Where’s the best resort in the North? The readers of The Oakland Press, a daily newspaper based in Pontiac, Michigan, voted for their answer, and it lies in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore–The Homestead.

From a ballot distributed to all of its 222,500 readers, The Oakland Press declared that, when it came to resorts, The Homestead was one of the “Best of the Best” in their 2008 Reader’s Choice Awards. The Homestead took home the first place prize in the “best resort” category. This is the first time the resort has won the award.

The ballot did not specify Northern Michigan, or even the state, so the award comes as high praise from the readers.The award is just the most recent good news for The Homestead, which recently expanded its guest services, adding a spa, fitness center, wedding venues and a new convention center.

“We’re focused on the facilities and making sure they are the best product offerings we can have,” said Jamie Jewell, a senior manager with the resort, “That’s the key to receiving an award like this.”

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