The Best Hidden Beaches in Michigan

Summer is just around the corner, and we can’t think of a better way to welcome the new season than a trip to a quaint lakeside beach. Below are some of Michigan’s best kept “secret” spots to hang out and catch some rays while social distancing. 

Sleeping Bear DunesDUNESLocated on the Northeast shore of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear is large enough to have plenty of nooks and crannies to explore while avoiding a crowd. If you don’t know where to start, Tiesma Road Beach, Peterson Road Beach and Port Oneida Beach are three great spots that are both beautiful and off the beaten path. 

Lake Huron Roadside ParkPARKSitting high on a bluff overlooking the water, this hidden treasure is the perfect spot to pull over and watch the sky fade to nighttime. And don’t forget to bring a camera—it’s a view you’ll want to remember. 

Negwegon State ParkSTATE PARKDespite its official state park label, this area is severely overlooked in terms of scenic recreation spots. The State describes it as “rustic and undeveloped” and indeed, you may want to take a hike and observe some of the wildlife before hitting the park’s sandy beach shores. 

Mackinaw City Public Beach AccessBEACHWhere the Wilderness State Park and Trail Ends road meet, you’ll find this cute little Lake Michigan beach tucked away from the rest of the world—just as you’ll be once you arrive. Stretch out and savor having the soft white sand and shallow waters all to yourself.

Private Beaches PRIVATE BEACHAs relatively “secret” as the beaches above are, the best way to ensure seclusion is to use a private beach. has a ton of properties available with private, on-site water access. You can have your own beach, plus all the amenities that come with the various rental properties, right at your fingertips. 

What’s your favorite beach in Michigan? Share your beach tips in the comments below!

SPRING: Coming Soon to Michigan

SPRING: Coming Soon to Michigan

It’s time for Spring Cleaning! And by “cleaning,” I mean you should pack up and clear out to spend a week at someone else’s professionally cleaned and tchotchke-free vacation home. Spring is a great time to clean out the corners, but it’s an even better time to clear your mind — and what better way than to vacate your everyday life and vacation in one of Michigan’s many beautiful and relaxing rental homes.

Spring also happens to be a time when the sleepy towns of winter wake up and start thinking about throwing a festival. Take a look at some of these fun Michigan springtime events and the stunning vacation homes that surround them:


What’s happening in March?

March is a fickle time in Michigan, bringing weather that passes freely between rain and snow — but that doesn’t stop the state at large from having a grand old time. Winter festivities continue into March in Michigan, with fun community events like fatbiking challenges and ice fishing competitions. March is also the beginning of the racing season, and many athletes like to kick it off with a green-decked shamrock shuffle. Check out these can’t-miss Michigan festivals and events in March:

— St. Patrick’s Day —

(1) On March 10, Highland, Mich., hosts the annual Highland Celtic Festival in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The festival is a whirl of live entertainments, including traditional music and dance, magic shows and street theater. Local restaurants and pubs collaborate on a feast of corn beef and cabbage with soda bread and green beer. Proceeds from the festival go to the Church of the Holy Spirit.

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(2) On March 17, Marquette, Mich., is hosting a St. Patrick’s Street Shut Down — a community-wide street party featuring dueling pianos, a mechanical bull, a photo booth and a cash bar.

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— Daylight Savings Time —

On March 16, Champion, Mich., hosts its annual Lantern Lit Snowshoe Trail event. This family-frien

dly, self-guided snow trek ventures down a 1.25-mile wooded trail lit by lantern light. The trail circles back to the entry point, where a camp fire and warm treats await participants.

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Why is everyone always so tired on April first?

Because they’ve just finished a long, 31-day March!

What are we celebrating in April?

April is a month for traditions, whether that be the annual prank contest you started with your best frie

nd in the seventh grade, or the less hostile, family Easter egg hunt — both of which we know you’ve continued to participate in long past the point where it aged out of appropriateness. Oh, well. We don’t worry about appearances at the cabin! Book a large-group cabin in April and give family and friends room to spread out while enjoying the traditional merry-making. But remember: pranking your rental owner or manager is rarely appreciated and may result in fines.

— Easter —

On April first, Kalamazoo, Mich., is the place to be this year for the iconic staple of spring: the Easter Sunday Brunch! Kalamazoo one-ups the neighbors by holding their annual brunch in the historical Henderson Castle. This notorious mid-morning feast consists of seven courses!

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—April Fool’s —

On April 6, Ann Arbor, Mich., commemorates April Fool’s with an evening kickoff of its annual weekend FoolMoon event. The community and visitors gather to celebrate the long-awaited turn of the seasons with light and laser spectacles, a D.J. and beer tent, and live dance performances.

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— Does wine even need a reason? —

On April 19, the Artisan Market officially opens in Baroda, Mich. Held in the tasting room at Dablon Vineyards, the Artisan Market is made up of a collection of local artists, craftsmen, and vendors and cultivators of all kinds. This local pop-up market enjoys a view of the Dablon

estate. Visitors can indulge in complimentary hors d’oeuvres while they peruse unique goods from southwest Michigan and northern Indiana.

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If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring?


What’s on the horizon in May?

May is the real pinna

cle of spring in Michigan, when the temperature tends to stay between 50 and 70 degrees, and the wildflowers are thick on the side of the road. May is a beautiful time to visit the Midwest, take a scenic drive down back-country roads and enjoy a picnic under bright sun and cool breeze.

