• Discover the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    With a range of tour options, the gardens are yours to explore.

  • Discover the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    With a range of tour options, the gardens are yours to explore.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is open year-round, but now that the thermostat is nudging north, it’s a perfect time to take in its breathtaking grounds and outdoor art. 

The park, ranked among the top 100 most-visited art museums in the world by Art Newspaper, offers self-guided tours along with docent-led tours of both the indoors and outdoors (outdoor tours take place aboard a tram). 

Group tours, which typically last 45 minutes, should be booked anywhere from one week to three months in advance, depending on group size and the time of the year. The park can accommodate 10 to 60 people per tour. Tours can be customized, though they require advanced notice of at least one month. 

The most popular option is the indoor guided tour, which includes a walking tour of the indoor conservatories and an in-depth look at pieces of sculpture in the 200-work permanent collection. 

When your group needs a break, the 158-acre gardens offer several on-site restaurants, as well as concerts in the outdoor amphitheater garden from June to August.

“Beer City USA” mixes business and pleasure at meeting venues large and small.

Headquarters to more than 130 international companies—including such global giants as Amway, Steelcase and Herman Miller—and home to Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Michigan’s second largest city, Grand Rapids, ranks as a natural destination for corporate gatherings. What’s more, the city’s reputation as a center for fine and performing arts, outdoor recreation and craft beer lures plenty of leisure travelers as well. 

 

Options for unconventional seasonal gatherings abound across the state. 

From cities teeming with bright lights to snowy small towns, Michigan is a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a way to make your event or post-event outing more festive, consider these unique holiday offerings. 

Peacock Road Family Farm 

Laingsburg

 

After 36 years as director of the CVB, Peter Fitzsimons is retiring. By Shelley Levitt

In 1985, Peter Fitzsimons, a former hotel general manager, became the executive director of the newly formed Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. He never left. In June, the 73-year-old Detroit native announced that he’d be stepping down from the role at the end of the year. 

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