More than 10,000 voters from across the state weighed in on 101 things they love about Northern Michigan from best burgers to wine tasting room, animal adoption nonprofit to wedding venue. Their votes determined 300 Red Hot Best winners and 700+ honorable mentions, revealed below.

Categories in red are ready to view! You can find the top 3 winners in the June issue of Traverse Magazine, but you’ll only find the top 10 on!

Red Hot Best Food & Drink

BBQ Joint
Bread bakery
Brunch spot
Charlevoix restaurant (within 5 miles of downtown)
Cherry product
Cocktail lounge
Food truck
Frankfort restaurant (within 5 miles of downtown)
French fries (not fast food chain)
Hard cider
Leelanau County restaurant
Locally distilled spirit
Mac & Cheese
Mackinac Straits restaurant (Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, St. Ignace)
New restaurant
New wine tasting room (opened in 2017 or later)
Outdoor dining
Petoskey restaurant (within 5 miles of downtown)
Pizza place
Red wine
Restaurant with a view
Restaurant with the best burger
Restaurant you can boat to
Ski pub
Snowmobile bar
Sparkling wine
White wine
Winery patio with best view

Red Hot Best Places

Adventure tour (guided hike, flight, water, etc.)
Animal adoption nonprofit
Art gallery
Bank or financial institution
Beaches for little kids
Bike shop
Boarding kennel
Bunny hill
Buy a Christmas tree (U-cut or pre-cut)
Car dealership
Conservancy preserve
Gift shop
Hair salon
Hiking trail
Historic hotel
Independent lumber supply
Indie bookstore
Inland lake
Kids’ camp
Landscaping Co.
Local brats (sausages, not kids)
Mom & Pop cabin resort
Most interesting golf hole
Outdoor gear store
Paddleboard rental
Paved bike trail
Petoskey stone beach
Petoskey stone souvenir shop
Pilates/yoga studio
Place to take a scenic photo
Place to take kids on a rainy day
Propane/fuel oil company
Radio station
Scenic roadside pullover
Scenic ski lift
Shopping district
Sledding hill
Small town movie theater
Teensy town
Terrain park
U-pick blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
Wedding venue
Women’s boutique

Red Hot Best People

Band or solo musician
Fishing charter boat captain
Newspaper reporter
Physical therapist
Portrait photographer
Restaurant server
School principal
TV anchor

Red Hot Best Events

Endurance Event
Foodie & Drink Festivals
Fourth of July Fireworks

Remember, check this list throughout the summer for more winners and to help you plan a Red Hot Best vacation!