The Inn at Big Bay Lighthouse provides a secluded adult retreat, where guests escape from the stress of daily life and renew their spirits in the unsurpassed beauty of this working lighthouse. You'll feel better than you can imagine, while enjoying quiet nights and northern lights on our Lake Superior shore.
Guests enjoy all the conveniences of modern life with the exception of individual television and phones. In addition, guests can meander more than three acres of lawn and 40 acres of woods with trails. Whether you climb to the top of the tower or sit in our Adirondack chairs, the views of Lake Superior are awesome.
Amenities include: Fireplaces, whirlpool, sauna, spa service, and full Keepers Breakfast, serviced on trays. Wifi and mobile phone service can be spotty in this remote area of the Upper Peninsula, but most guests quickly adapt.
Relax with a view in the Serenity Massage Hut. Book separately when you reserve your room.
Because of their age, their exposure to the elements, and their status as marvels of maritime history, lighthouses require constant upkeep. Your staying here helps support lighthouse preservation. Thank you.
Big Bay Lighthouse accepts Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association gift certificates, as all member inns do. Bring the gift certificate with you, and present it to the innkeeper. A refund will go back to credit card.
Unique experiences at Big Bay Lighthouse
In addition to staying in one of the five updated rooms at our lighthouse, you could charter a boat to photograph the privately owned Granite Island Light or Huron Island Light, now part of a federally protected islands wilderness. For easier viewing from land, take the scenic 45-minute drive to Marquette to see the Marquette Harbor Light and the Presque Isle Harbor Breakwater Light.
Prospective brides and grooms have begged, and we listened. So, now that the Covid pandemic is waning, we invite you to get married at the light. Check here for the latest information about our two packages for elopements and small weddings.
The Big Bay Point Lighthouse was built in 1896 as a two-story brick duplex building with a square, 60-foot-high square tower and outfitted with a fixed 3rd order Fresnel lens, made in France and weighing nearly 2,000 pounds. The light is located 105 feet above Lake Superior. The current light, maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard as an active aid to navigation, is a 1940s-era rotating beacon. It’s the brightest light on Lake Superior.
After being on display for a time at the Marquette Maritime Museum, our 3rd order lens came home to Big Bay Lighthouse. Guests can view it in a display area where we also have a 4th order drum Fresnel Lens and a collection of modern marine lanterns that have been donated to us by the Coast Guard. All lenses on display have been used at various light stations or buoys.
In 1986, the two-story brick building and the tower was converted into a B&B.
If you love the out of doors, you’ve come to the right area of Michigan. One of the most-recommended places to explore near Marquette is Presque Isle Park, a forested 323-acre peninsula offering many views of Lake Superior and coastal rock formations. You could simply drive through, but it’s recommended that you stop frequently and take paths leading to the shoreline. Many trails go through the inner acres of the park. A few times a week in season, the part is closed to non-motorized traffic.
Work off our full breakfast by hiking up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, about 25 miles from here, close to Marquette. The trail is a combination of stairways and paths over rocks and roots.
Closer to the lighthouse, you could hike to Alder Falls, one of the tallest in the area, or Yellow Dog Falls, about a mile from the parking area. Or, take a picnic lunch to the top of Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook.
If you’re arriving in the Upper Peninsula after crossing the Mackinac Bridge, your route may take you past the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. You never know what birds or wildlife you’ll see along the one-way drive through the refuge. The visitor center will give you a great overview of the flora and fauna you might see in the UP.
See our Things To Do page for more ideas.
The cold, deep waters of Lake Superior provide an important route for the transportation of iron ore, grains, and various mined and manufactured materials. In season, many ships head between Duluth and the Soo Locks, through which marine traffic must pass because of the difference in elevation between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Lake freighters going to and from Duluth don’t pass close to Big Bay Lighthouse because they must travel a northerly route around the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Marquette’s waterfront is the nearest place to watch ships and other vessels of all sizes.