Northern Michigan: Vote for your favorites in 100 categories in the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan contest. Ballots are only open until March 12, 2012 on, so get your votes in now!

Where are the best places to dine? Which festival is a must? Who is the best teacher, doctor or mechanic? Help decide Northern Michigan's best in the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan contest. Vote for your favorite Northern Michigan attractions, Northern Michigan events, Northern Michigan restaurants and so much more!

Last year's Red Hot Best Of contest was flooded with over 8,000 nominations as people voted in the 100 Best Of categories on, the online home of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine. Votes were tallied, winners announced, and the best of everything Northern Michigan was celebrated at the contest's culminating party — the Red Hot Best Bash held at Turtle Creek Casino in Traverse City. It was such a blast, we're doing it all over again this year.

Nominations for the 2012 Best Of contest have already surpassed last year's numbers, and we're is gearing up for another big celebration. Help your Northern Michigan favorites earn their first, second or third place spot on the Best Of list by visiting by March 12, 2012.

From everyone at Traverse Magazine and, we wish the Best Of luck to all of the nominees!

Click here to vote for your Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan!

Save the Date

The Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan contest will once again celebrate the winners you voted for at the Red Hot Best Bash, to be held May 17th at Turtle Creek Casino in Traverse City. With three winners in each of the 100 categories, it is going to be a celebration you won't want to miss. Stay tuned for details on how you can get your ticket to Northern Michigan's Best Bash of 2012! All proceeds from the event will benefit local charities.

2011-2012 Best of Northern Michigan Recap

Missed the winners of last year's Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan? No problem! The producers of Traverse Magazine and compiled all of the winners into one handy guide: the 2011-2012 Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan Book. The full-color book includes 300 of the best of everything in Northern Michigan including burgers, ski runs, bonfire beaches, whitefish, steakhouses and more, with photos, locations and bonus features. Order your copy for only $14.95, or get three copies (a value of $44.85) for only $29.95! (Shipping included.)

Now Accepting Advance Orders

The June 2012 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine will announce the three winners in each of the 100 Best Of categories. Be one of the first to know who the 2012 Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan are and order your advance copy by clicking here!