15+ Airbnb Cabin Rentals in Michigan that Make Perfect Summer, Fall, and Winter Getaways

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Cabin Rentals in Michigan

Escaping to a cabin for a little R&R might be just the Michigan family vacation you need.

Renting a cabin is really easy these days, thanks to platforms like VRBO and Airbnb. But, because differences between properties and hosts can be great, booking via these websites requires more attention to detail than, say, booking a hotel room.

Rent a cabin in the fall to catch the fall colors. Rent a cabin in the summertime to enjoy nearby beaches. Perhaps the cabin rental you find will provide fishing or boating opportunities. Cabin rentals in Michigan in the winter might just let you try snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or skiing for the first time.

According to the dictionary, a cabin is a small shelter or house, made of wood and situated in a wild or remote area. 

The types of lodgings that made our list are on the rustic side, sometimes log-built structures, usually smaller in nature. We’ll be putting out a list of cottages rentals soon – so if that’s your style, stay tuned.

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Cabin Rental Tips

Consider these factors before clicking the “book now” button for any of these cabin rentals in Michigan:

1) Host / Property Ratings and Reviews

You will learn many things about the place you want to book by thoroughly reading the reviews. Are the neighbors loud? Was the host responsive? Is the place clean? Is parking a pain?

2) Are Linens and Basics Provided?

The last thing you want is to show up and realize that you were supposed to bring your own sheets and toilet paper. Read listings carefully to suss out requirements for your visit.

3) How Much Cleaning Is Required?

I’ve had cabin rentals where I was simply asked to take out the trash before leaving. I’ve also stayed in places that wanted me to strip all of the beds and start a load of laundry before leaving. Consider asking about checkout requirements if your listing doesn’t disclose checkout duties.

CABINS ON THE WATER 

Do you want a waterside getaway? Many cabin rentals in Michigan come with this wonderful feature – whether riverside or lakeside, it’s not hard to find a rental with waterfront access.

Many families look for waterfront cabin rentals in Michigan for recreation opportunities. Rivers can offer fly-fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. Lakeside cabins may be good places to fish, swim, canoe, or use a stand-up paddleboard.

The cabin rentals below all have waterfront locations. The body of water for each cabin is listed under the Fast Facts section.

Good luck hunting for your perfect family cabin rental!


About this Cabin in Copper Harbor, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Copper Harbor, MI
Charming: Log cabin, Tranquil waters
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Bonus: Dock & Deck for sitting

From the Owner:

Right in town, yet feels secluded. This log cabin was built in the 1920s. It is a part of the vast history of this copper mining town. Now home to one of the largest and highest-rated mountain biking and hiking trail systems. Miles and Miles of accessible coastline and a rock hunters paradise. The seasons, the lake, the night sky, and the terrain are so inviting and among the most dramatic and inspiring anywhere. This area is a huge draw for outdoor enthusiasts, artists, & historians alike.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: Fireplace, dock with kayaks, bunk beds, excellent location – within walking distance to town.


About this Cabin in Baldwin, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Baldwin, MI
Body of Water: Pere Marquette River
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Bonus: kayak, canoe & fishing poles for guest use

Why people love to stay here:

Tons of windows for both cool north woods night air and stunning scenery. The section of the river in front of the house has a nice shallow, sandy bank. The fishing is great.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

Perfect location for activities on the river, hiking, and biking. The cabin is great for stargazing and watching wildlife. Riverside campfires are the best!


About this Cabin in Cornell, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Cornell, MI (near Escanaba)
Body of Water: Escanaba River
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2
Bonus: Million Dollar Waterfall View

Why people love to stay here:

The beautiful view of the waterfall in the backyard is the first thing you’ll notice. At night, sit outside by the waterfall and watch the fireflies and stars in the zero-G chairs.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

The location is nice and around a lot of cool little towns and places for families to discover. There is no wifi (or good cell reception) so if you have screen-addicted teens, it’s a great opportunity to get them to unplug. There is a gas grill and campfire area. Bring water shoes for river walking.


About this Cabin near Traverse City, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: south of Traverse City, MI
Body of Water: Bass Lake
Sleeps: 9
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 1
Bonus: Easy access to Sleeping Bear Dunes & Traverse City

Why people love to stay here:

This cabin is in a private, secluded location outside of Traverse City, Michigan. Bass lake is great for fishing. The five beds mean that sharing sleeping space is kept to a minimum.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

The outdoor dining set, fire pit, and back deck are perfect for creating family memories. There is plenty of room for larger families and kids love swimming in the lake and searching for frogs.


