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- Michigan cabin rentals are popular year-round thanks to 11,000 lakes and miles of forested land.
- Lounge on beaches in the summer, take in the fall foliage, or enjoy winter sports in colder months.
- We found the best cabin rentals in Michigan, including lake house rentals and cozy secluded stays.
Surrounded by the five Great Lakes, Michigan is home to 3,200 miles of shoreline, over 11,000 inland lakes, and more lighthouses than any other state. And for those who prefer time away from the water, half of Michigan's land is forests, ripe for hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.
So it's no wonder Michigan cabin rentals are so popular. Each season offers a variety of activities from hiking, biking, and fishing in the summer, to wine tasting and color touring in the fall, to snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice fishing in the winter.
Like many growing up in Michigan, I spent every summer and fall going "up north," staying at lake houses, hiking and biking the thousands of miles of trails, climbing the dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and backpacking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Apart from the outdoor activities, the many small towns and cities that make up the Great Lakes State are home to popular wineries, breweries, and restaurants to satisfy your appetite.
Using my local knowledge, I sorted through the vast array of cabin rentals in Michigan to find top-notch stays whether you want to be right on a lake or prefer to cozy up in a secluded A-frame in the woods.
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Here are the best Michigan cabin rentals, sorted by price from low to high.
Unique A-frame cabin in the woods
Just right for solo travelers or a couple, this cozy and relaxing A-frame is tucked away in the woods. The 650-square-foot space has been renovated and has a spiral staircase leading up to the loft where you'll find a Queen bed with a log frame. There's also an additional air mattress that can be rolled away for use in the living room.
String lights give it a fairytale feel and the front yard has a fire pit and seating for gathering around a campfire. As an added bonus for those who plan to stay longer, there's also a washer/dryer.
The cabin is within driving distance to the Huron-Manistee National Forest and is close to Hartwick Pines, Wakeley Lake, and the Au Sable River, which is known for fly fishing.
Rustic tiny house in Charlevoix
Nestled in a secluded spot in the woods, this 200-foot tiny home is a great place to unplug and get outdoors, with a variety of trails and bike paths nearby. Downtown Charlevoix is about 2.5 miles away, which can be reached by car or along the nearby bike path. The sleeping loft and storage loft can be accessed with the provided ladder and there are in-wall heaters for the colder months.
A rocking chair on the small front porch and green Adirondack chairs around the side make for a nice place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and some fresh air. There are a number of beaches nearby on the coast of Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix and there's also a municipal airport within easy driving distance.
Large log cabin near Pictured Rocks
This log cabin not only sits on 40 acres of private land in the Hiawatha National Forest, but it's just a short drive to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, where you can hike and backpack along the sandstone cliffs overlooking Lake Superior and kayak through crystal clear water.
There are three bedrooms and a pullout sofa, providing room for up to eight guests, making it a good option for families and groups. Turn on the wood-burning fireplace in the colder months, relax in the sauna, or gather around the campfire. Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting, or driving snowmobiles, there are plenty of outdoor activities to engage in year-round in Michigan's upper peninsula.
New construction near Boyne Mountain
Located just five miles from Boyne Mountain and a short walk to the beach, this is an idyllic stay for those looking to get outside for an adventure no matter the time of year. The home is newly constructed and features an open floor plan.
Enjoy the outdoors in the large backyard complete with a fire pit, Weber grill, and dining area. Or, enjoy a family meal indoors at the long wooden dining table or granite kitchen island. The blue and white color scheme and details like a fish print rug give this spot a coastal feel.
Just a couple blocks from Maine St, you'll find a variety of restaurants and shops, in addition to a farmer's market on the weekends. Avalanche Park is within walking distance, which is great for hiking and biking.
Spacious home for big groups
Sleeping up to 12 guests, this cabin is an ideal vacation spot for big families or a group of friends. The clean, modern interior is outfitted with soothing neutral decor, and the vaulted ceilings make it feel airy. The open floor plan kitchen/living room offers a great space to congregate. Toast at the six-person dining table, cozy up by the wood-burning stove, or lounge on the back deck cooking on the grill.
This rental is a short drive to downtown Holland, which has several restaurants and shops. Tunnel Park, Riley Beach, and Riley Trails, are about only one to two miles away. Each May, Holland hosts its annual Tulip Time Festival, where millions of tulips blossom and line the streets and visitors can take in the city's heritage by visiting the Dutch markets and watching Dutch dancers in authentic costumes.
