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 Great Lakes 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 love the sunsets over Grand Lake and can walk or ride your bike to a Lake Huron beach.

If you’re planning to catch the car ferry out of Ludington to Wisconsin, you have four great B&Bs to choose from in Ludington. Freighter-watching is a favorite Michigan activity. You can do that from from some rooms of Bay View B&B, which overlooks the Straits of Mackinac on Mackinac Island.

In summer, at 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 A Dove Nest B&B in Kingston. Ginkgo Tree Inn in Mount Pleasant has rooms overlooking the Chippewa River and a park.

Innisfaire B&B north of Traverse City offers sunrise views over West Grand Traverse Bay. From Chateau Chantal on Old Mission Peninsula, you can see both east and west bays.

The Spring Lighthouse in Elk Rapids sits directly on East Grand Traverse Bay, and some of its guest rooms offer outstanding views.


Found 22 Bed and Breakfasts

Bellaire Bed and Breakfast

Bellaire, Michigan | NW

Goldberry Woods

Union Pier, Michigan | SW

Jade Estate Inn

Allegan, Michigan | SW

Robyn’s Inn

Plymouth, Michigan | SE

The Spring Lighthouse

Elk Rapids, Michigan | NW

Leonard at Logan House

Grand Rapids, Michigan | SW

Dempsey Manor Inn

Manistee, Michigan | NW