• 2016 Best of Minnesota Meetings + Events Awards Finalists

     
    POSTED January 5, 2017
     

Congratulations to the finalists for Minnesota Meetings + Events' 2016 Best of Minnesota awards. We look forward to celebrating with each of you at the awards celebration on Thursday, April 6 at Solar Arts by Chowgirls, where the winners and 2016 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced. Click here for more information about the awards event. 

* Connect with us on social media before, during and after the awards with the hashtag #BestofMN2016

Best Audio-Visual Provider

AVEX
AV for You
metroConnections

Best Boats/Cruises/Charters

Al and Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises
Breezy Belle at Breezy Point Resort
St. Croix Boat & Packet

Best Catering Company (On- or Off-Site)

Chowgirls Killer Catering
CRAVE Catering
D'Amico Catering

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau (Town/Area More than 80,000 in Population)

Explore Brainerd Lakes
Meet Minneapolis
Visit Duluth

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau (Town/Area 25,000-80,000 in Population)

Discover St. Louis Park
Roseville Visitors Association
St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau (Town/Area Less than 25,000 in Population)

Discover Stillwater
Lake of the Woods Tourism
Red Wing Visitors & Convention Bureau

Best Entertainment (Performer or Talent Agency)

Acme Comedy Co.
A Touch of Magic
Brave New Workshop

Best Event Décor

Apres Party and Tent Rental
Event Lab
Festivities

Best Florist

Bachman's
Brainerd Floral
Festivities

Best Golf Venue

Breezy Point Resort
Grand View Lodge Golf Resort and Spa
Hazeltine National Golf Club

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (More than 300 Guest Rooms)

Breezy Point Resort
Hilton Minneapolis
Radisson Blu Mall of America

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (Less than 300 Guest Rooms)

Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake
Grand View Lodge Golf Resort and Spa
Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Best Meeting/Event Space (No Hotel)

Aria
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Nicollet Island Pavilion

Best Photography/Videography

Coppersmith Photography
Graddy Photography
Lauren B Photography

Best Rental Service

Apres Party and Tent Rental
Event Lab
Festivities

Best Resort with Meeting/Event Space

Breezy Point Resort
Grand View Lodge Golf Resort and Spa
Madden's on Gull Lake

Best Restaurant/Bar with Private Dining Space

The Bachelor Farmer
Bar La Grasa
Surly Brewing Company

Best Team-Building Activity/Facilitator/Organizer

Brave New Workshop
Madden's on Gull Lake
metroConnections

Best Transportation

Lorenz Bus Service
Premier Transportation
Total Luxury Limousine Services

Best Historic or Cultural Venue

The Depot
Glensheen Historic Estate
Mill City Museum

Best Renovation

Madden’s on Gull Lake
Machine Shop
Walker Art Center

Best Casino

Grand Casino Mille Lacs
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Treasure Island Resort & Casino

Best Sports Venue

Target Field
U.S. Bank Stadium
Xcel Energy Center

Best Planning Company

Do Good Events
Event Lab
metroConnections

Best Convention/Conference Center

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
Minneapolis Convention Center
Saint Paul RiverCentre

The 15th Annual Best of Minnesota Meetings + Events readers’ choice awards welcomed meeting and events professionals to Solar Arts by Chowgirls on March 30 to honor this year’s best in the business. As the resident new guy (I started as assistant editor Monday of that same week) I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the local industry. I’m convinced the best way to acclimate to a new community is to dive right in, and during my first week, the Best Of awards provided the perfect opportunity to do just that.

 

Click here to view the photos from the night! Feel free to tag yourself and share on social media! #BestofMN2016

 

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