Dreamy and secluded cabin
This 650-square-foot handcrafted cabin will appeal to solo travelers, creatives, or couples. Unique touches make this rental stand out, including a skylight over the bed, beautiful artwork, custom-made bookshelves, and a vintage desk. Not to mention upgraded touches like organic bedding.
The large deck features a table and plenty of seating, including a fun swing chair, plus a fire pit, hammock, picnic table, and grill. There's also an outdoor shower on the back deck and while the toilet is in the insulated outhouse, it's a state-of-the-art incinerating toilet from Norway.
The cabin is located just six miles to downtown Traverse City, where you can find a variety of restaurants and shops, and is close to the TART trail, beaches, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and five historic lighthouses. Traverse City is a great place for wine and beer tasting, with dozens of wineries and several microbreweries.
Modern home with stunning water views
With large windows and a wraparound porch, guests get a 270-degree view of the Grand Traverse Bay from this sleek, modern home atop a secluded hill. While the views are stunning, be aware it doesn't have direct lake access.
The home offers three Queen beds and the master includes an indulgent soaking tub, two sinks, and a rain shower. There's also a fully-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, and wood-burning stove for chillier nights.
Located on the Leelanau Peninsula, the home is a short drive from the village of Northport and two beaches, along with other nearby towns such as Leland, Omena, and Suttons Bay.
Best Michigan cabin rentals on lakes
Cozy cabin on Old Mission Peninsula
Sitting atop a wooded bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this cabin is the quintessential Michigan getaway. The home has a large wrap-around deck that looks out onto West Grand Traverse Bay, plus a lower deck accessible via a large staircase, that sits on 100 feet of beach.
The decor is warm and cozy, just like a northern cabin ought to be, with a fireplace and wood paneling throughout. A King bed and two Twin beds, make this a good option for families. Pets are also welcome and there's a fenced-in dog yard attached to the deck.
Traverse City is wine country and you'll be within driving distance to over a dozen wineries and tasting rooms, not to mention several restaurants and breweries. There are also numerous hiking and biking trails, in addition to beautiful public beaches.
Log cabin on Black Lake
Located in Onaway on Black Lake, this log cabin sits on 40 acres and has over 105 feet of lake frontage. Adding to the charm of the log cabin, you'll find handcrafted log furniture, in addition to modern amenities like a washer/dryer. Kick back and relax on the large front porch, make s'mores by the fire pit, or grill and dine alfresco among the flower gardens found throughout the property.
About 10 minutes away is Black Mountain Recreational Area and Mackinaw, Petoskey, and Ocqueoc Falls are great destinations for a day trip, at just 45 minutes away. It's worth noting that the front of the cabin faces the owner's home, which is on the same property, but most reviewers said this was not an issue.
Cozy waterfront cabin on the bay
This three-bedroom cabin sits on the West Bay of Lake Superior, with a wrap-around deck and private beach. Kayaks are provided along with beach towels and chairs to fully enjoy the lake setting. After a long day out on the water, spend the evening around the fire pit or lounging on the cream-colored couches in front of the stone fireplace in the living room.
Within walking distance of this rental is Agate Beach, the North Country Trail, and all of the downtown shops and restaurants. In the summer you can take in the nearby Sable Falls or visit the world-renowned Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which is about 12 miles away. There's also a variety of snowshoeing and snowmobile trails nearby, such as the Crazy 8's. The host notes that access to the garage can be arranged for ATV/ORV overnight storage.
Beach house on the bay
Sitting on East Grand Traverse Bay, this home boasts its own beach for easy water access and a large yard with a fire pit overlooking the water. Though it feels plenty secluded, you'll be just 2.5 miles from the downtown area, where you can enjoy the city's great restaurants or Traverse City State Park.
Enjoy lounging on the blue sofa or in the comfy leather armchairs and taking in the bay view from the oversized windows. Catch a sunset from the deck or the blue Adirondack chairs. Nautical decor touches that play up the location include seashell bedspreads, mini lighthouses on the nightstands, and ships' wheels adorning the walls.
The host also owns an additional Vrbo next door if you happen to be traveling with a large group and want to rent both homes.
