If you’re looking for a budget friendly way to experience the tip of the Keweenaw while still getting a quality room, I’d start at the Bella Vista Motel in Copper Harbor.
It’s right next to the Isle Royale Ferry and walking distance from everywhere in town. And although US 41 cuts through the heart of Copper Harbor, you’ve got some breathing room between you and the highway so traffic isn’t an issue.
The tidy, vintage inspired motel rooms and cozy cottages can all be had for spring rates of about $50 to $60 per night, and summer rates ranging from roughly $65 – $85 per night depending on the size of the room and whether or not you want a view.
My wife, daughter and I arrived at the Bella Vista on a sunny Friday afternoon a few weeks ago and were pleasantly surprised with what we found.
It was our first time visiting Copper Harbor and I’d rung up Mike (Jukuri, he and his wife Judy own and operate the place) the day before to see what he had available. A little cottage would have been cool but Mike suggested one of the rooms in the “Isle Royale House” because I wanted a queen bed and the available cottages just had doubles.
(For the record, cottage #8 has a fireplace, a little fire pit out front and more privacy than the rest of the cottages. It also costs a little more, but my wife and I agreed we’d try to reserve that one for our next Copper Harbor stay. My hunch is that it gets booked far in advance.)
The Bella Vista turned out to be the perfect place for us. We walked to the Laughing Loon gift shop, the Gaslight General Store and The Mariner North, rode our bikes back and forth to Fort Wilkins State Park a few times and had a very relaxing weekend in and around Copper Harbor.
I’ll get deeper into Copper Harbor and everything to do around the area in future posts, but for now wanted to offer one good option for a place to crash when exploring the Keweenaw.
Bottom Line: The Bella Vista Motel in Copper Harbor, MI is a solid, inexpensive home base for exploring the tip of the Keweenaw.
Other things to note: No pets. No smoking. Free Wi-FI. Only the cottages have coffeemakers. Free coffee and ice are also available in the office. Open May through mid October.
Location: 180 Sixth Street Copper Harbor, MI 49918
Phone: (877) 888-8439
To see the Bella Vista Motel’s location on my map of the Upper Peninsula, click here.