12 Marvelous Hotels in Port Austin Michigan That Are Overlooked by the Big Travel Sites

Places to stay near port austin michigan

There are 11 hotels in Port Austin, Michigan, that offer a wide range of accommodations. From romantic rooming at a bed & breakfast, and cozy cottages to beachfront suites, there is accommodation for a long weekend to a month of vacation days. As a year-round destination, we looked for the top places to stay in Port Austin, which the large travel websites often ignore. Port Austin offers a quiet respite from the summer crowds during the offseason. This listing is in no particular order.

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Port Austin Bed & Breakfast

This is the premier B&B and place to stay in Port Austin. It is located a short walk from the center of town and the Farmers Market. This is an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or vacation in the Upper Thumb. In 2016, Joanne & Lance Murphy carefully restored this classic home. This B&B is the highest-rated in town.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My wife and I just spent two nights at Port Austin Bed and Breakfast, and it was amazing! Lance and Joanne are the best !


Reviews of Port Austin Bed and Breakfast
My husband and I had a lovely time staying here for a nice relaxing time in nature. The meals were nourishing and delicious and you could tell the owners put their hearts and souls into restoring this beautiful historic home. We plan to come back!
We should have stayed longer! Great food, great atmosphere, great hosts!
Oh my goodness. Ernie and I had the best time. We have done our share of traveling, and Port Austin and this place are definitely tops in our book. We enjoyed the imaginative and delicious 3-course breakfasts, the wonderful conversation and most importantly, your beautifully restored home. Thank you Joanne and Lance for putting all the time, sweat and tears into refurbishing it. We know it wasn't easy, but we appreciate you sharing it with us.
We stayed in the smaller room #5, and it was cozy and very comfortable. I seriously can't think of anything that was missing or could have been better.
We hope to be back next year,
Tina and Ernie Block
My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights and loved the experience.

From the friendliness of Lance and Joanne (our hosts) to the stylishly decorated and cleanly rooms to the tasty and nutritious 3-course breakfasts, our time in Port Austin was made incredible by the wonderful team at Port Austin B&B.

Highly recommend staying here if you’re paying a visit to the area!
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Lake Street Manor B&B

Built in the late 1800s by a lumber baron, it served as private residents until 1986, when it was transformed into a Bed & Breakfast. Offering a full or continental breakfast in the dining room or garden pavilion. Other amenities include a hot tub, fireplace, WiFi, and a sitting room for cards and games. Each room has air conditioning. Currently Closed

  • Rooms: 5
  • Website: LakeStreetManor.com
  • Phone: 989-738-7720
  • Address: 8569 Lake Street, Port Austin, Michigan 48467

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Great stay & wonderful host!

Breakfast was terrific as well!


Reviews of Lake Street Manor B & B
Very clean and beautiful home. Wonderful history. Located within walking distance to events. Beautiful grounds.
Hello everyone, had a great stay with Carolyn and Jake. Nice accommodation, great location. Would recommend to anyone that wants to escape 2 hours away. There are lots to do, just ask your Carolyn. She has the 411 on everything to do in Port Austin. Cheers!!
Fantastic hospitality. Great breakfast every morning. Very nice owner. Would definitely stay there again.
Wonderful hosts and a beautiful manor. They have been great stewards over such a historic estate and show the same care for every person whom walks through their door. They even helped us plan our dinners with current information about local restaurants' hours. Without knowing that The Farm is closed on Sundays for the season, we would have missed out on a great restaurant.

Lake Vista Motel & Resort

Located on the waterfront, this is one of the Port Austin hotels on the beach. The resort offers classic motel rooms, cottages, and deluxe suites. Enjoy the beach or lounge in the pool and enjoy great views of the lighthouse and harbor.

  • Rooms: 29
  • Website: Lakevistaresort.com
  • Phone: 989-738-8612
  • Address: 168 West Spring Street, Port Austin, Michigan 48467

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Cottage was exceptionally clean & spacious.”