About this Cabin in Thompsonville, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Thompsonville, MI (near Crystal Mountain)
Body of Water: Betsie River
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1
Bonus: 3 kayaks available on site

Why people love to stay here:

The cute cabin with fireplace is in a private area with access and a view of a beautiful river. Fishing on the river, snowmobiling, nearby skiing, fall colors…

The location is a great hub for northern Michigan adventures to:

» Traverse City
» Sleeping Bear Dunes
» Crystal Mountain (summer or ski season)
» other west coast Lake MI explorations

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: There are a lot of beds. 2 queens, 2 doubles, and 2 single beds mean that everyone gets a bed to themselves.


About this Cabin in Lake, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Lake, MI (north of Clare, MI)
Body of Water: Lake George
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 1
Bonus: 3 kayaks, fire pit, shared patio

Why people love to stay here:

This is one of the quintessential cabin rentals in Michigan. The twin-over-twin-over-twin bunkbed has kids clamoring to come back just to sleep here! The lodge feel is accentuated by a rustic stone fireplace.

Plus, the lakefront getaway is stocked with three kayaks, fishing rods, and a gas grill.

Nearby Snow Snake Ski & Golf Center provides seasonal recreation opportunities, like snow tubing, zip line tours, golf, skiing, and more.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: This is an affordable central Michigan lakeside getaway for families of 4 or less.


About this Cabin in Irons, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Irons, MI (between Ludington & Cadillac)
Body of Water: Little Manistee River
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Bonus: 223′ of riverfront, bonfire area

Why people love to stay here:

Immerse yourself in nature (there’s no wifi at this cabin and cell service is spotty) and fish from the 223′ of premier riverfront.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: This cabin makes a great home base for outdoor adventures. If you like fishing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, ORVs, skiing, or snowmobiling, you’ll find them nearby.


About this Cabin in Manistee, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Manistee, MI
Body of Water: Lake Michigan
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Bonus: Lake Michigan Sunsets

Why people love to stay here:

A Lake Michigan stay that won’t break the bank, this 2-bedroom knotty pine cabin sleeps 4 and has amazing views. There’s a fire pit and the beach is a mixture of sandy areas and places with pebbles.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: You might find Petoskey Stones and beach glass on the beach and the sunsets are breathtaking.

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About this Cabin in Paradise, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Paradise, MI
Body of Water: Lake Superior
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2.5
Bonus: Breathtaking Views

Why people love to stay here:

Cabin rentals in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula can be hard to come by. This Lake Superior lakeside home is just 14 miles away from Tahquamenon Falls State Park and 1.5 miles from the little town of Paradise. If you’re visiting in the winter, try lantern-lit snowshoeing at the state park!

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: Families love the views, the 2.5 bathrooms, wifi, and smart TV.


About this Cabin in Republic Township, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Republic Township, MI (Upper Peninsula)
Body of Water: Wahlstrom Lake
Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 2
Bonus: 80 acres of land with 18 acre lake

Why people love to stay here:

Wildlife (you might see a moose or a bear!) and fishing are plentiful. The cabin is very secluded and the lake views are gorgeous. Board games, carpet ball, and air hockey are also fun.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: Guests have access to the beach, 2 kayaks, 1 canoe, paddles, Dolphin Paddleboat, Solas escape sailboat, dock, raft,
life vests, resort floats, inner tubes, beach toys, trails on the property.


About this Cabin in Johannesburg, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Johannesburg, MI
Body of Water: Little Bear Lake
Sleeps: 13
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 2
Bonus: paddle boat, 3 kayaks, & large swimming platform

From the Owner:

The serene surroundings of Little Bear Lake will welcome you as you arrive and immediately put your mind to ease as you begin your week or weekend escape. The front of the cabin boasts truly picturesque views of the turquoise waters of the 135 acre all sports lake used for fishing, boating and kayaking.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: There is something here for every interest and taste; from fishing, boating, trying out local restaurants, and mushroom hunting to bike rides, water and snow skiing, deer hunting, snowshoeing, and simply taking long walks through the forests.


