The 9 Best Lake Michigan Cabin Rentals of 2020

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Best Overall: Beachfront Cabin Near Coloma – See Rates at Airbnb

  • "Wander down the secluded path to the private beach, where paddleboards and kayaks await for hours of summer fun."

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Two-Bedroom Cabin With Private Beach – See Rates at Airbnb

  • "The cabin’s elevated position on the dunes allows for some spectacular sunsets – the perfect backdrop to a dusk dinner."

Best Budget: Studio Cabin in Kenosha – See Rates at Airbnb

  • "Walking distance of downtown Kenosha, this studio cabin is intended as a retreat for writers, or as a home base for boaters and fishermen."

Best for Families: Three-Bedroom Cabin in Saugatuck – See Rates at Airbnb

  • "Kids will love the seasonal community pool, while bikes and kayaks are provided for exploring the local area."

Most Romantic: Studio Cabin Near Union Pier – See Rates at Airbnb

  • "There’s a hammock by the fire pit and a deck with bar seating beneath a giant pine strung with vintage fairy lights."

Best for Larger Groups: Five-Bedroom Cabin Near Pentwater – See Rates at Airbnb

  • "Spend quiet hours in the reading nook, with its books, board games, and rocking chairs."

Most Historic: 100-Year-Old Lakefront Cabin Near Manistee – See Rates at Airbnb

  • "Spend lazy days in the backyard, reading a book on the swing seat or paddling in the lake."

Most Unique: Rustic Cabin on Cedarbirch Island – See Rates at Airbnb

  • "This cabin is located on a private island that is only accessible by boat, with no TV or Wi-Fi."

Most Secluded: Scenic Cabin on Pere Marquette River – See Rates at Airbnb

  • "It’s located on the banks of the National Wild and Scenic Pere Marquette River, which is famous for its rainbow and brown trout fishing in season."

Our Top Picks

01 of 09

Best Overall: Beachfront Cabin Near Coloma

Beachfront Cabin Near Coloma

 Airbnb

Bedrooms (1)
  • 1 Queen

  • 1 Bunk bed

  • 4 Guests

Amenities
  • Deck

  • Air-conditioning

  • Paddleboard and kayaks

Set amongst quiet, wooded dunes in a private gated community near Coloma, a small town on the southeast side of the lake, this restored 1950s cabin is the ideal getaway for those who want to escape from the world for a while. There’s no TV, no Wi-Fi, and limited cell reception. Instead, wander down the pathway to the private beach, where paddleboards and kayaks await for hours of summer fun.

Minimally decorated and sleek with white tile and black flourishes, the cabin is a modern and simple way to enjoy the natural surrounding of the lake.

The deck offers panoramic views of Lake Michigan—a lake with some of the best scenery in all of the Midwest—and its spectacular sunsets, while sitting at the family-style table or on the two wooden sun loungers. The same magnificent views can be enjoyed from the couch in the stylish living room.

The cabin has one bedroom with a queen bed and bunks and a fully-equipped kitchen, so it can comfortably fit a family. 

02 of 09

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Two-Bedroom Cabin With Private Beach

Two-Bedroom Cabin With Private Beach

Airbnb 

Bedrooms (2)
  • 2 Double beds

  • 4 Guests

Amenities
  • Cable TV

  • Wi-Fi

  • Grill

The ideal alternative for families who want a little extra privacy—or who can’t imagine life without Wi-Fi—is this charming red, gray, and white-painted cabin. Set amidst scenic trees on the lakeshore to the north of Manistee, it's one of the best destinations on the shores of the lake thanks to its friendly vibe and long stretches of pristine beachfront.

In town, you can visit the Manistee County Historical Museum to get an account of the local history of the region, from information about the Native Americans who originally lived on the land, to geological facts about the surrounding area. Restaurants in town, like the 50s-style diner House of Flavors, known for its ice-cream based desserts like sundaes and floats, are a great way to get a taste of local culture.

From the deck of the cabin, it takes just 13 steps to reach the private, white sand beach. The cabin’s elevated position on the dunes allows for some spectacular sunsets, the perfect backdrop to an evening spent cooking an outdoor dinner on the provided gas or charcoal Weber grills.