May is also a big month for holidays! Between Mother’s Day (an excellent time to gather the family in a spacious, relaxing vacation home and surround Mom with the love and attention she deserves) and Memorial Day (widely acknowledged as the official start to peak vacation season), there is a slew of lesser-known reasons to fête, including Mother Goose Day, Garden Meditation Day, National Windmill Day and Learn About Composting Day — not to mention that May is National Bike Month AND National Barbecue Month. Here’s how Michigan celebrates May:

— May Day —

On May 5, visitors can Learn to Identify Spring Flowers in Muskegon, Mich., at a family-friendly event co-taught by a park naturalist and a nature photographer. This hands-on skills seminar covers basic plant identification using photographic examples, then escorts participants outdoors to flex their new knowledge on a guided nature hike in areas well-populated with native wildflowers. Coffee and a light breakfast are provided at sign-in, with a luncheon served at noon. Participants will also receive a handy field guide.

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— Mother’s Day —

Celebrate Mom this year by training for a race and keeping pace! On May 12, Grand Rapids is hosting the annual Fifth Third River Bank Run downtown. The day’s events include a 5k run, a 10k run, a 25k hand-cycle race, a 25k wheelchair race, a 25k foot race and a 5k community walk.

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 — Memorial Day —

On May 28, Grand Haven holds its famous Memorial Day Parade, led by the United States Coast Guard Color Guard. After the parade, spectators can join the marchers for a commemorative ceremony and a live performance by the Grand Haven High School Band.

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Whatever your reason for the season, you can find fanfare for it in Michigan, or create your own in one of Michigan’s many specially fitted large-group or family cabins.

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Michigan ‘Fitcations’ Worth Traveling For

2017 has come to an end, and with it any illusions we were still cherishing about checking off the ambitious New-Year’s resolutions we all pinned to our “vision boards” last January. The good news, for those of us who will be crossing off just one word from that resolutions list — “2017” — there is hope for next year. Some of the most widely aspired-to resolutions include fitness challenges and travel, which just happen to be a killer duo. And while trapping yourself into going to the gym by committing to a year-long membership may work for some, others would rather wave goodbye to the monthly fees than spend their early mornings and evenings in a sweaty, brightly-lit workout box. This year, put your holiday bonus to great use by planning your dream fitcation — book a cabin, register for an outdoor adventure race and start training. Let’s all reach for a resolutions win in 2018!

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To help you in your quest, here is a list of unique Michigan fitness challenges throughout the year — and unique Michigan lodging to match:

January: Michigan Adventure Race

This 6-mile, triathlon-style race is the largest outdoor winter adventure race in the U.S.! A mix of snowshoeing, fatbiking and paddling the icy waters through Manistee National Forest, the Michigan Adventure Race presents a variety of challenges, not the least of which is the weather! Participants are provided with the cold-weather equipment and plenty of motivational prizes to get them across the finish line.

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February: Ground Hog Marathon

Celebrate Ground Hog’s Day in 2018 by paying a visit to Grand Rapid’s local celebrity Augustus T. Groundhog. This cold-weather running event consists of a full marathon, a half marathon and a “Moonlight 1/6 Marathon” the night before. Much like the eponymous movie, the Ground Hog Marathon certified course repeats itself — up to six times, if you are running the full! And regardless of whether Augustus sees his shadow, there is likely to be snow on the course.

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March: Clare Irish Festival Road Race

This jolly green St. Patty’s Day road race features a 5K run, 10K run and a 2-mile walk. Racers begin and end at Clare High School, and will receive a t-shirt and a free pancake breakfast in the school cafeteria. Following the competitive races, kids under 13 will be invited to participate in a Fun Run. Bring the whole family and let your Irish roots run wild!

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April: April Fool’s Day Twinkie Run

Start the day off right with coffee and Twinkies, then head out for a 5k! This ironic foodie run is a popular bucket-list item, with it’s amusing t-shirts and other race paraphernalia and its infamous finish-line (and course station) goodies: grilled Twinkies and chocolate. The race coincides with Ann Arbor’s annual homemade Twinkie contest, with proceeds from the collaborative event going to support ALS research.

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May: Coast to Coast Gravel Grinder

The Gravel Grinder chases the sun across the great state of Michigan, with racers starting at dawn at Saginaw Bay on the coast of Lake Huron and peddling a furious 210 miles along scenic gravel backroads. This race is routed through farm and field and between the trees of the Manistee National Forest, with the finish line staked out on the sandy beach of Lake Michigan at Ludington. Traverse the lower peninsula in one fell swoop with this epic lake-to-lake challenge.

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June: Michigan Adventure Race — Epic Edition

In early June, the Caberfae Peaks Resort just outside of Cadillac, MI, hosts the Caberfae Epic Edition, a co-ed outdoor adventure race that combines paddling, orienteering and gravel or two-track biking through the Manistee National Forest. Divisions include one, two, three and four-person race groups, with racers eligible for raffle prizes. You will also be rewarded for you physical activity with an enormous wedding-style buffet!

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July: Greatest Fourth in the North

Lake City celebrates the nation’s independence with an annual 5k run, 10k run, 5k walk and Fun Run, followed by refreshments and a Fourth of July parade down main street. The course begins at downtown’s City Park, then heads out of town to traverse the surrounding woodlands, running alongside Lake Missaukee. Trophies are awarded to age-group first through third-place finishers — in case the sense of accomplishment just isn’t enough to motivate you.

