Summer vacation planning is ramping up, but some of the best early deals can be had in May. Whether you are heading to one of the Up North islands, a resort known for its golf courses, or are leaning toward a big-city adventure, this month’s travel deals being highlighted by our friends at Pure Michigan have something for everyone.

Check out the descriptions below and click the website links for more details on vacation savings.

Chippewa Hotel

The Straits of Mackinac view from a balcony room at the Chippewa Hotel on Mackinac Island.

#1 Mackinac Island’s Chippewa Hotel Ferry Special

Deal: Save on your next two+ night stay

Expires: May 28, 2021

Details: “Book a new reservation for the 2021 season for two nights on any of the following dates and receive a $52 rate reduction (the cost of two round-trip ferry tickets) off your second-night stay. Available dates only: May 6-13, 16-20, and 23-28.” For more information, check the website here.

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Lilac Tree Suites & Spa

Photo courtesy of the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa.

#2 Mackinac Island’s Lilac Tree Suites & Spa Ferry Special

Deal: Save big on your next two+ night stay

Expires: May 28, 2021

Details: “Book a new reservation for two or more nights on any of the following dates and receive a $52 rate reduction (the cost of two round-trip ferry tickets) off your second-night stay. Available dates only: May 7-13, 16-21, and 25-28.” For more information, check the website here.

Biking in Ludington

Hiking and biking trails abound in the Ludington area. Photo courtesy of the Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

#3 Spring Specials in Ludington

Deal: Discounted rooms and enticing packages for an amazing spring getaway

Expires: May 30, 2021

Details: “Before the hustle and bustle of summer begins in Ludington, take time to enjoy the undiscovered season of spring. Explore the changing scenery at Ludington State Park, shop, or eat in downtown Ludington. Enjoy great deals including buy one, get one room free on the lakeshore.” For more information, check the website here.

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Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossom season is a great time to take a road trip around the Traverse City area. Photo provided by Traverse City Tourism.

#4 Celebrate Michigan Wine Month

Deal: Save on lodging while you explore Traverse Wine Coast

Expires: May 31, 2021

Details: “Whether you’re new to Michigan wine or a connoisseur, wine tasting offers a fun way to learn about different varietals and discover new favorites, especially during Michigan Wine Month in May. Celebrate during Traverse City Uncorked, a month-long event featuring a self-guided tour on the Traverse Wine Coast. Plan your visit with an Uncorked package and save on lodging plus wine tasting.” For more information, check the website here.

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Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel

The Cupola Bar at the top of Grand Hotel is a luxurious stop during your vacation.

#5 Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel

Deal: Memorial Day Weekend at Grand Hotel

Expires: May 31, 2021

Details: “Visit Grand Hotel this Memorial Day as we safely welcome guests to celebrate the holiday weekend. Be one of the first guests to jump into the newly renovated Esther Williams Swimming Pool. Enjoy receptions on Friday and Saturday evenings, tee off on The Jewel with complimentary golf green fees and experience elegant meals in our Main Dining Room for breakfast and dinner daily. We hope to see you as we celebrate our 135th season.” For more information, check the website here.

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The entrance to the John Ball Zoo, newly redone in 2020, is pictured on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (Hope Davison | Davison

#6 Grand Culture Getaway in Grand Rapids

Deal: Free Culture Pass GR with 2+ night hotel stay

Expires: May 31, 2021

Details: “Stay two+ nights at a participating Grand Rapids-area hotel and get a FREE download of Culture Pass GR – your ticket to FREE general admission at top attractions. See BRICKLIVE Supersized!… an amazing toy brick exhibit at John Ball Zoo. Explore the new folk-art exhibit at Grand Rapids Art Museum, the historic collections at Grand Rapids Public Museum, and more —all by showing the digital pass on your smartphone. Culture Pass GR is valid for three days, so you can fill your stay with more great fun.” For more information, check the website here.

