There’s a reason you vacation Up North. Lush woods. Big beaches. Gurgling rivers. Hushed meadows. Infinite stretches of water, sand and sky. So why would you, for a week, a weekend or even overnight, wake up to a view of anything but? With these 21 gorgeous getaways—each steeped in eye and soul-inspiring surroundings—you won’t ever have to. Make a plan for your Northern escape. The world you love waits right outside the window.
Sunset Bahle’s Bayside Cottage, Suttons Bay
Four steps. That’s all that stands between 100 feet of private beach on West Grand Traverse Bay and the petite, perfectly weathered cedar-clapboard nook you can call your own. The fairytale cottage’s two bedrooms, wide-windowed kitchen and living room with fieldstone fireplace are notable niceties, but come summer, nearly nonessential; most guests find the sunrise-side porch sitting on the bay proves all the accommodation necessary. $1,700 weekly June through august’s end; $750 weekly or $200+ nightly in off-season (two night minimum). 231-271-5800, bahlecottage.com.