The Best Weekend Trips in Northern Michigan

Over 11,000 people voted in Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine’s Red Hot Best list. We’ve combed through the results and put together four fantastic Northern Michigan vacation weekends featuring the winners voted the best in Northern Michigan hotels, Northern Michigan restaurants, attractions and more. Enjoy working your way through the list!

Romance: Mackinac Island

Take the “best boat you buy a ticket for” (winner Shepler’s Mackinac Ferry or finalist Arnold Line) to the best island, Mackinac Island, a finalist for best tract of protected land. Then look for the most elegant carriage at the dock; that’s your ride to the Grand Hotel—our clear reader favorite for the Northern Michigan’s most romantic hotel. Book a Straits-facing suite, watch the sun rise over the water, and know why the Grand also topped the list for best hotel view. Romantic is the whole island this month as thousands of lilacs perfume the island and paint it every shade of lavender. A formal multi-course dinner is included in your Grand Hotel stay. But do venture out for an after-dinner pink drink—a legendary Rum Runner—at the patio of the Pink Pony, a finalist for most happening happy hour.

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