17+ Cozy Cabin Rentals in Michigan for a Perfect Summer, Fall or Winter Getaway

Cabin Rentals in Michigan

Escaping to a cabin for a little R&R might be just the Michigan vacation you need.
Renting a cabin is really easy these days, thanks to platforms like VRBO. 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 cottage rentals soon – so if that’s your style, stay tuned.

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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!

Cedar Lake Lodge

4 BR Cabin Rental on Cedar Lake

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Beautiful Northern Michigan lodge style home nestled among towering hardwoods and on 100' of private frontage on Cedar Lake.

Cedar Lake is a beautiful, peaceful No Wake lake, perfect for kayak trips and fishing.

Located just west of downtown Traverse City and minutes from such areas as Empire, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Glen Arbor and Old Mission.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

The cabin is open all year and perfect for cozy family Thanksgivings, holiday and winter ski getaways, as well as summer fun.

The cabin also has a swingset, sandbox, and firepit.

Custom Log Cabin w/ Deck & 45 Acres by Pine River

2 BR Cabin Rental on Pine River

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

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.

Dancing Bear Cabin

2 BR Cabin Rental on Lake Michigan

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Cozy log cabin located on the Tunnel of Trees, rated one of the most scenic roads in America!

Revel in the charm of a classic rustic cabin while enjoying modern amenities including wifi, cable, washer & dryer, and fully equipped kitchen.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

Dancing Bear Cabin is located just a couple miles from downtown Harbor Springs and sandy beaches.
Families can spend a restful getaway in the woods complete with an idyllic fireplace and an outdoor fire pit as well.

Comfortably sleeps 4 people with a queen bed and a double bed.

Great Lakes Splendor

2 BR Cabin Rental on Lake Michigan

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Steps away from Lake Michigan.

3 miles of preserved walkway along undeveloped beachfront.

Lake views from giant living room windows.

Close to Frankfurt, Beulah and Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Many nearby trout streams for fly fishing.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

Private access to Lake Michigan for swimming and water sports

Outdoor fire pit overlooking the lake

Smart tv and sound system

Nearby sledding hill

Wood burning fire place

Close to Arcadia Dunes for hiking

Hobbit House

2 BR Cabin Rental on Lake Michigan

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

This magical hobbit house is one of the whimsical stone cottages in Charlevoix designed by architect Earl Young. Enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the lighthouse, and all the activities the beach has to offer.

Half House is just a couple blocks away from downtown Charlevoix, so guests can easily experience the quaint village shops and dining options.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

Guests are provided with everything they need for a comfortable stay including luxurious cotton bed linens and towels, firewood and kindling, free wireless internet, books, music, two flatscreen TVs with Charter cable and DVD player, kitchenware, beach chairs, plus an endless supply of hot water.

Log Cabin Getaway on Heart Lake

3 BR Cabin Rental on Heart Lake near Gaylord

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Peaceful log cabin getaway on a beautiful lake near Gaylord.

All-sports access lake with fishing, boating, skiing, jet-skis, paddle boards and kayaks.

During the winter, the cabin is just 100 yards from one of the main snowmobile trails that connects with hundreds of miles of other trails. Nearby Treetops has downhill skiing. With some of the best snowfall in Michigan, Gaylord is in the heart of all of the winter activities, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

Two bedrooms semi-private with open ceilings to beautiful cathedral log ceilings. Third bedroom tucked away from living area. Living area open concept with views to the lake. Sunroom makes a perfect spot to relax while looking out on the lake.

Nature Lover's Paradise

2 BR Cabin Rental on Little Manistee River

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Immerse yourself in nature (there’s no Wi-fi 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.

River's Edge: True Serenity

3 BR Cabin Rental on Big Sable River

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Beautiful Amish built log home 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.

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.

Secluded Cabin on Bass Lake near Traverse City

4 BR Cabin Rental on Bass Lake

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

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,

Kids love swimming in the lake and searching for frogs.

Waterfront Lake Cabin w/ Boat Dock, Fire Pit & Kayaks

1 BR Cabin Rental on Lake George

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

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.

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.

Bonnie Beulah at Crystal Lake

2 BR Cabin Rental on

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Luxurious northern Michigan cabin on top of Eden Hill, just outside of the cute little town of Beulah

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 and a lovely propane fire table.

Plus 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.

Cabin on Double JJ Resort

3 BR Cabin Rental on

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Prepare to unleash your inner cowboy when you book a stay at this rustic and wonderful vacation rental!

Nestled in the Double JJ Resort, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath cabin features idyllic outdoor living spaces, 4 gas fireplaces, and a propane grill that’s perfect for summer night BBQs.

When you’re not birdwatching on the back deck or thrill-seeking at Michigan’s Adventure, consider paying the additional resort fee to explore the community’s championship golf courses and a family-friendly waterpark!

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

3 bedrooms so you can spread out, plus bunk bedroom!