We loved the views, walks, and just sitting on the bench enjoying the water. We’ll definitely be coming back, can’t wait!


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Reviews for Lake Vista Resort Motel & Cottages
Spotless clean rooms and outstanding pool. Private beach and beautiful grounds.
Nice place. Close to downtown. Very clean. Not a lot of frills.
My boyfriend and I were looking a for weekend getaway for one night and we found the place! Decent size room for two people, absolutely gorgeous views all around, and the location is great! The room was kept clean if we needed anything the staff was helpful. A great place to relax, go swimming and hang out at the lake. Definitely will be coming back. Thank you!
I have stayed at this Hotel three times over the last few yrs and I’m not sure why. The rooms are way overpriced for what you get or should I say what you don’t get. Nearly $500 for a two day stay in a small room without the basic amenities that most Hotels with larger rooms and much lower prices provide, Shower products, Tissues, Breakfast. I do like how they hang their sheets outside after they wash them making both the rooms and beds smell so fresh and clean. The property and rooms are well maintained. You are required to check in at the window outside next to the office which appears to be a unfriendly way to greet guests. I went in the office by mistake and I’m sure the lady at the desk who wasn’t really to friendly didn’t approve. Not so much as a smile that most Hotels will greet guests with. I did chat with a staff member one day while he was cleaning outside and he was quite friendly. Decent Hotel though but way to costly for what little you get, A smile from the check in desk would go a long way.
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Sunset Beach Cottages

Your vacation destination when looking for places to stay in Port Austin. This is one of the waterfront hotels in Post Austin, Mi, that is worth checking out. A family-friendly seasonal resort with eight waterfront units on beautiful Saginaw Bay. A large elevated sundeck overlooks a sprawling 150 ft. sandy beach. Please bring your laptop and run your business on their Wi-Fi network.

  • Rooms: 8
  • Website: SunsetBeachCottagesmi.com
  • Phone: 989-550-7363
  • Address: 3478 Port Austin Road, Port Austin, Michigan 48467

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“What a great getaway!”

These cottages were exactly what we were looking for. The views and sunsets are unforgettable.


Reviews Sunset Beach Cottages
Clean, comfortable, great views, and quiet.
Super cute, clean, and the owner is a peach. Nothing fancy, but everything you need. Close to Port Austin & Caseville, great beach and common area to hang with friends both old & new. I will for sure visit again.
Super clean, right on the lake, private and away from the busiest part of town. Easy access to both Port Austin and Caseville, state park, and plenty of activities. Owners were great and checked in on us. Loved it!
This place was pretty much exactly what I expected based on their website and the phone conversation I had with the owner. I didn't really enjoy my stay but that was because of things that aren't their fault - the beds were too small for me (which I knew when I made my reservation), and it was incredibly hot (and I already knew there is no air conditioning). My wife and kids didn't seem to have a problem with either of those issues.

We stayed in the #6 cottage. It has a full kitchen with pots/pans/utensils and refrigerator/stove/microwave. The only thing they should really try to improve is the wifi - it was useless.

My favorite feature was the beach access. Our cottage had a great view of the water, and it only took one minute to go from inside the cottage to swimming in Lake Huron. I also really liked the common area, and enjoyed having a beer by the fire pit with some vacationers at night.

If you reserve, it is cheapest to do so by phone, as there are built-in fees when booking online.

Beachcomber Motel and Apartments

The Beachcomber offers a variety of accommodations to serve your needs, including motel rooms, oversized motel rooms, and two bedroom suites. Located right on the beach and close to the harbor, your steps away from the town center and the lake. The motel’s private white sandy beach is perfect for a day on the beach, or romantic sunset walks over Saginaw Bay.

  • Rooms: 17
  • Website: Beachcomberpa.com
  • Phone: 989-738-8354
  • Address: 158 West Spring Street, Port Austin, Michigan 48467

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Great hospitality”

Great people, clean and recently remodeled, I always recommend them to all my Charity Island Excursion customers.

