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Top 13 Vacation Rentals in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Discover a completely different, wild, and isolated world on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with lots of undeveloped shoreline and just a handful of towns, with Marquette the largest. Scenic two-lane roads wind through spectacular tree canopies at this popular Michigan destination, while Brockway Mountain Drive just west of Copper Harbor at the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula offers a magnificent 360-degree view of Lake Superior, inland lakes, and endless green woodlands. To make the most of it all, these vacation rentals provide an ideal base.

Fairytale Luxury Lakeside Cabin - Eagle Harbor Anam Cara Lake Medora
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Fairytale Luxury Lakeside Cabin - Eagle Harbor

This beautiful cabin truly looks like it’s from a fairytale, made of stone, wood, and bark with lots of inspiring artistic details, including 69 handmade lamps/illuminated panels. It sits on a 7-acre property and has its own 2,300 feet of waterfront as well as a nearly one-mile-long trail that winds through. There’s a fire pit if you want to roast marshmallows or cook over an open fire and a lakeside deck for relaxing. Two canoes are provided for complimentary use and you’ll even have an outdoor shower with picturesque views of flowers and the forest. Take in 200+ degree lake views while you’re inside from the leather window seats, cozy up to the wood-burning fireplace, and prepare gourmet meals in the full kitchen.

Walden - Eagle Harbor, Michigan Walden Cabin, Eagle Harbor Township, Michigan
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Walden - Eagle Harbor, Michigan

One of the best cabin rentals in Michigan, Walden is a one-bedroom cabin ideal for a couples’ retreat. It accommodates up to two guests and includes a deck where you can relax and enjoy the scenery as well as a fire pit, perfect for cuddling up under the stars next to its warmth. With large windows, you’ll enjoy picturesque views and plenty of natural light inside along with all the essentials like a full kitchen, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and even a washer/dryer. When you don’t feel like making your own meals, there are several good eateries nearby.

Onion Tower Back Studio Walk Up - Marquette Onion Tower back studio walk up in Marquette
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Onion Tower Back Studio Walk Up - Marquette

This stunning Victorian home offers a studio apartment in the back with its own entrance right in the center of picturesque downtown Marquette. It includes a mini kitchen with a small fridge, microwave, cooktop, and coffee pot along with cable TV and a very comfortable bed to ensure a good night’s rest. Plus you’ll be just two blocks from Blackrocks brewery tasting pub and four blocks from a sandy beach along Lake Superior. It’s close to trails for hiking and a ski hill too.

The Superior Life Cottage - Marquette Superior Life Cottage, Marquette, MI
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The Superior Life Cottage - Marquette

A cozy two-bedroom rental for up to four guests, this cottage is just steps from Lake Superior and less than a 10-minute drive from downtown Marquette bringing the best of both worlds. Enjoy easy access to city attractions like local breweries, restaurants, and shopping, along with a wealth of outdoor activities. It’s especially well-suited for a small family with one bedroom featuring a queen bed and the other with a twin plus a twin trundle below. A Pack ‘n Play can be supplied upon request. You’ll have a fully equipped kitchen and a living room with a satellite TV, DVD player with assorted DVDs, games, books, and local maps too. After a day of play you can also look forward to relaxing in the deep soaking tub.

Sand Point Chalet - Grant Township Sand Point Chalet
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Sand Point Chalet - Grant Township

This spacious cottage offers lots of charm, with three bedrooms accommodating up to eight guests. Tucked among the trees along the shores of Lac La Belle, it boasts gorgeous lake views whether you’re inside, on the deck, or the dock. Enjoy easy access to all sorts of water sports, including fishing and boating – Lake Superior is only a 5-minute boat ride away. You’ll also be close to Mount Bohemia, biking, hiking, and snowmobile trails. You’ll have a fire pit and your own outdoor wood-fired sauna to soothe sore muscles too. Inside, there’s a full kitchen, ideal for cooking up that fresh catch or any meal, a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, and even items for the kids like books, toys, and a Pack ‘n Play.

Serene Lake Superior Cottage - Lake Linden Serene Lake Superior Cottage
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Serene Lake Superior Cottage - Lake Linden

Located right on Lake Superior with 100 feet of its own gray stone beachfront, this two-bedroom cottage for six offers panoramic views of Little Traverse Bay and the Huron Mountains from its large patio, a perfect spot for sipping your morning coffee while watching for bald eagles – there’s even a nest nearby. On a summer evening, build a bonfire for roasting marshmallows while enjoying the sounds of the waves, or just relax on the spacious deck watching a moonrise.

