Traverse City, linchpin of Michigan’s largest waterfront resort area, is a mix of stunning scenery and classy creature comforts, with plenty to do year-round. Ample accommodations, fun activities, mouthwatering local food and locally produced libations—this area really has it all, making it an outstanding destination for meetings and special events.
When it comes to built-in ambiance and engaged attendees, intimate spaces can trump traditional meeting spots. Small venues often offer a cooler vibe, says Angela Butorac, founder of Butorac Events and co-founder of EventTrender.com. Attendees are more focused, and the spaces’ relaxed atmosphere can help people open up. “You’ll get some of those people who you never hear from who will probably get more engaged in the conversation,” she says.