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.

Looking for a unique meeting scene that offers big city amenities yet boasts affordability and convenience throughout? Chicago Southland is a unique, eclectic locale, housing diverse options for meetings and events. From state-of-the-art expo centers to trendy restaurants to revitalized warehouse buildings teeming with character, Chicago Southland offers a unique option for events of all types.

 

When Alex Clark first opened Bon Bon Bon in 2014, Detroit, Michigan, was in for a sweet treat. It was inside this intimate factory and storefront that chocolate connoisseurs were first welcomed to come together and experience not only delicious chocolate but also the fascinating French techniques that go into the making of these chocolates.

 

Set between Pacific foothills and the sparkling San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is a spirited city that will surprise anyone who still considers it only as the counter-culture center of the ‘60s. Home to the University of California, Berkeley, the city features an authentic (if endearingly off-beat) college town vibe that is perfect for meetings and events.    

In the absence of a dedicated convention center, Berkeley offers unique venues that reflect the vibrant local scene while at the same time, offer big-city service and amenities.