There is nowhere quite as magical as Northern Michigan during the holiday season.  We’re not biased (honest), as the twinkling town tree lights, community events and holiday downtown shopping more than speaks for itself.  Want a complete small town experience this December? Check out the lodging specials these inns in Petoskey, Traverse City and Mackinac Island are offering:

Petoskey’s historic Bay View Inn—From December 5-23, guests can take advantage of a  Shop Away package that includes two nights lodging; a country inn breakfast each morning; $40 in Stafford’s Dining Dollars and $40 in Downtown Petoskey Merchant Money, which is accepted in many downtown shops.  The Shop Away package is $299 plus tax and gratuities.

The Wellington Inn in Traverse City is playing host to a truly posh getaway December 10-12. Stay for two-nights in the turn-of-the-century mansion and get treated to a full breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and get dressed in your holiday formal best for a Saturday evening holiday dinner hosted by Harlan Peterson, chef and founder of the famed Tapawingo Restaurant in Ellsworth. All inclusive packages start at $610 per couple.

The Terrace Inn in Bay View may be known as Michigan’s most haunted hotel, but December 3-5 it will be all sugar and spice thanks to the Gingerbread House Workshop package. Included in the $299 deal: two nights lodging, dinner, and a three-day workshop. Participants will design a gingerbread house pattern, bake the pieces, assemble and decorate their creations, and enjoy a reception to showcase the finished houses. Live nearby? Join the workshop fun for $100.

The Cottage Inn on Mackinac Island offers the perfect place to escape the hectic pre-holiday pace.  While most shops and restaurants have shuttered their doors for the season, the island’s beauty and peace shines, and so does the December 5-9 and 12-16 Wonderful Winter Special at the Cottage Inn.  Guests who stay two nights are treated to a free third night stay, and those who pay for one night’s lodging are given a chance to stay another night for 50-percent off.

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