Right around the corner, January 18 is National Michigan Day….yep, it’s a thing. And we are so down to celebrate, especially when it entails a look at the state with the longest freshwater coastline in the entire US. Think miles of serene azure waters and rocky shores dotted with enchanting lighthouses. It’s clear that the Wolverine state is a necessary addition to your domestic trips bucket list.👇
So, we tapped our Midwest maven, journalist @katysjoyce, to learn about three cool Michigan properties that should be on the discerning travelers’ radar.
Hotel #1: Beaver Island Retreat, Beaver Island (@thebeaverislandretreat):
Enjoy glorious glamping on Beaver Island, the largest island in Lake Michigan. This cozy retreat is far off the beaten path and prime for relaxation in the wilds of the north. Each elevated tent has its own personality, but the stargazing tent is particularly spectacular, especially as the island waits for its International Dark Sky Sanctuary approval.
Pro tip: Take the ferry from nearby Charlevoix or charter a small plane to access this beautifully remote area.
Hotel #2: Shinola Hotel, Detroit (@shinolahotel):
Enjoy Motor City magic at this unbelievable boutique property, which was opened in 2018 by the luxury timepiece company of the same name. Deftly situated in downtown Detroit, the sleek and design-forward hotel perfectly marries the city’s historic past with its bright, innovative future.
Pro tip: Like what you see in your well-appointed room? Don’t worry, there’s a price list for many items available upon request. (📷: @nicole_franzen)
Hotel #3: Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island (@grandhotelmichigan):
Step back in time with a stay at the Grand Hotel on storied Mackinac Island, one of the last great historic resorts. Dress to impress for dinner in the ballroom and be sure to sample the area’s famous fudge. Prepare to either walk, bike, or horse taxi as no cars are allowed on this upscale isle destination.
Pro tip: consider a sunrise paddle with @mackinackayak for an extra insta-worthy moment.