by Lisa Meyers McClintick
If you don’t want to camp, but want to be as close to the national lakeshore as possible, this historic resort near Glen Lake (just inland from Lake Michigan) offers modern comforts, such as new mattresses and flat-screen TV’s. Maple Lake Resort includes 12 motel rooms that sleep four to six people or eight studio-stylekitchenettes that can sleep four. With Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore stretching to the north and south of Glen Lake, it’s a great base for families to explore the park.
Our Editor Loves
- Kitchenettes available
- Spacious rooms for up to six guests
- Prime location near Glen Lake
My family and I have stayed here several summers but not in 2018. It was a run-down, old hotel before then but it was family-friendly and close to many great attractions. Here it is 2019 and supposedly new owners have improved things. Okay, so there are some new bedspreads and the carpet was cleaner. But I had no operating toilet in my room. The innkeeper knew this when I checked in but could not move me because there were no vacancies. I was supplied with a plunger to use if I needed to use the toilet! The next day, they kindly moved me down 3 rooms but never talked to me about comping me for the first night. I asked for the owner to contact me. Never happened. In addition to the bad/non-existent plumbing in Room 11 where I slept the first night, I looked up on the ceiling and realized the wires that were exposed were where a smoke alarm should have been. This is really unacceptable. I have asked the owner to contact me again but I'm not holding my breath. Be careful about where you stay, travelers.
We have stayed at Maple Lane several times over the past 30 years. We stayed at Maple Lane again for 3 nights this past weekend. We were on the second floor in a king kitchenette room. The room and property were very clean. The housekeeping staff and check in staff were very personable and friendly. The room was very basic(bring your own hair dryer) but it had everything we needed. WiFi was very sporadic but we didn’t mind being unplugged much of the time. The property has a small play area, volleyball, horseshoes, and a fire pit with wood provided. What makes this property so special is the rare access to Little Glen lake. There is a small sandy beach and dock which belongs to the motel just a short walk away. At the lakefront are several kayaks and a couple of stand up paddle boards which are complementary to use. We understand the new owners will be changing the name to M 22 but for nostalgic reasons it will continue to be Maple Lane to us!