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The Painted Turtle Inn

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

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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.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

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Peaceful Retreat

4.6 on March 19, 2015

The Painted Turtle was so peaceful and quaint. We felt right at home and every detail was attended to. The breakfasts both mornings were excellent! We loved the area and the lookout over Lake Michigan-- just right across the street. It was a wonderful getaway!!

great winter get away!

4.8 on February 14, 2015

We stayed here for the ice festival and to celebrate our 13 year anniversary. The room was spectacular! Christine and Joel are great inn-keepers and are very accommodating. They had a reception for the guests that goes well beyond other B & B's. There was wine, cheese and crackers, nuts and a beautiful large gathering room to sit and talk or play games. The warmth of the fireplace was very cozy. We enjoyed spending time talking with them during this time. The room was downstairs and we were able to enjoy the sun set while sitting on the couch at the end of our king size very comfortable bed! The next morning we could enjoy some private time in our room with delicious coffee and hot tea before going to the breakfast room for a scrumptious breakfast! What a great cook Christine is! We will go back!

The Best Southwest Michigan Has to Offer!

5 on January 14, 2015

We found The Painted Turtle Inn online and chose it based upon reviews. It far exceeded even our high expectations! Beautiful, spacious rooms, spa quality baths, delicious food, wine and charcuterie by a roaring fire in the afternoon. Who could ask for more? Christine and Joel, the proprietors, are delightful and have created a very special spot. We've already made a return reservation for summer!


4.8 on December 09, 2014

i can't say enough about this gorgeous B&B! christine is an exceptional host - laid back, accommodating - from the wine and cheese on arrival to the wood-burning fire/cozy living room/dart board to the immaculate cleanliness of our room (the dragonfly) to the unexpected special touch of the delicious breakfast, our expectations were exceeded. we'll be back! thanks for such a wonderful stay!

Late fall wine touring

4.6 on November 24, 2014

Great rooms, great atmosphere, beautiful views, across the street from a large bluff overlook of the lake, nature trails on the property, close to 5+ wineries, food was outstanding... pretty great stay!!


4.8 on November 20, 2014

Great bed and breakfast...awesome completely new modern rooms with amazing bathrooms...sheets were fantastic and breakfast was great!! Would definately go back!

a night's stay

4.0 on November 14, 2014

A friend and I used this as a getaway to celebrate our 10 yr friendship. We loved the closeness to Lake Michigan and the decor of the rooms. We would definitely recommend it to others.

Warm hospitality and splendid breakfasts!

5 on October 28, 2014

My niece and I stayed for 4 nights. The accommodations were lovely. It was the perfect atmosphere for catching up on family news and enhancing our decades long friendship. We strolled along the meadow paths at the inn, enjoyed the cliff-top swing across the street overlooking Lake Michigan, attended a concert at the old Box Factory, ate a fine supper along the river at a restaurant near the theater, climbed the dunes and visited the historic lighthouse. One evening we had a great pizza delivered from Ramona Belles. Time flew by. Many thanks to our hosts!

Great stay!

5 on October 23, 2014

This is our second time staying at a The Painted Turtle Inn, and both times were wonderful. The rooms are beautifully decorated and comfortable. The breakfast is delicious too! We look forward to going back soon.

Great weekend getaway

4.8 on October 21, 2014

Truly enjoyed our stay at the Painted Turtle Inn, the breakfast prepared by Christine was outstanding and my husband couldn't be more pleased to be served meat with each breakfast we had as well as generous portions. The location directly across the street from a park which we walked to each night for sunset was perfect! We stayed in the Vintner's Retreat it was a nice size room and we loved the 2 person jacuzzi! Great detail was taken in decorating the room.

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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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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