• Michigan Wineries Evolve Into Fun Sites For ‘Grape’ Times

    POSTED November 21, 2017

Who doesn’t like to sip a little wine after a meeting or an event?
Michigan’s successful wine industry continues to boom. As a result, state wineries are expanding their role as fun places to host an event—or even an extended meeting, for that matter—at locations such as Traverse City’s Chateau Chantal. We featured the winery and its B&B in our 2017 fall issue.

For many long-standing Michiganders, it’s hard to believe there are 132 wineries today, up from the 49 the state featured back in 2007.

Here’s some good news: The Michigan Wine Industry generates $5.4 billion in total economic activity for the state. 

On a personal front, I helped contribute to that number having sponsored a few outings to Northern Michigan wineries. They’re great places to visit and I even hosted an off-site or two while conducting wine tour events Up North

The industry reports that 1.7 million visitors, like me, contribute more than $252 million in tourism spending. That estimated impact includes spending on lodging, food, transportation, retail purchases and other expenditures.

All the details are in the latest economic impact and industry growth report prepared by the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council.

And for meeting and event planners looking for something a little more entertaining, check out the organization’s wineries and vineyards web page for some neat ideas.

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.


The Fields, the Midwest's first luxury glamping experience, will be opening in South Haven on June 15, with reservations available seven days a week through the last weekend of October. The 30-acre property is located 3.5 miles from the beaches of Lake Michigan and will hasve 10 rooms that can each accommodate two adults. 


The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) met with the Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) on March 13 to announce good news for the local economy and present awards to several honorees throughout the Greater Lansing area.