• Michigan M+E Best of 2020 Finalists

     
    POSTED February 20, 2020
     

Congratulations to the finalists for Michigan Meetings + Events Best of 2020 readers’ choice awards. We look forward to celebrating with each of you at the awards celebration on Thursday, May 28, at the Gem Theatre in Detroit.

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Best A.V Provider

AVL Creative
Bluewater
KLA Laboratories

Best Brewery/Distillery/Winery

Atwater Brewery
Bell’s Brewery
Founders Brewing Co.

Best Casino

MGM Grand Detroit
MotorCity Casino Hotel
Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel

Best Caterer (On- or Off-Site)

Andiamo Catering
Forte Belanger
Zingerman’s Catering

Best Convention Center

DeVos Place Convention Center
TCF Center
The Inn at St. Johns

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau (in town/Area More than 50,000 Population)

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Experience Grand Rapids
Traverse City Tourism

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau (in town/Area Less than 50,000 Population)

Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau
Petoskey Area Visitor Bureau

Best Entertainment (Performer or Talent Agency)

Mike Staff Productions
Star Trax Events
The Elysium Experience

Best Event Rental Company

Art Craft Display
Display Group
Emerald City Designs

Best Florist

Blumz by JRDesigns
Emerald City Designs
Viviano Flower Shop

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (200 or More Guest Rooms)

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Hotel
The Dearborn Inn

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (200 or Less Guest Rooms)

Detroit Foundation Hotel
Park Place Hotel
The Inn at St. John’s

Best Meeting/Event Venue (No Accommodations)

Detroit Athletic Club
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
The Henry Ford

Best Meeting/Event Planning Company

Emerald City Designs

Special D Events 

Top That! Event

Best Resort Lodge

Crystal Mountain Resort
Grand Hotel
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Best Speaker/Presenter (Individual or Agency)

Dave Serino, TwoSix Digital

Mimi Brown

Ryan Buck, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Best Team-Building Activity

Great Lakes Escape Game
Punch Bowl Social
Topgolf

Best Transportation Company

Blue Lakes Charters Bus Rental
Indian Trails
Metro Cars

Michigan is home to nearly 150 wineries, many with private events spaces set against backdrops of picturesque vineyards and wide-open rural countryside scenes. While weddings are among the primary celebrations hosted, many also offer venues ideal for business and corporate receptions or events.

 

With restrictions across the country in a state of constant flux, not everyone is ready to jump back into meeting in person. While some planners are eager to get back to “normal,” the long-term adjustment to new protocols and potential risks make some hesitant to gather.

While wearing masks and social distancing can help keep attendees safe, intentional design choices—such as including natureinspired elements and materials and plenty of plants—can also help calm attendees.

 

Most often thought of as a leisure travel destination, Frankenmuth—with its distinctive German flair—is also one of the state’s top locales for corporate events. Dubbed “Little Bavaria” in the early 1950s, this town is rich with tradition, culture, family heritage and plenty of unique spaces and activities for groups of all sizes.