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The 20 Best Resorts in Michigan

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When you visit Michigan, there are multiple accommodation options, with places to stay to suit all tastes and budgets. You will find everything from intimate boutiques to log cabins in forest locations and from luxury hotels to homely bed and breakfasts. There are also multiple resorts, and the benefit of staying in a resort is that they offer various amenities and leisure facilities on-site, which means you do not need to leave the hotel if you prefer to stay in one place. Here are the 20 best resorts in Michigan.

Sugar Beach

20. Sugar Beach Resort Hotel, Traverse City

The Sugar Beach Resort Hotel sits alongside Sugar Beach in the East Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City. It boasts a 300-foot private beach with soft sand, and the rooms have private balconies. For larger parties, there are three-bedroom villas with separate kitchens. Guests have access to various amenities, including an indoor swimming pool and a hot tub. However, it is the surroundings that appeal most to many guests, as it is close to the bay and Lake Eerie, and there are multiple activities and attractions within walking distance of the resort.

Mission Pointe

19. Mission Pointe, Mackinac Island

There is something for everyone at Mission Pointe on Mackinac Island, regardless of whether you are enjoying a fun family vacation or you are a couple who want to enjoy a relaxing break. Just some of the many amenities at Mission Point include an 18-hole putting course, a pool, a spa, a kids’ club, bike rentals, and a movie theater. Furthermore, there are five on-site restaurants, so there are plenty of dining options to try during your stay.

Boyne Mountain

18. Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls

The diverse landscape of Michigan means there are hotels and resorts in many different settings, including in the mountains. One of the best mountain resorts in Michigan is the Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls. The village of Boyne Falls is home to the largest indoor waterpark in Michigan, which is a big attraction for the guests at Boyne Mountain Resort. At the resort, the leisure facilities include a spa, two golf courses, a mountain disc golf course, ziplining, hiking trails, and fishing. There are also chairlifts that give access to ski trails and winter sports activities. There are various types of accommodation available, including cabins, cottages, condos, and villas.

The Inn at Harbor Shores

17. The Inn at Harbor Shores, St. Joseph

The Inn at Harbor Shores is set against Lake Michigan in St. Joseph. In addition to the lake setting, one of the main features of the resort is the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. It also has a luxury spa, a fine dining restaurant, five beaches, and a marina. There are various packages available, and the hotel hosts a range of events throughout the year. Guests can stroll into St. Joseph, where there is a multitude of shops and eateries.

Inn at Bay Harbor

16. Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection Hotels, Bay Harbor

At the Inn at Bay Harbor, the guests are encouraged to relax and make the most of life’s finest pleasures. Guests can indulge in fine dining, relaxing in the full-service spa, and playing a round of golf at the Bay Harbor Golf Club, which has three world-renowned golf courses. The accommodation available is either private suites or cottages for up to six people. This resort is set on Little Traverse Bay between Charlevoix and Petoskey.


15. Bayshore Resort, Traverse City

Bayshore Resort sits in a waterfront position on West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City. It has a private use for the guests to use, and the rooms boast views of the beach and water. In the rooms, guests can enjoy a range of facilities, such as two-person spa tubs, balconies, and fireplaces. There is also access to bot and jet ski rentals. It is only a short walk into downtown Traverse City, where there are shops, restaurants, and attractions.


14. Treetops Resort, Gaylord

If you are a golf enthusiast, then one of the best resorts in Michigan is the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, as it is one of the top golf destinations in the United States. Across five golf courses, there are more than 81 holes to play. There is beginners’ golf instruction available for both adults and children and academies where experienced golfers can improve their game. If you visit in the winter, there are 23 ski runs, sleigh rides, and extreme tubing. Inside the resort, there is a full-service spa that offers a wide range of treatments and therapies. It is also an excellent resort for those interested in food, as the resort’s Culinary Adventure Series hosts various culinary events and unique dining experiences.


13. Evergreen Resort, Cadillac

Located just outside Cadillac, the Evergreen Resort is set on large private grounds, so there is ample outdoor space for the guests to enjoy some tranquillity away from the urban buzz. There are two golf courses within the grounds, and the hotel is surrounded by trails for hiking and biking. Indoor facilities include a swimming pool and a hot tub. The rooms and suites boast fireplaces and Jacuzzis.

Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville

12. Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville

Planetware lists Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville as one of the best resorts in Michigan. It is one of Michigan’s top mountain resorts, and there are activities to enjoy all year round. In the winter, most guests spend their time on the slopes. Activities during this season include skiing, sledding, ice skating, fat tire biking, snow trail hiking, and snowmobiling. In the summer, many guests prefer to spend most of their time on one of the two golf courses at the resort. Other activities include an alpine slide, a pool, an art park, and an adventure course.

Ann Arbor

11. Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, Ypsilanti

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest is ideally located for accessing the local attractions. One of the best features of this hotel is the dining options, as there are three restaurants that serve American cuisine, plus a bar and a lounge. Breakfast is included in the price of the rooms, and parking is also free. Amenities at this hotel include an outdoor tennis court, an indoor pool with a whirlpool tub, an 18-hole golf course, a fitness room, and a conference space with 16 meeting rooms. Those who upgrade to a suite enjoy lake views, a separate seating area, and wet bars.

