Posted by: Kath Usitalo | January 24, 2012

Kudos To Michigan Tourism On Compliment Day

Paige tests the crystal clear water at Lake Superior's Sand Point Beach, rated by Dr. Beach as one of the best on the Great Lakes

January 24 is Compliment Day, so it seems like a good time to extend congratulations to some of the places across Michigan that have made it to “best of” lists in the travel and tourism world.

It’s a partial round-up, just some that I’ve come across lately. I’ve included links to the ratings and the locations so you can plan your ribbon-worthy visits.

Feel free to add other recently recognized superlative sites in the Great Lakes State:

Black Star Farms is an Old Mission Peninsula winery

Touring & Tasting: Seven Top Wine Regions to Watch
Old Mission Peninsula

Bicycling magazine: Six Best Cities for a Bike Vacation
Traverse City

Travel & Leisure: America’s Best Little Beach Towns
and Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area

Best Places in USA: 10 of America’s Best Beach Towns
Traverse City

Conde Nast Traveler: Top 50 Ski Hotels in North America
Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa, Boyne Mountain Resort
and Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa

Travel & Leisure:
 500 World’s Best Hotels 2012
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
and The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham

USA Today: Top Ten Places to Watch Wildlife

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore America’s Top 100 Spas of 2011
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa

Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel has welcomed guests since 1887 Top 10 American Downtowns

Dr. Beach’s 2011 Great Great Lakes Beaches
Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore;
Lake Superior, Sand Point Beach, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore;
Lake Michigan, Grand Haven State Park

In addition, the Travel Michigan’s Pure Michigan website tops the nation with more visitors than any other state (8.65 million web visitors in 2011) and more Facebook fans than any other state tourism FB pages with 337,000 fans.

Silver Lake, with sand dunes at right, is a best little beach town area


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