.
I recently returned from a trip to Disneyland with my three-year-old son and several other family members. The Disney-with-toddler-in-tow experience is pretty all-consuming, but when I was able to take breaks from rides and Mickey sightings, I enjoyed contemplating the larger view of this massive operation.
Since becoming MIM+E’s editor two years ago, I can’t help but scrutinize venues and events for the hidden details – the behind-the-scenes logistics and planning that make the guest experience a smooth (or not-so-smooth) one.
MICHIGAN’S QUAINT COASTAL CITIES BOAST SEVERAL UNFORGETTABLE VENUES. So after one of the worst winters in history, why not remind your guests of the state’s charm and natural beauty by hosting your next event in Holland or Saugatuck?
Located near the shores of Lake Michigan, both Holland and Saugatuck are conveniently situated within a three-hour drive of Detroit and a two and- a-half-hour drive of Chicago. Nearby beaches offer a wonderful complement to meetings, especially if planners are encouraging families to come along.
I spent last week visiting two extraordinary properties in San Diego:
NESTLED ALONG THE FOOTHILLS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS IS THE CITY OF BOISE. Its name is French for wooded, and you need only view a panoramic shot of the City of Trees to see that its nickname is well deserved. This American beauty has plenty to offer visiting groups, conferences and conventions-from its unique cultural heritage activities to its vibrant wine scene and overabundance of scenic expeditions.
Bask in Boise’s Basque Culture
I had the pleasure recently of spending a weekend at Shanty Creek Resorts. I was there at the invitation of Chris Hale, Shanty Creek’s vice president of sales and marketing (and our People Profile subject in fall 2013).
Petoskey, a resort community of 5,700 on Little Traverse Bay in the northern reaches of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, is said to mean, "where the light shines through the clouds" in the language of the Odawa Indians. It’s easy to see why the area’s original inhabitants blessed it with such prose: Petoskey is beautiful.