Inside, the cabin features two double bedrooms and a fully stocked kitchen. The latter leads into an open-plan living and dining area complete with comfy couches, cable TV, and a DVD player, so entertainment is no problem. 

03 of 09

Best Budget: Studio Cabin in Kenosha

Studio Cabin in Kenosha

Airbnb

Bedrooms (Studio)
  • 1 Queen bed

  • 1 Sofa bed

  • 3 Guests

Amenities
  • Wi-Fi

  • TV

  • Grill

Located directly on the marina and within walking distance of downtown Kenosha, a town right between Chicago and Milwaukee, this studio cabin is intended as a retreat for writers or as a home base for boaters and fishermen.

The cabin is also a great value pick for travelers on a budget thanks to its affordable rates. The open-plan studio includes a simple kitchen, a queen-size bed, and a futon that doubles as a sleeping space for one more.

You can rinse off after swimming in the lake in the screened shower room, eat meals at the four-person dining table, and then spend the rest of the evening relaxing in front of the 55-inch smart TV. Wi-Fi is readily available and pets are welcome. If you've traveled by boat, you're welcome to dock it right outside the door.

The surrounding town of Kenosha is pure Wisconsin, with restaurants like Franks Diner serving up all-American food like cheese curds in retro style. You can even see the town's Native American heritage at its model village that recreates what life was like for the indigenous peoples of the region.

04 of 09

Best for Families: Three-Bedroom Cabin in Saugatuck

Three-Bedroom Cabin in Saugatuck

Airbnb

Bedrooms (3)
  • 1 King bed

  • 1 Queen bed

  • 2 Bunk beds

  • 1 Sofa bed

  • 10 Guests

Amenities
  • Indoor fireplace

  • Screened-in porch

  • Pool

This cabin enjoys an idyllic location on Goshorn Lake, within a few minutes’ drive to Oval Beach and Saugatuck, a famed community known for its thriving arts and crafts scene.

Kids will love the seasonal community pool that you get access to, while bikes and kayaks are provided for exploring the local area. Lake Michigan is within biking distance and nearby Goshorn Lake is perfect for natural exploration. Meanwhile, Spectators Bar & Grill is right around the corner, where you can grab some classic American sports bar food like burgers and buffalo wings on the outdoor patio.

After your adventures, come home for drinks on the screened-in back porch before firing up the gas grill for dinner. The spacious kitchen includes a dishwasher, making cleaning up after big family meals less of a chore.

There’s plenty of space for everyone to relax in front of the living room TV and fireplace, while both bathrooms feature a tub for an easy toddler bathtime. A high chair, travel crib, and washer/dryer round out the cabin’s baby-friendly amenities. 

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05 of 09

Most Romantic: Studio Cabin Near Union Pier

Studio Cabin Near Union Pier

Studio Cabin Near Union Pier 

Bedrooms (Studio)
  • 1 Queen bed

  • 1 Sofa bed

  • 4 Guests

Amenities
  • Wi-Fi

  • Cable TV

  • Indoor fireplace

This classically decorated log cabin, located just a five-minute drive from the public beach at Union Pier, is only steps away from the most pristine beaches of Lake Michigan.

With a hammock by the fire pit and a deck with bar seating beneath a giant pine strung with vintage fairy lights, this secluded cabin is practically made for romantic getaways. Plus you and your partner can explore 2.5 acres of tranquil landscaped woodland full of walking trails and serene seating areas that circle the house.

Inside, the contemporary studio cabin features vaulted ceilings and whimsical skylights. The open-plan living space includes a beautiful queen bed, a full kitchen, and a European-style rain shower, while a wood-burning stove sets the scene for cozy nights throughout fall and winter. The cabin also offers Wi-Fi, cable TV, and free on-site parking. 

