Come November, thoughts turn to places for gathering around communal tables by a crackling fire, and if we get really lucky, inside a sprawling lodge on a lake for a Northern Michigan vacation. Make it happen by exploring six of the North’s coziest cabins, lodges and resorts that you’ll be dreaming about for years to come.
Sleeping Bear Resort | Lake Ann
Book the five-bedroom log “Lodge” (sleeps 10, all on log-style beds), gaze at the lake from the Adirondack chairs on the porch and then head out to challenge one another in curling followed by your choice of the Spartan or Wolverine burger at the one-of-a-kind Broomstack Kitchen & Taphouse. You’re not going to want to miss a stay at this resort in Northern Michigan.
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge | Copper Harbor
The classic three-bedroom cabins come with gas fireplaces at this stunning pet-friendly lodge with on-site dining. Soak in the history of the ’30s-era construction by the Works Progress Administration. Then explore the peninsula’s history of mining riches through Keweenaw National Historical Park or cruise up stunning Brockway Mountain Drive. Or settle in and never leave. The lodge rents mountain bikes, has a disc golf course through the woods and several hikes (guided and not) past rocky outcroppings, a scenic lake and Manganese Falls.
Deerwood Lodge | Beaver Island
Does your dream holiday gathering include an antlered chandelier inside a massive log-walled great room with a stone fireplace, two-tier deck overlooking Lake Michigan sunsets, hot tub and professional kitchen? Book this lodge-style rental boasting 8,500 square feet of living space and 15 private acres. Flying to the island launches this memorable adventure, and sipping a Guinness with dinner at Shamrock Bar and Restaurant rounds it out. (Note: The lodge is closing for the winter after Thanksgiving.)
There’s nothing as magical as a house made of hand-collected boulders with a thatched roof—and the fairy tale comes to life in the six-bedroom Thatch House (across the street from Lake Michigan) designed by architect Earl Young. And, come November, Charlevoix’s restaurants can accommodate large groups, shops feature great discounts and it’s an especially good time to hunt for Petoskey stones at Michigan Beach.
Tree House Cabins | Oscoda
Telling tall tales around the fireplace will be the centerpiece of your getaway to this trio of A-frame beauties along Lake Huron’s shoreline. After all, Oscoda is the official home of Paul Bunyan and his iconic adventures with Babe the Blue Ox. Book one cabin (sleeps six) or all three Tree House Cabins, then meet up on your private sugar sand beach. Or take a drive—nearby US-23 passes shoreline views, wineries, small towns, lighthouses and wooded hiking trails sure to inspire some tall family tales for the generations.
Camp Tosebo Resort Rentals | Onekama
The three breezy Victorian cottages at this one-time campus for the Todd Seminary for Boys offer 15 bedrooms over three buildings—the one-time dance and dining hall alone sleeps 23! Catch a show at nearby Manistee’s Ramsdell Theater, cruise M-22 to small towns and wineries or just gather by the fire at this complex listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While you’re at this resort in Northern Michigan, ponder the founder’s philosophy painted on the mantel: “There is nothing so kingly as kindness.”
Related Read: Red Hot Best 2021: Northern Michigan’s Top 7 Hotels.
Kim Schneider is a long-time travel writer specializing in Michigan adventures, food and wine. The Midwest Travel Journalist Association has named her Mark Twain Travel Writer of the Year, and she’s the author of “100 Things to Do in Traverse City Before You Die.”