Wellington Inn Traverse City Michigan

5 Boutique Hotels for a Unique Traverse City Getaway

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    Visiting Northern Michigan is always a unique experience. When planning your accommodations in Traverse City, we want your lodging to stand out just as much as your adventures. Check out our list of boutique hotels in Traverse City and start planning your fall color tour today!

    Cherry Tree Hotel in Traverse City Michigan
    Cherry Tree Inn & Suites. Photo courtesy of Cherry Tree Inn & Suites.

    Cherry Tree Inn & Suites

    If you are looking for romantic, local flavor, look no further than Cherry Tree Inn and Suites. Many of their 76 rooms have two person jacuzzis and fireplaces—talk about getting cozy! The variety of rooms available is incredible; there are studios, suites, and family suites available. 51 of their suites have recently been remodeled to include TV mirrors, Smart TVs, and more.

    Not only does the Cherry Tree Inn and Suites have indoor AND outdoor pools and hot tubs, but it is located directly on East Bay with 400 feet of private beach. You can fulfill all your beach needs without leaving the property, then spend your evening relaxing in the 24 hour indoor pool and spa.

    The Cherry Tree Inn and Suites has all your food needs covered. The Cherry Tree Sweet Shoppe has local dried cherries and of course, Moomers Ice Cream available. (We all know you cannot come to Traverse City without getting your Moomers.) Make sure you come to breakfast hungry. The amazing spread includes scones from local bakery, Bay Bread Company, omelets, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, ready-to-make waffles (with cherry topping!), and so much more. If you do have the desire to venture out of the hotel, Cherry Tree Inn and Suites offers a free shuttle to the casinos and downtown Traverse City.

    Wellington Inn. Photo courtesy of Wellington Inn.

    Wellington Inn 

    If you are looking for lodging with significant history, look no further than the Wellington Inn. There are 8 guest rooms to choose from, and each is completely unique and decorated in turn-of-the-century furnishings. Plus, there is a carriage house on property with two separate apartments—each with two rooms. One apartment is beautifully decorated in French Country style, while the other is adorned with Art Deco style. 

    The Wellington Inn was built in 1905 by one of Traverse City’s original lumber baron families. Throughout the entire mansion, guests can see authentic period furnishings and decor. This gorgeous Inn is operated by its owners, Barb and Hank Rishell and located in the heart of Traverse City’s historic district. Talk about location! Guests can easily walk to downtown Traverse City dining, shopping, and beaches.

    Special amenities include a full service sit down breakfast at 9am daily. The third floor kitchen contains complimentary bottled water, pop, and snacks. Each guest room is stocked full of books for you to read and the baby grand piano in the sitting room is just begging to be played.

    Baywatch Resort. Photo courtesy of Baywatch Resort.

    Baywatch Resort

    While only open seasonally, Baywatch Resort is the place to stay if you are looking for a room on the beach. Many of their 51 rooms include walk-out beach access on the main level. All other guests of this beautiful resort can also access the 150’ of sweeping beach frontage on East Bay.

    This resort offers so many options—grab one of the Double King rooms and enjoy the spacious balcony or indulge in a Spa Room and enjoy the freestanding bubbler spa tub. The resort’s spacious, modern rooms include 5’ wide, glass walk-in showers for the ultimate luxurious shower. 

    Just across the street you will find restaurants and the delightful Bayside Market. Here you can conveniently pick up deli items, beer, wine, and so much more. Speaking of wine, be sure to check out Baywatch Resort’s Romance Package—it includes a bottle of wine from Chateau Chantal (your choice of red, white, or bubbly), wine glasses and opener, and of course, assorted chocolates.

    Brio Beach Inn in Traverse City Michigan
    Brio Beach. Photo courtesy of Brio Beach.

    Brio Beach

    Brio Beach was designed to provide you with the most peaceful stay possible. The 22 room inn is open seasonally, and was constructed to reduce outside noise, allowing guests to fully relax. Queen or double queen rooms are available – many with views of stunning East Grand Traverse Bay. 

    If you desire to leave the comfort of your modern, efficient room, the beautiful Traverse City State Park is directly across the street for your enjoyment. And of course, Brio Beach Inn offers a private beach, complete with beach chairs, outdoor grills, and a fire pit. Grab a sweatshirt and cozy up around the bonfire with your beau to watch the sunset on a perfect fall evening. 

    Hotel Indigo in Downtown Traverse City
    Hotel Indigo’s rooftop bar. Photo courtesy of Hotel Indigo.

    Hotel Indigo

    Hotel Indigo has it all. Overlooking West Bay, their 107 rooms provide comfort and sophistication. Enjoy the rustic, modern decor that celebrates Traverse City’s lumber town heritage. The main floor of this hotel is open and spacious, complete with a bar, restaurant, conference rooms, and guest lounging areas. When you arrive, leave your car with the valet service to be safely parked underground. Hotel Indigo is conveniently located in downtown Traverse City’s Warehouse District, allowing guests to walk to restaurants, shops, breweries, beaches, and more.

    One of the most unique aspects of Hotel Indigo is their stunning rooftop bar. From here, you can enjoy breathtaking views of West Bay while enjoying cocktails and small plates. For a full dining experience, be sure to check out their inhouse restaurant, Warehouse KiTChen + Cork for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

    Hotel Indigo is located across the street from Traverse City’s famous TART Trail for all your running and cycling adventures. For true fitness fanatics, check out the extensive fitness center. This on-site facility offers treadmills, ellipticals, weights, and pilates balls and matts. 


    There is so much to do and see in the Grand Traverse Region. Booking your stay at one of these stunning boutique hotels will certainly elevate your experience. So come on up, catch the captivating fall colors, then relax in a hotel designed for your comfort. 

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