Friends and strangers gather for sunset near Glen Arbor B&B and Cottages


Water-view, water-access or waterfront B&B? Start here

In Michigan, you’re never farther than six miles from a body of water, so it’s logical that you can find a waterfront bed and breakfast. Or a B&B set further back, with rooms offering commanding views of a lake. Or a B&B with a stream running through the property. Or a B&B down the road from a navigable river or trout stream. Or a B&B a block or two from a beach and made more peaceful and quiet because of it.

Michigan stands out on the U.S. map, bordered as it is by so much water. Four of the Great Lakes touch our shores: Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Huron. With more than 3,200 miles of shoreline, you can explore more than a hundred sandy beaches and many more miles of rocky or steep shoreline left craggy and oh-so-interesting by the retreating glaciers. That was a few years back.

For a waterfront bed and breakfast on one of the Great Lakes, consider Dapple-Gray B&B on Lake Superior, and Adventure Inn B&B or Huron House B&B, both on Lake Huron.

How about a waterfront bed and breakfast on an inland lake? You’ll always remember the sunrises and sunsets at Torch Lake

B&B in Northwest Michigan. At Presque Isle Lodge in Northeast Michigan, you’ll watch the sunsets over Grand Lake, but can walk or ride your bike to a Lake Huron beach.

Freighter-watching is a favorite Michigan activity. You can do that from the porches and windows of Heather House B&B on the St. Clair River in Marine City or from some rooms of Bay View B&B, which overlooks the Straits of Mackinac on Mackinac Island.

In summer, at The House on the Hill B&B in Ellsworth, you’ll dine on the front porch overlooking one in the Chain of Lakes and afterward can explore the lake by kayak, canoe or standup paddle board, all provided. B&Bs with their own ponds include Castle in the Country in Allegan and A Dove Nest B&B in Kingston. Ginkgo Tree Inn in Mount Pleasant has rooms overlooking the Chippewa River and a park.

For the ultimate waterfront bed and breakfast what about one that is always ON the water? Book a floating B&B experience aboard either Tall Ship Manitou or Sailing Yacht Scout, both located in Grand Traverse Bay.

Found 28 Bed and Breakfasts

Candlewyck House B&B

Pentwater, Michigan | NW

Hanson House

Grayling, Michigan | NW

Heather House

Marine City, Michigan | SE

Butler Bed and Breakfast

Lexington, Michigan | SE

Tall Ship Manitou

Traverse City, Michigan | NW