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Portage Point Inn & Marina


Est. 1903

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Portage Point Inn & Marina


Est. 1903

 

A destination


Continuing a legacy that started in 1903, Portage Point Inn & Marina continues to be a premiere destination for individuals, families, and couples. Whether it's a wedding, a family vacation, or just a weekend getaway, we've got something for everyone.

 
 

Community Update 7/1/2016:

We are pleased to announce the grand opening of Lahey's Pub! Come join us tonight, July 1, for the re-opening of a local favorite bar.

 
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A Bright Future


There are big plans in motion at Portage Point Inn & Marina. Plans to restore an icon in West Michigan. Plans to bring a community back to life. 

 

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A Bright Future


There are big plans in motion at Portage Point Inn & Marina. Plans to restore an icon in West Michigan. Plans to bring a community back to life. 

 

The future is Close



Portage Point Inn & Marina has thrived for over a century and has been the foundation of a community that entire time. In order for this historic resort to maintain its iconic status, however,  plans need to be made for the future. So let us be the first to tell you, the future is bright.

Portage Point Inn & Marina is under new management and we are excited to share with you our vision for the future of this resort. These plans are just just the beginning.

We strongly believe that a project of this nature requires community involvement. After all, it has been a loyal community that has allowed PPI to thrive all these years. It is our pledge to you, the community, to keep you informed every step of the way towards Portage Point's future.

To start, we'd like to share with you some of plans that have been developed that emphasize the scope and scale of this restoration, all while maintaining an historical feel.

 

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A Rich History


Having been in operation for more than 100 years, Portage Point Inn & Marina is much more than a resort. It is a symbol of West Michigan and a reminder that community values haven't been lost.

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A Rich History


Having been in operation for more than 100 years, Portage Point Inn & Marina is much more than a resort. It is a symbol of West Michigan and a reminder that community values haven't been lost.

humble beginnings


After the lumber industry was exhausted in the late 1800's, Michigan's leaders began to look for an alternative means of economic development of the state. In 1897, the Michigan State legislature enabled the formation of corporations in order to build resorts. In 1902, the Sunnyside Assembly purchased the land on the northwest side of Portage Lake that had formerly belonged to the Marvins. They changed the name of their organization to the Portage Point Assembly and incorporated it on January 31, 1902 under the special 1897 Act of the Michigan Legislature for building a resort and immediately began to build the Portage Point Inn on July 12, 1902. The building first opened for guests on June 20th the following year.

growth of a family


By 1914, the Portage Point Inn was served by the steamships of the Northern Michigan Transportation Company, providing direct service from Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Mary B. (Mrs Frank J.) Hattendorf was the first of a large group of residents from the Chicago suburb of Western Springs to come to Portage Point. A widowed school teacher, she and her young son first arrived in 1914 and purchased two lots. She persuaded her closest friends from Western Springs, Harmon and Mary Watt, to join her for the summer. They purchased adjoining lots and were soon joined by other mutual friends from Western Springs, including Leonard and Anita Vaughan, Hugh and Nell Rollin, and the Arthur Boyers. Many others joined them over the years as following generations continued to make Portage Point their summer residence.

today

 


The last 10 years have seen a period of ups and downs, but the resort is on its way back to the top.  With the recent purchase of the property by a forward-thinking developer, the rehabilitation plans for Portage Point Inn are in full swing. The next few years will mark great improvement for the resort, as facilities will be rehabilitated and restored to its former glory.  New dining, boating and recreational facilities are all part of this master plan. When completed, the restoration will not only honor the historical architectural lines and design of its original architects, but will provide guests with a world class resort experience in the heart of Northern Michigan.