More than 10,000 voters from across the state weighed in on 101 things they love about Northern Michigan. Their votes determined over 300 Red Hot Best winners and 700 honorable mentions, revealed below.

We’ll be updating this list weekly as each category’s finalists are announced. Click the linked entries in red to view the 2017 Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best winners. First up, Red Hot Best Burgers!

Click here to view last year’s winners.

Red Hot Best Events

Endurance Event
Foodie & Drink Festivals
Fourth of July Fireworks
Fundraising Event by a Nonprofit Organization

Red Hot Best Food & Drink

After-ski pub
Bar to hear live music
Bar to play trivia
Brunch spot
Cherry product
Coffee shops
Fish fry
Food truck
Hot sandwich
Kid friendly restaurant
Local beer
Local brew pub/taproom
Local French fries
Local hard cider
Local red wine
Local white wine
Locally distilled spirit
Locally made pasties
Lunch venue
New restaurant
Outdoor dining
Pastry shop & bakeries
Restaurant with gluten free options
Restaurant with a view
Restaurant with the best burger
Snowmobile bar
Soft serve ice cream
Sparkling wine
Wine tasting room

Red Hot Best People

Charter boat captain
Dental hygienist
English teacher
Eye doctor
House painter
Local band or solo musician
Local comedian
Local TV anchor
Local TV field reporter
Newspaper reporter
Portrait photographer
Radio host or team
Restaurant server

Red Hot Best Places

10-Mile Stretch of Scenic Road
Bank or Financial Institution
Beaches for Little Kids
Boarding Kennel
Boat Rental
Bunny Hill
Buy a Christmas Tree (U-Cut or Pre-Cut)
Conservancy Preserve
Cross-Country Ski Trail
Favorite Island
Fine Art Gallery
Fishing Pier
Gift Shop
Hair Salon
Hemingway Haunt
Hiking Trail
Indie Bookstore
Inland Lake
Kids’ Camp
Landscaping Co.
Local place to buy bacon
Local Shoe Shop
Mom & Pop Cabin Resort
Most Interesting Golf Hole
Outdoor Gear Store
Petoskey Stone Beach
Petoskey Stone Souvenir Shop
Pilates/Yoga Studio
Place to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)
Place to Take a Scenic Photo
Place to Take the Kids on a Rainy Day
Public Marina
Restaurant You Can Boat To
Romantic Hotel
Scenic Ski Lift
Shopping District/Enclave
Small Town Movie Theater
Teensy Town (Smaller than Traverse City)
Terrain Park
U-Pick Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries
Wedding Venue
Women’s Boutique

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