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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                                                              We had a family reunion of 11 people. We found the property to be very clean, in a great location, and with all of the amenities we needed. The owner was helpful and interested in our needs. I would recommend this property to anyone that is going to be in the Traverse City area. In addition, I know she owns a B&B in Bay City (The Webster House) and I would not hesitate to stay there, knowing how important it is to the owner to make her guests feel comfortable.
                                                              • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
                                                              • Stayed: Apr 2016

                                                              Absolutely breathtaking!

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                                                              We stayed for a weekend getaway in this fabulous cabin. There accommodations were perfect for our group of 15. Plenty of space to spread out and relax. We got some fresh snow and the view out the windows was breathtaking. the cabin is very close to Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa. We went to Traverse City for the day shopping. Everything is just a short drive away. The river is gorgeous and in the summer would be great to kayak. This place would be great for all seasons, there is a volleyball court and horseshoe pits. We could play because of the snow but we can't wait to come back this summer. The owners have spent a lot of time and money remodeling this cabin, we stayed before, but the improvements make it a definite place we will come to each time we visit. You will not be disappointed if your stay here it really is that great. Thanks Again.
                                                              • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
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                                                              Beautiful cabin and relaxing atmosphere

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                                                              This is the second year my family and I have rented this cabin. It is truly an Amazing place! There is so much room to accommodate everyone and it is so beautiful. It has everything you would need and then some. Mike and Julie have thought of everything...lots of extra blankets, sleeping bags, air mattress, etc. They even have a cute tent downstairs for the kids. We have really enjoyed this space to spend time with our family...we watched movies, played games, cooked hot dogs over the camp fire, and brought sleds this year to sled down the hill on the side of the cabin down to the lake. Everyone had so much fun! We obviously stayed during the winter (both years), but I'm sure this place is just as Amazing in the summer. There is just a sense of relaxation while you are here...I don't think you can help but be happy and not want to leave! Mike and Julie are also Amazing if you need anything at all. They will do anything to make sure your stay is perfection...just great people! We will definitely be back and continue to stay here for years to come! You will not be disappointed...if anything, I'm sure it will exceed your expectations!
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