Sleeping Bear Dunes lodging providers give vacationers places to spend the night near Michigan's National Lakeshore. After you've spent the day splashing in the surf of Lake Michigan, climbing to the top of the dunes, and enjoying a sunset cruise, you'll need a place to relax and gear up for a new day of exploring this scenic outdoor wonderland. Your choices will be plentiful, and include a host of hotels, cabins, and campsites give you options whatever your style or budget.
Sleeping Bear Dunes Hotels
Because of the proximity to Traverse City, it's quite easy to find hotels within twenty miles of Sleeping Bear Dunes. This friendly city is home to several types of accommodations, everything from budget-friendly motels with familiar names to elegant resorts. Just minutes from the amazing dunes, you could settle into one of the Traverse City hotels and start exploring a city known for its fresh food and good wines. Traverse City has grown into a foodie's dream, and its hotels provide a warm welcome to match.
You aren't limited to Traverse City for Sleeping Bear Dunes lodging. Other shoreline cities, including Acme and Glen Arbor host Sleeping Bear Dunes visitors. Acme may not have the most creative name, but it's home to one of the top resorts in Michigan. The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa (pictured) at 100 Grand Traverse Village Boulevard overlooks Grand Traverse Bay, and is perfect for those who really love the scenery of the Lake Michigan shore. Its long list of amenities will provide you with the chance to relax and play before heading back to the dunes. The 900-acre resort has several golf courses, including one designed by Jack Nicklaus and a Gary Player signature course. You'll also find a welcoming spa and shopping gallery here, along with restaurants that specialize in the best of local food and wine.
Cabins at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Your choices for Sleeping Bear Dunes lodging also include cabin rentals. Some of the resorts, including Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa, have cabins among their overnight options, along with ski chateaux and traditional hotel rooms. Located at 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive in Thompsonville, the four-season resort offers a host of fun activities close to Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Other cabins are located along the lakeshore, just steps away from the golden sands of Lake Michigan. Some of these are private family homes, available for rent by the week or the season, while others are professionally managed. Either way, you'll enjoy the privacy of a cabin along with the amenities. Many of the cabins have full kitchens as well as plenty of room to stretch out and relax. Be sure to get with a big porch overlooking the lake—you won't regret it.
Sleeping Bear Dunes Camping
If you want to spend the night within the boundaries of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you'll need to bring along a tent or an RV. The national lakeshore's campgrounds offer the convenience of a good location along with modern comforts like Internet access. Backpackers and those who like to step off the beaten path will find plenty of places for backcountry camping in and around the dunes, including several places within steps of Lake Michigan. Group campgrounds and a rustic campsite also are located in the shadow of the Sleeping Bear Dunes at the national lakeshore.