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Michigan – Bayshore Resort in Traverse City

We had the opportunity to spend three nights in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. Our lodging was provided by the Bayshore Resort, a smallish resort right on the beach of West Grand Traverse Bay. If you aren’t yet familiar with the geography of Traverse City, the Old Mission Peninsula divides the bay into two: West and East Grand Traverse Bay. Both bays have beachfront hotels, but the advantage of the western bay is its proximity to the downtown area. We were pleased with our stay and I would recommend it as a family-friendly hotel.

The Bayshore Resort has a Victorian theme throughout. The hotel has 120 rooms, many with a bayfront view and a balcony. We stayed in a room with two Queen-size beds and a spa. Here are a few pictures.

Bayshore Resort Beachfront Room with Spa

Of course, as soon as we arrived and my kids saw the beach, they couldn’t wait to get out there.

Beachfront patio at Bayshore Resort Traverse City

We were told the water temperature varies depending on which direction the wind is blowing. It was cool, but swimmable.

Swimming at Bayshore Resort Beach

My kids usually love to build sand castles, but on this occasion, the older two decided to play “Bury our little sister.”

Playing in sand at Bayshore Resort

A water sports rental shop is located right on the beach and you can rent kayaks, paddle boards, wave runners, etc. My only complaint is that they didn’t stay open long enough. My daughter wanted to rent a kayak in the late afternoon/early evening, hours before sunset, but they were preparing to close and wouldn’t rent to her.

Beach at Bayshore Resort - Traverse City

If the water in the bay is too cold for swimming, there’s another option–the indoor swimming pool. In addition to the 84-degree water temperature, I absolutely loved the cheerful decor of the pool area.

Indoor Pool at Bayshore Resort Traverse City

Isn’t it adorable how they painted clouds and hung kites from the ceiling?

Bayshore Resort Kites in Indoor Pool

And if the pool isn’t warm enough for you, there’s a hot tub too.

Pool and Hot Tub at Bayshore Resort Traverse City

It would be hard not to be happy in a place that screams, “Be happy! You’re on vacation!” with kids happily swimming and splashing around.

Having fun in the Bayshore Resort Pool

Other hotel amenities include a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning. My kids love breakfast, so that made them happy. There are no restaurants on site, and the rooms don’t have microwaves, but there is a microwave on the beach level of the hotel that guests can use. The hotel also has an exercise room and a small arcade that had a selection of video games and an air hockey table.

Bayshore Resort Arcade Air Hockey

Another family-friendly feature of the Bayshore Resort is that the entire hotel is smoke-free. But perhaps my favorite amenity was the beautiful sunset.

Sunset at Bayshore Resort Traverse City

Enjoy the view from the balcony, the patio, or one of the recliners on the beach and enjoy the view.

Beachfront Hotel in Traverse City - Bayshore Resort

Peaceful Sunset at Bayshore Resort Traverse City

Traverse City Sunset at Bayshore Resort

 

Ready to visit?

Bayshore Resort
833 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

Disclosure: Our lodging was complimentary and provided by the Bayshore Resort. Our trip was arranged by Traverse City Tourism.

This attraction appears in my e-book, How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips.

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5 comments to Michigan – Bayshore Resort in Traverse City

  • Anna Aiello

    Glad to read this…I’ve been there and love the area but didn’t have good hotel experiences. Next time we’ll give this place a try! Btw, so many wineries in the area to try and beautiful sand dunes not too far away! :)

    • Terri Weeks

      Anna – I’m glad you found it helpful! We saw some wineries, but my kid aren’t really into those. 😉 I’m working on a post about Sleeping Bear Dunes right now. My kids are REALLY into dunes!

  • Nicole

    We are starting to plan our “Chicago plus” road trip this summer which includes Michigan (and OH, IO and MN). Your recent Michigan posts are perfect timing and helpful for our family. I look forward to reading about Sleeping Bear Dunes which is on our list.

  • We stayed here a little over a year ago for a couple of days when we were in TC for a family wedding. Our room was on the street side, but I liked the sitting out on the balcony there as well. Another plus for us…it was just down the road from Don’s Drive-In! Great shakes, which we took back to enjoy out on our balcony :) The one thing I do wish they had was a small room fridge.

  • Ela

    Traverse City/ we didn’t visit yet. Good to know that place to stay