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August: Dog Days of Summer

If those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer have you itching to get out and sweat, Elite Pet Styling of Owosso, MI, has you covered. The Dog Days of Summer 5k run/walk is held in late August, and encourages everybody — and their dog — to get out and run in the heat of the Michigan summer. Prizes and medals are awarded to the top finishers in each age category, as well as to the first 70 furry friends to cross the finish line!

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September: Lord of the Springs

In mid-September, the Yankee Springs Recreation Area will hold one race to rule them all: the annual 26-mile, single-track and gravel bike race through the rolling backroads of Barry County. This race is geared toward beginner competitors, with a casual atmosphere and space for groups to ride together. The course covers 26 miles and circles around the Deep Lake Trail at Yankee Springs. Some of the proceeds from racing fees goes to support the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance to build and maintain the local trails.

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October: Headless Horseman 5K

Here’s a spooky option for Halloween! The town of Howell, MI, makes great use of its punny name by celebrating Halloween weekend with the annual Legend of Sleepy Howell costume event, followed by the Headless Horseman 5 and 10k races and the Monster Mile, as well as trick-or-treating, hayrides and more.

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November: Black Toenail Friday Half

Michigan’s Commerce Township dredges up some unsightly imagery with this play on words. The “Black Toenail Friday Half” encourages participants to skip the shopping marathon the day after thanksgiving and spend your calories on the trails. This half marathon is hosted by the Proud Lake Recreation Area, with a course set through the scenic trails and around the lake. This race also takes advantage of the cooler weather to offer racers a later-than-normal start time. The Black Toenail Friday Half kicks off at 11:00 a.m., so you can have your turkey coma and still make the starting gun.

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December: Run Like the Dickens

Bring 2018 full-circle with the Baird St. Holly Run Like the Dickens winter running event. This festive road race celebrates a holiday classic while battling classic holiday eating habits with a 10k run, a 5k run, a 5k walk and a Tiny Tim Trot. The course runs through the picturesque town of Holly, MI, weaving through the local lights and decorations. Best of all, participants can check a race off their resolution bucket list — just in time to start a new list!

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Didn’t find the single race that inspires your soul to give up potato chips and become a fitness fanatic? Worry not — Michigan has hundreds of local races scattered throughout the year. Check out for more competitive events in the Mitten State!

Don’t forget to book your cabin! Every serious racer (and the not-so-serious ones) needs a place to get a good night’s sleep before the big day — and a place to have a big meal (or a big drink) after it’s over! Explore these great Michigan vacation homes and resorts by town at to find the perfect race-day setup — and good luck in 2018!

Michigan Rental Cabins by Town:

Arcadia | Atlanta | Au Gres | Barryton

Benton Harbor | Benzonia | Big Rapids | Black River

Brimley | Byron | Cadillac | Cheboygan

Cedar | Cedarville | Coloma | Covert

Crystal Falls | Curtis | Eagle Harbor | East Tawas

Fenton | Fennville | Frankfort | Fountain

Gaylord | Germfask | Gladwin | Glen Arbor

Grand Marais | Grand Rapids | Grant | Grayling

Greenbush | Hale | Harbor Springs | Harrison

 Higgins Lake | Honor | Hope | Houghton Lake

Indian River | Iron River | Irons | Johannesburg

Kewadin | Lac La Belle | Lake Leelanau | Le Roy

Ludington | Luzerne | Manistee | Manistique

Maple City | Mikado | Mio | Muskegon

National City | Oscoda | Presque Isle | Rapid City

Rockford | Rodney |Roscommon | Rose City

 Saint Helen | Saugatuck | Tawas City | Traverse City

 Union Pier | Wellston | West Branch | Whitehall


Take Your Family Gathering on the Road this Holiday Season: Large-Group Accommodations!

Take Your Family Gathering on the Road this Holiday Season: Large-Group Accommodations!

Rental cabins are a great way to experience the holidays. You can meet your extended family halfway, and it relieves the stress of playing the host so everyone can enjoy their time off. And, as fun as it is to sleep all the kids side-by-side on the living room floor — or in a tent out back, or in the bathtub — has a roomier solution. These large, multi-bedroom vacation homes are open year-round and have enough beds for the whole famn damily.


14 Year-Round Michigan Vacation Rentals

That Sleep 14 or More

  1. The Schoolhouse Cottage in Arcadia (PET-FRIENDLY)

The Schoolhouse Cottage is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom renovated schoolhouse on Upper Herring Lake. Creatively designed to mimic a vintage schoolhouse, this cottage features all of the comforts and amenities of modern life in addition to hardwood floors, custom woodwork and antique décor. A spiral staircase leads to a third-floor bell tower where guests will find a telescope and a 1940s-style library.

School House Cottage

Designed to accommodate multiple families, the schoolhouse offers a variety of private rooms and open mingling spaces, such as the recreation room with a pool table, a PlayStation 2 and games. This home is four-stories, with a bedroom on the main and second floor, and two on the lower level. Sleeping accommodations take the form of two queen-sized beds in private rooms, two sets of twin-sized bunkbeds, three full-sized futons, two portable cots and a pack-n-play.

The Schoolhouse Cottage sits quietly on two-and-a-half acres of private land with direct access to Upper Herring Lake, surrounded by gentle hills. Guests can enjoy the lake view from the private shoreline and dock, complete with a rope hammock, a chaise lounge, a fire pit, a swing set and a sand box. Or, guests can take to the water to explore using the cottage’s pontoon, row boat and kayaks. Life jackets and a water trampoline are also included in the rental rate.

