Think of it as your own private island—unanchored. A houseboat rented from Windjammer Cove and Marina in Oden floats you and up to seven pals down Up North’s sleepy and utterly sublime Inland Waterway. Heaps easier than sailing and with plenty more room than your average powerboat, the marina’s 30- and 40-foot houseboats are made for a buoyantly beautiful time on the water. How much time? Choose a three-, four- or seven-day stretch.

You can also choose to explore different waters; the marina will deliver their houseboats to Walloon Lake, Lake Charlevoix, Burt Lake, Mullet Lake, Long Lake, Douglas Lake, and Paradise Lake too.

Rates start at $1,238 for three days on a 30-footer (sleeps six) and top out at $2,580 for a week on a 40-footer (sleeps eight). 231-347-6103, WINDJAMMERMARINA.COM.

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