Best Western St. Ignace, MI

Old Sep 7, 15, 5:23 pm
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Best Western St. Ignace, MI

I'm not a Best Western regular but picked this place based on geography and need. If you are a Best Western regular I think you will be really pleased.

Built as a resort but turned into a Best Western. Large footprint. Four buildings (three recent with outside-opening doors and one a holdover old motel-style). Lots of grass and play area. Lakefront. Two pools. Outdoor pool kind of large. Standard breakfast thrown in at the front building. Other than you get out in the weather to change buildings it's all good.
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Old Sep 13, 15, 5:10 am
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Northern Michigan has a TON of hotels in this category that will blow your socks off... The Comfort Suites in Traverse City was a big surprise for me, jacuzzi tubs in every room!?! It's a different world up there!

Did you make it to Mackinac island? Here's a tip for getting the local's rate at a hotel on the island, I usually pick the Lilac Tree as it's a fantastic hotel. Anyway, if you want the best rate, as soon as you get off the ferry walk to the hotel and ask the front desk for there "walk up rate". I've had rates discounted as far as 75%. Obviously you risk not having any rooms available, so have a backup just in case.

I grew up spending my weekends in that area, and I'm still up there at least twice a month (my parents live on-property at Boyne Highlands near Harbor Springs)... it doesn't come up very often on here but that whole region is a hidden gem. I'd also suggest checking out Harbor Springs/Petoskey (30 min from the bridge), for golf there's Boyne Highlands, Little Traverse Bay Golf Club, and a sleu of others. Skiing you've got Nubs, Boyne (mountain and highlands). If you want to rub shoulders with celebrities, and see how the other other half lives check out Bay Harbor. The Inn at Bay Harbor is 5-star.

I could keep going... if there's interest?
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Old Sep 17, 15, 6:39 pm
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Did you make it to Mackinac island?
Actually that was the reason. Friends who grew up in Michigan suggested day tripping out of St. Ignace since the hotels were far less than on island. Mostly I agree with them and would do it that way again, unless I get the whim to pack heavy and do the Grand Hotel dress for dinner thing.
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Old Sep 20, 15, 6:50 pm
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unless I get the whim to pack heavy and do the Grand Hotel dress for dinner thing.
Ehhh I'm not the biggest fan of the Grand Hotel it's certainly beautiful and the service is very nice but it's also a bit overrated. I usually only go up that way to have a beer at the Jockey Club nextdoor, here's the streetview for reference. Also, the GH require you to show a "passport" type card to get access to much of the hotel (proving you're a guest) without a tour guide ($$$), but if you want to sneak around that head down the maintenance path to the pool. Here's the street view looking directly down the path.

Obviously sneaking in through the maintenance area is not exactly "classy", but it sure beats paying for some half-hearted tour. I could keep going (I haven't even mentioned that I'm friends with Chief Mackinac... I can seriously go for days hahaha) but I'll leave it at that, this isn't really the right section I suppose.
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