Enchanting wintertime views don’t have to be limited to resorts.

Central Kitchen + Bar, in Detroit, looks out through large windows to Cadillac Square from its spot on the ground floor of the First National Building. Diners can enjoy winter views of Campus Martius’ bright holiday décor and of ice skaters in its rink.

Central’s list of local food partners is impressive, and includes Avalon International Breads, Corridor Sausage, Red Goose Spice Co., Tocco Produce, Zingerman’s Coffee and more. Its modern American menu offers items ranging from buttermilk fried chicken to rainbow trout and shrimp and grits.

The project of Dennis Archer Jr. has gotten rave reviews since opening last summer. Planners, take note: Central hosts private events in its dining room and lobby and on its patio.

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

 

It began as the first Cadillac dealership outside of Detroit, then became a roller rink in the 1950s. Now, the High Five GR is reopened as a premier event space in downtown Grand Rapids. The original roller rink hardwood floors remain, as do the vaulted ceilings and oversized arched windows that showcase the city lights. What’s new is a state-of-the-art a/v system and an event team that can create custom floorplans and organize set up/teardown and load in/out logistics.