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Northern Michigan Vacations: We’ve combed through the best of everything in our Red Hot Best list. Tour these top travel tips and put together the best Northern Michigan weekend for you and yours.
Take the “best boat you buy a ticket for” (winner Shepler’s Mackinac Ferry or finalist Arnold Line) to the best island, Mackinac, a finalist for best tract of protected land. Then look for the most elegant carriage at the dock; that’s your ride to the Grand Hotel—our clear reader favorite for the state’s most romantic hotel. Book a Straits-facing suite, watch the sun rise over the water, and know why the Grand also topped the list for best hotel view. Romantic is the whole island this month as thousands of lilacs perfume the island and paint it every shade of lavender. A formal multi-course dinner is included in your Grand Hotel stay. But do venture out for an after-dinner pink drink—a legendary Rum Runner—at the patio of the Pink Pony, a finalist for most happening happy hour.