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.
Each year brings ever stiffer competition for our Best of Michigan Meetings + Events readers’ choice awards. New venues open, suppliers flourish and tastes expand. Maybe that’s why this year’s final vote tallies were record-setting, as nearly 3,000 of you participated. Or maybe it’s because we have an especially passionate readership. Whatever the reason, our winners have earned their kudos. Congratulations to them all!
There’s a reason some venues book years in advance: A great venue is worth the wait.
For most of our state's history, Michigan barns primarily have hosted horses munching hay or farmers milking cows. Today, however, they can also house all sorts of events, from weddings to team-building corporate retreats.
To plan a barn event, there’s no need to grab your overalls and pitchfork. Today’s barns have all of the amenities you’d expect to find in many banquet halls, along with charming historical touches.
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.
Sushi is an event in itself. Watch the chef create a roll with artistry and precision, admire the beautiful presentation on your plate and, finally, enjoy the delicious combinations of flavors and textures. With so much to tempt the eye and the palate, sushi restaurants offer distinctive settings for events. Consider these eateries for sushi offerings to accent your next gathering.
Red Ginger, Traverse City
Looking for an intimate venue with a gorgeous view? Try the Corner Loft in Traverse City.
The 2,000-square-foot space, which opened in October 2013, is the project of Marie and Jeffrey Schwartz. The couple, both employed in the oil and gas industry (Marie retired in May 2013), purchased the loft with the intention of turning it into a condo. But after their sons hosted a lively New Year’s Eve party there, they got other ideas.