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Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Beautiful Log Cabin on The Bay – See Rates at airbnb.com
"This traditional log cabin is built from local timbers, giving a rustic vibe while providing modern amenities and comforts."
Best East Coast: Island Cabin Near Ann Arbor – See Rates at airbnb.com
"A solar-powered cabin on an eight-acre island in the middle of Iron Mill Pond, with a 151-acre lake for swimming."
Best Historical: Uncle Tom’s Cabin – See Rates at airbnb.com
"There is a canoe and kayak launch for those wanting to enjoy the water, and a riverside deck perfect for birdwatching."
"This tiny home 20 miles north of Marquette is set up as a love nest 500 feet up on a cliff overlooking majestic Lake Superior."
Best Riverfront: Cabin at Tioga Falls – See Rates at airbnb.com
"There is no cell phone service, no television, no internet, so it’s perfect for completely unplugging and unwinding."
Best for Families: The Barn Cottage – See Rates at airbnb.com
"This roomy, remodelled cottage on two-and-a-half acres is chic yet laid-back enough for families with lots of rowdy kids."
Best Winter Hideaway: Lincoln Log Cabin, Hagerman Lake – See Rates at airbnb.com
"While it is an all-season retreat, this spacious 3,600 square foot cabin is the perfect base for winter sports."
Best for Large Gatherings: Royal Stag Lodge – See Rates at airbnb.com
"It’s like a game lodge done up fancy."
Best for Fishing: Cabin on Private Gibson Lake – See Rates at airbnb.com
"A wonderful getaway for those who take their lake time seriously."
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Beautiful Log Cabin on The Bay
Set on the shores of the sheltered Sutton Bay, this traditional log cabin is built from local timbers inside and out, giving a rustic vibe but also providing modern amenities and comforts. The house contains a large kitchen and dining area and a living room with couches and a decorative stone fireplace.
Downstairs, there is a bar area with a variety of toys and games for children and a book selection for adults. Sleeping arrangements consist of an upstairs loft, two private bedrooms and common areas with futon sofas. Outside, a large deck has a gas BBQ and is lined with glass panels to provide a safe area for children while not interrupting the lake views.
The property has its own private stretch of shorefront and provides beach necessities such as beach towels, umbrellas, and snorkeling equipment. Near the shore, there is also a fire pit with seating for social evenings spent under the stars.
Best East Coast: Island Cabin Near Ann Arbor
Two canoes and two kayaks
While this cabin may feel “up north”, it’s only 45 minutes southwest from the bustling college town of Ann Arbor. It’s a solar-powered cabin on an eight-acre island in the middle of Iron Mill Pond, a 151-acre lake for swimming. The cabin comes with a 40-foot floating dock.
The open kitchen area includes everything that guests need to prepare meals such as an oven, stove, microwave, refrigerator, toaster, and a Keurig coffeemaker. The kitchen is also fully stocked with all necessary utensils, dishes, and cutlery. Outside there is a propane grill and a fire pit.
If nights get chilly, there is a wood-burning stove to cozy up to, although permission from the cabin owners must be attained before using it. After a long day of playing on the lake, guests can curl up in the loft in front of the large flat-screen television with Blu-Ray player.
Best Historical: Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Canoe and kayak launch
Self check-in with lockbox
Uncle Tom's Cabin on Pioneer Pointe in Grayling is an actual late 1800s hand-hewed logger’s cabin. Located on an ultra-private peninsula with a canoe launch on 1,800 feet of waterfront, the cabin is nestled among towering, mature Red Pines surrounded by the Au Sable River.
The 2,000-square-foot cabin sits on nearly 12 acres with private access to 8.5 miles of trails in the nearby Wakeley Lake Trail System. A canoe and kayak launch is there for those wanting to enjoy the water, and a riverside deck exceeding 1,000 square feet perfect for birdwatching, complete with bonfire pits for making s’mores.
Best Budget: The Love Shack, Lake Superior
Wood burning sauna
Spot for RV parking
While not large, this tiny home 20 miles north of Marquette is set up as a love nest 500 feet up on a cliff overlooking majestic Lake Superior. It’s rustic (think no electric, minimal cell service, and an outdoor privy with commode), off-the-grid (but with gas lights and heat), and very private.
