Visit Fort Wayne CVB
Owned and operated by Don Hall’s Restaurants, Don Hall’s Old Gas House Restaurant offers a casual dining experience that is unique to downtown Fort Wayne. The restaurant sits along the bank of St. Mary’s River, and the Rivergreenway Trail, making it a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Fort Wayne. Through word-of-mouth, the Gas House Deck, only open during the summer months with a tiki-style bar and large menu featuring burgers, steaks and salads, has become a popular after-work dining and nightlife option.
A hidden treasure in downtown Fort Wayne, The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library is home to the nation’s largest public genealogy collection and it is housed in a brand new, $65 million facility that is second-to-none. Open seven days a week, The Genealogy Center is world-renowned for its immense collection that is more accessible than any you’ll find. The Genealogy Center is home to over 370,000 printed volumes, 590,000 microforms, military records that go back to the 1700s, city directories, census records, passenger lists, and so much more. In all, their collection totals over 961,726 items. Most recently, the Genealogy Center, along with the Grand Wayne Convention Center, hosted the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists from August 21-24, 2013.
Renee Newman, CTA, Director of Marketing and Communications
In the town of Scotts, near Kalamazoo, unwind, enjoy some good food and watch the trains go by at Scotts Corner Café, a favorite among kids of all ages.
Christie L. Rosckes, Marketing & Events Consultant
Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau
Nestled in the bluffs along the St. Croix River, you’ll find Stillwater, Minnesota’s pedestrian village, a setting that lends itself to the perfect nightlife spot. On Friday and Saturday nights you can enjoy an authentic Guinness in Charlie’s Irish Pub while taking in live Irish music.
Michael O’Callaghan, Executive VP and COO
Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Detroit is not just the city of automobiles; in fact, it’s a very bike-friendly city! There’s a bike shop along the riverfront called Wheelhouse Detroit where conference attendees can rent a bike and explore many of the hidden gems throughout our great city. Ride along the Dequindre Cut, a 1.35-mile greenway, over to Eastern Market, one of the oldest continuously operating markets in the U.S., open Saturdays year-round and Tuesdays during the summer. Next, ride over to Belle Isle and take in the amazing views of both Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. On weekends you can even stop by the Dossin Great Lakes Museum to learn more about Detroit’s maritime history. If you’re up for a longer ride, head over to Corktown for a burger at Mercury Burger Bar or bike your way through Mexicantown where there are a lot of great Mexican restaurants, bakeries and shops.
Ruth Warden, CMP, Senior Convention Services Manager
Check out the great walking trails in Minneapolis. Walk along the Mississippi River or Loring Park over to the Walker Art Center, or trek on great paths around Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles where you can enjoy the free concert every evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day at the Lake Harriet Band Shell.
To start your adventure at Lake Calhoun go to 3000 Calhoun Pkwy. Minneapolis, MN 55408 (other locations can be found online easily or via the Parks & Recreation website).
Jennifer Pickar, Director of Communications & Marketing
Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
If you’re visiting Cedar Rapids two must-do’s include CSPS Hall, for great world music, and NewBo City Market, for great ethnic food.
Legion Arts is an award-winning and nationally recognized presenter of contemporary art, music and theatre based at CSPS Hall, a century-old, renovated former Czech social hall. They feature musical acts from around the world in a beautiful, intimate setting. Recent concerts include Canadian singer-songwriter Jon Brooks, Brazilian-Americana band Matuto, Scotland’s Mànran and South Africa-born Gregory Alan Isakov, just to name a few. And they host the Landfall World Music Festival every September.
NewBo City Market, open Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, is a dynamic public space where local entrepreneurs create an environment of delicious fresh food, products and experiences. Some favorite permanent vendors include Iowa Soul Food, Russian Delights, Caribbean Kitchen, La Renya, Zaytoon Mediterrranean Grill and more!
An extra bonus for visitors - these two hot spots are right across the street from one another!
Bridgette Jobe, Executive Director
Kansas City Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.
d’Nile is a quaint hideaway on the first floor of the Chateau Avalon hotel. The Chateau Avalon is a 62-room boutique theme hotel retreat, situated on twenty-eight wooded acres in the Village West district in Kansas City, KS. The d’Nile Wine bar is one of the most thematic, intimate and fun wine bars you have ever seen. From the “quicksand” floor to the 8-foot tall gold Egyptian statues, there is plenty to feast your eyes upon. Or, step outside to enjoy the weather on our classic patio complete with its own lionhead fountain. The unique menu with top rated wines, spirits and small plates is a feast for your taste buds.
Brenda Krainik, Director of Marketing
Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
Just three blocks from the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI you will find the BEST comfort food EVER at Kaleidoscope Eatery & Spirits (313 N. Broadway, Green Bay)! You’ll be surrounded by eclectic art and handmade crafts. The artistic class will definitely approve. Even the placemats are original pieces of art. The staff displays that oh-so-friendly Wisconsin hospitality and the specials and desserts change by customer request. There is regular weekend entertainment but the real star is the food for lunch or dinner.
Just over the bridge and about a block from the Bemis Conference Center in De Pere is one of those tiny little places your group of conference friends will want to pile into for cocktails and great music. A’s Restaurant & Music Cafe, at 112 N. Broadway, offers entertainment every Friday and Saturday, where acoustic guitar, jazz or the baby grand fills the air. A’s has a lunch and a dinner menu, but a glass of wine and the delicious crab cake appetizers at the tiny bar works too. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a group sing-along with the piano player.