Manistee County has one of the finest collections of historical buildings in Michigan, and a collection of eight themed self-guided tours highlight more than 100 of these sites. But now, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office, the Manistee County Visitors Bureau is expanding these attractions with Origins Walk, set to debut this summer. Origins Walk, which will start west of the existing Riverwalk, will feature 20 sculptural plaques that highlight the people who first settled in the region (both indigenous leaders from the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and European settlers from the 1880s) while also depicting the evolution of the community’s landscape over time.

Groups that make Manistee a destination can take advantage of a variety of venues and attractions, including two golf resorts, Arcadia Bluffs and Manistee National Golf & Resort; Portage Point Resort, a circa-1903 property designed by the same firm as Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel; Live River Casino Resort; and the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, which features the historic 500-seat Ramsdell Theatre and adjacent Hardy Gallery (capacity 120).

MACVB Annual Educational Conference finally reaches the shores of Mackinac Island.

As I rode in the carriage from the Shepler’s Ferry terminal to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, my mind wandered to a scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” In said scene, King Arthur and his sidekick, Patsy, approach a castle while galloping and banging coconuts together. After a few moments passed and my mind wandered back to the tree-lined streets of the island, I realized it was the clippety-clop of the draft horses pulling our carriage that brought on my thoughts of Python.


SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, has launched its Zero Waste Standard, “Zero Waste for Events.”


The Events Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, established in 1985, is recognized around the world as a badge of excellence in the events industry. JodieAnn Cady, an independent event project manager based in Mason, is among the professionals in the inaugural class of CMP Fellows, a program launched last year.