1 . Grand Traverse Resort

Acme, Michigan

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Here’s another Michigan resort that has it all for your family vacation. Do you doubt? Well, to start, there are 54 holes of championship golf. Then there’s the indoor water playground. A full-service spa. A licensed day care center. Heck, there’s even a 24-hour dog care facility.

What makes matters even better at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is that all of this is situated on 900 acres, including a private beach on East Grand Traverse Bay. Something about this setting makes the three golf courses, including The Bear by Jack Nicklaus and The Wolverine by Gary Player, even more amazing and somewhat less frightening. There’s also a 100,000-sq.-ft. health club, which isn’t even limited strictly to health; besides the indoor and outdoor tennis courts, cardio theater, yoga studio and more, there’s a lounge with a large screen TV and an arcade. Three accommodation choices – the Tower, with 186 luxury rooms and suites in a 17-story glass tower, a 238-room hotel and 190 beachfront or fairway condominiums – ensure that your Michigan family getaway is suited just for you. Do you still doubt? Stop in and see for yourself!

2 . Bavarian Inn Lodge of Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth, Michigan

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Those old German fairy tales we heard during childhood will never leave our memories, and it turns out they don’t need to – they live on in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Which is precisely the reason why the Bavarian Inn Lodge of Frankenmuth makes our Top 10 Michigan Family Resorts!

The whole idea of a Michigan family vacation – or a vacation anywhere – is to immerse yourself in a new environment, and in this case it’s a classic Bavarian village. And when it comes to authenticity, you can’t get much closer to Bavaria without going there. From the buildings to the architecture to the people, Frankenmuth and the Bavarian Inn are still clearly connected to the Bavarian missionaries who arrived here in 1845. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty of modern family fun. The inn features five indoor pools and three whirlpools, an 18-hole indoor miniature golf course, a two-story children's village play area and an arcade. There are two German-themed restaurants, free family karaoke and sing-alongs with Willy the Dragon nightly. Bavarian Inn Lodge is not just a vacation with your family – it’s an entirely new family experience!

Address

925 S. Main St., Frankenmuth, MI? 48734

Fun facts

Each of the 300 European-style guest suites at Bavarian Inn Lodge contains information on the history of a local Frankenmuth family.

Highlights

Visit the Ratskeller and become the next Bavarian Idol during Family Karaoke every Friday and Saturday night at the Bavarian Inn Lodge from 8 p.m. 11 p.m.

3 . Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa

Thompsonville, Michigan

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This is a place built on a genuine love of the entire resort concept, and it shows in everything you’ll find here – which is a lot. Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa has been family owned for nearly half a century, a lot of time to develop the finest in Michigan family entertainment.

You’re probably familiar with family entertainment, but here it takes on a whole new dimension. It’s not just golf – it’s 36 holes of golf, plus a renowned golf school with more than 80 courses. You don’t just go swimming in the pool, either. At Crystal Mountain Resort, the pool is 4,200 sq. ft. of fun which starts at zero-depth and goes to three competition-length lap lanes in as much time as you’d care to take. The water playground is fun, too, especially if you’re a kid, and there’s also a sand play area and a 32-ft. climbing wall that doesn’t necessarily require any climbing experience. We haven’t mentioned anything for winter, but we’re about to: how do 45 slopes, terrain parks, a half pipe and more than 40 kilometers of cross country ski trails sound? That’s all here too on Crystal Mountain, and just a part of your year-round fun at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa.

Highlights

The Peak Pool & Fitness Center is open once again, with an 1,800-sq.-ft. addition and facilities such as a pool, hot tub, fitness equipment and a boutique.

Getting there

From Traverse City, take US-31 south to Thompsonville Rd. (County Rd. 669), which is 10 miles past Interlochen. Follow 669 south to Thompsonville. Turn right at blinker light and travel miles to Crystal Mountain Resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

The new 18,500-sq.-ft. Crystal Spa in the heart of Crystal Mountain honors the art and natural beauty of northern Michigan.

4 . Double JJ Resort

New Era, Michigan

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We’re not sure if Double JJ means two “Js” or four. But we’re certain that Double JJ Ranch, Waterpark and Golf Resort is the premiere family resort in Michigan. It has championship golf. It has a ranch for horseback riding. And it has a new 60,000-sq.-ft. indoor waterpark. Where else can you go in Michigan that has all that?

