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Pure Michigan’s August travel deals offer big mix of late summer vacations

Even though the calendar already says August, there’s still a lot of vacation deals to squeeze out of summer. From vacation spots on Michigan’s favorite island to Up North resorts with miles of hiking and biking trails to explore and foodie getaways, our friends at Pure Michigan have come up with a great list of deals that allow travelers to stay close to home and still book a late season getaway.

Here are the latest deals for August:

1. Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

Deal: Stay 3 nights, get the 4th night free

Expires: Aug. 31, 2020

Details: “There is still time to experience Family Added Value Days this summer at Grand Hotel. Enjoy a special rate on select dates in August. Stay 3 nights, get the 4th night free. Or stay 2 nights, get the 3rd night 50{a38ddb2ded6b05e28c8ae73a8db0e271c21f7193684bd9e4e28acae292f81d99} off. New weekend dates have been added, so families have more time to enjoy bike rides, lawn games, spectacular views and everything else America’s summer place has to offer. The great outdoors is waiting for you on Mackinac Island.” Click here for more information.

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Beach readers

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2. Bay Pointe Resort on Gun Lake, Shelbyville

Deal: Rates as low as $149 per night

Expires: Aug. 31, 2020

Details: “Experience the legendary hospitality and enchanting beauty of Bay Pointe with rates as low as $149 per night. Bay Pointe includes eight acres of resort property, nestled along the south shore of beautiful Gun Lake. Experience an enchanting backdrop for a beach-inspired lakefront inn, an upscale casual farm-to-table dining, a historical villa — and the all-new Bay Pointe Woods, a unique venue surrounded by 10 stylish cottages, water and fire features, and picturesque gardens.” Click here for more information.

Shanty Creek

Lodging at Shanty Creek is one of the Pure Michigan travel deals for 2020. Photo courtesy of Brian Walters and Shanty Creek Resort.

3. Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire

Deal: Overnight lodging as low as $179 per night

Expires: Aug. 31, 2020

Details: “This is Bellaire —small town America. Here, we do what we love. We are marinas and breweries, conservationists and hospitality professionals. We welcome guests in all seasons: golfers, boaters, skiers, sledders, hunters, anglers, hikers and bikers. Here, we go outside to play. And now more than ever, we all need a breath of fresh air. So, when the time is right and you’re ready, we’ll be here to welcome you back with lodging rates as low as $179.” Click here for more details.


Biking, beach time, waterfront walks and downtown strolls all add up to days of fun in Ludington. Photo courtesy of the Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

4. Hot Summer Specials in Ludington

Deal: Starting at $90

Expires: Aug. 31, 2020

Details: “Summer may be coming to an end soon, but the deals in Ludington are heating up! With miles of sandy beaches, picturesque sunsets and outdoor adventures for the whole family, Ludington is no stranger to summer fun. Before it’s over, plan your summer getaway to Pure Ludington!” Click here for more information.

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Lilac Tree Suites & Spa

Photo courtesy of the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa.

5. Lilac Tree Suites and Spa, Mackinac Island

Deal: $52 off your second night stay to reimburse the cost of two ferry tickets

Expires: Sept. 7, 2020

Details: “Book a new reservation for two or more nights on any of the following dates and receive a $52 rate reduction (the cost of two round trip ferry tickets) off your second night stay. Must call and mention the Ferry Special in advance. Available dates include only: August 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 & 31 and September 1, 2, 3 & 4.” Click here for more details.

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Charlevoix stone

A Charlevoix stone sits alongside a small Petoskey stone, both found in Torch Lake in Northwest Lower Michigan in 2020. | Photo by Emily Bingham, MLive.com

6. Back to School Special at Trout Creek Condominiums, Harbor Springs and Petoskey

Deal: Save 10{a38ddb2ded6b05e28c8ae73a8db0e271c21f7193684bd9e4e28acae292f81d99} off 2-night minimum stay

Expires: Sept. 5, 2020

Details: “Save 10{a38ddb2ded6b05e28c8ae73a8db0e271c21f7193684bd9e4e28acae292f81d99} off a 2-night minimum stay while its still summer before school starts! Act fast before fall bookings and rates begin after August 31st. Get a 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo for $592. Offer includes 2 mid-weeknights, all taxes, and fees. Spread out in a 1, 2, 3, or 5-bedroom unit. Situated in 21 buildings on 160 acres. Just minutes to town and great activities. All units have a separate entrance, deck/patio, in-room washer & dryer, air-condition, and kitchen. Enjoy resort pools, hot tubs, Pickleball and tennis courts, fishing ponds, and hiking trails. Close to Lake Michigan, the Inland Waterway, golf, and nature preserves.” Click here for more details.

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Crystal Spa

One of the relaxing services offered at Crystal Mountain’s Spa in Thompsonville.

7. Escape to Great Rates at Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville

Deal: Enjoy up to 25{a38ddb2ded6b05e28c8ae73a8db0e271c21f7193684bd9e4e28acae292f81d99} off all room rates on select dates

Expires: Oct. 31, 2020

Details: “Let nature take hold as you escape to Northern Michigan. Make Crystal Mountain base camp for your next adventure. Stay in some of the Midwest’s finest accommodations and save up to 25{a38ddb2ded6b05e28c8ae73a8db0e271c21f7193684bd9e4e28acae292f81d99} off on select dates! Enjoy Michigan’s only Alpine Slide, restaurants and full-service spa. Explore our Art Park, miles of hiking and biking trails, and nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Traverse City.” Click here to get details and book today.

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Mission Point

Mission Point is rolling out a new giant lemonade stand for the 2020 season on its Promenade Deck. Photo courtesy of Mission Point.