Visitors to the area may enjoy a family outing to Fall Fest. Pile in the car for a scenic drive to take in the fall color or participate a tour of the award-winning local wineries (adults only please). Arcadia and the surrounding countryside is also home to great hunting and fishing opportunities, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobile trails and shopping.


  1. Cedar Lake Lodge in Traverse City (PET-FRIENDLY)

The Cedar Lake Lodge comes with a close-up view of Cedar Lake. This lodge is a roomy 2,000 square feet, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. With authentic log beams, a gas fireplace and lots of exposed pine and rustic cedar log furniture, this lodge gives a true, homey cabin-feel. Guests also have access to a pontoon, a water trampoline, a row boat and kayaks from Cedar Lake Lodge.

Cedar Lake Lodge

This cozy rental home has a full-service, fully- equipped kitchen, including appliances, cooking utensils and table settings for fourteen. The main level leads out to a spacious deck complete with a charcoal grill. Guests can also cook around an outdoor fire pit and fish off the private dock. An indoor game room also includes a PlayStation 2 and games.

Sleeping arrangement at Cedar Lake Lodge include private bedrooms on all three floors, with two queen-sized beds, two sets of twin-sized bunk beds, two full-sized futons, two portable cots and a folding playpen. The lodge is located fifteen minutes from downtown Traverse City, where visitors will find excellent shopping and dining venues.

The area around Traverse City and Cedar Lake is resplendent in autumn. Guests can take advantage of the seasonal scenery and wildlife through hikes on the many local trails and scenic overlooks, or visit a nearby festival. The area boasts fifty distinct lakes and several streams. The lodge also sits at an access point for snowmobile and cross-country skiing trails.


  1. Brown’s Willow Beach in Tawas City (PET-FRIENDLY)

Brown’s Willow Beach vacation rental package on Lake Huron is a five-bedroom, five-bathroom complex with room for more than 20 guests! Willow Beach is comprised of a main house with three smaller cabins. All four structures are located on private property with a large grassy yard leading to a sandy beach where guests can swim or fish.

Brown's Willow Beach

The main house offers two queen-sized beds in private bedrooms and full-sized sleeper sofas in the living room and the lounge area on the upper floor. Each of the smaller cabins offers a full-sized bed and a sleeper sofa or futon. Cabin two has an additional child-sized bed.

Willow Beach is located near Tawas, where visitors will find a new bike path, hiking trails, beautiful harbors and marinas, charter fishing boat trips and the Tawas Birding Festival. Tawas also has great shopping!


  1. Up North Getaway in Wellston

Up North Getaway — one of only fourteen cabins to be built directly on Pine Lake — is a true cabin experience nestled in the Manistee National Forest. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom rental cabin features a fully-equipped, modern kitchen, a large living area with a real-wood fireplace and a large formal dining room. A wrap-around porch offers beautiful views of the lake, while inside the game room is stocked with a pool table, air hockey, and a large-screen TV.

Up North Getaway

Up North Getaway has a master bedroom featuring two twin-sized beds and one queen-sized bed. The cabin also offers a queen-sized bed and twin-sized bunk beds on the main level, one queen-sized bed on the lower level, and two queen-sized beds in the lofted area. Each bedroom has its own TV/DVD combination with a 32-inch screen.

From its exclusive seat in the Manistee National Forest, Up North Getaway has access to more than 330 miles of hiking trails — not to mention cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and boating. Guests can canoe on the nearby Pere Marquette and Au Sable Rivers, or angle for walleye, trout and salmon in the Pine and Manistee Rivers.


  1. The Barn Cottage in Arcadia (PET-FRIENDLY)

The Barn Cottage on Upper Herring Lake is a five-bedroom, two-bathroom rental designed and decorated to resemble a farmyard barn, with heavy pine beams, cathedral ceilings and antique tools displayed on the walls. At four stories and 2,600 square feet, the barn has plenty of room for multiple families to mix and mingle in large open living areas or in separate recreation spaces.

Barn Cottage

This cottage has a full modern kitchen with a breakfast island and a formal dining room table. Private bedrooms on the main and upper levels are furnished with queen-sized beds, while additional bedrooms on the lower level have a set of twin-sized bunk beds each. The living room and a third-floor “hay loft” both contain two full-sized futons. The barn is also equipped with two portable cots and a pack-n-play. The Farm House next door is also available to rent for larger groups.

The Barn Cottage has plenty of rooms for a large family to disperse into, including a recreation room with DVDs and satellite TV, A PlayStation and games, and a pool table. Outside, guests can breathe the country air and take in the lake view, the rolling hills and woodlands from a large deck, and take advantage of the fire pit, grill, swing set, sand box and private dock. Rental rates include the use of a pontoon, a paddle boat, kayaks and a water trampoline.


  1. Centennial Summer Home in Oscoda

This three-bedroom, one-bathroom vacation home sits on a residential lot a block away from Lake Huron and within walking distance to Downtown Oscoda, where guests can explore local shops, restaurants, live music and a farmers’ market.

Centennial Summer Home

Centennial Summer Home offers one private bedroom with a queen-sized bed and one large bedroom furnished with six twin-sized beds. There are also three sleep sofas, two in the living room and one in the den.

