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Stay at Cottages in Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan is known for its natural beauty, especially its long lake shore around Lakes Michigan and Huron, which meet at the Straits of Mackinaw near Mackinaw City. The region is also known for its outdoor sports and activities, many of which center around the lakes. Agriculture, especially grapes for wine making and cherries for eating are also big draws for visitors to the area. You can stay at stand-alone cottages in Northern Michigan, or choose a more spacious rental house, log cabin or lodge.

Outdoor Activities

Northern Michigan has many opportunities for you to enjoy some of your favorite outdoor sports. Skiing is a popular past time for locals and visitors, and there are many ski lodges with lifts for accessing the hilly areas. Cross-country skiing, ice fishing and sledding are also popular in the wintertime. During the warmer months of the year, visitors to Northern Michigan may enjoy canoeing, sailing, biking or hiking in many of the wildlife preserves and national forests, such as the Goodheart Farms Nature Preserve and the Wilderness State Park. Just a short drive north on I-75, you can stay in a cottage in Sault Ste. Marie near the Canadian border.

Historic Monuments

Northern Michigan is home to many historic monuments, many of which are related to the maritime history of the area. Historic Fort Michilimackinac has been recreated from its original 1715 founding. The settlement was built by French and British explorers who were engaged in the fur and lumber trades. The area is now home to an open-air museum and park. The Fort Mackinac was the site of an important battle in the War of 1812, and is now a part of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission. Fort Mackinac is open for guided tours for individuals, families and groups. If you would like to see Lake Superior while you are in Northern Michigan, cross into the Upper Peninsula and drive west to stay at cottages in Houghton. Some other important historic monuments in the area include:

  • US Coast Guard Icebreaker Mackinaw: Tour this decommissioned Coast Guard ship.
  • Mackinac Bridge: The Mackinac Bridge is the link between Michigan's two peninsulas.
  • Old Mackinac Point Light: This working lighthouse is a must-see.

Events

Northern Michigan has many fun, family-friendly events to enjoy throughout the year. The annual Downtown Petoskey Winter Carnival takes place for a full week each February and offers food, music, dancing and games for people of all ages. While in Petoskey, look around for a Petoskey stone, which is Michigan's official state rock. Another great annual event is the MorelFest, held every year in May in Boyne City. This event offers everything you ever wanted to know about morel mushrooms. You can try foods with morels, learn how to identify different types of mushrooms and try out some of the kids' activities such as crafting morels out of mixed media. After enjoying some of these events, you could drive across the Mackinaw Bridge into the Upper Peninsula to spend an evening at a rental house in St. Ignace.

Weather

Northern Michigan has cold, snowy winters with usual daytime high temperatures in January around 27 degrees. Summers are warm, with average July high temperatures around 81 degrees. The best time to visit Northern Michigan is August through October, when the weather is mild and the trees begin to change color in anticipation of autumn.

How to Get There

You can drive your own car or rent one to get into Northern Michigan. Interstate 75 and U.S. 23 are the primary highways coming into Northern Michigan, and you can continue on I-75 to get into Michigan's upper peninsula. You may also get there on the Indian Trails passenger bus service through St. Ignace or East Lansing, Michigan. The nearest airport is Chippewa County International Airport in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

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5 of 5
The house was very clean, comfortable, and lacked nothing. From the moment we stepped in the door, we felt like we were at home.The view of the lake is beautiful, and Dave and Natalie were great with the communication. We loved it, and will stay again!
  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: Jan 2018

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5 of 5
Beautifully decorated and extremely spacious home! We had 3 families and a total of 5 adults and 9 kids ranging from 9 - 18 years old and we never felt cramped. The spacious living room and kitchen was great for the adults while the kids enjoyed the lower level family room with pool table and game table. The location is perfect as well! Walking distance from Cedar River Village but once you get your lift tickets, just jump right on the cross country trail that is right next to the property and ski in/out from the red lift. The kids and ladies had access to the hot tubs at CRV and we also had the shuttle pick us up directly from the home and take us in to Bellaire for an adult evening at Shorts. Keep up the great work, we will definitely book again!
  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: Jan 2018