Our favorite season calls for a little healthy competition. Cast your vote to help us crown the Best of Summer!

By Lauren Phillips

Best of Summer 2017 has come to a close! Thank you to all our voters, and congratulations to all the winners, including the Best of the Best of Summer winner, Anchorage 1770!

Summer’s almost here! And while you’re probably just as eager to celebrate with a cool cocktail and a perfect sunset-watching perch as we are, there’s a whole new way to do summer this year: with our first-ever Best of Summer competition!

We’re putting everything from lobster rolls and rooftop bars to beach boardwalks and national parks up to the test to find the best of the best this summer. Every week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we’re asking Coastal Living readers to pick their favorite spots for summer.

Voting is simple: We’ll post a new poll every Friday evening, and it will stay open until midnight the following Thursday. The next week, we’ll announce the grand winner! Keep an eye out for posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to know when the polls are open, or check this page for links to the latest polls, an updated list of the winners, and a schedule for upcoming contests.

The start dates for each week’s competition are below—check out the candidates, and get ready to support your hometown heroes! (Note: Not all slides will be included in every poll. Inclusion in polls is determined by editor discretion.)

Full schedule:

May 26: Best Lobster Roll (See the winner here!)

June 2: Best Beach Boardwalk (See the winner here!)

June 9: Best Beach Hotel (See the winner here!)

June 16: Best Shelling Beach (See the winner here!)

June 23: Best Town for the 4th of July (See the winner here!)

June 30: Best Tiki Bar (See the winner here!)

July 7: Best Crab Cake (See the winner here!)

July 14: Best Ice Cream Shop (See the winner here!)

July 21: Best Amusement Park (See the winner here!)

July 28: Best Coastal Brewery (See the winner here!)

August 4: Best Rooftop Bar (See the winner here!)

August 11: Best Clam Shack (See the winner here!)

August 18: Best Seaside Inn (See the winner here!)

August 25: Best National Park (See the winner here!)

The first poll goes live Friday, May 26, at 5 p.m.—don’t miss your chance to help pick the Best of Summer 2017! Happy voting!