Michigan, also known as the Wolverine State (unless you’re a Spartan fan) is an outdoor enthusiast haven. boasts endless outdoor adventures — and with 40 percent of the state covered in water, it’s an aquatic adventurer’s heaven.A forested haven where three of America’s Great Lakes come together, the Upper Peninsula In the summers, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Lake Huron beckon with the promise of fantastic fishing, boating, swimming, and beach time.
Michigan’s motto, “si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice” — which translates to “if you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you” — is about as accurate as they come. With 3,288 miles of freshwater coastline (more than any other state), it’s hard to stand somewhere where you won’t see a beautiful land-meets-water landscape.
1. River Haven Traverse City Cabin
Fees: Small fee upon booking.
Policies: 1 pet maximum
The large, charming cabin deep in the heart of lush northern Michigan comfortably sleeps up to 10 people. River Haven offers quiet privacy and the convenience of both Traverse City and Grand Traverse Bay just 10 miles away. Guests enjoy 250 feet of frontage property on the Boardman River, making it ideal for dropping a fishing line, hopping into a kayak or canoe, or enjoy the day tubing.
If guests can be dragged away from the gorgeous, wooded setting of the property’s exterior, they will be wowed by the warm, rich wooden interior design. An open layout and all the amenities of modern life creates the perfect vacation atmosphere. An upstairs balcony provides breathtaking views to relax at a two-person bistro table.
2. Dog-friendly Home in Interlochen
Fees: Small fee upon booking.
Policies: None listed.
Guests and their dogs love this serene getaway nestled into the thick woods of the Great Lakes State. This spacious cabin with a gorgeous outdoor setting is a year-round vacation home. A deck and a large yard with a fire pit and comfortable furniture is the ideal summer hangout. The Green and Duck Lake shoreline offers boat rentals and all kinds of water fun. The rustic vacation rental transforms into a magical, snowy wonderland during the winter months.
The interior is a two-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom cabin with a modern kitchen, a four-person breakfast bar, and all the appliances and amenities you need for an extended vacation. Whether lounging on the deck and enjoying the view with friends and family or exploring the woods or nearby waterways with your dog, this Interlochen rental cabin is the ideal spot to get away from it all.
3. Stunning Log Cabin on Paw Paw Lake
Fees: $250 pet fee
Policies: The requests no smoking and that guests remove shoes before going downstairs. Parties are not allowed, and any extra guests will be subject to a $100 fee per person.
This magnificent log cabin is less than two hours from Chicago in the small, welcoming community of Coloma, Michigan. Secluded and surrounded by lush forestry and sitting on Paw Paw Lake, the stunning vacation rental is just minutes from a wide range of exciting activities from wineries and fruit picking to fishing and kayaking.
A traditional log cabin with a stone fireplace, the property has a dreamlike feel to it. There is plenty to do and a lot of space for guests and their pets to roam, relax, and take in the natural beauty of southwestern Michigan.
4. Bonfire Holler Rustic Cabin
Fees: None listed
Policies: No smoking and no parties or events. Guests are asked to take off their shoes and deposit used towels/sheets in the laundry basket before leaving.
Enjoy the crisp, clean air of north-central Michigan at this secluded, private rustic cabin near Grayling and Gaylord, Michigan. Bonfire Holler sits on 10 acres of prime snowmobiling and ATV riding real estate in the Frederic area. Pines State Park is just 10 miles away and features hiking trails and cross country skiing, and beautiful camping sites. More cross country skiing and snowshoeing fun are just a couple of miles away at Forbush Corner.
This relaxing getaway features plenty of open spaces in a large yard for your pets to wander. Humans enjoy the bonfire pit and spectacular views of the surrounding wooded landscape off the spacious deck. The interior is small and cozy, with all the modern conveniences and appliances needed for a comfortable and relaxing stay.
5. Johnson Peace Lodge, Historic Log Cabin in the Michigan Woods
Fees: None listed
Policies: This rental is not suitable for children under 12, and the host does not allow parties or smoking.
This historic log cabin is a perfect secluded getaway where guests can get away from the rat race and relax their minds and bodies in the heart of the Manistee National Forest. With access to a 15-acre private lake a short walk from the cabin, guests enjoy taking out the paddle boat, stand up paddle boards, and kayaks for spins around the no-wake lake.
The interior of this spectacular cabin combines the simplicity of centuries past with the modern conveniences and appliances of the 21st century. The hand-hewn cabin dates back to the early 1800s and was initially built by pioneer settlers from Pennsylvania. An hour from Lake Michigan and Ludington State Park and Baldwin Canoe Rental 14 miles north of the cabin, guests enjoy miles of beautiful, clean beaches.
6. VRBO near Holland Michigan
Fees: $60 cleaning fee
Policies: No events
It’s no secret that some of the best vacation spots in Michigan are located, well on Lake Michigan. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life to this Log Cabin on Lake Michigan. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee, and quiet respite as the waves roll in. This 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom, dog-friendly vacation rental offers amazing star gazing and private beach access. Located right off the highway and close to Saugatuck and Holland.
Recent guests have also raved about the great wifi access as well as having access to ample fire wood for nightly bonfires.
7. VRBO Lake Michigan Log Cabin
Fees: Cleaning fee $100, Pet Fee $75
Policies: No smoking/no events
This VRBO located just steps away from crystal blue Lake Michigan, sits this true, Michigan Log Cabin. Recently updated, this lake Michigan VRBO comes with a new kitchen and bathroom as well as all the up North modern amenities! Guests can enjoy cozy bonfires, unsalted waters for swimming and gorgeous sunset views all right outside your door. This unique section of Lake Michigan shoreline sports surf-able waves and unspoiled walks along over 3 miles of preserved, undeveloped beachfront owned by the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy.
If you’re dining out, The Cabbage Shed in Elberta is highly recommended by this VRBO host with good food and live music most nights – be sure grab a pint of Guinness and enjoy!
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