Destination guide

Summer vacations in historic Harbor Springs

Sitting on the north shore of Little Traverse Bay, Harbor Springs is a charming waterfront community that's been luring vacationers for over a century. With 4 seasons of outdoor activities to enjoy and an array of cultural and culinary attractions on offer, Harbor Springs showcases some of Michigan's best assets. While historic summer resorts like Wequetonsing once stole the spotlight, today Harbor Springs vacation rentals unlock access to waterfront cottages, secluded forest chalets, and a host of other luxury properties.

Things to do

History and wine in Harbor Springs

Once home to Michigan's legendary Odawa tribe leader, the Chief Andrew J. Blackbird House is now a fascinating cultural museum. After a day of sightseeing, you'll probably work up a thirst, so why not stop by Harbor Springs Vineyards and Winery at Pond Hill Farm? With terraced vineyards, an elegant tasting room, and an onsite garden cafe, it's a beautiful slice of Harbor Springs. Sip on something you like? With many featuring wraparound verandas and wooden rocking chairs, Harbor Springs vacation rentals are the perfect place to uncork a bottle of your favorite local wine.

Activities

Cruise Under a "Tunnel of Trees"

From organic cafes and farm-to-table restaurants to designer boutiques and glassworks studios, downtown Harbor Springs is a great place for a stroll. There are a handful of beaches within walking distance of Main Street which makes it easy to cool off in the lake, unpack a picnic, or soak up the sunshine. Winding from Harbor Springs to Cross Village, the scenic M-119 shows off Michigan's natural beauty. It's also known as the Tunnel of Trees, and is cloaked under a lush canopy of hardwoods and evergreens. Planning a golf getaway? Harbor Springs vacation rentals put you just steps from Michigan's most coveted courses, including historic Harbor Point and architecturally designed Boyne Highlands Resort.

Weather

Fiery fall displays in Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs is known for its Indian summers, which means the warm weather can often last well into fall. Thanks to the Tunnel of Trees, Harbor Springs is regularly voted one of America's best towns to view fiery foliage. It's also stunning in spring, when snowy trilliums carpet the forest floor. Foodies shouldn't miss the annual Taste of Harbor Springs festival held every September. Running for decades, the palate-pleasing event showcases local food, wine, and craft beer. Things don't slow down in the winter, when Nub's Nob and Boyne Highlands serve up some of Michigan's best downhill skiing.

Natural features

Make a splash in Lake Michigan

Harbor Springs sits on the shores of sheltered Little Traverse Bay, part of mighty Lake Michigan. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the lake, with family-friendly Zorn Park featuring a sandy beach, lifeguards, a swimming raft, and grassy picnic areas. Famous for its prehistoric coral fossils, sprawling Petoskey State Park hugs the coast. Whether you want to beachcomb, enjoy a picnic, or explore its woodland hiking trails, Petoskey offers outdoor fun for the whole family.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Harbor Springs

The nearest airport is in Pellston, MI (PLN-Pellston Regional), located 13.8 mi (22.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Mackinac Island, MI (MCD), which is 34.5 mi (55.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Harbor Springs?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 421 vacation rentals near Harbor Springs. From 194 Houses to 90 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Harbor Springs for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Nub's Nob Ski Area: 298 vacation rentals
  • Harbor Springs Beach: 1,068 vacation rentals
  • Boyne Highlands Ski Area: 766 vacation rentals
  • Little Traverse Bay Golf Course: 855 vacation rentals
  • Thorne Swift Nature Preserve: 812 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Harbor Springs 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 Harbor Springs?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 194 Houses in Harbor Springs. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Harbor Springs include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 90 rentals available
  • Cottages: 106 rentals available
  • Cabins: 106 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Harbor Springs?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 86 vacation rentals with pool available in Harbor Springs. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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