The Mitten State is getting recognized as one of the premier spots for wine in the country! Not only is a Michigan location in the running for "Top Wine Country in the U.S." in a USA Today poll, but four resorts in the state are competing for "Best Wine Country Hotel in America".

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Twenty hotels that "provide a perfect place to relax over a glass of wine after a day of touring and tasting in wine regions around the country," have been nominated by a panel of experts. And now it's up to us to vote!

Have you stayed at any of these Michigan hotels?

Chateau Chantal in Traverse City, Hotel Walloon in Walloon Lake, the Inn at Blackstar Farms in Suttons Bay, and Marina Grand Resort in New Buffalo are all in the running.

Two were also nominated last year: Hotel Walloon and the Inn at Blackstar Farms; Blackstar Farms actually ended up winning the whole thing!

Here's USA Today's praise for each Michigan resort and links to vote for each in this year's contest:

Chateau Chantal

Chateau Chantal, Facebook

Chateau Chantal, located just north of Traverse City, Michigan, combines a vineyard and winery with a luxurious B&B lodging. All suites and rooms have exceptional views of vineyards or Grand Traverse Bay, many with private patios or balconies, and many rooms include wet bars and whirlpool tubs. The inn’s amenities include fireplaces and sitting areas, plus an exceptional breakfast.


Hotel Walloon

Hotel Walloon, Facebook

This boutique hotel in Northern Michigan features just 32 guest rooms in a lakeside setting that’ll make you feel like you’re stepping back into the early 20th century. Nearby Walloon Lake Winery is one of many options in the Petoskey Wine Region.


Inn at Blackstar Farms

Inn at Blackstar Farms, Facebook

The Inn at Black Star Farms puts guests in the heart of the Traverse Wine Coast, with easy access to wineries and tasting rooms on the Old Mission and Leelanau Wine Trails. Each stay includes a daily breakfast, nightly hospitality hour with wine and small bites, a bottle of house wine and an exclusive barrel room tasting.


Marina Grand Resort

Marina Grand Resort, Facebook

Located seventy miles from Chicago and within walking distance of Lake Michigan beach, the Marina Grand Resort offers guestrooms and suites, all with marina views, fireplaces, and private outdoor seating. Lake Michigan Shore offers more than twenty wineries for guests to enjoy as the largest of the Michigan wine regions. The resort provides maps at the front desk for convenient self-guided tours to area vineyards and wineries or arranges private charters and hop-on tours.

We can vote for our favorite once per day until polls close on Monday, August 2 at noon ET. The winning hotels will be announced on Friday, August 31.

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