Northern Michigan’s Red Hot Best 2017: Voting Now Open!

What you love about Northern Michigan is worth celebrating!

We’re heating up the MyNorth/Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine Red Hot Best voting early this year, allowing you extra time to nominate, vote and get the word out—a whole two weeks early! Nominations and voting are open from now, February 1–Wednesday, March 15 at 5 p.m.


The top three in each category are included in the June 2017 Traverse Magazine feature story devoted to the Red Hot Best winners—more than 300! To be sure to get your own copy and kick off summer knowing just what to do, see, eat, drink, and more with the Red Hot Best list, subscribe by April 24.

As with previous years, vote on any of the 101 categories, including more than 30 new ones, like: French fries, soft serve ice cream shop, boarding kennel, comedian, English teacher, local place to buy bacon (mhmm), hot sandwich and many more. Of course, favorite categories return including: local TV anchor, food truck, beer and the crowd-pleaser: restaurant to get a burger.

Every year, some of the categories are so close, and we have ties. So, yes, every vote really does count! Get out and campaign for something fun—share your faves with friends and family, and your efforts could be the difference that makes someone a winner.

If what you love about Northern Michigan is missing from our list of nominees, write one in! Our staffers review every nomination to prevent any mischief. (Please give us a day or two to approve your nomination.)

Check out the Red Hot Best rules if you have questions; basically one vote per person please. And pay attention to the info requested in the parenthesis. If you leave out important info— like where your favorite bartender works— we can’t include your nomination.

If you see an error on the ballot, like a duplication, misspelling or a nomination in the wrong category, please use our Contact Us page to let us know. And thanks for helping out!

Top 10 Lists Are Shared on MyNorth (Check out 2016’s Winners)

If your Northern Michigan faves make the top 10, they’ll get some extra limelight on We share top 10 lists throughout the year and on our Facebook page, so you can check them all out!  Have fun voting!

An Epic Annual Red Hot Best Winners’ Party

Some of our Most Popular Red Hot Best Winners (from 2016):