06 of 09

Best for Larger Groups: Five-Bedroom Cabin Near Pentwater

Five-Bedroom Cabin Near Pentwater

Airbnb

Bedrooms (5)
  • 1 King bed

  • 2 Queen beds

  • 4 Twin beds

  • 2 Cribs

  • 1 Couch

  • 10 Guests

Amenities
  • Hot tub

  • Laundry facilities

  • Wi-Fi

This five-bedroom Pentwater cabin is ideally situated in between Bass Lake and Lake Michigan. It has three floors with beds and a bathroom on each level, while the main living room features an indoor fireplace and large TV. You won’t get cable, but access to Netflix and Amazon Prime more than makes up for it.

Spend quiet hours in the reading nook, with its books, board games, and rocking chairs. Whip up a feast together in the kitchen, or use the grill to cook steaks on the wraparound deck.

Guests of all ages will love the hot tub and outdoor fire pit, while included baby essentials like a high chair and cribs make it a good choice for young families. Pets are welcome, too. 

07 of 09

Most Historic: 100-Year-Old Lakefront Cabin Near Manistee

100-Year-Old Lakefront Cabin Near Manistee

Airbnb

Bedrooms (3)
  • 1 Queen bed

  • 1 Double bed

  • 2 Twin beds

  • 6 Guests

Amenities
  • Cable TV

  • Laundry facilities

  • Indoor fireplace

Part of a small community on Bar Lake, this historic cabin is a five-minute walk from Lake Michigan. Right outside of Orchard Beach State Park, known for its bluff overlooking the waters below, the cabin is situated on some of the most idyllic stretches of beach on the east side of the lake.

Built over 100 years ago, the cabin has since been lovingly restored and equipped with every modern convenience. In the main living area, you’ll find board games, cable TV, and a wood-burning fireplace beneath airy cathedral ceilings.

Meals are eaten around the cherrywood dining table or in the lakeside gazebo with its gas grill. Spend lazy days in the backyard reading a book on the swing seat or paddling in the lake.

For those that like to be a little more active, there’s a boathouse with kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and a rowboat. Wi-Fi is included and pets are allowed. 

08 of 09

Most Unique: Rustic Cabin on Cedarbirch Island

Rustic Cabin on Cedarbirch Island

Airbnb

 

Bedrooms (2)
  • 3 Queen beds

  • 4 Guests

Amenities
  • Indoor fireplace

  • Grill

  • Boat dock

One of only two cabins located on a private island in Sawyer Harbor, a town about an hour from Green Bay, this listing is unique and secluded. The only way on or off the island is by boat, and the cabin is rustic with no TV, no Wi-Fi, and is decorated with well-worn furniture.

For those that love nature and have a strong spirit of adventure, it’s a kind of paradise, surrounded by Potawatomi State Park and the Idlewild Peninsula. Summer days are for swimming, fishing, and boating from the dock. You are welcome to bring your own boat or use the canoes and rowboat provided at the cabin.

Cook your catch on the charcoal grill ahead of a candlelit dinner on the screened-in porch. In winter, the cozy living area and loft bedroom provide all the sanctuary you need.

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09 of 09

Most Secluded: Scenic Cabin on Pere Marquette River

Scenic Cabin on Pere Marquette River

Airbnb

Bedrooms (2)
  • 2 Double beds

  • 1 Couch

  • 4 Guests

Amenities
  • Grill

  • Firepit

  • Kayak and canoes

If you’re in search of seclusion and don’t mind being a 40-minute drive from Lake Michigan, this Craftsman-style cabin in the rural town of Baldwin is an excellent choice for a getaway.

The rental is located on the banks of the National Wild and Scenic Pere Marquette River, which is famous for its rainbow and brown trout fishing in season. Gaze out at the river from the cabin’s huge windows or go exploring by using the provided tandem kayak, canoe, and fishing poles.

There are a fire pit and grill for alfresco dining, plus a well-stocked kitchen with a vintage stove—perfect for cooking your own catches. If you don't have much luck on the river, you can head into town for a meal, like pizza and Italian food from Pompeii's, or you can get an ice cream dessert from locally renowned Jones' Homemade Ice Cream Parlor.

The cabin features central heating and air-conditioning but doesn’t have a TV or Wi-Fi. Four-legged family members are welcome.

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