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Top-rated places to stay in Torch Lake

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Tiny home in Central Lake
The Loon at Brigadoon
A cozy cabin decked out in modern style with full kitchen, full bath, and large deck with gas grill. Open the atrium-style double doors to enjoy the extra living space! It’s a unique getaway for couples - not really suitable for children. Lakeside location for fishing. Canoe and kayaks provided. Ten minutes to Torch Lake and Lake Michigan. Great eating and shopping in nearby Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Boyne City. One hour to Mackinac Island ferry. Also see our Rustic Cabin on Toad Lake listing!
Jan 13 – 20
$120 per night
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Apartment in Kewadin
Vineyard Retreat Near Torch Lake
Do you dream of a vineyard vacation in a secluded setting? Sampling wines and connecting with how they are made? Touring wine country? This retreat is located on a 26-acre vineyard in Northwest Michigan and perched atop a ridge that extends up from idyllic Torch Lake. It is a 1/2 mile walk to the lake or 5 minute drive to beaches on Lake Michigan. The deck has sweeping views of the vineyard and the space offers one queen bedroom, a kitchenette with small fridge and microwave and a sitting area.
Feb 20 – 27
$149 per night
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Guesthouse in Bellaire
Riverside Retreat—Kayaks included!
Lovely peaceful retreat on Intermediate River. Steps to downtown Bellaire: Short’s beer, unique stores, restaurants and movie theatre. This tranquil space is the perfect romantic getaway for 2 In the heart of Michigan’s prime recreation area, minutes away from championship golf courses, ski runs, hiking, biking trails and beautiful Torch Lake. Enjoy wine tasting, craft beer, Mammoth Craft Distillery and Bee Well Cider and Meadery, or just select a book from our library and relax on the dock!
Jan 29 – Feb 5
$91 per night

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Lake houses in Torch Lake

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Home in Roscommon
Higgins*HighlyRated*Fireplace*BeachKayaks
Apr 4 – 11
$73 per night
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Home in Lake Leelanau
Birch Le Collaboration House
Sep 21 – 28
$731 per night
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Home in Bellaire
3rd Night Free:Clam Lake Cottage-Torch Lake Access
Feb 6 – 13
$150 per night
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Home in Interlochen
The Perfect Getaway *Sleeps 4 *Lake with Boat! *
Nov 7 – 14
$93 per night
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Home in East Jordan
Gunther’s Cottage -Nostalgic, SuperClean, Historic
Aug 6 – 13
$147 per night
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Home in Suttons Bay
Beautiful Log Cabin on The Bay
Dec 11 – 18
$437 per night
Superhost
Home in Empire
Lone Pine Cottage on Little Glen Lake
Mar 26 – Apr 2
$269 per night
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Home in Kalkaska
North Blue Lake Escape - A Winter Wonderland!
Mar 29 – Apr 5
$218 per night
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Home in Empire
Empire Blue House w/ Hot Tub
Nov 4 – 11
$200 per night
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Home in Traverse City
Quiet freshly renovated two bedroom lake house
Dec 13 – 20
$240 per night
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Home in Northport
Northport's gorgeous waterfront home-sunset views!
Nov 18 – 25
$350 per night
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Home in Traverse City
Urban Gem: Minutes to Beach & Downtown W/Hot tub!
Apr 11 – 18
$149 per night

Torch Lake fishing places to stay

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Apartment in Traverse City
Private sandy beachfront on the West Bay in TC
Apr 20 – 27
$203 per night
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Cottage in Northport
The Granary Northport . Rustic Modern Seclusion
Apr 28 – May 5
$228 per night
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Cottage in Elk Rapids
Waterfront Cottage in Elk Rapids, Michigan
Oct 13 – 20
$300 per night
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Cabin in South Boardman
Lazy on the Lake
Sep 25 – Oct 2
$106 per night
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Cottage in East Jordan
Cedar Creek Cottage lakefront near Boyne City
Apr 22 – 29
$189 per night
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Cottage in Gaylord
Cozy Cottage on the Lake.
Dec 9 – 16
$122 per night
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Cabin in Traverse City
"Spring on the Lake" Up North, TC/Spider Lake
Feb 5 – 12
$85 per night
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Cottage in Traverse City
Bluewater Bliss - Your Private Lakefront Retreat
Oct 25 – Nov 1
$214 per night
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Guesthouse in Suttons Bay
Beautiful Lake MI
Mar 15 – 22
$88 per night
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Cottage in Traverse City
The Hobbit House on Spider Lake
Feb 19 – 26
$160 per night
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Cabin in Gaylord
Hephzibah’s Haven: Up North cabin with Lake Access
Jan 6 – 13
$91 per night
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Guest suite in Suttons Bay
Suttons Bay, Stoney Point Retreat
Dec 5 – 12
$197 per night

