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MIchigan CVBs Going High-Tech to Improve Travel & Meeting Experience

Looking for ways to lure visitors to your destination? Convention and visitors bureaus across Michigan are embracing and deploying the latest technology to make planning leisure travel and destination events easier and more successful. Here are the most exciting things our state's bureau leaders are doing in the technology space. 

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Signature Drink: Stoned Fence

Craft cider company Virtue offers tours, a tasting room and a bottle shop at its Fennville farm. Stoned Fence, created by Mae Governale, won Virtue’s 2016 cocktail competition.

—1.75 oz. aged rum
—.25 oz. Rich Demerara syrup 
—2 oz. The Mitten Cider
—cinnamon tincture to taste
—lemon swath

Mix ingredients in your favorite cocktail glass and enjoy

COURTESY OF Virtue Cider

Signature Drink: American Beauty

GreenSpace Cafe opened in Ferndale in December, offering gourmet vegan fare in a beautifully designed space. The restaurant, the project of cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn and his son Daniel Kahn, also offers an outstanding cocktail menu, with concoctions steeping in mason jars above the bar. Robert Daleski, GreenSpace’s cocktail director, crafted this refreshing drink for warm days.

Seeking Expert Advice

It’s hard to believe, but before the leaves have even blossomed fully on the trees, we’re already thinking about fall at Michigan Meetings + Events.

Our stories are planned, but I can always use readers’ expert insights into the best sources to interview and venues to include. So here are some topics to mull over. Send me your ideas and they could very well wind up on our pages.

Signature Drink: Ginger Limeade

Zazios in Kalamazoo’s Radisson Plaza Hotel serves up this refreshing beverage for spring. The restaurant was slated to reopen in February with a new menu after undergoing an interior redesign.

—2 oz. Hangar One Kaffir Lime Vodka
—1 oz. ginger simple syrup
—.5 oz. Cointreau
—.5 oz. Domaine De Canton
—.5 oz. lime juice
—1 oz. ginger beer
—splash of soda

How to Personalize Your Designer-Inspired Office Space

Who doesn’t love designer items? They are chic, luxurious, well-made, but expensive. Within recent years, more and more designers have been offering office accessories to help personalize your workspace. But dropping $30 on designer paper clips may not be the best thing for your wallet. Here are various items to help make your office space look designer, but at a fraction of the cost. Enjoy!

Office Lamp:

Signature Drink: Motown Mule

The Motown Mule is the Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille’s take on the traditional ginger beer/vodka/ lime combo that is the Moscow Mule. Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, rather than the conventional ginger beer, ups the cocktail’s intensity, while Fever-Tree’s tonic water, made with quinine, adds a tasty bitterness.

—1.5 oz. Two James 28 Island Vodka
—1oz. Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
—2.5 oz. Fever-Tree tonic water
—Squeeze of lime


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