Along with its new management, Double JJ presents the Gold Rush waterpark - a thrill a second for the adventurous. It features western Michigan's tallest indoor waterslide, after all, plus a selection of thrill slides that will test even the young, indestructible types. There’s also a wave pool, and for the kids a water fort and toddler pool. For you, there are plenty of hot tubs. And for a little of each, there’s a lazy/crazy river. All of it is indoors, available every day all year. Meanwhile, the 18-hole championship Thoroughbred Golf Club provides 240 acres of gorgeous Michigan golf. And don’t be surprised to see horses strolling along the cart paths – the ranch offers walk, trot and canter trail rides, plus cattle drives, barrel racing and more, for all ages and abilities. To top it off, the Double JJ offers fishing at the onsite Little Wildcat Lake and a petting farm at the Back Forty Barn. Again, we ask: where else could you go on your Michigan family vacation?

Getting there

From Detroit, take I-96 West to Muskegon; from Chicago, take I-94 East to Benton Harbor. Travel north on US-31 to mile marker 136, and take the Winston Rd./Rothbury exit. Turn right onto Winston Road. Approximately 1/2 mile later, turn left onto Water Road. You have now entered Double JJ Country. The Double JJ Shuttle is available from nearby Muskegon and Grand Rapids airports for an additional cost. A 3,600-ft. private grass airstrip is also available on site.

Fun facts

The Double JJ Ranch and Golf Resort, once known as the Jack and Jill Ranch, has been known as “America’s Friendliest Resort” for more than 70 years. The resort is under new management!

Related Onsite Offerings

Two restaurants including casual fine dining at Sundance Saloon and Steakhouse, four snack bars and two seasonal dining venues are on site at the Double JJ Ranch and Golf Resort.

5 . Trout Creek Condominium Resort

Harbor Springs, Michigan

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Enjoy four seasons of family fun at Trout Creek Condominium Resort, which showcases Michigan's breathtaking natural splendor and spectacular year-round amenities. The resort is located in the heart of Michigan Ski and Golf country and offers discounts on golf at area championship courses and Sheplers Mackinac Island Ferry and lift tickets at neighboring Nubs Nob and Boyne Highlands. Lake Michigan beaches are nearby, perfect for boating, fishing, and swimming. Terrific hiking, biking, and the resort towns of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Mackinac Island all make this the perfect family getaway. The resort itself offers an array of adventures for all ages as well. Explore shimmering swimming pools, fishing ponds, hiking trails, and tennis courts. Their beautiful rental condominiums offer central air conditioning and are non-smoking, perfect for families and friends! Spacious rooms can accommodate families of all sizes and keep everyone entertained with a game room, free Wi-Fi, and much more. Endless family fun awaits!

Address

4749 Pleasantview, Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740

Highlights

Your family can find an array of aquatic adventures at nearby Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan, which provide the perfect outdoor playground for water skiing and boating.

Related activities

Frequenters of the fairway can tee it up on many nearby golf courses like True North, Little Traverse Bay, and Black Lake!

6 . White Birch Lodge

Elk Rapids, Michigan

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If you like the idea of a convenient, all-inclusive family vacation with countless lake and beach activities, you'll love the White Birch Lodge. Family owned and operated since 1958, the all-inclusive White Birch Lodge family resort in Northern Michigan loves turning your family vacations into family traditions.

The White Birch Lodge was started with the idea of providing an all-inclusive vacation where the staff takes care of all the work, so parents can relax and enjoy their time with their kids. And enjoy they do, year after year. Located on beautiful Elk Lake, watersports are the big thing here. With wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, kayaking, windsurfing, you name it, it’s available. And since it's all-inclusive, it’s all-convenient, with meals, kids activities and programs, and more provided. Parents can spend a week without saying no, and kids can run themselves silly with activities. Everyone wins!

Address

Located on the shores of beautiful Elk Lake outside the city of Elk Rapids in the Grand Traverse region of Northern Michigan. White Birch Lodge 571 Meguzee Point Road Elk Rapids, MI 49629

Highlights

Once the sun goes down and it's too chilly to go in the lake, fear not - the activities don't stop! Evenings are full of fun and entertainment, such as sports night, square dancing, and a ski show put on by the staff.

Related Onsite Offerings

The White Birch Lodge offers a variety of great children's programs, so Mom and Dad get to be on vacation too! Monday through Friday children can join the staff for art projects, sandcastle building, games, a pontoon ride, nature walks, and so much more.

7 . Chimney Corners Resort

Frankfort, Michigan

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Enjoy an old-fashioned family vacation at Chimney Corners Resort!

Chimney Corners Resort is a traditional, family owned resort that will make your next family getaway unforgettable! Whether you stay in their cozy apartments, their private beach or bluff cottages, or in the 100-year-old main lodge, you're sure to find comfortable and rustic accommodations to suit your family's need. More than just a comfortable place to rest your head, Chimney Corners is located near a wealth of family fun! On site, you can have a family barbecue, go swimming in the lake, take a hike, or lounge on the beach. Nearby, you'll find even more: climb Sleeping Bear Dunes, try a slice of the Cherry Hut’s famous Cherry Pie in Beulah, and much more.

