Destination guide

Experience Gaylord's year-round natural beauty

For a gorgeous Northern Michigan getaway, check out the Gaylord vacation rentals. A quaint city blessed with natural beauty, Gaylord is a great year-round destination for families. Kids will enjoy learning about the area’s stunning wildlife, and the whole family can explore the outdoors, whether on one of area’s many lakes and rivers or even on the golf course. As the seasons change, so do the activities and attractions in Gaylord. Summertime gives you the chance to get out on the water and cool off, and the winter provides the perfect opportunity to ski or snowmobile.

Things to do

Learn and play in Gaylord

While staying in Gaylord vacation rentals, stop by the Call of the Wild Museum to learn more about Michigan wildlife. The museum boasts approximately 60 displays of North American animals and a display where kids can actually touch the animals, making it a great Gaylord attraction for families. Just outside of the museum, you can spend the afternoon riding go karts and playing mini golf. Follow the Gaylord Bear Trail to see the Owlpine Bears. These bears have been donated and decorated by local businesses and can be found everywhere from restaurants to the local schools.

Activities

Getting some fresh air in Gaylord

Thanks to the area’s natural beauty and many lakes, Gaylord activities are all about the outdoors. Book one of the Gaylord vacation rentals and plan a golf weekend with friends for the late spring when the weather is mild and the courses are green. If you’re travelling during the summer months, be sure to take your family to one of the lakes to catch a fresh fish dinner, take a swim, or even embark on a sunset cruise. If smaller waters are more your speed, pack a picnic and paddle some canoes down the Au Sable river.

Weather

Gaylord’s 4 seasons of fun

With 4 distinct and beautiful seasons, Gaylord is a year-round destination for family holidays. The Gaylord weather forecast in the summer is generally warm, and this season is the best time of year to enjoy the area’s lakes and rivers. However, if you want to see the beautiful autumn colors of Michigan, plan your trip for after the summer months to see orange, burnt red, and yellow leaves before they fall. The winter snow makes for great snowmobiling, skiing, and sleigh rides. The more daring can even try winter rafting on the Sturgeon River.

Natural features

Gaylord’s natural beauty

Gaylord and its surrounding area are home to some of the most beautiful Michigan lakes and rivers. Ostego Lake is a popular spot for trout fishing, but the area has over 90 inland lakes altogether. Gaylord is also near many rivers, including the AuSable and Manistee. In the Pigeon River State Forest, you can observe elk in their natural habitat. Gaylord also has its own elk herd that the city keeps and cares for on a 108-acre area. For those that want to see the impressive Great Lakes, both Lake Huron and Lake Michigan are easy day trips from Gaylord.

How to get there

How to get to and around Gaylord

The nearest airport is in Pellston, MI (PLN-Pellston Regional), located 38 mi (61.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Traverse City, MI (TVC-Cherry Capital), which is 48.5 mi (78.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Gaylord?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 369 vacation rentals near Gaylord. From 91 Houses to 85 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gaylord for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Gaylord?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Gaylord. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Otsego Lake State Park: 216 vacation rentals
  • Loon Golf Resort: 310 vacation rentals
  • Ostego Golf Club: 371 vacation rentals
  • Michaywe Pines Golf Course: 188 vacation rentals
  • Marsh Ridge Golf Course: 362 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gaylord listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Gaylord?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 91 Houses in Gaylord. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Gaylord include:

  • Cabins: 85 rentals available
  • Cottages: 85 rentals available
  • Chalets: 16 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Gaylord?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 149 vacation rentals with pool available in Gaylord. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.