Karyn Wofford is a freelance writer in the fields of travel, eco-tourism, and wellness. She’s an avid traveler and Georgia native. She grew up with a passion for travel, exploring everything from the mountains to the ocean, and continues to find new and unique things to do in the places she travels.
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When the last time you thought “Hey, let’s go to Michigan for our summer vacay?” If not lately, you should reconsider. Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes, which display vibrant hues, and are bordered by picturesque towns that belong in a fairytale book. A glamping vacation in Michigan means kayaking, tasting a variety of masterfully cultivated wines and exploring vast forest foliage. Michigan is the place to get away from it all, and we’ve rounded up a list of the very best glamping spots that provide rustic disconnection, and a touch of glam.
The garden observatory is an idealistic place to escape from stress and chaos. An airy environment welcomes all who stay, and a clear roof keeps the twinkling stars in clear view all night. Wander the grounds and nearby hiking trails to fully embrace the beautiful nature, and even cast a line if angling is of interest. There’s something magical about the Firefly Suite.
Bell style and with a comfy bed, the tent is a fresh air retreat, that still remains within walking distance of the nearest town. Plenty of lounging space outside lets guests maximize time in nature. Hosts will do extra special things like deliver fresh eggs to the mailbox when the chickens are producing.
Peering over the waters of Saint Ignace, the Lost Tepee has glorious views and incomparable sunset viewing. Inside the Insta-worthy structure are some simple furnishings, like lounge chairs and beds, but what else do you need when the days bring expansive horizon views, and the nights a vibrant sky full of stars?
Relocating from Southwest Michigan, this classic airstream has already made a name for itself among the glamping game of Michigan. Now the vintage gem is continuing its Airbnb life in Alanson, where Lake Michigan, ski resorts, restaurants and breweries await. Imagine hitting the snow or water for the day, then snuggling up in the silver time capsule. A quaint chalet is also available for rent on the property. The host has a degree in outdoor recreation, and can certainly provide tips for some seriously awesome adventures.
Glamping is summed up with one glance at this Cadillac based tent. Wood floors keep the inside environment clean, there’s even access to outlets and electricity. All the creature comforts are here, while still being immersed in the wildlife and the raw beauty of our planet.
Come explore Northern Michigan, while staying in a nearly brand new Airstream. The look is still quite old-school, but nice and crisp. Wanting guests to have an unbelievable outdoor experience, hosts also provide bikes and other recreational essentials.
Rocky Top Farms - Ellsworth
Rocky Top Farms in Ellsworth, is where lots of tasty cherries are grown. In fact, the farm kitchen whips up killer delicious preserves, and the most famed of all, cherry butter. Old wooden cabins are available for rent, along with yurts, treehouses and a cute little boho tent with a pleasant disconnection from electronics and tech gadgets. Come enjoy this sweeping fruit region and unplug from the world. Guests can also request a wagon tour of the property. View on Website
Camp Buttercup - Ann Arbor
Close to Ann Arbor, Camp Buttercup houses something a bit more out of the box than the average glamping tent. This beautiful, wooden, UK constructed tiny home sits on the property, featuring an abundance of British touches. No detail has gone neglected, as everything down to the bathroom fixtures reflect the quality of a true shepherds hut. Delicate and inviting, the structure blends well with the landscape and surrounding wildlife. View on Website
Paddlers Village at Lake Superior is for “ outdoor enthusiasts on the go”, especially those looking to have a vacation filled with water adventure and hiking. While many accommodation types are offered at the Munising location, the safari tent village is completely endearing and unique. Each canvas structure is set upon a wooden platform, while housing bunk beds and front porch rocking chairs. Cabins and yurts provide something a bit more sturdy if it more suites your comfort levels. Take a look at some of their packages to incorporate kayaking or other water exploration into the trip.
Lime Island State Recreation Area - Brimley
Lime Island State Recreation Area has cottages and tent camping set on 932 acres of island, overlooking the St. Marys River. One of the most beloved things to do is watch boats chug by, from your own private dock. Of course, guests have to cast a line with such optimal access to the water. Hiking the surrounding trails that loop the slice of land is a way to both escape and see all the landscape has to offer. As for lodging, you can choose between platform tent camping, or, if you’re feeling really rugged, you can pitch your own tent on a grassy hill. Limited electricity and portable restrooms allow for quite a bit of disconnection and reacquaintance with our beautiful world. Wildlife conservation and even bears aren’t uncommon. View on Website
Located in Lake Leelanau, Wild Cherry Resort is optimally located near Sleeping Bear National Park, an abundance of adorable fishing towns with shops, bike trails and striking scenery via orchards and vineyards. Roll an RV up to a site, pitch a tent, or find that happy medium between both within the resort’s secluded yurt site. The wooden frame is draped in canvas, while the interior has those eclectic, upscale touches like fine linens and a chandelier—wine, cheese and flowers can be provided daily, per your request and additional fee. The site also has a sunken fire pit, portable toilet/shower and an outdoor dining space.
Mount Bohemia - Mohawk
Mount Bohemia offers yurts right on the mountain. When staying in the cozy yurts, skiers can glide right up to the door, for optimal access to the vast terrain on the mountain. The scenery of both water and snow is truly breathtaking, and there’s more to explore within the forests. Go for a hike, set out on a mountain bike adventure in the summer, swim, kayak and enjoy the wide variety of activities available to resort guests. Soak in the hot tub, indulge in wood-fired pizza, after a long day on the slopes. Log cabins are also available. View on Website
The Fields - South Haven
The Fields in South Haven are located amongst a blueberry farm. Plush king beds are encapsulated by heavy yet breezy canvas tents, which also stay toasty warm via a wood-burning stove. Every tent has a toilet and shower as well, so this is truly glamping. Awake to a chef-prepared breakfast made with locally sourced ingredients—quiche, grilled bacon, granola and fruit will kick off a day of South Haven adventure right. But the blueberry pancakes, both fluffy and sweet, are the most fitting treat. When in season, be sure to pick fresh, juicy blueberries for straight snacking. View on Website