September 27, 2021

Go Michigan! 4 resort hotels make Travel and Leisure’s Top 10 in US list

The state of Michigan just dominated Travel and Leisure’s 2021 list of the top 10 resort hotels in the entire Midwest. Not one, not two, but four hotels from the Great Lakes State made the top 10.

Each year, the travel publication asks its readers to share their travel experiences and opinions on the top resort hotels in the Midwest. The survey was open for four months earlier this year. The result: travelers loved what Michigan has to offer.

“Hotels across Michigan made the biggest impressions on T+L readers in this year’s survey,” the publication wrote in its Top 10 list story. “The Great Lake State dominated the list with four properties, including three on the popular summer destination of Mackinac Island.”

No. 2: Hotel Iroquois, Mackinac Island, Michigan

a hotel on mackinac island

Photo of the Hotel Iroquois by Edward Pevos | MLive

Coming in as the runner-up on the list is the Hotel Iroquois. Located at 7485 Main Street on Mackinac Island, this gem on the water is easy to get to as it’s just steps away from the Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry dock.

The 45-room hotel opened in 1904 and is privately owned and operated. In fact, the hotel has only changed hands in ownership twice in its long history.

The hotel’s Carriage House Restaurant has some of the most breathtaking views on the island overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. The hotel also has its own private beach.

No 3: Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection, Bay Harbor, Michigan

the inn at bay harbor

Photo provided by the Inn at Bay Harbor and Brian Walters

Also finishing very high on the list, the Inn at Bay Harbor Autograph Collection. Located at 3600 Village Harbor Drive just off of U.S. 31, this lakeside resort is only a few miles from the popular Northern Michigan towns of Petoskey and Charlevoix.

The hotel opened in 1998, but you wouldn’t know it because it was designed to look like a hotel from the late 19th century.

Golfing at the resort is known as some of the best in the country. There’s 45 holes in all. On top of that, the resort offers a full-service spa and salon and lakeside dining at its chophouse and wine bar. There’s a swimming pool, year-round outdoor hot tub and plenty of kids activities.

No. 5: The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

the front porch of the grand hotel

Photo of the Grand Hotel by Edward Pevos | MLive

Next on the list is the famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. This national historic landmark was built in 1887. No two of its 388 guest rooms are the same. “Each room is unique and beautifully decorated,” said one Travel and Leisure reader.

The hotel has 14 restaurants and bars and people come from all over just to try its Grand Luncheon Experience. The hotel’s front porch, at 660 feet long, is the world’s largest. “Nothing beats sitting in the rockers and people watching,” a Travel and Leisure reader wrote.

Then there’s the Esther Williams swimming pool, named for the Hollywood star who filmed a 1947 movie there. The pool received a $10 million makeover for the 2021 season with 15 poolside cabanas, heated whirlpool and a new pool bar and kitchen, among other features.

No. 6: Mission Point, Mackinac Island

mission point resort mackinac island

Photo of Mission Point Resort by Edward Pevos | MLive

Coming in at number six on Travel and Leisure’s list is the Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island. Located at One Lake Shore Drive and opening in 1958, the resort is located a little off-the-beaten path from the hustle-and-bustle of Main Street.

The resort is huge, spanning 18 acres along Lake Huron. Because of its size and location, this resort is a popular wedding destination.

Mission Point boasts a full spa, outdoor pool and hot tubs, five restaurants and eateries, a health club, an 18-hold putting course, a kid’s club, bike rentals, an arcade, croquet and bocce ball lawn, a tennis court and a movie theater.

The other hotels which made Travel and Leisure’s top 10 hotels in the Midwest list are:


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