• Best of Minnesota 2015 Winners (Listed)

     
    POSTED March 31, 2016
     

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

THE WINNER IS: VISIT DULUTH
Duluth | 218.722.4011

Runners-up
» Explore Brainerd Lakes
» Meet Minneapolis

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

THE WINNER IS: ROSEVILLE VISITORS ASSOCIATION
Roseville | 651.633.3002

Runners-up
» Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau
» Visit Mankato  

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

THE WINNER IS: DISCOVER STILLWATER
Stillwater | 651.351.1717

Runners-up
» Red Wing Visitors & Convention Bureau
» ​Visit Detroit Lakes 

Best Entertainment  

THE WINNER IS: ADAGIO DJAY ENTERTAINMENT 
St. Paul | 612.787.3501

Runners-up
» Boogie Wonderland
» A Touch of Magic

Best Photography/Videography

THE WINNER IS: LAUREN B. PHOTOGRAPHY
Minneapolis | 612.708.2090

Runners-up
» Graddy Photography
» Coppersmith Photography

Best Team-Building Activity/ Facilitator/Organizer

THE WINNER IS: BRAVE NEW WORKSHOP
Minneapolis | 612.332.6620

Runners-up
» Cooks of Crocus Hill
» metroConnections

Best Golf Venue

THE WINNER IS: MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE
Brainerd | 218.829.2811

Runners-up
» Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa
» Hazeltine National Golf Club 

Best Historic Venue

THE WINNER IS: RUTTGER’S BAY LAKE LODGE
Deerwood | 218.678.2885

Runners-up
» James J. Hill House
» St. James Hotel

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

THE WINNER IS: RADISSON BLU MALL OF AMERICA
Bloomington | 952.881.5258

Runners-up
» Hilton Minneapolis
» Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

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

THE WINNER IS: THE SAINT PAUL HOTEL
St. Paul | 651.292.9292

Runners-up
» Nicollet Island Inn
» Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot  

Best Meeting/Event Space (No Hotel)  

THE WINNER IS: BAYVIEW EVENT CENTER
Excelsior | 952.470.8439

Runners-up
» Aria
» Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Best Renovation  

THE WINNER IS: INTERCONTINENTAL SAINT PAUL RIVERFRONT
St. Paul | 651.292.1900

Runners-up
» Sheraton Bloomington Hotel
» Minneapolis Visitor Information  

Best Resort with Meeting/Event Space

THE WINNER IS: GRAND VIEW LODGE GOLF RESORT & SPA
Nisswa | 218.963.2234

Runners-up
» Breezy Point Resort
» Madden’s on Gull Lake

Best Restaurant/Bar with Private Dining Space

THE WINNER IS: LAKE ELMO INN
Lake Elmo | 651.777.8495

Runners-up
» Lord Fletcher’s
» The Bachelor Farmer

Best Venue Outside of Twin Cities Metro Area

THE WINNER IS: DULUTH ENTERTAINMENT CONVENTION CENTER
Duluth | 218.722.5573

Runners-up
» Arrowwood Lodge
» Winehaven Winery

Best Attraction

THE WINNER IS: COMO PARK ZOO AND CONSERVATORY
St. Paul | 651.487.8201

Runners-up
» Mall of America
» Minnesota State Fair 

Best Audio-Visual Provider

THE WINNER IS: AV FOR YOU
St. Louis Park | 952.500.8839

Runners-up
» AVVR
» AVEX

Best Boats/Cruises/Charters

THE WINNER IS: BREEZY BELLE AT BREEZY POINT RESORT
Pequot Lakes | 218.562.7164

Runners-up
» Al and Alma’s Supper Club and Charter Cruises

» Paradise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen

Best Event

THE WINNER IS: MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
St. Paul | 651.288.4400

Runners-up
» Nisswa City of Lights Celebration & Holiday Fireworks

» Oktoberfest at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

Best Catering Company  (On- or Off-Site)

THE WINNER IS: D’AMICO CATERING
Minneapolis | 612.238.4444

Runners-up
» CRAVE Catering

» Chowgirls Killer Catering

Best Event Décor

THE WINNER IS: EVENT LAB
Eden Prairie | 952.224.8558

Runners-up
» Linen Effects

» Festivities 

Best Florist

THE WINNER IS: THE WINNER IS: BACHMAN’S
Minneapolis | 612.861.7311

Runners-up
» Brainerd Floral
» Petals & Beans  

Best Rental Service Provider

THE WINNER IS: A-1 MINNETONKA RENTAL
Wayzata | 952.471.9700

Runners-up
» Linen Effects
» Après Party and Tent Rental

Best Social Media Presence  

THE WINNER IS: GRAND VIEW LODGE GOLF RESORT & SPA
Nisswa | 218.963.2234

Runners-up
» Madden’s on Gull Lake
» Xcel Energy Center

Best Transportation

THE WINNER IS: RENEE’S ROYAL VALET – LIMOS, COACHES & TROLLEYS
Plymouth | 763.551.1919

Runners-up
» Total Luxury Limousine
» Minnesota Coaches

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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