Growing up in Michigan, we learned early on that no matter where you are in the state, you’re never further than a few kilometers from a natural body of water. (We also grew up pointing out our hometowns on our hands, but that’s another story.)
Still, when you think of beach towns, you probably think of North Carolina’s Barrier Islands, Malibu or Santa Monica, California, or pretty much anywhere in Florida. What the locals know is that Michigan has some of the best beach areas and resorts in the United States. You’ll find stunning waterfront resorts with amenities like horse and carriage rides, S’mores around the fire pit, high tea, and Broadway-style shows.
Besides the unique spas, incredible food by award-winning chefs, and quirky beach towns, families will love the kid’s clubs and stepping out into the calm waters of Michigan’s Great Lakes. Even small children can take a dip without the threat of being knocked over by a giant wave. Plan your midwestern summer retreat with these eight Michigan beach resorts.