Where To Stay In Traverse City – Hotels, BnB’s, And Rentals

The Best Traverse City hotels in Traverse City, Michigan. Here is a list of quality hotels you will enjoy relaxing at. The full list on The Fresh Exchange.

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The Best Places To Stay In Traverse City, Michigan and and Leelanau County

The number one question I get asked about Traverse City and Leelanau County is where are the coolest and best Traverse City hotels to stay in or Leelanau County Airbnbs . So, to help streamline these questions and have a place for people to find all the info they need I thought today I would share a post about the best Traverse City hotels and the best airbnbs in Leelanau and Traverse City, Michigan. Sure it seems a little early considering prime traveling time is still a few months away, but I will tell you that places book up for the high tourist times if they haven’t already this year. So I gathered up a few of my favorite places between hotels, B&Bs, and Vacation Rentals for you guys.

This list is intended to be based on places where I would choose to stay if I was visiting here. There are plenty of other places and hotels but these are the ones highest on my list. So here we go!

The Best Traverse City hotels in Traverse City, Michigan. Here is a list of quality hotels you will enjoy relaxing at. The full list on The Fresh Exchange.

Best Hotels In Traverse City

First off, there is are no traditional hotels in Leelanau county. There are some Inns at restaurants and wineries in the area such as Black Star Farms and Chateau Chantal, so if you want to stay in that style of location you will need to focus on staying in Traverse City. There are also no “boutique” style hotels either. It is a huge need in our community considering how heavily vacationed and traveled to our area is. I hear whispers of things happening but we shall see what comes to be. For now, these are the best options we have here.

Note that most of these are in the area around Traverse City and a few are located downtown. There is a whole area right on 31 of hotels that are right on the water. They look nice, but I also know that in the summer the traffic on that road is insane and getting to Leelanau County or the Big lake can be a haul. Just something to consider.

1. Crystal Mountain Resort 

crystal mountain resort lodging resort

— Also has a spa and lots of awesome activities for families

Website: http://www.crystalmountain.com/
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2. Park Place Hotel

park place hotel and conference center

— Located RIGHT downtown

Website: https://park-place-hotel.com
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3. Hotel Lindigo

hotel indigo

— Right by West Bay and the Warehouse area

Website: https://www.ihg.com
Save Location: https://goo.gl/maps/ocvSnfYPG19FTmAr8

4. Grand Traverse Resort

Grand Traverse Resort

— Lots to do and great views

Website: https://www.grandtraverseresort.com
Save Location: https://g.page/GrandTraverseResortandSpa?share

5.  Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Acme-Traverse City

— Edge of downtown and right on West Bay

Website: https://www.booking.com
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6. Country Inn and Suites

country inn and suites traverse city

— Decent location to everything

Website: https://www.booking.com
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The Best Traverse City hotels in Traverse City, Michigan. Here is a list of quality hotels you will enjoy relaxing at. The full list on The Fresh Exchange.

The Best B&B’s in Traverse City and Leelanau County

There are so many amazing places to stay when you talk about unique experiences and places. Staying on the water in an old resort reminiscent of Dirty Dancing or at a winery during harvest season. The best of all a farmstead where you can experience real farm life as it used to be. All of it is fun and a unique way to see the area, which I highly suggest. Check out these properties for something a little off the norm to see some of the best areas of Leelanau County and Traverse City.

1. Whaleback Inn

Whaleback Inn

— A true classic in the area with lots of classic charm

Website: http://whalebackinn.com/
Save Location: https://goo.gl/maps/C1cQXc6Sdvh78yce9

2. Hillside Homestead

Hillside Homestead

— A farmstead experience you won’t want to miss

Website: https://hillsidehomestead.com
Save Location: https://goo.gl/maps/zfvYzfciPNmt6kwV9

3.  Riverside Inn

The Riverside Inn Leland

— Above one of the first top restaurants in the county. Quaint and right on the river

Website: http://www.theriverside-inn.com/rooms
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4. Leland Lodge

Leland Lodge

— Walkable to one of the coolest towns in America

Website: https://www.lelandlodge.com/lodging/
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5. Fountain Point Resort

Fountain Point Resort

— A complete dreamy summer getaway on the water

Website: http://www.fountainpointresort.com/
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6. Black Star Farm

Black Star Farms Old Mission

— Unique winery experience close to TC and in the county

Website: https://www.booking.com
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The Best Traverse City hotels in Traverse City, Michigan. Here is a list of quality hotels you will enjoy relaxing at. The full list on The Fresh Exchange.

The Best Airbnbs And Rentals In Traverse City And Leelanau County

If you aren’t crashing in a hotel or getting a hands one experience with locals at an Inn or B&B I suggest finding a rental on a site like Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, or even using Visit Up North Vacation Rentals if you want to find a place that feels like your home away from home. We have a lot of talented people here that have created beautiful and gorgeous spaces for you to enjoy and have unique experiences in. You will find very few in Traverse City proper as it is against the rules currently, but many are going against the grain. For the most part you will find amazing places in Leelanau County and other areas just northeast of Traverse City. All are incredible and beautiful on this list. Many are also friends of our’s so we know they will care for you well!