A spacious, fully-equipped kitchen seats ten around the table, and a large TV and game room is a comfortable place to fit the whole family. Guests can also gather outside around the fire pit or cook on the outdoor gill. The back yard and porch area includes a picnic table and law chairs.


  1. The Surf Cottage in Harbor Springs (PET-FRIENDLY)

The Surf Cottage is a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath with two acres of private property on Lake Michigan. This cabin was built in 2006, but has been decorated to preserve the nostalgic feeling of going home — with retro furniture, shag carpeting, custom-ordered ceramic tile and a pool table.

Surf Cottage

This vintage-inspired rental home sits atop a bluff that provides a panoramic view of the surrounding area, including the clear waters of Lake Michigan. The road to the top of the bluff ends in a long, picturesque “tunnel of trees,” driveway that increases the anticipation of a great vacation about to happen.

Surf Cottage has private bedrooms with queen-sized bed on the main floor and upper level. Two additional bedrooms on the lower level are furnished with twin-sized bunk beds. There is one full-sized futon in the lower-level family room, and two full-sized futons in the main-floor living room. The rental also includes two portable cots and a foldable playpen.

The Harbor Springs area is full of fun family attractions and activities, such as the Fall Color Tour, ski lodges, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails, golf courses, canoeing and kayaking, and sledding. The cottage is located forty minutes from the ferry to Mackinac Island.


  1. Away From It All in East Tawas (PET-FRIENDLY)

Away From It All is on secluded, privately owned property in the Huron National Forest. This five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, 3,200-square-foot vacation rental is complete with a fully-equipped kitchen and an enormous gas fireplace.

Away From It All

A private bedroom on the main floor contains a king-sized bed, while two bedrooms in the upper-level loft offer a full-sized bed each, and another offers three full-sized beds. Away From It All gives guests a remote, relaxing spa-like experience with a six-person sauna and a hot tub. Both the loft and the lower level have space to sit and play cards, while the living area has plenty of lounge space for fourteen. Outside, visitors will find horseshoes and a fire pit.

Away From It All is surrounded by outdoor adventure activities, including nature trails, kayaking and canoeing, fishing and watching the native wildlife — including coyotes, fox, squirrel and bear. This rental cabin is near federally owned hunting land and the shore of Lake Huron. In the winter, guests can enjoy skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobile trails.


  1. The Farmhouse Cottage in Arcadia (PET-FRIENDLY) 

This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home away from home on Upper Herring Lake sits on two-and-a-half acres of private land at the end of a quiet country road. Carefully decorated to give an air of rustic luxury, The Farmhouse Cottage features hardwood floors, custom-made furniture and an antique claw-foot bath tub.

This vacation home has everything your family needs to make it through a long weekend away — from the fully-equipped kitchen to the great room stocked with TVs, a DVD player, a PlayStation2 and games, and a separate rec room with foosball and a game table.Farmhouse CottageTwo bedrooms on the second floor and one on the main floor have a queen-sized bed each. Another bedroom on the second floor is furnished with twin-sized bunk beds and a full-sized futon. The living room features two additional full-sized futons, as well as two portable cots and a pack-n-play.


Guests can take advantage of this beautiful rental cabin’s location near picturesque orchards and vineyards among the region’s rolling hills and woodlands. The property’s 140-foot private shoreline gives round-the-clock access to Upper Herring Lake and a boardwalk through protected nature land.

The adults can sneak off for a dinner cruise around North Manitou Island, or the whole family can venture out to ski at Crystal Mountain or climb the sand dunes. This rental also includes the use of a pontoon boat, two kayaks, a water trampoline, life jackets and an outdoor fire pit.


  1. Hide-A-Way Lodge #1 in Indian River

Settled on ten acres of wooden land, this immense family vacation rental sleeps up to 36 guests. With eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms, guests have plenty of room to spread out and enjoy their time together. Hide-A-Way Lodge #1 features eight bedrooms, four with an attached bathroom and four that share two to a bathroom. The lodge also has two restrooms in the main living area near the rec room.

8 Bedroom Lodge

Hide-A-Way Lodge #1’s large recreation room is perfect for gather to play cards or pool. It includes a bar, refrigerator and sink. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes and appliances, and an outdoor dining area sits atop a cement patio with two gas grills, picnic tables and patio furniture. A large backyard leads to a screened-in gazebo, and guests have access to a fire pit, a sand volleyball court and horseshoes.

The lodge is located next to thousands of acres of state recreational land, where guests will find miles of trails for hiking, snowmobiling, and even public hunting land. This rental’s central location puts it within thirty miles of the best downhill skiing and golfing in the state. This impressive large-group vacation rental is perfect for reunions, business retreats, hunting groups and crafting weekends.


  1. Great Escape in East Tawas

The Great Escape Resort is a lakefront vacation paradise on Lake Huron near Tawas Point. With eight bedrooms and three bathrooms, this rental cabin can accommodate up to eighteen guests. This multi-cabin resort has a main house and three cabins, all on one private, wooden lot next to Lake Huron.

Great Escape

Each cabin has an enclosed sunroom and is in walking distance to the lake. “Cozy Log Cabin 1” is furnished with one full-sized bed. “Yellow Cabin 2” has two twin-sized beds and one full-sized bed. “Red Rustic Cabin 3” has two separate bedrooms, with a double bunk bed and a full-sized bed. Each cabin has its own kitchen and bathroom. The main house has three private bedrooms, two with a queen-sized bed each, and one with two full-sized day beds.

