Best Places to Stay on Lake Michigan

Beach in Charlevoix, Michigan
Charlevoix, Michigan. Image by WOKANDAPIX from Pixabay

Ready to dip your toes in the cool waters of Lake Michigan? Whether you’re in the mood for a wine-tasting adventure, a historic island escape, or a beachside retreat, Lake Michigan has it all. Let’s dive into some of the best spots to stay around this Great Lake.

Traverse City, Michigan

Located in the heart of Michigan’s Wine Country, Traverse City is a gem on the shores of Lake Michigan. Stay at the Grand Traverse Resort for a touch of luxury, or choose a lakeside cottage rental for a more intimate experience. Plus, don’t miss exploring the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, just a short drive away!

Door County, Wisconsin

Often referred to as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” Door County is a peninsula dotted with charming lighthouses, rustic cherry orchards, and some of the most beautiful beaches on Lake Michigan. The area has a wide range of lodging options, including waterfront resorts, historic inns, and private cabins. 

Chicago, Illinois

If you prefer city lights with their lake views, Chicago’s lakefront is unbeatable. The city has a plethora of high-end hotels and luxury rentals overlooking Lake Michigan. Or you can look for an Airbnb for a more affordable option.