8. Mid-week deals at Mission Point, Mackinac Island

Deal: Rates starting at $236 per night

Expires: Oct. 1, 2020

Details: “Mackinac Island is your freshwater vacation destination this season and Mission Point is an ideal home base to enjoy the best of the island. Explore 70+ miles of trails by foot or bike, relax across 18 acres of wide-open space or soak up unparalleled views of the Lake Huron while dining outdoors. Mission Point has accommodations to fit every price point. Weekends are filling up fast and the resort has great midweek deals to take advantage of!” Click here for more details.

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Big waves off South Haven

Big waves crash along the Lake Michigan shore off North Beach in South Haven, Mich. on Sunday, July 12, 2020. (Garret Ellison | MLive)Garret Ellison | MLive

9. Discover Kalamazoo with this great vacation package

Deal: $255 Bed & Breakfast Excursion Package – includes overnight stay for two Stuart Avenue Inn and shuttle to South Haven from Kalamazoo; enhance your stay with a picnic lunch for two.

Expires: Oct. 12, 2020

Details: “Just steps from Kalamazoo’s historic neighborhoods and a wide range of area restaurants and attractions, the Stuart Avenue Inn provides a retreat and a Pure Michigan bike adventure package like no other. Overnight stay for two at Kalamazoo’s Stuart Avenue Inn, breakfast in the garden and a short ride to Kal-Haven trail. Package also includes shuttle service for your luggage and car to South Haven from Kalamazoo for just $255. Or, enhance your stay with a picnic lunch for two from Bloomingdale’s for just $290.” Click here for more details.

Soo Locks

Ships wait to enter the Poe Lock during summer 2015.Courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

10. Soo Locks Boat Package Tour, Sault Ste. Marie

Deal: Packages starting from $143 per couple, includes 1 night’s stay and Boat Tour Tickets

Expires: Oct. 17, 2020

Details: “Explore the Sault Harbor’s historic, international waterfront aboard the Soo Locks Boat Tour. This narrated two-hour tour actually “locks” through the Soo Canal. Our packages make it easy for you to “Do the Soo.” We’ll set you up with a clean and comfortable room and tickets for the Lock Tour. Tours run several times daily from May 14-October 16.” Click here for more details.

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Golfing in Michigan

(MLive File Photo by Kathryn Ziesig)Kathryn Ziesig | MLive.com

11. Hot Deals on custom golf vacations, Great Lakes Bay Region

Deal: One call books it all… from your hotel to your tee times!

Expires: Oct. 31, 2020

Details: “Picture this: lush greens, jaw-dropping landscapes, and the perfect place to unwind after a long day of working on your short game! With our custom golf getaways, one call can book it all. Just choose from three hotels and five courses — including one of MLive’s “50 must-play public golf courses in Michigan!” Click here for details.

12. Golf Flint & Genesee Getaway Specials

Deal: Take advantage of hotel & golf packages starting below $100!

Expires: Nov. 1, 2020

Details: “Visit Flint and the Genesee County area this summer and enjoy golfing at exceptional courses. Choose from a variety of courses and accommodations to build a customized, affordable golf package that suits you and your golf partners’ needs. Also, enjoy the amenities and attractions of the area including our beautiful parks, boutique shopping, and Flint’s downtown entertainment district offering a nightlife of restaurants, breweries and pubs.” Click here for more details.

Take-Out Tuesday: Delicious dishes from all over Michigan.

A favorite from Linear restaurant in Grand Rapids. Courtesy Photo, used with permission.

13. Foodie Getaways in Grand Rapids

Deal: Treat your taste buds and your wallet to a foodie hotel package starting at $239

Expires: Dec. 31, 2020

Details: “Named Michigan’s Best Food City by Thrillist, Grand Rapids is an ideal destination for gourmets, gourmands and foodies of all kinds. Select a foodie hotel package to stay and sample more of the city’s cuisine – especially during Grand Rapid’s Restaurant Week (Aug. 5-16), where you can earn a free food-themed gift for visiting four participating restaurants. Hotel packages start at $239 and include a range of foodie perks. Be sure to pack your appetite!” Click here for more details.


Lake of the Clouds is one of the most popular spots in the U.P.’s Porcupine Mountains.MLive.com files

14. Big Savings and Big Fun in the Western Upper Peninsula

Deal: Save up to 30{a38ddb2ded6b05e28c8ae73a8db0e271c21f7193684bd9e4e28acae292f81d99} on your vacation reservations

Expires: Dec. 31, 2020

Details: “We practically invented social distancing in the Western U.P. Enjoy pristine waters and untouched forests, scenic vistas and wide-open spaces. The Western U.P. offers some of the finest outdoor recreation and adventure opportunities in the country. Whether biking the numerous trails, loops, or single tracks, hiking through the old-growth forest along the shores of Lake Superior, trekking high above the tree line, or paddling a calm inland lake, stream, or rapid river—the Western U.P. is your place for outdoor recreation thrills.” Click here for more details.

15. Look good while doing good

Deal: 15{a38ddb2ded6b05e28c8ae73a8db0e271c21f7193684bd9e4e28acae292f81d99} off Pure Michigan apparel

Expires: Aug. 31, 2020

Details: “Two Peninsulas, One Pure Michigan. Not only is this gear super soft, but a portion of sales from this collection will be donated to the MRLA Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund. Designed, printed, and shipped from Grand Rapids, MI! Be sure to use code PUREMI to receive 15{a38ddb2ded6b05e28c8ae73a8db0e271c21f7193684bd9e4e28acae292f81d99} off this collection!” Click here for more details.

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