About this Cabin in Muskegon, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Muskegon, MI
Body of Water: Lake Michigan
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1.5
Bonus: 1200 feet of private beach

From the Owner:***We still have beach!!!*** Our rental cottage is located in beautiful Norton Shores, Michigan (Just south of Muskegon, MI) on top of the primary dune overlooking Lake Michigan. Amongst the majesty of a pristine Michigan hardwood forest with 1200 feet of private beach, our retreat is sure to help you reconnect with the beauty and majesty of nature. Our cabin is 1200 square feet.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: Amazing views. Sturdy stairs down to the private beach which is perfect for swimming. Lots of deck space.


About this Cabin in Free Soil, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Free Soil, MI
Body of Water: Big Sable River
Sleeps: 10
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1
Bonus: outdoor fire pit, pets are welcome in home

From the Owner:

Our beautiful Amish built log home sits in the heart of the Manistee National Forest. The activities available in this area are endless. If your interest is hunting, skiing, hiking, biking, boating, snowmobiling, motorcycling, fishing, kayaking, or a color or wine tour you do not have far to go from here. The cabin is located on the bank of the Big Sable River. While here, you are only a few steps from the glow of a bonfire and spectacular view, and relaxing sound of the Big Sable River.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: Kids love playing and swimming in the river as well as relaxing around the fire pit in the evening. Family pets are welcome, indoor dog crate and outdoor dog kennel are available for use.

THAT CABIN CHARM

All cabin rentals in Michigan are not created equal. Some of them have a lot of that rustic cabin charm, while others might shine simply by where they’re located.

The cabins in this section have something charming about them that stood out to us – you’ll find that “charm” listed on the Cabin Fast Facts lists below.


About this Cabin in Tustin, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Tustin, MI
Charming: Log cabin, wood stove, off-the-grid
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 0.5
Bonus: large loft, cast-iron indoor/outdoor cooking

From the Owner:

Newly-constructed log cabin on just under 3 acres. Located on a seasonal road with very few homes and lots of open land with mature hardwoods. The cabin gives you a truly off-the-grid experience without electricity or running water and featuring a wood stove for heat. Get out of the city and take time to recharge and reconnect. The cabin has a large loft which is furnished with 2 twin beds and 2 full beds. The main area is an open space with a kitchen area and living space.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: Test your mettle and see if you can live without running water or electricity for a few days. Build confidence as you cook over an open fire outdoors and sleep in sleeping bags in the cool loft.


About this Cabin in Beulah, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Beulah, MI
Charming: Log cabin, fieldstone fireplace, hot tub
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2.5
Bonus: located near Sleeping Bear Dunes

From the Owner:

Bonnie Beulah at Crystal Lake is a luxurious northern Michigan cabin on top of Eden Hill, just outside of the cute little town of Beulah, in northern Michigan. The cabin is on a very private, serene, and beautiful lot surrounded by trees. This cabin has an incredible large deck with a seasonal view of Crystal Lake through the trees. The huge private deck also has outdoor dining furniture, a gas grill, a lovely propane fire table, and a very nice private and large spa / hot tub on the deck!

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: Close to Crystal Lake. Having a loft to hang out in is just plain fun. You’ll love hopping in the hot tub on the large deck and then coming into warm up by the cozy fireplace. Plus, you’re only 30 minutes from Traverse City.


About this Cabin in Gaylord, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Gaylord, MI
Charming: Cosy cabin with fieldstone fireplace
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Bonus: affordable rates

From the Owner:

Cozy cabin so close to everything! Welcome to our 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 825 sqr foot house. Walk into the beautiful open floor plan with floor to ceiling wood walls, open ceiling with wood beams, hardwood floors, Fieldstone gas fireplace, kitchen with granite countertops, roomy living room, backyard deck and so much more to come!

Enjoy the cozy winter or activity-packed summer Gaylord has to offer from the comfort of our home away from home.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: The cabin is located just a few miles from Arbutus Beach and Otsego State Park. Definitely check out Gaylord’s City Elk Park and the Call of the Wild Museum when in town.


About this Cabin in Lakeside, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Lakeside, MI
Charming: rustic, loft-style
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 1
Bonus: Wood-burning stove, screened porch

From the Owner:

Floyd’s Cabin is a spacious rustic loft-style one-bedroom cottage with a kitchen, extra large living room, wood-burning stove Long front porch spanning the entire front of the cabin. The screened porch overlooks the woods. Located in Lakeside, Michigan on a quiet gravel road, surrounded by a forest of mature trees on all sides.

