7 Things Meeting Planners Need to Know About Gaylord, MI

Gaylord, MI is renowned as an outdoor lover’s paradise, whether you’re seeking championship golf, forest solitude or thrilling downhill ski adventures in the winter. While we stand out as a vacation destination, our meeting and event services are equally impressive.

We’ve put together our top 7 reasons why you should plan your next event with the Gaylord Area Convention and Tourism Bureau!


We are Your Local Experts

Our staff consists of five key members who all play distinct roles in the guest experience. Combined, we have over 78 years dedicated to this organization. Alise Hale is your go-to for all things event planning and brings with her additional hospitality sales experience. We can answer any and all questions related to the Gaylord area, available amenities, post-event experiences and more!


Our Services are FREE

What cost do we tag on all this expertise? Absolutely none. The Gaylord Area Convention & Tourism Bureau welcomes you, your colleagues, guests, family members and friends to utilize our services. Whether you’re the event planner ironing out details or an attendee tacking on an extra day of fun, our services come free of charge.


Location, Location, Location

We’re not trying to be repetitive, but Gaylord scores a triple header in the location department. First, we’re centrally located smack dab in the heart of northern Michigan. I-75 conveniently runs through Gaylord, along with M-32 – we couldn’t make getting here any simpler than that. Second, our meeting venues, lodging accommodations, restaurants, shops and amenities are all nearby. You’ll never be looking at extensive shuttle trips to tap into our many resources. Third, when it’s time to step away from your meeting and event and either experience a group activity or have a quiet moment to yourself, you’ll find lakes, trails, golf courses and all the great outdoors has to offer mere minutes away.


Venues are Plentiful & Personable

Whatever your reason for hosting in our lovely community, you’ll find a venue to suit your needs. Modern and luxurious with a hint of up north charm is Treetops Resort’s claim to fame. The Alpine motif you’ll see throughout our quaint downtown began at the historic Otsego Resort. Sojourn Lakeside Resort sits, as you may imagine, lakeside, and offers an expanse of private sandy beach. And the list goes on.


Accommodations for All

Not only does Gaylord boast 1,300+ rooms, but they meet all price points and traveler needs. Our lodging members excel in hospitality and options include full-service resorts, newly remodeled chalets, condominiums, vacation home rentals, log cabins with full amenities and a healthy selection of brand hotels you’ve grown to know and trust.


You Won’t Break the Bank

While the success of your event is always a top priority, you’ll be happy to know Gaylord offers affordability you may not find in other popular travel destinations. Our unique blend of top-tier amenities, recreational opportunities and easily accessible northern Michigan location comes at a more reasonable price than many of our competitors.


Up North Experiences

Whether you’re planning group excursions or your guests will be post-event free-roaming, Gaylord has endless opportunities for fun! Team building doesn’t get any better than a guided winter rafting trip on the Sturgeon River. Or spend 18 holes sharpening your decision-making skills on one of 16 Gaylord Golf Mecca courses. If you’re looking for a less manicured setting, reconnect with nature on one of our forest trails or rent a kayak and paddle peaceful inland lakes. Finally, if you’re more interested in city vibes, visit our downtown Alpine Village to find locally made products, family-operated businesses and an impressive variety of restaurants ranging from classic American to Cajun, Asian, Mexican and everything in between.

Inspired to start planning? Contact Alise Hale, Group Sales Manager, to get started!