It comes with a fire pit, a cooking grill, and a Dutch oven. Access is maintained plowed in the winter, which is a great time to book a retreat to read, write, and stay warm in the Finnish-built wood-burning sauna. A standout feature is a screened-in porch from which to gaze at the lake while wrapped up in a blanket. It includes an RV camping site.
Best Riverfront: Cabin at Tioga Falls
Canoe and Kayak use included
Hunting allowed on the property
Coffee pot, toaster, cast iron skillet for cooking
An hour west of Marquette, this is a custom-built, off-the-grid log cabin on the banks of the Tioga River with privileged views of Tioga Falls. Guests can fall asleep listening to the sounds of the river. It’s on 80 acres of private land accessed by a two-mile two-track.
There is no cell phone service, no television, no internet, so it’s perfect for completely unplugging and unwinding. There is electricity (and even a refrigerator) run by a propane generator. An ideal time to visit would be in autumn to fully immerse in the fall color change and cozy up to the woodstove with the provided wood.
It has a pet-friendly policy that welcomes one pet per booking. Avid fishermen will be able to go after brook and brown trout in the Tioga.
Best for Families: The Barn Cottage
2 twin bunks
5 full futons
2 portable cots
Two televisions with cable
Washer and Dryer
Water Trampoline, Pontoon boat, rowboat, two kayaks
Although the name references a barn, this roomy, remodeled four-story cottage on two-and-a-half acres is chic yet laid-back enough for families with a bunch of wet, sandy kids running in from the lake to feel comfortable.
It’s on the banks of Upper Herring Lake in Frankfort, an all-sports lake where kids can swim, kayak, or jump on the water trampoline. Nearby is Point Betsie Light, the oldest standing structure in Benzie County. It comes with a full kitchen with standard kitchen appliances, but also a charcoal grill for informal barbeques.
On a rainy day, kids can stay inside, entertained by the well-equipped rec room. The Barn Cottage is pet-friendly.
Best Winter Hideaway: Lincoln Log Cabin, Hagerman Lake
2 Twin bunk
Canoes, rowboat, kayak
This cabin is for people wanting to get away from it all, but who still want modern amenities such as satellite television and Wi-Fi.
It’s 10 miles from the Wisconsin border right in the Ottawa National Forest, just under six miles outside of Iron River. While it is an all-season retreat, this spacious 3,600 square foot cabin is the perfect base for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or heading over to nearby Ski Brule, a small but fun ski resort.
There are multiple fireplaces in the cabin to keep things toasty warm, and a washer and dryer to help deal with wet, snowy clothes. Lucky guests may even be able to spot a family of Bald Eagles that frequents the property.
Best for Large Gatherings: Royal Stag Lodge
1 Bunk bed
The Royal Stag Lodge is a late 1940s, wide planked, knotty pine, tongue-and-groove lodge built on a massive exposed beam construction frame. It’s like a game lodge done up fancy – think along the lines of design elements such as four five-foot-tall elk antler chandeliers illuminating the space. There is a gorgeous river view from every room in the house and guests can unwind listening to the relaxing sounds of flowing water over rocks.
With six bedrooms, there is privacy for travelers, but large community spaces are well thought out to bring people together, such as the big dining table and the nearby pool table.
For those who want to get out by the water, beach towels, umbrella, beach blanket, snorkeling gear is provided. The space has families in mind, with fireplace screens, a highchair, room darkening shades, and children’s toys and books on site.
Best for Fishing: Cabin on Private Gibson Lake
24-hour check in
This is a wonderful getaway for those who take their lake time seriously. This cabin is gated and on a private lake approximately 75 acres in size with 2,850 feet of frontage. It is possible to hike the entire wooded perimeter of the lake (it’s about two miles). Abundant fish species include bass, walleye, and perch; the lake is about 35 feet deep at its deepest point and a 40-foot dock is included.
The cabin has a beautiful master suite with a large bath, a sunroom for relaxing in and two large decks on the lakeside.
There is a kayak, a canoe, and a 17-foot fishing boat on site.