The Painted Turtle Inn

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


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.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Wonderful experience

5 on August 16, 2015

Enjoyed our 3 night stay during our girls getaway in Michigan. Spacious rooms were comfortable with luxurious linens. Breakfast was delicious each morning with outstanding presentation. Wine and snacks each afternoon. Lots of special touches to make your visit comfortable. Joel and Christine were both knowledgeable about the area and so helpful. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing stay in a wonderful setting. Patsy Clevenger, Danvile, Ky. Visited August 10-13, 2015

Just what we needed!

4.8 on August 06, 2015

Wonderful stay, better than hotels in the area. Breakfast was outstanding!!!!

The Painted Turtle Inn

4.8 on July 30, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed The Painted Turtle Inn very much. Christine was very accommodating and a fabulous cook. If we're ever in the area again, we will certainly revisit! Thank you.

back again

5 on July 09, 2015

just love this place, wonderful beds, great breakfasts/welcome snacks + friendly knowledgeable hosts - a pleasure to visit :)

Honeymoon Holiday Weekend

5 on May 31, 2015

Stayed 4 nights- amazing breakfast each morning all different but so delicious. Room was clean and spacious, new towels each day, very modern with beautiful decorating. We love the turtle accents - the soap is so cute Staff was very accommodating and gave us wonderful suggestions and even checked specific questions to help us plan our day trips. beautiful property with great public indoor and outdoor space Beautiful park on the water across the street- it was great to walk across the street to watch the sunset. Cocktail hour and snacks were a great addition.

Get Away Night in the Dragonfly Room

5 on May 29, 2015

I cannot imagine staying at a better bed and breakfast anywhere. We loved the room . The attention to detail was outstanding. Every time I thought of something, it was right at our fingertips. We arrived to find wine and snacks of every type. Christine and Joel are delightful hosts who have gone the extra mile for their guests We chose to stay in the Dragonfly Room and loved our choice. The breakfast was delicious. Even the music that was playing was perfect. We hope to return again soon.

Lovely B&B made a great weekend getaway

4.8 on May 06, 2015

This is a great base for exploring the St. Joseph, MI area. The rooms are modern, comfortable, and lovely, each with a different theme. The breakfasts are amazing, and there is a wine and snack table available in the afternoon. The hosts were welcoming and gracious.

awesome getaway!

4.8 on April 22, 2015

I brought my husband here for his birthday and the inn was amazing! Beautiful rooms, wonderful breakfast, and gorgeous view. The nearby towns were okay, cute downtown and great breweries/wineries around. We got the Vitner room which has a giant air jet tub - that paired with the giant comfy bed and beautiful view of the lake made us skip dinner and just stay in our room.


5 on April 13, 2015

Wow. What a wonderful stay we had at the Painted Turtle Inn. The Moonlight Serenade was spacious, relaxing, and beautiful. We could have lied in bed all day, it was that comfortable!! Christine and Joel were such great hosts. My husband and I were most appreciative of the time they took to tell us about the area, as we are looking to relocate. I can't say enough good things about this lovely B&B, and high recommend anyone to stay here.

A wonderful place for a getaway!

5 on April 05, 2015

We had a one night stay at the Painted Turtle Inn in the Vitner's Retreat. It was very comfortable and luxurious! The room had great amenities...a TV, iPod docking station, DVD player, comfortable king size bed, and a huge bathroom with a whirlpool tub. There is a nice walking trail in the back of the property too. The Inn is close to the downtown St. Joseph shops and Silver Beach Park. The breakfast was so delicious!! You can tell that Christine and Joel care so much about their Inn and their guests. Every detail is taken care of. We had dinner at Bread+Bar and it was amazing! Also visited the bakery owned by the same people, Bit of Swiss, which had so many delicious treats. We definitely will return, hopefully for more than one night next time!

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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

Nightly Rate: $250 - $300


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

Nightly Rate: $200 - $275


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

Nightly Rate: $225 - $300

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $250

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

Nightly Rate: $250 - $325

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Location Type

Lakefront, Oceanfront, 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, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night stay required on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit required at time of reservation, unless stay is for one night only then full payment is required.
  • Cancellations: Reservations cancelled more than 14 days prior to arrival will be refunded in full, less a $30 service charge. Reservations cancelled within 14 days of arrival will forfeit deposit. However, we do offer a one-time courtesy change where your balance, when paid in full, may be applied toward a future stay within one year. No refunds will be allowed after changing date of reservation. No-shows and shortened stays will be charged full amount of reservation with no refunds or date changes allowed.



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