Ann Arbor Local Eats - Mani Osteria

Clockwise from left, Caesar salad, Pomodoro ravioli, Zingerman’s bread with toppings and Puttanesca pizza with Calabrian chilis, oven-roasted tomato, olives, oregano, red onion and Grana Padano cheese at Mani Osteria, 341 E. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor.Jacob Hamilton/

#7 Book Your Ann Arbor Getaway

Deal: Save 15-50% off regular lodging rates

Expires: June 1, 2021

Details: “Planning a fun trip to the Ann Arbor area is easy and cost-effective. Here you will find a creative town full of new adventures—and one of the best foodie destinations in the Midwest. Enjoy unique retail options in our safe, walkable downtown. Explore the tree-filled landscape in our beautiful parks. Search our 40+ hotel specials. Start planning your Ann Arbor trip today.” For more information, check the website here.

Charlevoix stone

A Charlevoix stone freshly plucked from the water. | Photo by Emily Bingham,

#8 Spring Special at the Hotel Earl in Charlevoix

Deal: Save 25% off our standard rate for a two-night stay or longer this spring

Expires: June 2, 2021

Details: “Visit Hotel Earl Charlevoix and save 25% off with our Spring Special. Discover Northern Michigan’s newest hotel destination. This stylish hotel offers trendy upscale accommodations in the heart of downtown Charlevoix with a comfortable ambiance showcasing modern, mid-century design. Hotel Earl features an indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, fitness center, chic lobby lounge and outdoor seating. This offer is valid now through June 2, 2021.” For more information, check the website here.


This image shows a young bull elk.Michigan DNR

#9 Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman

Deal: 15% off two-night Elk Viewing Packages

Expires: July 1, 2021

Details: “Board a horse-drawn carriage/sleigh and travel over the Thunder Bay River and through the woods to see majestic elk in the resort’s 160-acre elk preserve. Arrive at the Elk Antler Cabin, where you will enjoy a five-course gourmet dinner and sample up to six local wines. You will then reboard your carriage/sleigh and return to your spacious suite, villa, or chalet. Thunder Bay Resort also features an 18-hole golf course and an onsite restaurant.” For more information, check the website here.

Drummond Island

Drummond Island’s ORV and ATV trails are among the most scenic and rugged in the entire state.

#10 Drummond Island Resort

Deal: Enjoy a 2nd round of golf at The Rock free when you book a Stay & Play golf package at Drummond Island Resort.

Expires: October 1, 2021

Details: “Our 18-Hole championship course carved out of 400 acres of hardwood, cedar and limestone is a true golfer’s paradise. Imagine your overnight stay in a rustic lodge room or personal log cabin. Many accommodations and situated waterside or on the fairway. After a day on the links, relax in the dry sauna. Bring your appetite to Pins Bar & Grill and enjoy a delicious meal and your favorite beverage. Dine indoors or outdoors in the Beer Garden. Book your spring golf package today and receive a second round of golf free.” For more information, check the website here.

Golfing at Treetops Resort

Treetops Resort. Photo courtesy of Treetops Resort.

#11 Treetops Resort In Gaylord

Deal: Stay and play at one of Michigan’s most spectacular resorts

Expires: October 15, 2021

Details: “Plan your perfect summer getaway. Play 81 holes of spectacular golf with dramatic views, contours and rolling hills as far as the eye can see. And once you get to one of our many vistas, you will see why we’re called Treetops. Enjoy five nights lodging, five amazing golf courses, and a dining card in our Perfect Week Package. Throw in a spa treatment or relax by the pool, and we’re certain you’ll have the perfect summer getaway.” For more information, check the website here.

Crystal Spa

Crystal Mountain Spa’s lavender-mint collection is infused with its signature scent.

#12 Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville

Deal: Book an 18-Hole Golf and Lodging Package starting at $89 per person per night.

Expires: October 31, 2021

Details: “Take advantage of spring golf savings at Crystal Mountain Resort. Book our 18-Hole Golf Packages starting at $89 per person, per night. Package includes lodging options, from cozy to luxurious, including course-side condos. Plus, take advantage of 18 holes of golf with cart on one of our championship golf courses, and unlimited use of our Practice and Learning Center. Book your golf getaway today. This is where you belong in your element.” For more information, check the website here.

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