Lake Manistee Boatel (photo by Lake Manistee Boatel)

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MANISTEE TOWNSHIP, MI – Looking for a unique experience for your Up North vacation? Look no further than this “boatel.”

The S.S. City of Milwaukee, docked on Lake Manistee, serves as a bed and breakfast during the summer months.

They’re taking reservations now for 2024.

Lake Manistee Boatel (photo by Lake Manistee Boatel)

“It is a truly unique and unforgettable stay,” according to the Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee and USCGC Acacia, which owns and maintains the ship.

The Milwaukee is a floating National Historic Landmark.

The former car ferry was built in 1931.

It’s 360 feet long and has 7 decks. The passenger deck is home to the boatel.

The 1930s experience includes a continental breakfast in the galley, free Wi-Fi, exploration of the upper decks, stargazing, and watching the sunset and sunrise. Common areas, including the grand saloon and observation room, provide space for guests to relax and socialize. The deck is set up with lounge chairs.

Lake Manistee Boatel (photo by Lake Manistee Boatel)

Guest rooms include crew quarters and staterooms that have been restored to the original design. Each room sleeps one to four people. Nightly rates range from $60 to $105. Access to the rooms requires the use of stairs. There is no air conditioning and bathrooms are shared.

“The interior of the ship allows you to feel as if you were transported back in time to an era before televisions,” the website says. “The boat is moored on Lake Manistee with beautiful views of natural wetlands and the surrounding town activity.”

The Milwaukee is located near all that lovely Manistee, Michigan has to offer, including Lake Michigan beaches, Manistee National Forest, rivers, trails, downtown shopping, the Little River Casino Resort and more.




Lake Manistee Boatel (photo by Lake Manistee Boatel)
Lake Manistee Boatel (photo by Lake Manistee Boatel)

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