1. Martin House

Martin House

— Just off the TART trail so you can bike in town or up the peninsula

Airbnb Link: https://www.airbnb.com

2. Modern Farm Cottage

Leelanau County Modern Farm Cottage

— A cute farm experience of your Leelanau Dreams 

Airbnb Link: https://www.airbnb.com/

3. Point 5

— Above a cute restaurant in Northport and in the sweetest town ever!

Airbnb Link: https://www.airbnb.com

4. Wayfarer Treehouse

Front, facing lake.  Wayfarer Treehouse

— We love this house and have shot it before. Just gorgeous!

Airbnb Link: https://www.airbnb.com

5. Northport Farmhouse

Modern Farmhouse - Leelanau County front house

— You have seen this one a few times around here. We love it to say the VERY least!)

Airbnb Link: https://www.airbnb.com/

6. The Sweetbriar House

Sweetbriar in full bloom.

— A simple and cute farmhouse with a modern take

Airbnb Link: https://www.airbnb.com

7. Cozy Beach House

— Well described in its name. Kelsey did a wonderful job here

Airbnb Link: https://www.airbnb.com

8. Wadsworth Inn

— A great option for downtown renting

Airbnb Link: https://www.airbnb.com/

9. Fieldguide Farmhouse

fieldguide farmhouse

— A dream of a place right on the lake

Reservation Link: https://www.fieldguidefarmhouse.com/stay/

10. Barn House

LEELANAU COUNTY MODERN BARNHOUSE

— A unique house with a garage door and all

Airbnb Link: https://www.airbnb.com

11. Wren House

Wren House—Historic Farm Surrounded by Countryside

— Another gorgeous house to offer a unique experience here

Airbnb Link: https://www.airbnb.com

12. Bayshore and Eagle

— A view of the bay and one hell of a bathroom!

Airbnb Link: https://www.airbnb.com/

The Beach Resort In Traverse City And Leelanau County

1. West Bay Beach

west bay beach resort traverse city michigan

— Unbeatable sunset views, prime location with convenient access to downtown Traverse City and Leelanau County, where you can walk to Clinch Park and Sunset Beach.

Website: http://www.aaa.com
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2. Grand Beach Resort Hotel 

Grand Beach Resort Hotel, Traverse City

— Across the street is where you’ll find Grand Beach. The hotel itself offers an indoor pool, on-site spa, and where you can find stunning views of the coast.

Website: https://www.traversecity.com
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/WSngmzy6enngeqWv5

3. Moonlight Bay Resort

moonlight bay resort

— where you’ll find a modern, low-rise hotel with pure white sand where you can enjoy our sandy lakeshore

Website: https://moonlightbayresort.com/
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/r392vijukiv9mSGT9

Did you book your trip to stay at a Traverse City Hotels or Airbnb in Leelanau County? Here are a few posts you may want to check out to help plan your trip now to Traverse City, Michigan:

Best Hotels in Traverse City, Michigan

Best Hotels in Traverse City, Michigan

Best Hotels in Traverse City, Michigan

Best Hotels in Traverse City, Michigan

Best Hotels in Traverse City, Michigan

Best Hotels in Traverse City, Michigan

Best Hotels in Traverse City, Michigan

I would love to hear any of your suggestions for where to stay in the area and places you have enjoyed or are planning to be at this summer. Do you stay with friends? Do you have a family cottage? Is there a rental you love? Have you tried another experience or are thinking of trying one. Share below.

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16 Responses

  1. Extremely well written & a breth of fresh iphone screen. My wifev& inate coming from New York! Im sick of Florida! LOL

  2. I am loving all your post! Planning a trip for july and looking at all of these. with most of them already booked, and this post from 2018, would you happen to have any new suggestions for cool unique places that may have popped up since?
    Thanks,
    Megan

    1. I would check out the Falling Waters Lodge, The Wren House, The Birch Le House, The Minnow in lake Leelanau, The Granary, and Northshore in Northport. I hope that is helpful. I am going to be adding more posts about places to stay in the coming weeks.

  3. Thank you!!! Planning my first trip to michigan..4 nights in tc and so many bad hotel reviews..so this is just what i needed. Any updates since last year? Arriving mid june.

  4. These are so dreamy, Megan! We stayed at Modern Farm Cottage on Cedar in the fall and it was perfect – so quiet, lovely space, and had a bonfire every night! We also have stayed at Point 5 at Northport— what a cute little town! Do you know of any pet friendly place???

  5. It’s a touch further, but we love Benzie Co/Crystal Lake/Frankfurt. VRBO works well, there, but ideal to book a year out.

  6. The Cottonwood inn in empire is also beautiful. Its a family owned b&b in a Big whiTe farmhouse just off of 22, a little OUTSIDE of town. They have rooms of various sizes and also a carriage house to be rented out.

  7. We’ve stayed at a rental unit in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Very fun and unique place with lots of history. Great location if you want to be close to downtown TC. And the convenience of having shops and reataurants in the same building is a bonus.

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