Guests can relax and watch TV in the main house, or retreat to their individual cabins for some quiet relaxation. Each house’s kitchen is fully equipped with utensils, dishes, small appliances and a dishwasher. These cozy cabins are a short drive from downtown East Tawas, where visitors will find a lively community, antiques, restaurants and shops, as well as bars and a quaint movie theater.

Guests to the Great Escape Resort will also find the Tawas Point State Park and Tuttle Marsh nearby, where they can visit the Tawas Point Lighthouse, take in the beautiful natural views and scope for birds. Guests may even enjoy a long bike ride along the Huron Lakeshore — 10 miles of picturesque scenery — or golfing at Red Hawk, Huron Breeze, Lakewood Shores and Wicker Hills golf resorts.


  1. Hide-A-Way Lodge #2 in Indian River

This spacious four-bedroom, six-bathroom lodge on 10 acres of private, wooded land sleeps up to 18 guests comfortably! This lodge’s property lines abut thousands of acres of state forest land, where guests can explore, view the region’s wildlife, and even hunt. Hide-A-Way Lodge #2 is a scant few miles from shopping, dining, public boat launches, beaches and other local entertainment in downtown Indian River.

4 Bedroom Lodge

This secluded-yet-accessible rental cabin has a fully equipped kitchen with dual refrigerators, oven and stovetop, small appliances and everything you need to prepare a home-cooked meal. The lodge’s four bedrooms each contain a closet and conjoined bathroom with a shower. A large rec room is furnished with a bar, a pool table, a dining area, a lounge space and satellite TV.

Hide-A-Way Lodge #2 is located near the Indian River and the Sturgeon River, where guests can participate in year-round canoeing, kayaking and tubing adventures. Just off-property, guests will find an access point to the state-groomed snowmobile trail system of Northern/Lower Michigan. The area is also known for its hiking trails, downhill and cross-country skiing, Autumn color tours, and the beauty of its nature and wildlife.


  1. Long Lake Landing in Honor (PET-FRIENDLY)

Long Lake Landing is newly built in a light cottage style, with maple hardwood floors, airy accent beams and a cozy fireplace. This rental cottage rests on a sloping lot on the shores of Long Lake with 160 feet of private sandy beach. Guests can take in the breathtaking view of the water through the property’s aged trees, wildlife and other natural splendor.

Long Lake Landing

Long Lake Landing is well able to accommodate the heavy guest load of holiday gatherings with four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. Bedrooms on the main floor and in the cottage’s private loft are furnished with queen-sized beds, while two bedrooms on the lower level feature one set of twin-sized bunk beds each. The living areas offer three additional full-sized futons. Guests can also take advantage of two portable cots and a fold-up playpen.

The cottage’s kitchen is equipped with dishes, cooking utensils and all the necessary appliances. This vacation home also features a rec room with a pool table. Outside, guests will find a private dock with boat moorings, a fire pit and patio lounge area, a hammock next to the water and outdoor dining accommodations. Rates also include the use of a paddle boat, two kayaks and a pontoon.

Long Lake Landing is directly across the street from the Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore, named one of the most beautiful places in America. Visitors can take in the stunning water views and awesome dunes from miles of federally protected nature trails. This rental is also close to the Betsie River, the Platteville River, Lake Michigan, Crystal Lake, and the Herring Lakes, where guests can tube, canoe and kayak. Other seasonal activities include golfing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.


  1. A Peace of Heaven in National City

This four-bedroom, two-bathroom vacation home sleeps up to sixteen guests and abuts both Sand Lake and Floyd Lake. Views from the property’s two covered porches include a sunrise over one lake and a sunset over the other — the perfect way to begin and end the day.

Peace of Heaven

With 1,600 square feet in the main house and an additional apartment above the garage furnished with a kitchenette, full bath, pool table and bedroom with sleeping room for 10, this rental has plenty of space for a large group to eat, sleep, live and play.

On four acres of private land, A Peace of Heaven offers plenty of parking space, an outdoor patio with lawn chairs, a fire pit, a picnic table, a merry-go-round, a castle playset and a private boat dock. Both Lakes offer great fishing and access to ORV trails can be found only one-and-a-half miles from the property.


So there you have it — some of the best large-group accommodations in Michigan to visit during the holidays. Remember, the best rates can be found by contacting rental owners and property managers directly. Visit these properties online at for more photographs and location details, and send a direct inquiry with our user-friendly form! IT’S CABIN TIME™! #ItsCabinTime

Lakefront Home on Avery Lake

Have you ever seen an old movie where all of the neighbors are leaning over their balconies to gossip? This is how I imagine guests enjoying the indoor/outdoor atmosphere at the Lakefront Home on Avery Lake. Each of Lakefront home’s three private bedrooms, as well as the living room and kitchen, has access to an outdoor deck, with yet another deck leading from the cabin’s front door.

Patio furniture is provided for guests to sit overlooking the lake and the protected state forest land and wildlife preserve. Enjoy the gentle lake breeze, the song of the birds and the twang of the frogs — and forget about texting mom to see what’s for dinner. Instead, take advantage of the great unobstructed acoustics to holler across floor levels and from deck to deck!

Wildlife, and things of that elk

Lakefront home claims residence in Atlanta, Michigan, an unincorporated community that derives great pride from its status as the Elk Capital of Michigan. Atlanta is a beloved hub of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activity in the state, as it is settled in amongst the forested Clear Lake State Park and 11 well-populated natural lakes.