Capt. Tom Carriveau

Reviews of Beachcomer Motel & Apartments
Awesome view of the lake! Outstanding service! Glenn was super helpful and responsive!
Great place for the summer got a beach side and a pool rooms are awesome
Most importantly its clean and friendly. Best view of the lake.
Amazing experience!!! Had a wonderful 8 day stay here for our 3rd year coming! Our host Glenn was absolutely accommodating in every way! The Beach Comber is a tradition now in our family, we will definitely be up there next year! Thank you for the hospitality…
LIttle Yellow Cottages

Little Yellow Cottages

The Little Yellow Cottages in Port Austin are six cute one and two-bedroom cottages located near Downtown. Steps away to the Port Austin Farmers Market and all the shops and galleries. Each cottage feature a screened-in porch, a living room with TV and soft seating, a full kitchen, and a private bath with a shower.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Things and places to go are conveniently close.”

We each have our own space to retreat to, yet we all have a common place to gather.

Mary and Diane

Reviews Of Little Yellow Cottages
Nice place for a couples get away. Not enough room for a family get together. Owner was responsive and unit was clean. Be sure to bring sheets and blankets if it's going to be chilly.
My boyfriend and I stayed here in August and it was absolutely wonderful. Some highlights of the property, host, and location:

1. The mattresses were amazingly comfortable.
2. The cottages are a couple minutes walk to downtown and Lake Huron.
3. The hosts were super responsive when we had a small issue.
4. My boyfriend accidentally left his keys at the cottage after we checked out, and the host mailed them back free of charge!

Tip: If you plan on drinking wine, bring your own corkscrew and wine glasses. You can buy a corkscrew in town, but you won't find wine glasses there.

We highly recommend staying at these adorable cottages!
Very nice cottage; well furnished, beds were very comfortable, loved the location, nice outdoor areas to enjoy. It's a bit small, but fine for just a few people. It was close to the beach, shopping, restaurants, ice cream shop, farmer's market, etc. - very walkable. Also, was quiet at night for sleeping.
Was here last year, was wonderful. Came back this year. Very close to the lake, downtown and on Saturday’s, the farmers market. The entire place is walkable.
The cottage is quaint and so cute. New mattresses were so comfortable. The kitchen has everything you will need for cooking. There are tables and chairs, picnic tables and a charcoal grill if you prefer the outside. I would recommend this as a wonderful place to stay and chill. And oh the sunsets, magnificent.

The Garfield Inn B&B

Featured in our post, “Garfield Inn, Pioneer Elegance In The North,” Visitors step back into this Presidential retreat of the 1800s. Sleep in one of six era-appointed rooms. Stroll among three acres of Victorian gardens and lush landscaping. The first-floor dining room and bar offer some of the finest farm-to-table fares around. WiFi and in-room controlled heat and air. One of the great Port Austin bed and breakfast spots in Michigan. Temporarily Closed

  • Rooms: 6
  • Website: TheGarfieldInn.com
  • Phone: 989-738-5254
  • Address: 8544 Lake Street, Port Austin, Michigan 48467

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Historic charm and beautiful antiques”

Awesome breakfast. Very comfortable bed/ room.


Garfield Inn Full View
Reviews of The Garfield Inn
Food was awesome as was the staff. Plenty to see in Port Austin, take a stroll around after eating! 😀
If you are fortunate enough to find yourself in Port Austin, Michigan, do not miss this gem. Our stay in this 1831, yes a 190 year old bed and breakfast, was absolutely wonderful. Even though the Inn was full the rooms were quiet, clean and peaceful. And the breakfast would challenge the finest hotel...
After a weekend stay, I can not recommend this charming B&B enough.

As other reviewers have expressed, the physical properties of the estate are wonderful:
• Great care to preserve the original character of the home, especially the woodwork. I had felt as if I were transported to another time and place.
• Location: only a couple blocks from the downtown area.

