Destination guide

The charming Victorian town of Manistee

Manistee Township sits on the eastern banks of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Manistee River. At the town's peak, it was the center of the logging industry in Michigan which brought much wealth to the town and can be seen in the sophisticated Victorian architecture. Now, the town is one of the largest producers of salt and a hub for visitors who come for the faded elegance, sandy beaches, outdoor activities on the lake. If you are lucky enough to nab one of the Manistee Township vacation rentals, the national forest nearby is well worth a visit.

Things to do

Watch a show at the opulent Ramsdell Theatre

While it may be tempting to spend lazy days on the nearby beaches, the town also has plenty of attractions to keep you busy. While staying in a Manistee Township vacation rental in the heart of the city, you can explore the historic downtown area onboard the trolley buses whose drivers act as tour guides. The opulent Ramsdell Theatre was built in the early 20th century after the opera house was destroyed in a fire, and is now home to the Manistee Civic Players who produce shows and musicals throughout the year. Both the Manistee County Historical Museum and the Waterworks Museum are well worth visiting.


Swing your clubs or cast your line

High adventure is not really on the agenda in Manistee. Gentle walks along the beach to see the North Pierhead Lighthouse or paddle boarding across the lake is more its style. The are several fishing outfits in town which can take you on charters across the lake to hook in salmon and trout. While staying in a Manistee Township vacation rental, you can try your luck at the Little River Casino or swing your clubs on the Arcadia Bluffs or the Manistee Golf and Country Club. Want to hear the music of local birds? Guided tours in the Manistee National Forest will take care of that.


Activities for all seasons

Like the rest of Lake Michigan, Manistee enjoys 4 distinct seasons. During spring the Manistee National Forest floor is covered in a thick layer of wildflowers, making this a lovely time to walk along the trails. During the summer, many of the Manistee Township vacation rentals get booked up well in advance. The sun is hot but the breeze off the lake keeps it pleasantly cool. Watch out for the world-famous melting sunsets over the lake each evening. Between December and February, flurries of snow turn the town and the surrounding landscape into a glistening winter wonderland.

Natural features

Animal magic in Manistee

The vast Lake Michigan teems with walleye and crawfish, which is caught and finds its way onto many of the local restaurant menus. Bird lovers should head straight for the lake which is inhabited by wading geese and predatory birds like hawks and eagles. Manistee's Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary is a protected wetland with woodpeckers and wild turkeys, as well as the stopping off point for millions of monarch butterflies on their annual migration to Mexico. In the late 1940s giant Redwood seedlings were planted at the Lake Bluff Center, and the ones that survived now tower over 100 feet high.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Manistee

Fly into Manistee, MI (MBL-Manistee County-Blacker), the closest airport, located 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Manistee?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 664 vacation rentals near Manistee. From 198 Cabins to 316 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Manistee for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Manistee?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Manistee. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Little River Casino: 288 vacation rentals
  • Orchard Beach State Park: 264 vacation rentals
  • Manistee National Golf Course: 349 vacation rentals
  • Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse: 276 vacation rentals
  • Manistee County Historical Museum: 287 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Manistee listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Manistee?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 198 Cabins in Manistee. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Manistee include:

  • Houses: 316 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 108 rentals available
  • Cottages: 198 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Manistee?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 103 vacation rentals with pool available in Manistee. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.