Affordable North: Traverse City’s Ellis Lake Resort

Ellis Lake Resort is a Traverse City triumph. Way back when Michigan’s highway system was just getting underway, Up North resorts—those tiny clusters of cozy log cabins and cottages in the woods and on the lakes—began springing up all over the North. Folks came in droves from around the state, but sadly, not all of these beloved family vacation spots have weathered the changing times and hung on to their classic vibe.

Traverse City’s Ellis Lake Resort is one that has—with grace and good ol’ fashioned style.

This year marks the 1939-built resort’s 70th year, and though it’s taken on a few newfangled treats like an outdoor hot tub, the place hasn’t let go of a bit of its charm.

Petite log cabins, neat as a pin and cozy as can be, dot the vast wooded property. All are within an easy stroll of the private and peaceful 70-acre Ellis Lake, perfect for swimming, sunning, fishing and canoeing. And the whole resort is just minutes from downtown Traverse City, making it one of the best bargains for a night away or a week’s vacation that we know.

In honor of the 70th anniversary, the resort is offering even better deals than usual: $70.00 off any weekly stay June 1 to Sept. 1, 2009. Or, between May 1 and June 27, if you stay two nights, you’ll get $25.00 off for your next stay.

You must mention the deal when making your reservation. To reserve, call 231-276-9502, ellislakeresort.com.

Plan Your Trip

Check out all there is to do and see in the Traverse City area.

Take advantage of great golf deals around Traverse City.

From Ellis Lake, you’re just minutes away from Interlochen. Check out the great concerts and shows you’ll find there this summer.

Explore some nearby Northern rivers by canoe.

Article Comments

  • Anonymous

    This "resort" has more frontage on the highway than anything else. The Lake is not visible from any of the cabins. Bring earplugs and do plan to eat out or else plan to cook outside. You will have to take the coffee pot across the room to plug it in.