The votes are in! Whether you prefer frequenting posh hotel bars with craft cocktails or filling up on a delicious, chef-prepared breakfast at a cozy B&B, Northern Michigan has it all. Here are the Red Hot Best top hotels across each region in Northern Michigan.

A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards, recognizing winners from across seven regions and 46 different categories in Northern Michigan. The categories include everything from healthcare and frontline workers to takeout and hiking trails. This is how we celebrate Northern Michigan! 

Searching for the full winner’s list? Here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.

Above the Bridge Hotel Winner

Hotel Iroquois, Mackinac Island

This charming boutique hotel has been a fan favorite on the island for years. With its scenic views of Lake Huron and bright, colorful floral patterns on the interior, Hotel Iroquois is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway or trip with the family. Not to mention its Red-Hot-Best-winning restaurant just downstairs.


View the full list of Above the Bridge Red Hot Best winners to find the best wineries, beaches and much more.

Photo by Official Hotel Information

Benzie & Leelanau’s Winning Hotel

Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville

Regardless of the season, Crystal Mountain Resort has something for everyone. Whether your calling is skiing, golfing, swimming, a spa day, or a ride down an alpine mountain slide, Crystal Mountain has it all just steps away on their property. With great accommodations and fun activities for all, Crystal Mountain was a shoo-in for the Red Hot Best Gold. 

View the full list of Benzie and Leelanau Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

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Photo by Crystal Mountain

Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington Hotel Winner 

The Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast, Ludington

Located just a mile away from the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and only blocks from the downtown area of Ludington, this historic B&B could add the relaxing charm you’re looking for on your vacation. Stay in this incredible 1894 Queen Anne Victorian home and enjoy being served breakfast out on a patio overlooking beautiful garden spaces, or sip your morning coffee in a cozy gazebo. 

Find the best wineries, golf courses and more for your stay when you view the full Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington Red Hot Best winners list.

Photo by Lamplighter B&B

Best Place to Stay in Charlevoix & the Chain of Lakes

Bellaire Bed & Breakfast, Bellaire

Enjoy a relaxing stay at this darling Bed & Breakfast located centrally to Traverse City, Elk Rapids, Charlevoix, and Torch Lake. With personable hosts (read more about innkeeper Holly here), historic charm, and delicious food – what more could you ask for in your next B&B?

For more during your stay, view the full list of Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes region Red Hot Best winners.

Photo by Dave Speckman

Gaylord, Kalkaska & Graylings Best Hotel 

Treetops Resort, Gaylord

Looking for Michigan’s best Ski and Golf resort? Look no further! This cozy, Northern Michigan resort is suitable for just about any outdoor activity you could imagine! There is no shortage of outdoor adventures to be had in Gaylord; sign up for dog sledding, fat tire biking, or extreme tubing during your stay. 

View the full list of Gaylord, Kalkaska and Grayling Red Hot Best winners to find the best golf courses, events and more.

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Photo by Todd Zawistowski

Golf course at Treetops Resort & Spa in Gaylord.

Top Hotel in Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits

Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey

Welcoming travelers since 1899, this historic hotel is ready to accommodate you on your next trip. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast overlooking the Little Traverse Bay before venturing out to explore Petoskey, with the downtown just steps away, and enjoy craft cocktails out on the porch in the evenings.

Looking for the best beaches, wineries and more? View the full list of Petoskey, Harbor Springs and The Straits Red Hot Best winners.

Traverse City’s Best Hotel Voted By You

Hotel Indigo, Traverse City

If you have driven by the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay on your way through downtown Traverse City, you’ve likely driven right by Hotel Indigo. Unsuspecting on the outside, Hotel Indigo is located in TC’s waterfront Warehouse District neighborhood. The inside of Hotel Indigo pays a modern homage to the logging history of its location, with a sawmill-inspired rooftop bar overlooking the bay with local craft brews and wine.

Searching for more of Traverse City’s top beaches, breweries and more? View the full Traverse City Red Hot Best winners list.

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Photo by Taylor Brown

Find the full Red Hot Best list in the June 2021 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine; or subscribe and get Traverse delivered to your door each month.

Photo(s) by Dave Speckman