Anne Erickson


Michigan Lighthouse

Anyone who has been to the Midwest can attest to fact that this area of the county is simply beautiful. Michigan, especially, has a ton of gorgeous lakes and rivers, as do neighboring states such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and beyond.

One of the nation’s most prestigious travel publications, Travel + Leisure, has released its annual list of the best resorts in the Midwest. As it turns out, Michigan has not one, not two but an impressive three resorts on their tally. “The Midwest is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States, from the shores of Lake Michigan to the caves of Missouri to the unspoiled forests and woods of Wisconsin and everything in between,” the publication states. “The best resorts in the Midwest put all of this natural splendor at travelers’ fingertips.”

As for methodology of the study, Travel + Leisure states, “Every year for the World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated hotel brands on their locations, rooms/facilities, food, service, and overall value.” There are some familiar favorites on this list, as the No. 1 resort has been a top contender for years, and some new places to visit. Read on for the full list of the 10 Best Resorts in the Midwest, three of which are in Michigan. How many of these spots have you visited? I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t stayed at even one of these resorts. Hopefully I’ll get to experience them one day. These are the best resort hotels in the Midwest, as determined by readers’ votes in the 2022 World’s Best Awards survey. Find more information and the full article via Travel + Leisure’s site here.

  • 10. Grand View Lodge Spa & Golf Resort, Nisswa, Minnesota

    Grand View Lodge Spa and Golf Resort - Brainerd, MN Resort

    The historic Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake has been providing our guests with memorable vacations since 1916. It is our mission to continue the legacy of high standard of service, dedicated staff, and unique atmosphere that has been upheld for 100 years.

  • 9. The American Club Resort Hotel, Kohler, Wisconsin

    Five Star Resort in Kohler, WI | Destination Kohler

    Destination Kohler is the perfect vacation destination for golf, fine dining and spa services.

  • 8. Hotel Iroquois, Mackinac Island, Michigan

    Hotel Iroquois | Mackinac Island Hotels | Official Website

    A Cherished Summer Getaway A seasonal stunner, our classically sophisticated and intimate hotel captivates first-time visitors and longtime guests with a singular combination of individually decorated guest rooms and suites, exceptional dining, and an unmatched waterfront location. Located directly on the water, Hotel Iroquois offers views of the historic Round Island Lighthouse.

  • 7. Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, Missouri

    Big Cedar Lodge | America's Premier Wilderness Resort | Ridgedale, Mo.

    Discover Big Cedar Lodge, a haven of natural beauty and rustic luxury tucked into the rugged landscape of the Ozark Mountains, overlooking Table Rock Lake.

  • 6. Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan

    Welcome to Grand Hotel | Mackinac Island, Michigan

    Horse-drawn carriages. Afternoon Tea in the Parlor. Croquet and bocce in the Tea Garden. Dressing up for dinner and nightly dancing to the sounds of the Grand Hotel Orchestra. Sitting in a rocking chair on the world's longest porch with views of the Straits of Mackinac.

  • 5. Hotel Landing, Wayzata, Minnesota

    Hotel Landing | Wayzata MN Hotel on Lake Minnetonka

    Welcome to Hotel Landing -- the most exciting boutique hotel in Wayzata, Minnesota. On the shores of Lake Minnetonka, just 15 miles from downtown Minneapolis, you will discover a unique lifestyle destination framed by modern architecture and bustling with urban energy. Check in and experience an elevated travel experience.

  • 4. Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    Sundara Inn & Spa, a Destination Spa in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin - Sundara Spa

    Book Now Sundara Inn & Spa is thrilled and honored to receive recognition as one of the Top 10 Midwest Resort Hotels in Travel + Leisure magazine's "World's Best Awards" for 2021, #11 of the Top 30 Destination Spa Resorts in the United States in Condé Nast Traveler magazine's "Readers' Choice Awards" for 2021, and [...]

  • 3. Hotel Walloon, Walloon Lake, Michigan

    Hotel Walloon - Welcome to Walloon Lake, Michigan

    Located on Walloon Lake, Hotel Walloon is the perfect Northern Michigan vacation destination near Petoskey, Boyne City, and Mackinac Island.

  • 2. Larsmont Cottages on Lake Superior, Two Harbors, Minnesota

    Odyssey Resorts | Minnesota's Finest Resorts

    The magic of the North Shore When your soul needs a change of scenery, our premiere collection of properties offers unforgettable escapes. Explore the wonders of Minnesota's North Shore or cozy up before a crackling fire. Some prefer exceptional dining, wandering through galleries, and discovering quaint, colorful shops.

  • 1. Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, Illinois

    Deer Path Inn | Lake Forest Hotels | Official Website

    From roaring stone fireplaces to hallways lined with wellies in eager anticipation of a soggy Lake Forest day, the mannerly traditions of English innkeeping come brilliantly to life at the newly restored Deer Path Inn.

  • The 10 Best Resorts in the Midwest

    This list is via Travel + Leisure.