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Cabins make for an ideal getaway in Michigan, with many boasting lake or river frontage, while nestled in the woods. No matter what the season, you’re likely to find plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure, with winter bringing great snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling too. Whether you want to escape the city and unplug in the wilderness or you’re looking for a luxurious option with all the comforts of home, there’s a perfect cabin for you on this list.
Fernside A-Frame: Private River Front - Indian River
The Fernside A-Frame cabin sits along the banks of the Sturgeon River, tucked into the trees. Let the sounds of the water lull you to sleep every night as it echos throughout the property. It has two bedrooms, accommodating up to four, with an open floor plan and a wall of windows for enjoying the views and the starry night’s sky. While sipping your morning coffee, wildlife often wanders by as fish leap from the water’s surface. There’s a fire pit to gather around, a BBQ grill, a full kitchen, and Wi-Fi too.
Lakeside Timberframe Cabin - Galesburg
Look forward to 300 feet of your own private lakefront and a small dock at this luxury lakeside cabin. It’s surrounded by lush beauty while providing magnificent panoramic views of the water, woods and wildlife from an upper deck. Guests can swim, fish and take advantage of the complementary use of two kayaks and a canoe. It also includes a custom kitchen with a bar and dining area that has a hand-built table with seating for six. You’ll have a deep soaking tub to relax in too.
Beautiful Log Cabin on The Bay - Suttons Bay
This log cabin on Grand Traverse Bay comes with your own 150 feet of private West Bay beachfront, along with beach toys, chairs and towels for taking advantage of it. In the evening enjoy the fire pit set atop a small bluff overlooking the water, with a starter bundle of wood provided, along with benches and chairs. You’ll have plenty of space for everyone in the family as it includes three floors, sleeping up to 10, along with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, cable TV and Wi-Fi. Fido is welcome too for an additional fee.
Walden Cabin - Eagle Harbor Township
Walden is a one-bedroom cabin nestled among the trees, accommodating up to two for an ideal couples’ getaway. Enjoy relaxing on the deck and staring up at the bright stars at night, along with abundant natural light inside thanks to the large windows. It includes a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, cable TV and a full kitchen for making your own meals. You’ll be close to dining in town too.
Seeblick Haus: Modern Cabin with Water Views - Northport
This cabin for six boasts endless views from its secluded location on a 12-acre lot with an open floor plan. You’ll have a 270-degree view of Grand Traverse Bay and the surrounding orchards, with views inside and out. It has a porch that wraps around the house, extending the living space to the outdoors on pleasant days, along with large windows that bring nature in. Take advantage of the warmth of the wood-burning stove and a fully equipped kitchen with all the essentials too. When you want to dine out, you’ll be just a five-minute drive to restaurants and coffee shops, while several public beaches at Lake Michigan are close by as well.
Riverview Cabin on 150 Acres of Nature - Watervliet
The Riverview Cabin offers a studio space for two, set on 150 acres with ponds for catch and release fishing and nature trails to walk. You’ll have 2.3 miles of riverfront and an expansive furnished deck to relax and watch the abundant wildlife, including bald eagles and many other bird species, geese, turkey, deer, fox and more. You’ll have an outdoor fire pit with wood, fire starter and a lighter provided. Inside, the highlight is the bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub – you can even soak while enjoying music through the Bluetooth speaker vent. A fully stocked kitchen, Smart TV with a DVD player and board games are included too.
Paradise View - Paradise
Paradise view is just what you’ll have at this cabin on Whitefish Bay. It showcases views of the water, sun and moon rise right from your living room. There’s a view from every room – you’ll be able to watch the abundant birdlife and the ships that pass by, and you’ll have easy access to hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. It includes a gas log stove to cozy up to, heated bathroom floors appreciated on chilly mornings and a fully equipped kitchen. The master bedroom boasts an especially gorgeous view from a sliding glass window and one of the two bathrooms includes a Jacuzzi tub.
Pere Marquette Riverfront Cabin, Baldwin
Escape the chaos of the real world and unplug in this two-bedroom cabin for four. It has large windows that overlook the designated National Wild and Scenic Pere Marquette River, providing a magnificent view of the water and beautiful sunrises. There is no Wi-Fi or TV, but it does include complimentary fishing poles, a canoe and a two-person kayak. You’ll also have a burn ring at the edge of the river and a fire pit on the property for bonfires and roasting marshmallows. Central a/c and central heat are included along with a well-stocked kitchen with everything you need to make your own meals.
Spring Lake Cabin, Iron Mountain
This cozy cabin for four sits alongside a secluded spring-fed lake, just a 10-minute drive from Iron Mountain. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the great outdoors in Upper Michigan, kayaking, paddle boating, fishing, swimming and more – two kayaks and a paddle boat are provided. It has a studio-style space with a fully equipped kitchen and large patio doors that lead to a deck, yard and picturesque view of the water.
Black Lake Cabin, Onaway
Located just above Black Lake on a hill, this cabin with handcrafted log furniture enjoys beautiful sunsets just steps from a 40-acre property with 105 feet of private lake frontage that guests have access to. Enjoy watching the wildlife while being just a 10-minute drive from Black Mountain Recreational Area and multiple restaurants. A full kitchen and many other amenities are included, like a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi and TV. Ideal for a family, it has two bedrooms and accommodates up to six.
Gladwin Waterfront Cottage, Gladwin
This two-bedroom waterfront cabin sits along a peaceful tree-lined road in the woods overlooking Grass Lake, providing spectacular views from a huge, 1,500-square-foot deck. It has a built-in gazebo and a three-season porch with seating. Gather around the fire pit with chairs, play horseshoes or a game of pool. Inside you’ll have a gas fireplace, games and movies to watch, along with a full kitchen and the usual comforts of home. Bring your dog too as it’s pet friendly and includes a fenced yard.
Hephzibah’s Haven, Gaylord
This two-bedroom A-frame cabin sits on the west side of Otsego Lake in a neighborhood of cabins. It sleeps up to six and includes a mix of vintage decor and modern amenities, including a very well-stocked kitchen. Enjoy games, an extensive library, TV and DVD player, a deck and bistro set, and a fire pit for bonfires too. You’ll also have access to the lake while beautiful Otsego County Park is just a quarter-mile away.
Sunrise Sunsation with Hot Tub on Mullett Lake - Topinabee
Look forward to fun on the lake and the perfect place to relax with this two-bedroom lakefront cottage/cabin. It comes complete with kayaks and an outdoor hot tub. It sits along the North Central Trail System, a walking, biking and snowmobiling trail and provides full access to the lake. There’s a deck for sipping your morning coffee while watching the sunrise along with a patio set with an umbrella for alfresco dining, a propane BBQ grill and a fire pit.
Duplex Cabin A Nestled on Maple River, Brutus
This luxurious duplex cabin for six sits along the Maple River in a gorgeous setting adjacent to the Hidden River Golf and Casting Club. You’ll be close to golf, skiing, trout fishing and the Northern Michigan wilderness, while enjoying the comforts of home, like Wi-Fi and satellite TV. It has two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, a fireplace and a full kitchen.