Northern Michigan Travel: Mother may I… get some spring Northern Michigan travel deals? From immersing in Mother Nature's bounty to pampering your matriarch on Mother's Day, we've got your reasons (as if you really needed more!) to head Up North this May.


’Tis the season in cherry blossom territory. Fruit trees are blooming, morels are popping up and the Country Hermitage B&B opens. The regal, yellow Victorian is set among the blossoming cherry trees in Williamsburg. Score 20 percent off rooms in May and you’ll get a gourmet breakfast and fishing pond to boot (from $135, 231.938.5930,  Nearby, check out Friske Orchards’ Blossom Viewing Tours, a beautiful way to celebrate spring’s bounty; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Be sure to nab Friske’s famous cherry cake donuts before hitting the road (231.599.2604, Continue your salute to the season at The Rowe Inn, where morels reign supreme. From May 17 thru 20 they’re featuring a Morel Festival prix fixe menu that includes cream of morel soup, morel sauces, and mushroom pâté ($75 per person, reservations required, 866.432.5873,


What mom wouldn’t love a May trip to Mackinac Island? Treat her in style at the Grand Hotel, where the Mother’s Day Package includes cocktail receptions, luncheon buffet, history lecture, golf green fees, breakfast and dinner daily, museum tix and discounts on ferry boat rides (up to five people, $674; 800.334.7263; Double cheek pinches for all the other island resort deals you’ll nab during May, Mackinac’s opening month. Mackinac Resorts has rooms starting at $105, use promo code 50OFF in the comment section (click the “Contact Us” tab), Haans 1830 Inn, 35 percent off May 17–31, Iroquois Hotel, 50 percent off rates May 10–18, 20–23. May 26–28, 20 percent off, Market Street Inn, stay two nights, get a third free, May 4–18. Stay Sunday-Thursday one night, get second half off, Cottage Inn, stay two nights, get third free; stay one night, get half off second, April 29–May 3, May 6–10, May 14–18. Memorial Day Special, $20 off regular rates, Cloghaun B&B, Mother’s Day weekend, three nights, half-pound fudge, $240; Spring Fling, two nights, half-pound fudge, $220;

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Old Mission Peninsula winemakers are whooping up the return to warm weather by offering samples of unreleased wines. Each of the peninsula’s wineries will present their standard tasting lists plus barrel and reserve wines during Blossom Days, May 19–20 ($30 per person, available day of event at any of the seven wineries, 231.223.4110). Mission Table re-opens in May with its annual Spring Chef Tasting—three courses for 25 bucks. They’ll go whole hog on Memorial Day Weekend with a Mangalitsa pig menu (231.223.4222, After a healthy dose of wine, food, and spring breezes, get to your happy place at Tesoro Inn, where modern design meets nature. A Zen vibe is included in your stay—so is a local menu (from $210, 231.223.7686,