8 Best Lake Michigan Resorts

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Lake Michigan offers the opportunity to enjoy a beach vacation without heading to one of the coasts or beyond. Look forward to the sand, waves and a wealth of water sports along with spectacular scenery at picturesque beaches nearby. In fact, surfing is even possible too. Whatever the reason you plan to go, consider booking one of these top resorts to make the most out of your stay.

Bayshore Resort - Traverse City, Michigan
Bayshore Resort - Traverse City, Michigan

Bayshore Resort - Traverse City, Michigan

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore sits along Lake Michigan’s eastern coastline and also includes the North and South Manitou Islands. It’s been called the “Most Beautiful Place in America” by Good Morning America, home to lush forests, vast sand dunes and spectacular beaches. The dunes tower over the lake, some over 450 feet high, making the Traverse City area perfect for a weekend getaway. Bayshore Resort is located here along the cool blue waters of Traverse Bay, offering opportunities to rent a boat or jet ski and, after a day of play, come back and relax at the indoor pool and whirlpool. The Victorian-style rooms feature balconies overlooking the bay, jetted spa tubs and fireplaces.

Key Amenities:

  • Resort in “Most Beautiful Place in America”

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes nearby

  • Summer jet skis and boat rentals

  • Victorian-style rooms with balconies, spa tubs, fireplaces

Lake Shore Resort - Saugatuk, Michigan
Lake Shore Resort

Lake Shore Resort - Saugatuk, Michigan

Set on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan just a short drive from downtown Saugatuck, Lake Shore Resort has its own private beach exclusively for guests to enjoy. The property also hosts an outdoor heated pool, 2 miles of wooded walking trails and a putting green, along with complimentary kayaks and bicycles for exploring. At the end of the day, look forward to spectacular sunsets over the water and then enjoy relaxing around the flames at the lakeside fire pits. Families should be aware that this isn’t a destination for little ones, however, with only kids 13 and older welcome. Accommodation includes air-conditioned rooms that all come with mini-fridges, cable TVs and coffeemakers.

Key Amenities:

  • Outdoor heated pool and private beach

  • Wooded nature trails and a putting green

  • Complimentary kayaks and bikes

  • Lakeside fire pits for evening s’mores

Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center - Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Blue Harbor Resort

Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center - Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Blue Harbor Resort sits right at the edge of Lake Michigan, offering a ton of fun directly on-site, including an indoor water park that makes it ideal for family reunions. There’s an indoor miniature golf course,  multiple pools, cabanas, waterslides and the Riptide Double Surf Simulator, along with water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding. Scheduled activities are offered for the kids, like arts and crafts, sandcastle-building contests and ice cream sundae parties; teens can enjoy an arcade and nightly campfires. There are four diverse dining options while accommodation in guestrooms and villas all feature flat-screen TVs, patios or balconies, mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers.

Key Amenities:

  • Indoor water park with slides, surf simulator

  • Arts and crafts, arcade and parties for kids

  • Nightly campfires with complimentary s’mores

  • Four diverse restaurants

Tamarack Lodge of Traverse City - Traverse City, Michigan
Tamarack Lodge of Traverse City

Tamarack Lodge of Traverse City - Traverse City, Michigan

Tamarack Lodge of Traverse City sits along the waterfront, providing direct access to a private beach. A swimming dock, BBQ area and water sports rentals make it fun to spend the whole day on the sand. After dark, relax in the comfy Adirondack chairs while roasting s’mores on a bonfire. There are billiard and board game tables too. Accommodation includes one, two or three-bedroom condos, all of which come with beautiful lake views, full-size kitchens, Jacuzzi tubs, sitting areas and fireplaces.

Key Amenities:

  • Direct access to private beach

  • Swimming dock, BBQ area and water sports rentals

  • Condos all with lake views, full kitchens and fireplaces

Marina Grand Resort - New Buffalo, Michigan
Marina Grand Resort

Marina Grand Resort - New Buffalo, Michigan

Just a 5-minute walk from the beach, Marina Grand Resort overlooks New Buffalo Harbor on Lake Michigan and offers an ideal escape for relaxing and taking part in activities on land and water. Beach towels, beach chairs and even bicycles can all be borrowed, and the property hosts both indoor and outdoor pools. Rooms all include a patio or deck overlooking the harbor and gorgeous sunsets. Complimentary breakfast is provided and there’s also a waterfront bar/grill and a coffee bar that serves snacks. The rooftop deck is a popular place for sipping refreshing drinks, especially while watching the sun go down, although all rooms have water views, outdoor seating, and fireplaces.

Key Amenities:

  • 5-minute walk from beach

  • Rooms all have patio or deck overlooking harbor

  • Complimentary daily breakfast

  • Popular rooftop deck for sunset watching

The American Club - Kohler, Wisconsin
The American Club

The American Club - Kohler, Wisconsin

The 5-star American Club sits within a brick Tudor-style 1918 building that once served as a dormitory for immigrant workers at the Kohler Corporation. Tucked into a cove, it’s part of the Destination Kohler Resort and is famous as a golfing hotspot. Its massive sports facility is home to the Whistling Straits and the Blackwolf Run golf courses, offering a beauty that rivals even Scotland’s famous courses, along with pools and tennis courts. There are 13 dining options on-site and a lavish spa featuring a wide range of treatments and services. Rooms feature classic wood furnishings, down comforters and minibars.

Key Amenities:

  • Famous 5-star golfing hotspot

  • Massive sports facility with tennis courts, pools

  • Lavish spa and 13 dining options

Lake Ranch Resort - Holland, Michigan
Lake Ranch Resort

Lake Ranch Resort - Holland, Michigan

Water surrounds the city of Holland, but just one hotel here fronts it, the seasonal Lake Ranch Resort. It overlooks a marina, made up of a collection of condos, many of which offer plenty of space for families. Everyone in the family will love the outdoor heated saltwater pool, and there’s also a play area for the kids and a shuffleboard court. Guests can cook their own dinner on the gas grills in the gazebo and enjoy spectacular sunsets too. Standard rooms offer cable televisions, minifridges and microwaves. Upgraded rooms add bunk beds and/or kitchenettes, while one and two-bedroom units come with separate living areas and sofabeds.

Key Amenities:

  • Seasonal condo resort overlooking marina

  • Outdoor heated saltwater pool

  • Kids’ play area and shuffleboard court

  • Upgraded rooms add bunk beds and/or kitchenettes

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island offers a trip back to another time when locals and tourists get around on foot, bicycle or horse and carriage, with no motor vehicles allowed. Here you’ll find the historic Grand Hotel, which opened in 1897 and became famous worldwide thanks to the 1980 film “Somewhere In Time.” One of the best all-inclusive resorts in the United States for families, you can enjoy the 220-foot-long swimming pool, two nine-hole golf courses and a full summer schedule of children’s activities. The five-course dinner hosted in the Main Dining Room is a definite highlight and is included in the all-inclusive rates, along with a breakfast and lunch buffet. Guestrooms offer a wide variety of sleeping options including the opportunity to stay in one of seven suites named after and designed in collaboration with First Ladies such as Jacqueline Kennedy and Lady Bird Johnson.

Key Amenities:

  • One of best all-inclusive resorts in U.S.

  • Huge pool and two nine-hole golf courses

  • Full summer schedule of kids’ activities

  • Five-course dinner a highlight of stay

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