Waterfront Cottage with Private Dock - Copper Harbor Waterfront 2 BR Cottage
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Waterfront Cottage with Private Dock - Copper Harbor

‘Lahti Mokki,’ which means Bay Cottage, accommodates up to five guests and sits right along the shores of Lake Superior in a protected harbor. It includes your own private dock and you’ll be close to everything in town, including a brewery, grocery store, restaurants, a marina, and the ferry that can bring you to the state’s only national park, Isle Royale. Enjoy everything from boating and swimming to hiking and biking. A canoe, paddles, and life jackets are complimentary. At the end of the day enjoy sunset cocktails on the deck which sits on the second floor for a picturesque view. You’ll have a full kitchen and dining areas inside and out, a washer/dryer, TV, and DVD player too.

Best Beach on the Keweenaw, Views of Lake Superior - Lake Linden Best Beach on the Keweenaw
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Best Beach on the Keweenaw, Views of Lake Superior - Lake Linden

Look forward to panoramic views of Lake Superior and Big Traverse Bay from this three-bedroom cabin for six. It sounds on what they call the “Waikiki Beach of the Keweenaw Peninsula,” with soft white sands that are over three miles long and more than 100 feet deep – its own personal stretch is over 200 feet wide.  A chalet-style home, it offers a 180-degree view of Lake Superior and includes all the modern comforts.

Vintage Log Cabin in Charming Lakeside Village - Eagle River Vintage Log Cabin
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Vintage Log Cabin in Charming Lakeside Village - Eagle River

This cute and cozy cabin provides an idyllic romantic getaway, accommodating up to two, built in the 1940s as a summer project by a father and his two sons. You’ll enjoy plenty of tranquility and solitude, with opportunities to enjoy strolls on the beach and hikes on scenic trails. Very well-appointed it was renovated to include modern comforts, including a luxurious bath and fully stocked kitchen. You’ll have a 24″ HDTV with standard cable channels and Wi-Fi too.

Grandma's Cabin - Eagle Harbor Grandma's Cabin, Eagle Harbor, MI
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Grandma's Cabin - Eagle Harbor

The ideal cabin for a relaxing getaway, enjoy all the modern comforts while being close to the slopes for skiing and snowmobile trails for winter fun, and miles and miles of hiking trails during the warmer months of the year. Plus there’s a beach just a short walk away. After a day of chilly play, you’ll especially appreciate the huge stone fireplace where you can sip hot cocoa, wine, or anything else while the snowflakes gently fall outside. If you want to dine out, the Eagle Harbor Inn restaurant is just across the street.

Lakefront Cottage at End of Peaceful Road - Grant Township Lakefront Cottage at the End of a Peaceful Road
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Lakefront Cottage at End of Peaceful Road - Grant Township

This two-bedroom for up to seven guests sits right on the water, nestled in the trees at the end of the road, ensuring plenty of privacy. It even includes a boat and kayaks upon request. On a warm summer’s day, swimming is great with a sandy lake bottom. You’ll have outside patios for relaxing with a view, a propane fireplace, a full kitchen, and books and games for indoor entertainment.

Cozy Lakefront Cabin on Keweenaw Peninsula - Torch Lake So cozy and comfy on Rice Lake
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Cozy Lakefront Cabin on Keweenaw Peninsula - Torch Lake

Enjoy a tranquil retreat on Rice Lake, a place to totally relax and recharge as well as enjoy recreational activities. In fact, this one-bedroom cabin for three even comes with a dock for fishing and a canoe. You’ll have your own private sandy beach and even a wood-fired sauna building too. Whether you’re on land or water, you’ll appreciate the beautiful views and abundant wildlife from deer to sandhill cranes and bald eagles. Inside, cozy up to the woodstove with firewood supplied, enjoy cable TV and all the other necessities.

Century-Old Mining House - Calumet Safe Travels, Calumet, Mi
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Century-Old Mining House - Calumet

This century-old mining house offers historic character and modern amenities. Sleeping up to six guests in two bedrooms, it has a large grassy yard and offers an ideal location in the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Enjoy easy access to Lake Superior, Mount Bohemia and the main snowmobile/ATV trail. It comes with a full kitchen that has all you need to make your own meals, a washer and dryer, and Wi-Fi. While there is no cable, you will have a Blu-ray player with a small section of DVDs for movie nights.

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