Take a dip!

We love the theme of vacationing on a lake and here in Chicago we are lucky enough to enjoy the beautiful beaches that Lake Michigan has to offer year round.  Here are a few of our favorite lakeside destinations:
1.       The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa located in Williamsburg, Michigan 
This resort is only 314 miles from Chicago and has a lot to offer.  Guests can rent jet skis, kayaks and paddleboats to explore the Grand Traverse Bay. The property has tennis courts, three golf courses, and is walking distance to the Turtle Creek Casino, which is open around the clock for slot machines and features a poker room from 2pm-4am daily.
2.       The Sagamore on Lake George in Bolton Landing, New York
This extraordinary lakeside hotel houses a spa and golf course and has activities for everyone.  Sagamore’s water activities include parasailing, water skiing, and wakeboarding, all of which are available for guests.  For those who would rather stay on dry land they have tennis courts, croquet, horse shoes, volleyball and nature hikes.  In warmer months guests can enjoy bon fires and s’mores fit to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth!
3.       The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado 
This hotel is located on Cheyenne Lake in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.  Guests can enjoy several outdoor activities including fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and can even take a ride on a paddleboat.  In the surrounding area guests can take jeep tours, go white water rafting, rock climb, take a hot air balloon ride or try their hand at horseback riding. 
4.       The Lakehouse Resort and Hotel on Lake San Marcos, California
The property features water activities including boat tours, kayaks, and itbikes (described as “water bike pedal boats” and are similar to paddle boats).  The resort has tennis courts, two salt water pools and an extensive patio for guests to relax.  Forget a book to read? No problem!  This hotel has a library available to guests for leisure reading. The Lakehouse also has a complimentary shuttle service to local breweries so you can enjoy local craft beer.
5.       Mission Point Resort located on Mackinac Island, Michigan
Enjoy stunning views of Lake Huron, the Straits of Mackinac, and the Mackinac Bridge during your stay.  A unique aspect to this island is there are no cars allowed and guests must travel by ferry to reach the resort.  Once on the island visitors can travel on foot, by bicycle, or in a horse drawn carriage.  Mission Point has a beautiful front lawn perfect for enjoying sunrises and sunsets.  Catch a movie in their property’s theatre, take a bike for a spin around the island or go on a ghost tour if that is your sort of thing!  Don’t forget your racket or clubs for a little tennis or golf on their beautiful grounds. 

Now that we have put the idea in your head start planning you lakeside vacation at one of these amazing hotels and resorts!  Just remember to pack your swim suit! 
For more lakeside resorts visit fodors.com
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