Western Michigan is a region of the state, comprising the shoreline of Lake Michigan, as well as a number of beautiful expanses of preserved nature and lovely rural scenery. Western Michigan vacation rentals would ideal for a beach holiday with a difference, or for a serene rustic getaway.
Perhaps the most obvious feature around Western Michigan vacation accommodation is the lake. The lakeshore here is home to numerous resorts and some fantastic beaches and dune systems. A popular spot for a beach holiday in summer is Muskegon – this city is close to the renowned Pere Marquette Beach, which is unique in the region for earning the prestigious Clean Beach label, and offers a seemingly endless stretch of sandy shore, and a host of amenities to accompany it. The shoreline here can also be explored on foot or by bike thanks to the addition newly laid trails. For families, there’s also Michigan’s Adventure, which is just outside Muskegon and is the largest theme park in Michigan.
Another great choice for self-catering accommodation in Western Michigan is Grand Haven. This delightful resort offers a wealth of attractions to appeal to summer visits. Firstly the beaches are lovely here; they tend to be very wide and offer very fine sand. In the warmer months the shore here is alive with all kinds of activities, from volleyball to kite-flying. Also in town during the summer is the farmer’s market, selling fresh, locally sourced produce, and there are also companies offering fishing trips here, out onto the lake.
Inland Western Michigan vacation rentals would appeal to anyone who cherishes the outdoors. The famous North Country Trail passes through this portion of the state, and at places like the Manistee National Forest you’ll find great terrain for hiking and camping in summer, or snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in winter.
The city of Grand Rapids is set a little way inland from Western Michigan vacation accommodation – it’s the state’s second city, and offers a number of attractions. The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park offers nature trails, as well as the largest tropical house in the state.
There’s a great variation between summer and winter temperatures around self-catering accommodation in Western Michigan. Winters are consistently cold with freezing temperatures from December to February. Summers though are generally warm, with highs reaching the upper 20s in June July and August.
Gerald Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids is the main air transport hub for the region around Western Michigan. Travelling from the UK, you could get here by flying United Airlines, British Airways or American Airlines from London Heathrow (LHR) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), and catching a United Express connection on to Grand Rapids.