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.

Located in the heart of Michigan’s Thumbcoast, Port Huron boasts a charming small-town feel with big city amenities. Meeting planners and attendees alike will appreciate the safety of the suburbs while enjoying picturesque views, a vibrant culture and outdoor adventure opportunities, both during and after the workday.

 

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.