Plus, this cabin has (4) fireplaces!

Resort amenities include horseback riding, indoor mini-golf, sledding & more.

Just over an hour’s drive from Grand Rapids, MI.

Eagle's Landing Torch Lake

3 BR Cabin Rental on

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Eagles Landing Cabin has been finished and furnished as a 2nd home, so it is not a typical rental.

The cabin is tucked inside a 7-acre wooded lot (surrounded by over 100+ acres) and sits across the road from Clam Lake.

1/4 mile from: Torch Lake, two marinas (Butch’s & Dewitt), Torch Lake public access, Dockside restaurant and Torch Lake Winery.

This cabin is in the heart of everything you want to see and do while in the area.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

Bunkbeds!!

Plus, there’s room for the kids to run and play.

Families also love the fire pit and nearby hiking trails.

Also an amazing game room in the cabin.

Hibernation Station

2 BR Cabin Rental on

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Get away to this cabin that is a nice mix of modern and rustic in the woods and take advantage of all Northern Michigan has to offer.

Explore local lakes, golfing, and kayaking in the Gaylord/Grayling area. This cozy cabin backs up to the woods and sleeps 8. It also has a deck out back with a fire pit to enjoy those Michigan nights.

This vacation rental is also perfect for visiting in the winter. There are snowmobiling trails just steps from the cabin and access to local skiing, tubing and snowshoeing.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

Two living rooms with inside games - think shuffleboard and foosball

Property provides kayaks for the lakes around the corner

Large barn with outdoor toys

Big outdoor area for kids to play and off the beaten path

Ample hiking nearby

Little Cubs Cozy Cabin

2 BR Cabin Rental on

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Cozy cabin so close to everything!

2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 825 sq foot house with beautiful open floor plan

Floor to ceiling wood walls and open ceiling with wood beams

Hardwood floors and Fieldstone gas fireplace

Kitchen with granite countertops

Roomy living room

Backyard deck

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.

Log Cabin in the Heart of the Hiawatha National Forest

2 BR Cabin Rental on

Why People Love to Stay at this Upper Penisula Cabin Rental

Nice secluded getaway

Luxury linens and full kitchen amenities

20 minutes to Pictured Rocks National Park

Dog friendly

Comfortable and gorgeous

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

Close to many outdoor activities like hiking, snowmobiling and other Northern Michigan gems

Outdoor hot tub with lights

Nice sized yard to play summer yard games

Relax by a fit pit on cooler nights

Mackinaw City Cottage

2 BR Cabin Rental on

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

This cabin is really close to Mackinac Island and all of the area attractions but it doesn't feel busy. Families love the screened-in porch, fire pit, and hammock, too.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

In addition to the hammock, fire pit, screened-in porch, and rainy day games/movies, this cabin has a great yard for kids to play in.

Mid Century Cottage with Crooked Lake Views

5 BR Cabin Rental on

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Beautiful cottage with wraparound porch and views of Crooked Lake across the street.

This home is perfect for large groups with a very spacious entertaining area, gas fireplace, and ten-person dining room table.

Expansive fenced-in backyard and mudroom/laundry room.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

This home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms (3 full, 4 half) giving plenty of space to let your group spread out.

Four upstairs bedrooms have at least a half bath setup in each room creating more privacy for each guest.

Mid Michigan Cozy Log Cabin

3 BR Cabin Rental on

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Cozy log cabin nestled in the woods perfect for some well deserved R & R.

This cabin is located in a gated community with 4 small private non-motorized lakes, one of which is only a short stroll away.

Deer, Wild Turkey and other wildlife abound in this heavily wooded community.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

Clubhouse has indoor swimming pool and free wireless internet.

Log twin over full bunk beds kids will love!

Secluded Gaylord Cabin

2 BR Cabin Rental on

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

Quaint and secluded cabin in the woods!

Relax outside on the deck with gas grill or by the firepit. Enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing or hunting then warm up inside by the fireplace.

Visit the community pool and hot tub.

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

Plenty of space for everyone with a queen bedroom, bedroom with a queen/twin bunk bed with twin trundle, loft with queen bed and a sleeper sofa in the living room.

Silver Ridge Cabin in the woods, close to dunes and garage included

4 BR Cabin Rental on

Why People Love to Stay at this Lower Peninsula Cabin Rental

A private beautiful wooded lot located on 7.5 acres yet close to everything fun.

Walk 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

One mile from a beautiful lake MI sunset

Why the Cabin is Great for Families:

Accommodates a large family

Loft area and triple bunks

Close to the beach

Large, private yard with a playground

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.

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4 thoughts on “17+ Cozy Cabin Rentals in Michigan for a Perfect Summer, Fall or Winter Getaway”

  1. Trish L Steffens

    Looking for a place in upper west Michigan below the bridge, or lower west Michigan closer to Indiana/Ohio to sleep 26 (I know!!) It’s for a family trip……

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