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June 19, 2019 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Planning your next meeting or seminar? When it comes to finding a venue, look no further than Michigan’s bustling downtown communities. From Detroit’s entertainment to Ann Arbor’s artistic scene, the state offers diversity and walkable destinations for all visitors to enjoy between seminar, conference and business expo sessions. Whether you find yourself here for the day or for the weekend, Michigan is the perfect destination for all things business – and all the fun that awaits in between.

In the booming city of Detroit, there are enough exclusive restaurants and entertainment hot spots to keep every attendee busy. Catch a baseball game at Comerica Park, take a quick walk down to Campus Martius Park to participate in the lively afternoon scene or explore several exotic food trucks in the heart of the city.

If you find yourself in downtown Lansing, you’ll be introduced to more than 30 restaurants and pubs just a few steps from the State Capitol. Whether it’s a quick meal between meetings at Zaytoon or a couple hours to unwind with co-workers over drinks at The Cosmos, the capital city has you covered. When the day ends, stroll down Michigan Avenue to enjoy both modern and nostalgic nightlife spots.

Inspire staff creativity in downtown Ann Arbor. Known for its cultural and artistic scene, the city is home to a myriad of distinguished art galleries. Step onto the University of Michigan’s campus to explore the historical William L. Clements Library, showcasing rare books, photos and manuscripts. And when your mind needs a break, head to Wilma’s for a fresh smoothie to rejuvenate for your next session.

When searching for venues in the warmer months, Kalamazoo is a primary location for outdoor activities. After a day of conference room tables and sedentary conferences, step outside and grab a paddle or slip on your hiking boots to see Kalamazoo’s downtown in a new way. Then, stop into one of the area’s notable breweries like One Well Brewing, Bell’s Brewery and more, for a delicious refreshment.

And what’s summer relaxation without wine? While Traverse City is a vibrant meeting spot for its bustling downtown, there is no better way to unwind with co-workers than classy wine tastings at one of many esteemed locations. From Leelanau Cellars to Chateau Grand Traverse, get ready to raise your pinky and enjoy all that the Traverse Wine Coast has to offer.

For a multitude of walkable destinations, visit Grand Rapids. Choose the DeVos Place Convention Center for your event, just a 15-minute walk from the renowned Downtown Market. For culture and entertainment between seminars, there are five area museums including the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. And along the way, be sure to stop into one of many exclusive boutique shops for a specialized Grand Rapids souvenir.

Flint is no stranger to walkable, inviting destinations either. The Capitol Theatre, recently restored, is a historic must-see for all visitors. In your spare time, head to the Flint Farmers’ Market to enjoy food, music and to take part in exciting community events.

No matter which city you choose to hold your next business convention, there is no shortage of walkable destinations to keep every employee busy – or provided with a little break from the workday in Michigan’s exciting downtowns!

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