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The Painted Turtle Inn

Saint Joseph, MI 49085 USA (Show map)
49 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
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Dining4.8

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Lake Michigan escape

5 on August 20, 2014

We stopped here on a trip from DC to Chicago in August. Our hostess suggested an Italian restaurant which resulted in a delightful dinner, followed by a drive north where we sat and watched the sun go down over the lake. Our bedroom was spacious and clean. The bathroom had both a tub and a wonderful shower. Breakfast on the three-season porch was very pleasant before we went on our way.

The Painted Turtle Inn

4.6 on August 18, 2014

We stayed for a couple of days whilst in Michigan racing at the Steelhead 70.3 Triathlon. The Painted Turtle is great place with a very "home" feel, which I liked. Christine also went above and beyond letting me store my bike travel boxed in her garage and leaving out breakfast for race morning.

Relaxing B&B across the road from Lake Michigan

5 on August 16, 2014

We stayed at The Painted Turtle the weekend of August 8-10, 2014. Christine and Joel are wonderful hosts, and they provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With Lake Michigan just across the road from the Inn, we had the pleasure of watching the sunset on Lake Michigan our first evening. Spectacular! We were told by others staying at the B&B that the upstairs bedrooms have great views of the lake. We stayed on the first floor in the Griffon Room, which is decorated with a charming nautical theme. The bed is comfortable and the bathroom is wonderful! Their attention to detail even down to the lighting fixtures in the room are unique. The breakfasts both mornings were incredible: Christine's homemade pound cake along with the zucchini and tomato (from her own garden) frittata meal the first morning were delicious; our last breakfast included an apple turnover and incredible french toast. Again, delicious! The outside patio and surrounding flower gardens provide a lovely place to just sit or to stroll around the property and enjoy the scenery. In addition, the nearby town of St. Joseph is a great place to shop, browse, and enjoy the outside eateries with the lake in the background. There was a lovely breeze coming off Lake Michigan both days we visited the town. We look forward to visiting again, and we've recommeded it to our friends and family. Thank you, Joel and Christine, for providing such a charming place for our much-needed getaway!

amazing place

5 on August 09, 2014

Our first ever bed and breakfast, and it was amazing. Great place


4.8 on August 09, 2014

Awesome place, really enjoyed are 4 nights. Breakfasts were amazing!

Wonderful Experience

4.6 on August 09, 2014

This was the perfect place for my husband and I to begin our honeymoon. It's romantic, relaxing and Christine is so kind. Breakfast is absolutely amazing and the house itself is beautifully remodeled with a mix of modern and original features. Christine and Joel have created a welcoming environment that made each one of my bridesmaids feel at home while we were getting ready the morning of my wedding. They even provided them with breakfast, with the proper notice given to Christine, she was happy to do it. The girls were grateful, too. If you're in the area for a long weekend and want something more intimate... This is definitely the right place. Thanks again for helping make our wedding day extra special.

Quick Stay

4.8 on August 03, 2014

Had just a quick one-night stay, but was thrilled. This B&B is super cute and super clean! Love that. The owner gave us an overview of the Inn covering everything we might have a question about. She then offered us ideas for dinner. It was pleasant and peaceful. Love it and will be back!


4.2 on August 01, 2014

A great stay and even better breakfast! Comfy beds, great bathroom and the attention to detail was appreciated. We wil definitely stay here when we are in St. Joe again.

A Diamond in the rut

4.6 on July 28, 2014

We stayed here last week and were so impressed with the rooms, service, and grounds that we are determined to make it back soon. Knowing after a long day out on the beach, sightseeing, winetasting, and shopping that we had this place to come back to that felt like home, made our stay relaxing. Christine and Joel were wonderful and down to earth people who are working hard raising a family to fulfill their lifelong dream. The homemade breakfasts was primo!!

Perfect Get-away

5 on July 25, 2014

The breakfast was amazing, everything was very clean. Great attention to detail throughout our entire stay.

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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

Details Diamond Collection

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

Property highlights

Free $60 gift card with a $300+ purchase