The hope of spotting deer and elk in the region brings many visitors, not to mention the always well-received fall color tours. In the spring, guests to Atlanta can even take part in guided group expeditions to search for morel mushrooms! And for those city-dwelling first-time visitors to the great outdoors, if your crashing footsteps through the trees scare off all of the wildlife within a two-mile radius, you can still get your selfie with one of Atlanta’s most famous inhabitants. Determined not to disappoint, Atlanta keeps one authentic taxidermy elk under lock and key in a glass box as part of its highway entrance sign.

Clear Lake, full hearts

Michigan’s Clear Lake State Park is a 290-acre secluded nature retreat that encloses the 133-acre, 100-foot-deep, spring-fed Clear Lake with 300 feet of clean, sandy beachfront. Clear Lake is routinely stocked with a variety of fish species, including a generous population of trout and smallmouth bass. The park’s gently rolling topography and densely forested woodland make for mildly challenging and fiercely beautiful hiking trails which lead from the main entrance in all directions and continue for up to 70 miles into the heart of the Michigan wild.

For the exercise-averse, trailheads for ORV and snowmobile routes are parked nearby, and a 48.5-mile scenic drive encompasses the area, offering travelers the opportunity to view deer, black bear, snowshoe hare, fox, coyote, raccoon, squirrel, grouse, bald eagle, loon and blue heron, as well as the infamous (and still living) elk. A nature drive is also a local-approved method of taking in the region’s fall color.

Rest and recharge

For guests coming home weary from getting turned around on a 70-mile hiking trail or driving 48 miles slowly enough to get good close-up photos of the elk, the 1,500-square-foot, spacious Lakefront Home is a haven of tranquility and sloth, fully furnished with room for six to sleep comfortably. A well-equipped kitchen and formal dining table with service for six enable guests to whip up a home-cooked meal (after you’ve drawn straws to see who’s on dish duty), and an outdoor fire pit and provided firewood tempt the family to enjoy s’more dessert out under the stars.

Guests can turn in for the night in three large, separate bedrooms: the master suite on the second floor is occupied by a queen size bed and has access to a private bathroom, while the two remaining bedrooms are located on the main floor and contain a double bed and two twins, respectively. A second bathroom is centrally located to sleepers on the main floor.

An island unto itself

Lakefront Home rests on a small island in Avery Lake, one of the regions many great fishing lakes. The cabin site is private and wooded, with open lines of sight to the lake. One side of the island borders a natural wetland habitat populated by birds, frogs and other wildlife. Two-thirds of the remaining lakefront abuts Clear Lake State Park. The island is accessible by car via a paved causeway and bridge, for guests who don’t fancy portaging in.

Once safely installed on the island, guests will love the easy access to the water at Lakefront Home by means of a private dock. Guests are welcome to explore Avery lake using kayaks, canoe, paddle board and a 12-foot aluminum row boat, all included in the rental price. Avery Lake is a unique natural water feature, fed by a collection of fresh-water springs that flow down from the surrounding hills. Careful practices observed by residents of the island keep the water crystal clear and the wilderness quality intact.

Cast a line

Apart from being a great place to swim — Avery Lake has a shallow, sandy bottom and is clear enough to see your feet — it is also a prosperous fishing spot. The high quality of the water makes it hospitable for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye. Previous guests have been highly successful at fly fishing, particularly after the annual hex hatch in early June. Some guests have even brought their own electric trolling motor and attached it to the provided row boat for quicker transport around the lake.

While you’re trolling, keep an eye on the water’s edge for the varied wildlife that flocks there to hydrate. Previous reports include sightings of deer, elk, black bears, beavers, otters and mink, as well as a wide spectrum of smaller critters. Avery Lake is also home to pairs of nesting loons that fill the dawn and dusk with their haunting cry during the warmer months. Ducks and Canadian geese are frequent visitors.

A room with a view

For the islands less adventurous visitors, a spectacular view of the water and surrounding vegetation is available from the comfort of Lakefront Home’s cozy living area through large picture windows. These windows face west over the most beautiful side of the island, ensuring that each vibrant sunset that illuminates the lake and the island’s rolling hills reaches into the house to soothe the vacationer’s soul.

While the wide view from the window and the quietude of the dock may instill a sense of isolation in the busy guest accustomed to the constant connections of modern life, fear not — modern conveniences are not so far away. Lakeside Home is equidistant from the towns of Atlanta and Lewiston, clocking only a nine-mile drive to restaurants, grocery stores and the local library. The sportsman will also find three scenic golf courses (Gaylord, Garland Resort and Tree Tops) within an hour’s drive.

Book direct

Visitors to Lakefront Home can plan their trip, dates and activities with rental owners Daniel and Cheryl. This book-direct model enables guests to speak with a couple of fun-loving local residents with a storehouse of knowledge and experience — gained through their own visits to Avery Lake, which began in the late ‘60s — about the area’s best scenery and tourist opportunities, such as day trips down the Au Sable River through the Huron National Forest.

Lakefront Home is a family heirloom of sorts, full of memories of summers spent on outdoors, while the lake is an unchanging staple of island life. Daniel and Cheryl are world-travelers, but always come back to Avery Lake. They would love to share their home with you. Lakefront Home is a seasonal rental, available for weekly rentals in the summer months, or for shorter stays during the spring and fall. Upon request, the home can also be reserved for months at a time.