A-frame on Blue Lake
For a true lakehouse experience, this beautiful window-filled and lofted A-frame sits on a 50-foot stretch of North Blue Lake with its own private dock and brand-new kayaks. The outdoor space includes large decks in addition to a fire pit, grill, and cornhole sets.
Meanwhile, the interior boasts soaring ceilings, a pot-belly stove with a stone backdrop, stairs with unique tile details, and four cozy bedrooms.
If you want to journey away from the lake, Blue Bear Trails and the North Country Trail are nearby.
Unique round home near Glen Lake
If you're looking to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, this is the home for you. It's just six miles from the park's popular Dune Climb, offering a variety of opportunities for hiking and looking out over the fresh blue water from atop sandy bluffs.
The home sits on two wooded acres with an open floor plan and large picture windows. Eco-friendly and newly renovated with reclaimed natural materials, it's decked out with plenty of plants and organic linens. In the kitchen, you'll even find all organic herbs and spices for cooking, plus forest green tiling, plant prints lining the walls, and a coffee maker with fresh beans.
The large outdoor space has a fire pit and secluded public access to Glen Lake is just a few hundred feet away.
Riverfront a-frame in the woods
Sitting on the Sturgeon River and nestled in the woods, this cozy cabin is a dreamy escape into nature. Windows fill the living room, which looks right out onto the river, allowing plenty of sunlight to stream in during the day. A large deck is accessible from the living room, where guests can listen to the river from Adirondack chairs while keeping warm next to the fire pit. While there's no TV, there is Wi-Fi, along with central heating and air conditioning.
In the summer, you can kayak or tube down the river, visit the nearby Burt Lake and Mullett Lake, and visit Seven Springs Nature Preserve. There's also a variety of trails for hiking, biking, or snowmobiling, such as the North Central State Trail.
FAQ: Michigan vacations
When is the best time to visit Michigan?
Michigan is a great place to vacation year-round. Summer is popular for hiking and biking, in addition to water sports and lounging on the lakefront beaches.
Michigan is also known for its beautiful autumns when the foliage changes to vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds from September through October. This is also a popular season for wine tours, particularly throughout the Traverse Wine Coast, which has about 40 wineries.
In the winter, many enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice fishing, in addition to visiting the many wineries, breweries, and restaurants the state is known for.
What are the best towns to stay in?
The optimal town to stay in will depend on your interests and the attractions you'd like to see. If you're looking for a lake experience, but don't want to break the bank, renting a cabin on an inland lake is the best option.
If you like the best of what the outdoors and the city have to offer, Traverse City, Leland, and Holland are great places to explore. Glen Arbor, Empire, and Leland are close to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Munising and Grand Marais are great towns to stay in if you're interested in exploring Pictured Rocks.
What are the best lake towns in Michigan?
No matter what region of Michigan you plan on visiting, there are plenty of lake towns with top-notch beaches, outdoor activities, and unique attractions, which makes it difficult to choose the best. I always recommend visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks, which have some of the most picturesque beaches and views, along with Traverse City, which has both the beauty and the proximity to wineries, breweries, and excellent restaurants.
These, however, can come with a price tag, which is why I also recommend selecting a small inland lake to stay on, and then taking day trips to other towns.
I grew up going to a cabin on Big Star Lake in Baldwin, and some of my most memorable experiences are being able to enjoy the small-town lakehouses and forests, while also taking day trips further north to hike, swim, and explore the larger cities.
Are there beaches in Michigan?
Home to the five Great Lakes, Michigan has thousands of miles of lakeshore with a variety of sandy beaches on the coast of the mitten-shaped state. Most towns along Lake Michigan Lake Superior have several public beaches with amenities like bathrooms and vendors. From the dunes of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore to Grand Haven State Park and Saugatuck's Oval Beach, there's plenty of beaches to explore.
If you prefer a smaller lakehouse experience, there are thousands of small inland lakes across the state, many surrounded by small, private beaches and secluded forests. Many of these also include small sections of public beaches, as well as boat launches.
Is it safe to stay in a vacation rental?
According to the CDC, it's safe for vaccinated individuals to travel in the US. Experts also say that Airbnbs can be safer than hotels. All of the Airbnbs follow an enhanced cleaning protocol and you can find the cleaning process for each Vrbo rental on its listing page.
Each of these listings is for the entire home, which allows for safe social distancing and limited interactions with others. While any travel can pose a risk, we recommend following CDC guidelines for safety.
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