Address

1602 Crystal Drive Frankfort, Michigan 49635

Related activities

If you're looking for a perfect adventure for your family, try canoeing or kayaking on the Platte River!

Fun facts

Chimney Corners has been open since 1935, when Leola and Olin Rogers opened the main lodge as a guesthouse.

8 . Big Powderhorn Lodging Association

Bessemer, Michigan

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Discover big family fun at Big Powderhorn Lodging Association! You'll make a mountain of memories with year-round fun that includes hiking, skiing, and plenty to do onsite. There's exploration for everyone here. Come escape into the natural splendor of this Upper Peninsula palace!

Kick off the family fun during the warmer months, when the Upper Peninsula abounds with outdoor adventures for all ages. Mountain bike through the tree-lined wilderness, fish on the pristine lakes, or hike along the North Country Trail. Catch a tan on Lake Superior beaches or embark on a kayaking expedition through Lake Superior or waterfall-lined rivers. Come winter, carve up the slopes of Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. They don't call this area Big Snow Country for no reason! After an action-packed day, shack up in your choice of villa, condo, or vacation home. With amenities like ski in/ski out access, fireplaces, and hot tubs, your family will feel right at home while also being just a stone's throw from adventures. With lodgings that can accommodate as many as 16 guests, you can bring the entire family for an unforgettable stay!

Address

N11360 Powderhorn Road, Bessemer, Michigan 49911

Highlights

Spacious vacation homes are perfect for housing family reunions. The group can hike along the lush trails, which are lined with waterfalls!

Related activities

Set off on a chartered fishing trip on Lake Superior and reel in lake trout, coho salmon, steelhead, and chinook salmon.

9 . Bayshore Resort

Traverse City, Michigan

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Bayshore Resort looks a lot like one of those Victorian-style bed and breakfasts where you might go without the kids. Which you can – there are plenty of fireplaces and two-person whirlpools here. But the real beauty of Bayshore is that it’s equally suited for a complete Michigan family getaway.

Witness the beach – directly outside the door, the sand begins and doesn’t stop until it’s submerged beneath West Grand Traverse Bay. This location also means that fishing and skiing are equally close by, along with winery-hopping on Old Mission Peninsula, exploring nature on Leelanau Peninsula or shopping just a short walk away in downtown Traverse City. If Bayshore Resort’s exterior Victorian style is impressive (and romantic), wait until you discover what’s inside. An indoor pool and whirlpool are great for family fun, and the game room is never far away. Each day starts with complimentary breakfast. In short, Bayshore Resort is a terrific way to add some timeless style to your modern Traverse City family vacation!

Address

833 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686

Highlights

The rooms and suites at Bayshore Resort offer style and grace to a Michigan family getaway, including Bayview, Poolview and Bayfront Rooms.

Related Onsite Offerings

Second- and third-floor meeting rooms at Bayshore Resort each seat up to 89 people theater-style, with A/V equipment and more.

10 . Weathervane Terrace Inn and Suites

Charlevoix, Michigan

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A unique array of adventures awaits at Weathervane Terrace Inn and Suites, where families will find fun in the wilderness and the city. Whether you want to scope out the downtown shops or explore the vast natural splendor, you'll find entertainment for everyone!

The only AAA Diamond-rated hotel in downtown Charlevoix, Weathervane unites luxury and leisure. Start off the adventures just outside your door, where the sparkling shores of Lake Michigan offer fishing, boating, swimming, and more. If you're not interested in catching fish, catch a tan on the sun-soaked beach. Hike through the lush wilderness or head into town for some city excursions. Sensational shopping, delicious dining, and the Beaver Island Ferry are always within reach. After an action-packed day, families can kick up their feet in their spacious room. Soak in the scenery from your private balcony or patio, warm up by the fireplace, or stay in touch with free Wi-Fi access. Savor a scrumptious complimentary breakfast each morning before setting off in search of fun. The little ones can make a splash in the swimming pool while the adults unwind in the hot tub. Find family fun around every corner!

Address

111 Pine River Lane, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720

Highlights

Lake Michigan is teeming with aquatic adventures! Sail the waters with Sunshine Charters or reel in a boatload of musky and bass!

Related activities

Set off with the Beaver Island Boat Company, which provides rides to this exciting island. You'll find hiking and biking trails, kayaking, and a lighthouse to tour.

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