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Stay at Cottages in Western Michigan

Western Michigan encompasses the Lake Michigan Shoreline from Traverse City in the northern part of the state to the Kalamazoo area in the southwestern corner. This part of Michigan is known for its beautiful sunsets over the lake, its vast natural areas that await exploration and its ample opportunities for outdoor activities. Cottages are the most popular type of accommodations for visitors in western Michigan, followed by condominiums, rental homes and apartments. Cottages in western Michigan offer amenities such as private patios, cozy fireplaces and full-size kitchens so that you can dine on locally caught seafood.

Outdoor Activities

Western Michigan is well known for its year-round outdoor activities. You can rent a canoe and explore the lakeshore or purchase a ferry ticket and take the ride all the way across Lake Michigan. Fishing and ice fishing are popular sports as well. Presque Isle cottages in northern Michigan are just a few hours away and offer additional opportunities for outdoor activities, including birding and rock climbing.

Events

Western Michigan is home to many festivals and annual events that are ideal for single travelers, couples on vacation and families seeking an adventure. The Ludington Lake Jump, held each year in March, is a fundraising event in which people jump into the cold lake near Ludington in just a swimsuit or swim trunks. Another fun event to explore is the National Asparagus Festival, held each June in Shelby. Even if you do not like fresh asparagus, you will find other foods as well as dancing, music, arts and crafts exhibitors and fresh homemade fruit pies. If you like sailing or watching boating races, drive up to a Mackinaw City rental home and watch the 333-mile Race to the Mackinac, which is the world's longest freshwater race. This event takes place each year in July, with the race's finish line at Mackinaw City. You may also wish to visit some of these other great annual events held in Western Michigan.

  • Western Michigan Fair: This annual event takes place in Ludington each August and features midway games, rides, food and livestock shows and demonstrations.
  • Gold Coast Artisan Fair: Held in August in central Ludington, this fair features a juried collection of artists exhibiting their handmade wares and demonstrating their techniques. Live music and food complete this family-friendly experience.
  • Scottville Harvest Festival: This event features locally grown and vegetables, along with fresh and dried herbs, flowers and homemade baked goods. There are also contests for the largest vegetables and fruits grown by local farmers.

Family Attractions

If your family wants to experience life on the farm, visit Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm. This working farm offers the chance to pet sheep, calves, bunnies and other farm animals. You can also purchase some of their fresh fruits and vegetables. Consider taking a side trip to stay at Boyne Mountain apartments and spend an afternoon teaching the kids how to ski or go sledding on some of the carefully maintained trails. At the Sandcastles Children's Museum, young children can try out some of the hands-on exhibits related to science, history and culture.

Weather

Western Michigan has cold, snowy winters, with January daytime temperatures around 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer days are warm and humid, with average July high temperatures around 75 degrees. The best time of the year to visit is September and October, when the weather is warm and the days are usually sunny and dry.

How to Get There

You can drive your own car or get a rental car and take I-94, U.S. 10 or U.S. 131 into Western Michigan. You may also want to get there by passenger rail. Amtrak offers service into their Kalamazoo station, which is located just outside of the city's center. Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) offers regional flights into Western Michigan.

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                                                                                                    Recent Western Michigan Reviews

                                                                                                    Great stay for the 2nd time!

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                                                                                                    Another wonderful stay ....perfect location ! Thank you!
                                                                                                    • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
                                                                                                    • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Great Family Vacation!

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                                                                                                    Just finished 6th year of summer rentals. Grandchildren, 19 and 16 years old love it so much they took time off their summer jobs to join us. It's not just a cottage, it is a first class home--well maintained and all supplies needed (linens, pots, pans, griddles, very large freezer, nice fridge, etc. Large kitchen table with spacious seating, with a bell to ring when it's time to eat. Very private and you can't see any other houses unless you stand by the side of the lake. Fishing from the front yard has been exceptional--bass and perch. This summer I caught 8 perch, between 9 1/2 and 11 inches long. Beautiful view across the lake, all tress, State Park swimming beach is directly across the lake and the north view is all sand dunes. Short drive to city Lake Michigan beach and beach where the Little Au Sable river meets Lake Michigan. On a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 15. You will be fortunate if you can find an open weekly slot for available!
                                                                                                    • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
                                                                                                    • Stayed: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    The cottage was clean and quiet. Cute decor and comfortable accommodations but no dressers.

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                                                                                                    I had a nice week here with my daughter and son in law for a couple of days and my dog all week. Close enough to the big lake and lots of places to walk. Since I'm from Shelby had many things to do with friends and family while being independent.
                                                                                                    • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
                                                                                                    • Stayed: Aug 2016