Torch Lake houses

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Home in Central Lake
Howard's House, Central Lake, Michigan, 49622
Jan 3 – 10
$111 per night
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Home in Central Lake
The Maple View House and Suana: Tranquility Awaits
Jun 1 – 8
$208 per night
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Home in Suttons Bay
Suttons Bay Therapy-AC/HotTub, GameRoom, FirePlace
Nov 12 – 19
$346 per night
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Home in Petoskey
Gorgeous Getaway for Year Round Outdoor Fun!
Mar 7 – 14
$88 per night
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Home in Interlochen
Cabin in the woods close to TC/Sleeping Bear Dunes
May 6 – 13
$96 per night
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Home in Suttons Bay
Home on West Bay in the Heart of Wine Country
Mar 22 – 29
$482 per night
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Home in Mancelona
The Guest House
Dec 1 – 8
$85 per night
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Home in Petoskey
Petoskey Retreat
Jan 19 – 26
$128 per night
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Home in Cedar
Peak O' Leelanau in TC! Your Fall 2023 Retreat!
Oct 15 – 22
$318 per night
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Home in Elk Rapids
Bay View Downtown Elk Rapids
Jan 28 – Feb 4
$86 per night
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Home in Bellaire
Four Season Wonderland in Bellaire
May 7 – 14
$214 per night
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Home in Traverse City
Private Frontage Silver Lake Cottage w/boat rental
Feb 8 – 15
$185 per night

Your guide to Torch Lake

All About Torch Lake

One of the most picturesque lakes in Michigan — which is saying something, considering it’s next to Lake Michigan — Torch Lake is beloved for turquoise water so clear you can see the bottom. Some even compare it to the Caribbean. The shoreline of this 19-mile-long body of water, the biggest of 14 in the Elk River chain of lakes, is ringed by evergreen trees and pricey lakefront homes. Most visitors come here to spend their days in and on the water, whether in a fishing boat or on jet skis, innertubes, or paddleboards.

During the summer months, boats and rafts cluster along the shallow two-mile sandbar at the lake’s south end, resembling a floating party. But it’s easy to drift away from the festivities to a spot where you can relax and soak in the beauty of Northern Michigan, or placidly fish for trout and wide-mouth bass. Off the water, small resort towns such as Elk Rapids, Alden, and Bellaire promise distraction in the form of restaurants and shops, and the cultural draws of Traverse City are just 30 miles away.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Torch Lake

Given Torch Lake’s location in northern Lower Michigan, it may not be a surprise that peak season here is June through August, when the temperatures hang between the 60s and 80s Fahrenheit. While sunny days are frequent in summer, so are rainy ones, especially in August and September, so bring waterproof jackets along with your swimsuits and sunblock. Both spring (April-May) and fall (October-November) are gorgeous in Michigan, with cool temperatures and plenty of color in the wildflowers and trees. Although the lake does not freeze in winter, below-freezing temperatures and snowfall are common. Bundle up!


Top things to do in Torch Lake

Boating

A number of companies rent out pontoons or small boats for an afternoon or a few days. You can stay on the lake — after all, there’s quite a bit of it to peruse — or, if you have a smaller boat, travel along the river to the connected Elk Lake and Clam Lake.

Charlevoix

Located just 20 miles from the northern tip of Torch Lake, picturesque Charlevoix is worth a day trip to browse through the craft shops and wander around the century-old Castle Farms. Charlevoix’s most eye-opening feature: 26 stone-and-thatch cottages known as “mushroom houses.”

Grass River Natural Area

With Grand Traverse Bay to the west and Torch Lake to the east, your options for shoreline walks are many, and there are bike trails aplenty as well. Dedicated hikers will enjoy exploring the forests and meadows of the 1,500-acre Grass River Nature Preserve in Bellaire, as well as a 1.5-mile-long boardwalk that leads through the wetlands.

Torch Lake Tour

Northeastern Michigan’s wineries, cideries, and breweries have flourished over the past decade, and the Torch Lake Tour directs you to 10 of them, a loop that circles the lake. You can find your own way around the tour or hire a driver to guide you.

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