Step aside California because Michigan wine country is comin' for ya.

Those who have never experienced it may be surprised to learn that Michigan has some of the finest wineries in the world. For years the West Coast has been considered a wine country, but the Mitten State has something to say about that and now the country is beginning to agree.

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USA Today recently released the results of its yearly USA Today 10Best Reader's Choice Awards. Each year readers weigh in on their top picks for the "best" in various categories. In the "Best Winery Hotels in the United States" category, Michigan made the list with not one, but two locations being honored.

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These particular 10 winery hotels from across the country, were nominated by a panel of wine industry experts and voted as the best by USA Today readers. Each place made the specialty list by "providing a perfect place to relax over a glass of wine after a day of wine touring and tasting".

Two locations in Northern Michigan finished in the top 5 of the list beating out locations in California & Washington. The two locations are pretty well known to Michiganders and now to the entire country due to the honor.

Which Michigan Hotels Made USA Today's List of Best Winery Hotels in the U.S.?

So what hotels caught USA Today experts' and readers' eyes? In the #4 spot was the charming Inn at Black Star Farms. Known for giving guests perfect access to wineries and tasting rooms on the Old Mission and Leelanau Wine Trails, the inn is a popular spot for overnights on the Traverse Wine Coast.

Photo: Black Star Farms Facebook
Photo: Black Star 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", USA Today said. 


Taking the #2 spot as the "Best Winery Hotel in the United States" was the diamond known as Chateau Chantal, located just north of Traverse City, Michigan. According to USA Today, the hotel was selected because it,

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



Photo: Facebook

Photo: Facebook

Just more reasons to love all that Michigan has to offer! Check out the full list of "Best Winery Hotels in the United States" here.

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