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The Painted Turtle Inn

3205 Lakeshore Drive , Saint Joseph, MI 49085 USA (Show map)
39 Reviews
$150 - $275
per night

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The Painted Turtle Inn is a distinctive lodging facility located in St. Joseph, Michigan which opened in May 2013. Situated right on Lakeshore Drive, overlooking the bluff and with each room offering vantage points highlighting the lake, the Inn is known for its location, luxury accommodations and gourmet breakfasts. The home features a completely redesigned interior to ensure a clean, quiet and comfortable experience for our guests along with modern conveniences including fully updated private baths for each of our five guest rooms.

Rooms & Rates

Moonlight Serenade

The Moonlight Serenade Room, with its contemporary grey and white décor, is named in honor of St. Joseph being awarded Most Romantic City by the Detroit Free Press. The clean lines of this room provide a contemporary style room where you can sleep immersed in modern design. A king size bed and deep, air bath style tub are sure to provide all the creature comforts anyone could ask for. Be sure to catch glimpse of the sunset out the front window while you are dressing for dinner.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


The Dragonfly Room is a pastoral haven of comfort. Inspired by the gardens on the property which were the pride and joy of the original and only owner of this house, Mrs. Parr, this room overlooks the gardens and expansive meadow behind the house. The rustic style of this room will be softened with the earthy tones of its décor. This room features an invigorating spa-style shower, an inviting king size bed and several windows to enjoy the garden and lake views.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


The Dunegrass Room conveys the essence of the fabulous beaches of Lake Michigan from outside to inside. From the sandy colored walls to the pebbled floor of the shower, you will be transported to the Michigan shoreline just by entering the room. Relax in the freestanding air bath style tub before retreating to the plush king size bed. You may even be able to fall asleep to the waves of Lake Michigan lapping on the shore if you open the windows at bedtime.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Griffon

The Griffon Room is named for the first European-style sailing ship to sail Lake Michigan. The crisp blue and white color scheme shows off the original paneling nicely while complementing its nautical theme. A comfy queen size bed and a large air bath style tub make this cozy room one of the best appointed staterooms you will ever stay in. Be sure to check out all the maritime treasures of Southwest Michigan including the rotating train bridge that was built in the early 1900s and is still in use today.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Vintner's Retreat

The Vintners Retreat is our most luxurious room and celebrates the abundance of vineyards and wineries in the area. Decorated in jewel tones, a king size bed, two-person air bath style tub and large picture windows overlooking the lake all make this our most coveted of rooms. Whether you are making your way around the Wine Trail or just visiting one or two tasting rooms, this room will confirm that you really are in wine country here in Southwest Michigan.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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  • Guest room4.9
  • Services4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Dining4.8

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A fantastic stay at The Painted Turtle Inn!

4.4 on July 22, 2014

Thank you to our host, hostess and staff for a wonderful getaway! We would love to visit again!

Wonderful experience!

5 on July 21, 2014

My husband and I had a wonderful weekend at The Painted Turtle Inn. Christine and Joel are very pleasant and attentive without being intrusive. We were welcomed with wine and snacks during the afternoon and an amazing gourmet breakfast each morning. We enjoyed a nice stroll on their lovely property. We stayed in the Dunegrass which is very tastefully decorated and the bathroom is luxurious! We can't wait to return! It is the best B&B experience we've ever had.

First Class B&B - Don't Miss Out!

5 on July 20, 2014

We enjoyed our first visit to the Painted Turtle Inn on a brief getaway last week and were overwhelmed by the warmth and hospitality of Christine and Joel, the innkeepers of this charming and incredibly comfortable B&B. We loved the luxury of the furnishings in the Dragonfly Room and quickly unwound after check in with a glass of local wine in the calm surroundings of the back terrace. Christine and Joel recommended an outstanding local restaurant for dinner and we went to bed happy, well fed and utterly relaxed. The next morning (after enjoying a wonderful spa shower with multiple jets and an oversized rainfall showerhead) we were treated to a lovely view of the back of the property during breakfast, which was a treat in and of itself. The food was extraordinary - we enjoyed every bite of the homemade meal and had our pick of snacks and beverages during our stay. Onsite parking is very convenient and Christine and Joel went out of their way to provide us with maps, directions, and recommendations for local events, dining, and shopping both in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Our time at the Painted Turtle was fantastic and we anxiously await to our next visit!

Perfect getaway !!!

5 on July 19, 2014

Everything was wonderful from the rooms to the wonderful breakfast in the morning , could not have asked for a better night , lovely and wonderful staff as well!

Amazing Bed & Breakfast!!!!

4.6 on July 18, 2014

This was B&B was amazing from the rooms to the breakfast!

Highly Recommended: Painted Turtle Inn

4.8 on July 16, 2014

My wife and I recently stayed two nights at the Painted Turtle Inn following our recent wedding. The service was exceptional and the room was incredible. Christine provided breakfast in bed for us as well as a complementary bottle of champagne. We would most certainly return and recommend the Painted Turtle Inn.

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5 on July 13, 2014

I heard all of the horor stories of b&bs - common bathrooms, eating with other guests at a single table, dirty rooms, etc. My wife was watching reviews of the painted turtle for almost a year when I reluctantly agreed to go. It was unbelievable. Private, updated bathrooms - check. Five tables for two in the dining room - check. Delicious food - check. And cleanliness - double check. Without writing a novel - it was one of the best places I have stayed anywhere. We're looking forward to our next stay.


4.8 on July 05, 2014

Our room was beautifully decorated, and the bathroom was huge. Everything was very clean and comfortable. Christine was very gracious and accommodating. The wine and snacks in the afternoon were excellent and the breakfasts were homemade, varied and awesome! Our 2-day stay was delightful.

Loved our stay

5 on July 04, 2014

This is an outstanding B&B, great food, great hospitality, great rooms! Cannot say enough how delicious breakfast was each morning, amazing! I finished all my food both days... And I NEVER finish my food! And the portions are decent size too. Definitely try this Inn if you stay in St Joseph

Great Retreat

5 on July 01, 2014

Had a wonderful stay at The Painted Turtle Inn. Christine was great host. Our room was awesome! Very comfortable and so clean. I even had to comment to her how immaculate the inn was. The afternoon wine reception was a very nice touch and breakfast was so delicious. Christine recommended a place for us to go for dinner and I have to say it was one of the best meals I have ever had. My only regret is that we were only able to stay for one night. I hope to get back to St Joseph again, and I will be staying at The Painted Turtle Inn.

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Location Type

Beachside, Lakeside, Small town, Wine country

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Live Music, Nature area, Picnic area, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wet bar

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Cross-country ski trails, Golfing, Hiking trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4pm - 6pm ET
  • Check Out:: 12pm ET
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night stay required on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit required at time of reservation, unless stay is for one night only then full payment is required.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations more than 14 days before arrival will be refunded less a $35 service charge. Cancellations within 14 days of arrival will not be refunded unless room can be rebooked; then a refund will be allowed less a $35 service charge. Any deposit made may be applied to a future stay within one year with no service charge or cancellation fee.



Christine and Joel Shull

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About the innkeepers

Wineries, cooking, shopping, gardening, sewing, woodworking

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  • Time Served: 9am - 11am
  • Serving Location: On patio, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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3205 Lakeshore Drive , Saint Joseph, MI 49085 USA (Show map)

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