Mission Point Resot

10. Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island

The Crazy Tourist names Mission Point Resort as one of the best resorts in Michigan. It sits in a tranquil setting on the shores of Lake Huron on Mackinac Island. At this family-friendly resort, some of the amenities include an outdoor pool, an 18-hole putting course, tennis and bocce courts, a salon, a spa, an upscale fine-dining restaurant, bike rentals, and several casual eateries.

Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire

9. Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire

There are various types of accommodation available at Shanty Creek Resorts, including hotel rooms, condos, and holiday cottages. These are divided into three separate villages, called Summit Village, Schuss Mountain Village, and Cedar River Village. The guests have access to a diverse range of water-based activities, as the resort is close to the state’s Chain of Lakes, including Torch Lake. There are also four top golf courses within the resort, and guests have access to ski slopes and various winter sports activities. After a day outdoors, guests are thankful to find several dining options.

Drummond Island

8. Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center, Drummond Island

Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center is in a stunning location just over two miles from Williams Nature Preserve. However, the location is also convenient as it is only four miles from Drummond Island Airport. It is a rustic hotel that has wood-paneled rooms with stone fireplaces. There are also cottages and log cabins with either kitchenettes or kitchens. Some amenities at this hotel include an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a heated outdoor pool, a conference center, a fitness center, and a grill restaurant.

Hawk's Eye

7. Hawks Eye Golf Resort, Bellaire

As the name suggests, a golf course is the main leisure facility at the Hawks Eye Golf Resort in Bellaire, Michigan. Other facilities include a gym and an outdoor pool. Guest can stay in rooms, condos, or cottages, all of which have modern amenities. It is only a short walk into Bellaire, where there are shops and many dining options.


6. Pinestead Reef Resort, Traverse City

Pinestead Reef Resort sits in a waterfront position in Traverse City, and it boasts 700-feet of sandy beach. Each of the 46 suites has views across the bay, and they feature flat-screen televisions, fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi. Some of the amenities at this resort include a game room, an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness room, a hot tub, and beachfront BBQ grills. The location of this resort is excellent, as it is close to many local attractions and is under three miles from Cherry Capital Airport.

Great Worlf Lodge

5. Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City, Traverse City

A fantastic option for families visiting Michigan is Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City. Guests do not need to worry about the things to do in the local area, as there is so much to do on-site. Some leisure options include an indoor water park, a full-service spa, a fitness center, and multiple dining options. Additionally, guests have access to the nearby Traverse City Golf & Country Club.

Buckhorn Resort

4. Buckhorn Resort Motel and Lodges, Munising

If you want to spend time in a secluded area, then consider booking a room or lodge at Buckhorn Resort Motel and Lodges in Munising. It is set in the Hiawatha National Forest and overlooks Lake Hovey. In addition to the motel rooms, there is a four-bedroom cottage and a six-bedroom cottage. The cottages have full kitchens and patios with BBQs. For those who stay in the motel rooms, there is a complimentary breakfast. There is a pleasant restaurant with views across the like, and the resort is surrounded by woodland with trails for hiking and horseback riding.

Four Winds

3. Four Winds Casino Resort, New Buffalo

In terms of on-site entertainment, one of the best resorts in Michigan is the Four Winds Casino Resort. In addition to the fun at the casino, guests can enjoy the nightly entertainment. It also has some outstanding dining options on-site. While Timbers Fast Food & Deli or White Birch Market offer quick bites to eat, guests can devour comfort food at the Kankakee Grille. Alternatively, they can choose to eat something from the world-class menu at the Copper Rock Steakhouse.

Grand Travere

2. Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Williamsburg

One of the best spa resorts in Michigan is the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The resort sits on 900 acres near Williamsburg, and the rooms in the 17-story glass tower offer panoramic views across Lake Michigan. The full-service spa is the main facility within the hotel, and there is plenty to explore outdoors. Not only is there a golf course with a golf school, but there is also a private beach with kayak and jet-ski hire. During the winter, guests can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There are six dining options at the resort, and the best is Aerie Restaurant & Lounge, which is at the top of the glass tower.

Grand Hotel

1. Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

According to US News, the best resort in Michigan is Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island. Visitors can only access the island by boat, then guests of the hotel are transported from the dock to the hotel by horse and carriage, so the vacation starts in style. Each of the 40 guest rooms has unique décor based on the presidents. The hotel sits on the top of a hill, so there are spectacular views from every angle. Guests can enjoy afternoon teas and fine dining in the evenings. Many guests at the Grand Hotel enjoy simply sitting in the grounds enjoying the grounds and scenery.

Liz Flynn

Written by Liz Flynn

Liz Flynn has worked as a full-time writer since 2010 after leaving a career in education. She finds almost all topics she writes about interesting, but her favorite subjects are travel and food. Liz loves the process of researching information, learning new things, and putting into words what others who share her interests might like to read. Although she spends most of her time writing, she also enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, watching films, cooking, dining out, reading, motorsports, gaming, and walking along the beach next to her house with her dog.

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