However, it was the service, especially Theresa that made this trip truly memorable. From the moment of check-in, Theresa greeted us warmly and shared stories that added layers of depth and history to the Garfield Inn experience. Each morning, after she'd served all guests the final course for breakfast, she'd play the piano and organ in the adjacent room! Words can not express how welcomed, warming, and comfortable Theresa and the Garfield Inn made us feel that weekend. A wonderful experience all around. Thank you Theresa!

- Ed & Becca
My husband and I recently had a wonderful three-night stay at the Garfield Inn. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating in making sure that our stay there was perfect. The breakfasts were varied and deliciously prepared and presented! We can't say enough about the Inn and hope to return soon.
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The Blue Spruce & Lucky Horseshoe Motels

The Blue Spruce and Lucky Horseshoe Motels are located in the center of town. Only three blocks from the Harbor. It’s one of the ideal places to stay in Port Austin. Twenty-eight motel rooms, cabins, and a three-bedroom cottage are nestled over 2 acres with free WI-FI. The pool and fire pit area is located between the Blue Spruce and the Lucky Horseshoe.

  • Rooms: 28
  • Website: Blue Spruce Hotel
  • Phone: 989-738-8650
  • Address: 8527 Lake Street, Port Austin, Michigan 48467

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“It was great! Perfect location!”

Our cabin was brand new! Beautiful inside!! I’d love to go back!


Reviews For Blue Spruce & Lucky Horseshoe Motel and Cabins
My hubby and I just celebrated my bday weekend here. It was fantastic!!!! We had a cabin. Small yes but it was all we needed for the two of us. It’s was immaculate!! Probably the cleanest place I’ve ever stayed at. Very cutely decorated. Pool was heated and it was only 70 degrees with full sun it was perfect!!! The staff was very kind and very accommodating!! Room didn’t have a hair dryer so when I called to ask for one we just went to office to get one. Not sure why the room didn’t have one but to us it was no big deal. Walking distance to the lake, beach, restaurants and shops. We had a blast and would not hesitate to stay here again!! Only negative… the cabin only had a/c. No heat. The overnights got quite chilly but the room had an extra blanket. Probably wouldn’t stay in the chilly season.
Very cute place 🥰. It's about 5-10 min to downtown with stores and food, and about a 10-15 minute walk to the beach. The pool is supposed to be heated, but was still pretty chilly ⛄️ when it's not sunny. The room we had was small, but worked out fine since we only had 2 in the room. It came with a small fridge and microwave. No bathtub, but a handicap shower to those in need.
Their burgers on gluten free buns and salmon bites rolled in gluten free pretzel crumbs were fabulous! I wish that we lived closer to visit more often.
Adorable motel conveniently located in Port Austin. Clean rooms, friendly service, affordable prices. Highly recommend staying here for a trip to the tip of the thumb!

Lakeside Motor Lodge

Located a block from the harbor of Lake Huron in downtown Port Austin. Lakeside Motor Lodge is a focal point located in the center of town. Lounge by a heated pool, play shuffleboard or make a cozy fire.

  • Rooms: 35
  • Website: Lakeside Motor Lodge
  • Phone: 989-738-5201
  • Address: 8654 Lake Street, Port Austin, Michigan 48467

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“This place is the best vacation spot!”

The manager and owner have taken great care of us to the point where we never want to leave! The manager is the best!!!


