Step 1: Pick your winter adventure. Step 2: Head north. Step 3: Hunker down for a snowy weekend at these Northern Michigan cabin rentals.
Adventure: Epic Snow Day // Marquette
Resting at the base of Marquette Mountain, Rippling River Resort’s log cabins give downhill skiers and snowboarders walk-out-the-door access to the slopes. The resort is also located directly on UP8, a designated snowmobile trail, and the Carp River. Rent a pair of snowshoes from the resort’s general store and trek along the beautiful riverside. After your day in the snow, warm up in the shared outdoor hot tub then head to the River Lounge for a Michigan craft beer by the fireplace. Luxury and rustic cabins available.
Adventure: Secluded Escape (That’s Close to Downtown) // Bellaire
The waterside Craven Pond Log Cabin is tucked away on 11 wooded acres with 350 feet of frontage on Craven Pond in Bellaire. Spend a weekend catching up on your reading list beside the towering fieldstone fireplace and lounging in the loft (bring a deck of cards and your favorite board games). Stock up on provisions in downtown Bellaire, just a few minutes away: quiche and coffee from M88 Morning Grind, a bottle of Michigan wine from Hello Vino and spirits for your favorite winter cocktails from Mammoth Distilling.
Adventure: Family Gathering with All the Cousins // Walhalla
The Whitetail Lodge sleeps 21 people, comfortably, with nine bedrooms and a trundle bed in the loft. The kitchen is prepped for family meals with two stoves, two dishwashers and two refrigerators. There’s also a large sauna, indoor hot tub, fireplace and pool table. Located at Barothy Lodge in Walhalla (20 miles east of Ludington within the Huron-Manistee National Forests), Whitetail Lodge offers easy access to miles of hiking, skiing and snowmobiling trails—grab a map from the office—and sits alongside the scenic Pere Marquette River.
Adventure: Modern Nature Retreat // Lake Leelanau
The sustainably designed Birch Le Collaboration House, set in the heart of Leelanau County, was built with responsibly sourced materials. Guests will find environmentally-friendly amenities, including certified-organic beds with flax linen sheets, radiant floor heat and Aesop skincare products. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a covered porch area with a fireplace blend modern architecture and nature, offering views of the woods and Lake Leelanau. But your favorite part will likely be the master bath with a glass-wall wet room complete with a soaking tub and rain shower, all overlooking a snow-covered woodland.