Air conditioning in bedroom, which spills over into the living room.Ceiling fan in the living room.
Wifi a bit sketchy in the cabin but a good signal is available in and around the cottage (100 ft from the cabin) We’re working on that.
There are great restaurants, a microbrewery, art galleries, antique shops a short drive away. Warren Dunes is four miles from the cabin. Lake Michigan Pier Ave. Beach is a few blocks from the cabin. It’s a short walk or bike ride away.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: Handmade furniture, unique artwork, quiet space with everything you need to unwind. Awesome that they’re dog-friendly. Just a short drive to multiple beaches and all the great little towns and activities that the area has to offer.


About this Cabin in South Haven, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: South Haven, MI
Charming: Quaint 1950’s nostalgia
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Bonus: Loft, screened porch

From the Owner:

Unwind and unplug at our cottage. Turn off the devices ( yes we have internet), sit around the campfire instead of in front of the TV ( yes we have a tv).
If you desire new and modern, this is not for you. If you want nostalgia and quaint, then this is the place. This cottage has been host to families since the 1950s. New furnishing of course but the old character has been left intact.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: It’s a short walk to the beach. Kids love sleeping in the loft.


About this Cabin in Traverse City, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Traverse City, MI
Charming: Spiral staircase, knotty pine, log cabin
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2
Bonus: 3 levels of living space

From the Owner:

This cabin retreat sits on 2 acres of rolling, wooded hills in Traverse City, Michigan. The cabin is inspired by Scandinavia and the Danish concept of Hygge. Here you will find privacy, photo opportunities, and plenty of outdoor activities. This is a place to cook, grill, relax, be cozy, explore, play games, read, take day trips, make memories, and be inspired by all Northern Michigan has to offer. Hygge is about living in the moment and enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: 10-ish minutes from downtown Traverse City, yet private and relaxing getaway in the woods. Includes a grill and firepit, and the front deck is just really cool. Three levels of living space mean there’s lots of room for family members to spread out.


About this Cabin in Caseville, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Caseville, MI
Charming: Spacious Deck, large yard
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2.5
Bonus: large deck & yard, short walk to beach

From the Owner:

Accommodates 6 guests (no more). Updated kitchen and baths. all new appliances. Air conditioning! Spacious deck/furniture. Gas grill. Walk(west) 12 doors down for private community beach. Chain to keep out nonresidents but can be easily bypassed. Firepit and B hoop. Canoes, kayaks, bodyboards for rent in Port Austin. Golf courses in the area.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: Easy beach access, kids can run in the huge yard, play basketball, ride bikes on the paved part of the driveway. The deck has railings with gates to keep the little ones in.


About this Cabin in Mears, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Mears, MI
Charming: knotty pine, loft
Sleeps: 12
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 2
Bonus: wrap around deck, fire pit & grill

From the Owner:

A private beautiful wooded lot located on 7.5 acres yet close to everything fun. You can enjoy walking the trail thru the woods, tinker with your dune toy in the spacious parking area or garage, gather with friends and family on the large wrap around deck. Relax around the campfire while the kids play on the play center. Located 2 miles from ORV dunes entrance and one mile from a beautiful lake MI sunset.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: Accommodates a large family with a loft area and triple bunks. Close to the beach, and has a large, private yard with a playground.


About this Cabin in Tustin, MI

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Cabin Fast Facts

Location: Tustin, MI (just south of Cadillac)
Charming: log home with big porch
Sleeps: 10
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Bonus:  Beautiful trails nearby & a river right in front of the cabin!

From the Owner:

Retreat to a pastoral paradise at this 2 bedroom + loft, 1-bath Tustin vacation rental cabin! With space for 10 guests, modern amenities, and a rustic ambiance nestled against the Pine River, this rural getaway is the ideal home base for large families or groups of friends seeking a peaceful escape. Explore Huron-Manistee National Forest a short drive away or simply enjoy the scenery from your covered porch overlooking the water while staying at this unique and secluded, riverside retreat!

Why the Cabin is Great for Families: Lots of privacy. Close to Caberfae. There’s a firepit, BBQ grill and lots of space for outdoor games. Lots of beds so people don’t have to share.

MAP OF CABIN RENTALS IN MICHIGAN

If you didn’t find what you were looking for above, here are additional cabin rentals in Michigan that may fit the bill.

 
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