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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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                                                                                                      Nice clean condo, would rent again

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                                                                                                      Good time nice place great views, close to everything, walked every where. Last but not least great weather
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Stunning views and hospitable hosts

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                                                                                                      This property provides stunning views of Lake Michigan (where sunsets are simple incredible). The infinity pool is first rate, as is the hot tub, but the way these two meld with the Lake is truly amazing. If you want to walk down to the beach, there are a few stairs but they are well maintained and only 60 or so steps from the pool down. On mornings the private beach area was quiet with an occasional friendly walker or jogger. Sit down on their beachside Adirondack and delve into a great book, with the waves providing the white ambient sound to fully enjoy. But, if you just want a view, you can even sit inside to take it in from the amazing windows. Plenty spacious inside, too, with higher end amenities. There were 6 of us but the rental portion of the home easily holds more. Some might not like having the landlord on site, but keep in mind there are significant upsides for this too, should you have any questions Jerry and Jamie are able to help straight away (and in a friendly way, too). Although charming downtown Holland is close by, we stayed in one night to use Weber grill poolside and just enjoyed the pool and caught a lovely sunset. We even had the pleasure of one stormy and really pretty windy night ... it made for an incredible sunset and some decent waves. Look, we love Holland and the next time we come up and want to stay in a place that is totally out of the ordinary and really quite grand, we will very strongly consider their lovely accommodations. Are there any downsides at all? Well, maybe this is not an ideal place if you have a tight budget, but if you are at all thinking about splurging for a memory-making vacation, this place is totally a great way to go! Very highly recommended!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Perfect grand haven rental

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                                                                                                      I have nothing but great things to say about not only this rental property, but the owner of this property. Lynn (Madeline) is the owner of this rental and is so pleasant to work with. My husband and I stayed here for our wedding with the best man, his wife and their newborn baby. Everyone enjoyed how spacious the place was, well equipped and clean. It's about three blocks from all the shops and a block from the harbor. We enjoyed walking to breakfast and sitting on the patio listening to the musical fountain. You won't be disappointed. We are hoping to stay here again soon.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Jul 2016