Lakeside Motor Lodge - Places to Stay in Port Austin Mi
Reviews Lakeside Motor Lodge
Okay, place to stay. The location was in town, and the convenience was nice , small shops around it. The room was okay 1 problem was check in , had to wait a very short time for the staff to come there to check me in , no coffee to offer , the room had a 4 cup coffee maker but it had been put away with old coffee grounds left in it so it was all moldy it and hadn't been cleaned out kind of disappointing, The bed was really uncomfortable, but a okay place to stay. And it wasn't even the cheapest in the area. I at least expected coffee and probably wouldn't stay there again when visiting the area.
The location is incredible with lot's to do within walking distance. The property is nice with accommodations like picnic tables, grills, pool, and hot tub. The property is well lit at night if you want to stay out and play yard/card/board games.
Unfortunately, we had a few inconveniences that hurt our experience.
Wifi didn't work the entire time we were there.
Our mini-fridge died and we had to throw out some food.
Our AC didn't work and our room got really hot during the day.
Housekeeping replaced our garbage and towels but didn't do anything else. We asked if it's normal they don't make the beds and she told us she didn't do it because the cabins are full. This gave us the impression the cabins are more important than the people in the rooms.
Our room had 3 pillows. We asked for a 4th and didn't get it. We went back a few hours later and got the 4th promptly.
Great place, but beds were harder than the floor
The location is perfect! You have several restaurants and convenience stores within a few hundred feet. The lake is a block and a half walk. The pool and the hot tub are nice. The room was clean, large and had a single person Jacuzzi tub which was very nice. The bed was too hard for my liking, the room had no microwave and the WiFi was horrible.
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Port Austin Motel

Perfect for a weekend or a week. Queen rooms with air, mini-fridge, and coffee maker. Suites have two separate bedrooms, each with a double bed. The common area hosts a living room, dinette, and a fully equipped kitchen. A jacuzzi suite is available. Note – This motel is not currently open.

  • Rooms: 11
  • Website: Port Austin Motel
  • Phone: Unknown
  • Address: 8761 Larned Road, Port Austin, Michigan 48467

Sandcastles on the Beach

This classic seasonal motel and resort is a perfect beach get-a-way. The resort has six fully furnished condos with a fantastic parklike setting on 200 feet of beach on Lake Huron. Wi-Fi is available. One of the finest waterfront hotels in Port Austin Michigan.

  • Rooms: 18
  • Website: Sandcastles on the Beach
  • Phone: 989-738-4200
  • Address: 1368 Port Austin Road, Port Austin, Michigan 48467

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Best time ever!”

Condo super clean and roomy. Loved everything about this place, be back next year


Sandcastles On The Beach - Hotels in Port Austin Michigan
Reviews For Sandcastles On The Beach
Hands down one of the best hotel experiences my wife and I ever had. The owners are super nice and the the entire place is well maintained, the beech is wonderful, the staff are great and the food is fantastic!
Me and my husband recently stayed at Sand Castle on the beach and we had a wonderful time. The service was great, the room was clean and the staff was top notch! 5 stars! We will be back. What a wonderful, beautiful place!
We went here for dinner and were very happy. The location is awesome and a bit secluded. The sunset was gorgeous. The food was excellent and the presentation and staff were all awesome. They have rooms I am told with kitchenettes. The beach looked very nice. I liked everything about this place.
My husband and I had an awesome stay here a couple weeks ago. The room was very home-y, and we cooked several meals and ate on our private little patio. The restaurant was also enjoyable! We loved the gardens and fountain in the walkways. The staff were all super friendly and helpful! We were very at home here. Extremely convenient to beautiful beach and sunsets. Very convenient to the best snorkeling of our lives. We had a wonderful time in St. Croix and hope to be back soon.

Sun & Sand Motel

This year around a motel located in beautiful Port Austin, the Sun-n-Sand Motel offers high-quality accommodation at an affordable price as a place to stay near Port Austin. Wi-Fi is available. It’s a perfect place to stay with all the things to do in Port Austin.

  • Rooms: 17
  • Website: Sun and Sand Motel
  • Phone: 989-738-7513
  • Address: 891 Port Austin Road, Port Austin, Michigan 48467

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

“Awesome location”

I love the big kitchenette rooms! A great place for a family getaway.


Reviews For Sun'n Sand Motel
A nice simple place to stay in Port Austin. Great people here, coffee in the morning. Has old school charm. Clean rooms.
Across the street access to the beach. A swimming pool. Hot coffee in the morning. - Ice machine.
Hospitality of the owners wonderful. If I'm back in the area I would definitely stay here.
It's a very homey place. Probably built in the 50's. Still has that mid-century charm!!
It was comfortable and cozy. The pool was nice and clean. Everyone was friendly.

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