Imagine hosting an executive retreat at a lakeside lodge overlooking a pristine, remote lake. Or think about orchestrating a group for an early morning golf outing at an award-winning resort. Throughout Michigan, you can find accommodations that offer both meeting amenities and entertainment options that are enticing to attendees.

As the largest city in Michigan, Detroit is an obvious location choice for meetings. From a high-tech convention center with breathtaking views to convenient hotels, newly constructed sports facilities and restaurants of every ethnic variety, Detroit is the place to be. Accommodating a board meeting of 20 to a citywide event of thousands, the city can meet the demands of all kinds of groups. It is also easily accessible: With one of the world’s busiest air transportation hubs, the city offers attendees nonstop flights.

You don’t have to be an avid lover of the great outdoors to enjoy all that Michigan has to offer. Even city slickers will revel in the serenity and scenic splendor of the picturesque corners of the northern part of the state. From stunning shoreline escapes to charming historic lodges to expansive family-friendly venues, Michigan has everything a planner could want and more.

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Places to Check Out

  1. Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Detroit
    Reopening this year after a major renovation, the greenhouse and botanical garden are on Belle Isle, a 982-acre island park on the Detroit River near the Canada border. It boasts 13 acres, a formal perennial garden, seasonal floral beds, a lily pond garden and five sections of flora.
  2. The Den Restaurant, Houghton
    If you’re looking for an artfully prepared meal, check out this casual restaurant that specializes in woodfired foods … Think steaks, seafood, wings, burgers and more, all served alongside cold beer, interesting wine and creative cocktails. Make sure to check out the house specialties, like meatloaf, duck and the Beast Burger.
  3. Henry Ford Museum, Detroit
    Be inspired by American innovation — 12 acres under one roof — filled with tens of thousands of artifacts and national treasures, including the Kennedy limousine, Rosa Parks bus and Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House. It’s a must-see venue where you can host anywhere from 100 to 5,000 guests.
  4. Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Paradise
    Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses nearly 50,000 acres and stretches 13-plus miles in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The park is home to a boat launch, more than 35 miles of trails, and multiple overlooks to the Upper and Lower Falls. The 200-foot-wide Upper Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River.
  5. Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club, Clarkston
    This destination course is well-known throughout the state. The course features 27 holes tucked into a towering forest of pine and oak at one of the highest elevations in Oakland County. Your guests will enjoy one of the most unique golfing outings here, complete with a professional culinary and service team.
  6. Huntington Place, Detroit
    Huntington Place Square is a 24,000-square-foot outdoor space that can be used for exhibits, exercise, yoga, biergartens and other programming designed to connect Huntington Place to the community and downtown. Huntington Place offers plenty of indoor options as well, such as The Grand Riverview Ballroom, which measures 40,000 square feet.