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  • 2016 Best of Minnesota Award Winners (Listed)

     
    POSTED April 3, 2017
     

BEST CASINO

THE WINNER IS: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Prior Lake | 952.496.6528

Runners-up
» Treasure Island Resort & Casino
» Grand Casino Mille Lacs

BEST CONVENTION/CONFERENCE CENTER

THE WINNER IS:
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis | 612.767.8000

Runners-up
» Saint Paul RiverCentre
» Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)

BEST GOLF VENUE

THE WINNER IS:
Hazeltine National Golf Club
Chaska | 952.556.5400

Runners-up
» Grand View Lodge
» Breezy Point Resort

BEST HISTORIC OR CULTURAL VENUE

THE WINNER IS:
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
Minneapolis | 612.375.1700

Runners-up
» Glensheen Historic Estate
» Mill City Museum

BEST HOTEL WITH MEETING/EVENT SPACE (MORE THAN 300 GUEST ROOMS)

THE WINNER IS:
 Breezy Point Resort
Pequot Lakes | 218.562.7140  

Runners-up
» Radisson Blu Mall of America
» Hilton Minneapolis

BEST HOTEL WITH MEETING/EVENT SPACE (LESS THAN 300 GUEST ROOMS)

THE WINNER IS:
 Grand View Lodge
Nisswa | 866.801.2951

Runners-up
» Loews Minneapolis Hotel
» Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake

BEST RESORT WITH MEETING/EVENT SPACE

THE WINNER IS:
 Grand View Lodge
Nisswa | 866.801.2951

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

BEST MEETING/EVENT SPACE (NO HOTEL)

THE WINNER IS
Aria
Minneapolis | 612.342.2742

Runners-up
» Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
» Nicollet Island Pavilion

BEST RENOVATION

THE WINNER IS:
Madden’s on Gull Lake
Brainerd | 218.829.2811; 800.247.1040

Runners-up
» Walker Art Center
» Machine Shop

BEST RESTAURANT/BAR WITH PRIVATE DINING SPACE

THE WINNER IS:
 Surly Brewing Company
Minneapolis | 763.999.4040

Runners-up
» The Bachelor Farmer
» Bar La Grassa

BEST SPORTS VENUE

THE WINNER IS:
 U.S. Bank Stadium
Minneapolis | 612.777.8700

Runners-up
» Target Field
» Xcel Energy Center

BEST CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU (TOWN/AREA MORE THAN 80,000 IN POPULATION)

THE WINNER IS:
 Meet Minneapolis
Minneapolis | 612.767.8000

Runners-up
» Explore Brainerd Lakes,
» Visit Duluth

BEST CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU (TOWN/AREA 25,000-80,000 IN POPULATION)

THE WINNER IS: 
St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
St. Cloud | 320.202.6728

Runners-up
» Roseville Visitors Association,
​» Discover St. Louis Park

BEST CONVENTION AND 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
» Lake of the Woods Tourism

BEST ENTERTAINMENT (PERFORMER OR TALENT AGENCY)

THE WINNER IS:
 Brave New Workshop
Minneapolis | 612.332.6620

Runners-up
» Acme Comedy Company,
» A Touch of Magic

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY

THE WINNER IS:
 Lauren B Photography
Minneapolis | 612.708.2090

Runners-up
» Graddy Photography
» Coppersmith Photography

BEST PLANNING COMPANY

THE WINNER IS
: Event Lab
Eden Prairie | 952.224.8558

Runners-up
» metroConnections
» Do Good Events

BEST TEAM-BUILDING ACTIVITY/FACILITATOR/ORGANIZER

THE WINNER IS:
 Madden’s on Gull Lake
Brainerd | 218.829.2811; 800.247.1040

Runners-up
» Brave New Workshop
» metroConnections

BEST AUDIO-VISUAL PROVIDER

THE WINNER IS:
 AVEX
Minneapolis | 952.929.2839

Runners-up
» AV for You
» metroConnections

BEST BOATS/CRUISES/CHARTERS

THE WINNER IS:
 St. Croix Boat & Packet/Stillwater River Boats
Stillwater | 651.430.1234

Runners-up
» Al and Alma’s Supper Club and Charter Cruises
» Breezy Belle at Breezy Point Resort

BEST CATERING COMPANY (ON- OR OFF-SITE)

THE WINNER IS:
 D’Amico Catering
Minneapolis | 612.238.4444

Runners-up
» Chowgirls Killer Catering
» CRAVE Catering

BEST EVENT DÉCOR

THE WINNER IS: 
Event Lab
Eden Prairie | 952.224.8558

Runners-up
» Après Party and Tent Rental
» Festivities

BEST FLORIST

THE WINNER IS:
Bachman’s
Minneapolis | 612.861.7602

Runners-up
» Festivities
» Brainerd Floral

BEST RENTAL SERVICE

THE WINNER IS:
 Event Lab
Eden Prairie | 952.224.8558

Runners-up
» Après Party and Tent Rental
» Festivities

BEST TRANSPORTATION

THE WINNER IS: Total Luxury Limousine Services
St. Paul | 651.770.5668

Runners-up
» Premier Transportation
» Lorenz Bus Service

The annual Best of Awards are designed to honor the cream of the crop in the regional meetings and events industry. The awards are a celebration of the hard work and above-and-beyond service of suppliers who help planners be at the top of their game.

Voting closes August 25 so make sure to vote today!

 

The annual Best of reader's choice awards are designed to honor the cream of the crop in the regional meetings and events industry. The awards are a celebration of the hard work and above-and-beyond service of suppliers who help planners be at the top of their game.