4 Fantastic Reasons You Want to Meet in West Michigan

Posted on September 26th, 2018

This area of the state consists of Kalamazoo, Kent, Berrien and Muskegon counties, which is located between three to thirty miles east of the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Per the 2010 U.S. census, this region has a population greater than 1.3 million.

Below is a brief overview of each of our West Michigan partners.


Discover Kalamazoo, Meeting Michigan

With a population of over 330,000 individuals, Kalamazoo has much to offer. Within minutes of a meeting venue, it has the arts, restaurants, theater and twenty golf courses.

According to Shaun Ballard, their Business Development Manager, meeting participants really love:

Ballard also enjoys connecting groups with local businesses who produce hometown products.

Any group can be as small as ten and as large as 3,000 and the staff at Discover Kalamazoo will take good care of you.

Experience GR, Meetings Michigan

As the second-largest city in Michigan and the largest city in West Michigan. Grand Rapids has a lot to offer meeting planners. With over 1,400 downtown hotel rooms and the DeVos Place convention center within walking distance of them, it’s a beautiful location along the Grand River. DeVos Place has 162,000 square feet of total meeting space that includes a 40,000 square foot ballroom and more than thirty breakout rooms. Kent County, where Grand Rapids is centered, has over 7,000 hotel rooms.

Grand Rapids has received the following accolades:

  • Number 18 out of 21 of U.S. Super Cool Cities, according to Expedia
  • Number 20 out of 52 international places to go, via The New York Times
  • Number 1 out 15 of Top Places to Visit in the United States, per Groupon

To learn more about what GR has to offer, please watch this brief YouTube video



Four Winds Casino Resort New Buffalo, Meeting Michigan

New Buffalo, Michigan is host to Four Winds Casino Resort. Nestled next to Lake Michigan, the town of New Buffalo is home to 1,900 individuals. 69 miles from downtown Chicago, Four Winds is the perfect location for individuals who wish to drive to their convention from Illinois, Indiana or Michigan.

With 17,000 square feet of meeting space, headliner entertainment, one of two Hard Rock Cafes in Michigan and casino gambling, it has something for everyone!

Here are three unique resort offerings:

  • The Silver Creek Event Center is perfect for banquets or annual meetings and seat up to 1,000 participants
  • The Pool and Pool Bar can host a private event for up to 500 guests
  • The Hard Rock Café can provide 100 individuals with a private bar in their upper level

With 415 guest rooms situated on 300 acres, Four Winds Casino offers state-of-the-art meeting space, five restaurants and retail shopping.

This facility hosted a great event for Sullair, a compressed air solutions company, as highlighted in their blog post.

The staff who coordinated the LaSalleBristol national sales meeting said the following about their event, “The sales staff and banquet employees were extraordinary and performed beyond expectations. They were, on a scale of 1-10, an 11.”


Visit Muskegon, Meetings Michigan


The Muskegon Metro area had a population of 172,188 and is also within minutes of Lake Michigan. It is within a three-hour drive of Chicago or Detroit. It also offers a 2.5 boat ride across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee on the Lake Express, that runs from late April to late October.

The county has more than 2,000 guest rooms. The Holiday Inn located in downtown Muskegon can accommodate up to 400 attendees in their hotel while the Shoreline Inn can host up to 250 meeting participants.

Unique meeting spaces include the Muskegon Museum of Art, USS LST 393, The Block and The Watermark 920 Conference Center.


West Michigan Has it All

Whether it’s the thriving craft brew scene in Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo, casino play or the west coast beaches, give use a call at 734.646.0791 to learn more about this great Michigan region!