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


5 on June 25, 2016

We found this place three years ago and will never stay anywhere else. The owners treat you to an unbelievable experience. Christine researches menu items and uses local produce for an awesome breakfast experience. The wine reception has a variety of local wines and cheeses for an awesome experience. This is a must stay for any wine goer.

Accommodating in every way

4.8 on January 09, 2016

We stayed at the Painted Turtle on our way home during the holidays between Christmas and New Years Eve. We arrived as the big snow storm was rolling across the area. We were greeted with wine and cheese & crackers. Then about an hour after arriving the power went out! Christine and Joel didn't miss a beat. They had flashlights for us and made sure anything we needed was available. When all the restaurants in town were closed, Christine drove out to pick up pizza for everyone. The power was off the entire night. We still had hot water for our showers in the morning and Christine and Joel made us a wonderful breakfast by candlelight before we hit the road for the rest of our journey. We would love to come visit again during the summer, but this is a great spot any time you are driving through. It's not far from the highway so it's easy to get to. The view of the lake was great, but I'm sure it would be even better in nicer weather. Oh and the rooms are amazing!! You really can't go wrong. We'll be back...

Great room, Great Family!

4.6 on December 15, 2015

We've never stayed in St Joe but received a gift certificate for the Painted Turtle, so off we went for a new destination! Christine and Joel were gracious hosts and a wealth of knowledge on the area. They always had ideas on where to eat and what to see. We were Winter visitors; I imagine the town would be a great Summer stay!!! But back to 'the Turtle'. The room was fresh, clean and modern. A very nice change from the usual B&B's! We were greeted with local (yay!) wine and snacks and sat in the cozy living room to chat and rest from the day. Joel built us a fire to add to the warmth and atmosphere, Thanks! The food was good, Christine is a great cook. The room had a bubble tub AND shower, nice touch. All was quiet for sleeping too. The only complaint we had - the bed had a body groove thing happening-just need to flip the mattresses more often, please.

Wonderful getaway!

5 on November 18, 2015

Wonderful relaxing weekend! The room was beautiful and exceeded our expectations. The property was really nice and we enjoyed walking the grounds after breakfast each day.

Best B&B ever.

5 on October 28, 2015

We have stayed at several B&B's over many years, and we believe Christine & Joel at the Painted Turtle have really got this thing figured out. We had a larger than average room impeccably decorated & clean. The breakfasts were delicious also. We recommend you give this place a try. We will definitely be back.

Quaint, safe, quiet, and homey

4.0 on September 30, 2015

My husband and I had a horrible travel experience getting into St Joseph, but Christine and Joel were so accommodating and communicative that we knew we'd made the right choice in staying at the Painted Turtle. They always responded promptly as I emailed them updates on our whereabouts (arriving a day late). They also surprised us with some muffins upon our arrival, knowing that we had a rough night of travel which really went a long way with us. Their hospitality is by far the best I've had with a B&B - they really care about their patrons and it shows. The room met our needs and expectations based on the photos we saw online. And they have the sweetest dogs that greeted us upon our arrival. The location is along a main road, easy to find using GPS, and it feels homey and safe. I would definitely return for a longer stay.

Awesome B&B!

5 on September 23, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this b&b in the Dragonfly room. Our room was immaculate and beautifully decorated with a very comfortable king size bed and huge jetted shower. The breakfasts were fabulous-generous portions and beautifully presented. Christine and Joel went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and comfortable! We will be back!! Would highly recommend this b&b.

Vintner's retreat - Yes!

5 on September 23, 2015

The owners, Christine and Joel, do everything right to make this an enjoyable place to stay. We stayed in the Vintner's Retreat room which was very large, nicely appointed with updated decor and a granite private bathroom, and totally comfortable. The B&B is quiet and perfect for a peaceful get away. The breakfasts were really exceptional - much nicer than we ever expected! We would certainly return.

Excellent, peaceful stay

4.8 on September 08, 2015

We had a wonderful stay at The Painted Turtle Inn and would highly recommend it to family and friends. It was very peaceful, the food was delicious, and the inn keepers were exceptionally kind.


5 on August 31, 2015

Place is deceiving from the outside. As soon as you walk in The Painted Turtles let your vacation begin. There are more amenities than you can count. Place is extremely clean, calming, and relaxing. The Common room, eating area, and outside are nicer than my own home. Could stay a week at this place. Breakfast and service were 4 stars. The only complaint would be the ability to hear people talking in the rooms adjoined to your own.

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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: $200 - $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: $175 - $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: $200 - $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: $150 - $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: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $225 - $325

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Location Type

Lakeview, Small town, Wine country


Kalamazoo, MI (AZO-Kalamazoo Battle Creek Intl.) 55 miles

Directions to property:

We are located at 3205 Lakeshore Drive in Saint Joseph, Michigan. We are about 3 miles North of I94 exit 23 (Red Arrow Highway). Please note that you will pass through 2 towns before St. Joseph and the house numbers are different in each town, so you may see addresses that look like you are close before that 3 mile mark. Please keep an eye out for our sign on the East side of the road!

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Copier, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Telephone, Wet bar, Workout facility

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Hiking trails, Snow shoe trails

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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 No
  • 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. Cancellations made within 24 hours of arrival day will not be eligible for credit towards a future stay; deposit will be forfeited.
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Christine and Joel Shull

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About the innkeepers

Wineries, cooking, shopping, gardening, sewing, woodworking

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Full, Gourmet

  • Time Served: 9am - 10:30am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Low Carb, Vegan, Paleo, Low FODMAP, Allergy Friendly

Signature Dish

Vegetable Fritatta
We source the freshest ingredients possible for our breakfasts each day! Beginning with locally grown fruit in the summer and vegetables from our garden to farm-fresh eggs and sausage from local purveyors, we strive to prepare the tastiest food for our guests!

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