You can see pricing details and a booking calendar for Lakefront Home at or, find other great properties at Find a “Kozy” Cabin in Curtis, MI

Kozy’s Resort is your year-round destination for vacation fun. Need something that accommodates the whole clan? Rent our 2 bedroom cabin, and if you still can’t fit, rent several cabins. We have 6 cabin rentals at Kozy’s Resort! We can accommodate a variety of group sizes. The beautiful sunsets are breath-taking. Curtis is nestled among three lakes and offers four season recreational activities.

Curtis Michigan lodging near Seney National Wildlife Refuge and the Manistique Lakes is the perfect 4-season vacation distination.
Curtis, Michigan is an Upper Peninsula vacation waiting for you to explore its waters, unique festivals, small town charm and many restaurants, helpful shops and antiques.Curtis cabins, cottages, lodges and vacation homes are located in the heart of the largest lake complex of the Upper Peninsula. This waterfront town is surrounded by Manistique lakes including Round Lake and Big Manistique Lake. A combination of the 6 lakes total to over 20,000 acres of water enjoyment for those that love to fish sturgeon, blue gill, walleye and more. Recreational activities such as skiing, tubing, paddle boarding, swimming, and more can all be done on these lakes.

Round Lake is popular for rock bass and smallmouth bass. Big Lake is full of redhorse, bluegill, walleye, lake herring, northern pike and smallmouth bass. Big lake is one of the largest lakes in the U.P. Many events include Art on the Lake, Biggest Little Town Parade, Fourth of July Celebration, Oktoberfest, The Walleye Jamboree, and Pure Curtis Weekend.

Kozy’s Resort has a variety of resort amenities. Free mini golf is nearby and we have boating and fishing supply rentals at the resort. You water park is just out the front door, so get ready for boating, fishing, canoeing & kayaking, swimming, jet skiing, sailing and more. Our lake front has a sandy bottom of 300 feet all the way out to the drop-off. Light house tours are unique and there numerous lights and lighthouses located in northeastern Michigan.

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The Ultimate #Lighthouse Tour in Wisconsin and Michigan

The Ultimate #Lighthouse Tour in Wisconsin and Michigan

Lighthouses have been a symbol of safety for navigators and explorers for hundreds of years. Each night, lightkeepers and their families reported lake conditions and guided people back to safety alongside the rocky shores of the Great Lakes.

A photographer’s paradise, Lake Michigan offers beautiful scenery.The transcendent fall colors and welcoming cooler breeze from the lake make the Great Lakes a great tourist location for those that can appreciate the northern charm, art galleries, fantastic restaurants, and museums of the maritime history. The sunrises and sunsets are mesmerizing and provide a romantic backdrop to each unique lighthouse.

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In October, The Great Lake lighthouse festival highlights different lighthouses along the coast and bring in over a hundred different vendors for the lighthouse enthusiasts all over the world. There is no other lighthouse festival like it. In 2014, the Eagle Bluff was the highlighted lighthouse. Eagle Bluff sits majestically in Peninsula State Park, a beacon of light to those arrive in the rocky Door County area, navigating through the gale of a storm or through the quiet dark nights. This lighthouse has been restored for visitors on tours and is open to the public May-October.

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is at the end of the Leelanau Peninsula, located inside the Leelanau State Park. It’s one of the oldest lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Once inside the lighthouse, you can view exhibits, shipwrecks, foghorns and other lighthouses within the area. Fun events are throughout the year.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

Be sure to check out this fantastic lighthouse.For a list of other things to do in Traverse City, Michigan or to explore Traverse City Vacation Rentals while on a lighthouse tour in Michigan, click this link here: Traverse City.  To view more in the area, or to discover Lake Leelanau vacation rentals in Leelanau County, visit this link here: Lake Leelanau.

Another favorite lighthouse on Lake Michigan is the St. Joe’s lighthouse. Located in St. Joseph’s, Michigan, this lighthouse is not shy about bragging about its beauty and that’s ok with us because it is surely a sight you can’t miss! This beautiful lighthouse is near Benton Harbor and even highlights a live webcam on its website. This lighthouse is truly a Great Lakes celebrity with tourists walking the rare catwalk, exploring the almost two centuries old lighthouse and what was once home to the Red Cross.

St. Joe Lake Michigan, Benton Harbor

St. Joe Lakehouse

This backdrop is perfect for photography (maybe a wedding?), fishing, cruising and picnicking. To view more about Benton Harbor, click here: Benton Harbor

Tawas Point Lighthouse is also a sight to see. This lighthouse is located on land jutting out (almost considered a peninsula but didn’t quite make the grade) in the Tawas Point State Park, nicknamed the “Cape Cod of the Midwest”. This particular bay is fantastic for fishermen, bird enthusiasts, and sailors. One of the best parts about this lighthouse is the drive getting there. Highway 23, or better known as, the Sunrise Side Coastal Highway. This highway is unique that in much of northern Lake Huron, it is primarily publicly owned, therefore creating a large backdrop not populated by privately owned properties. To learn more about Tawas City and see vacation rentals too, click here: Tawas City

Presque Isle Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses and tallest lighthouse that you climb on the Great Lakes. This romantic lighthouse has been in business for over 175 years and hosts many events throughout the anniversary weekend such as wagon rides, campfires, etc.

Presque Isle Lighthouse

Presque Isle Lighthouse

It has been considered a haunted lighthouse by its previous owners. Don’t worry, this ghost is a very nice gost. To check out the video: