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Mitten Meandering: 7 Great Glamping Getaways in Michigan

by Kelsey Glennon

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Michigan, or as the locals call it “The Mitten,” is a Midwestern haven for outdoor adventures — perfect for your next glamping trip.

The nation’s 11th largest state has a variety of landscapes, like soft sandy beaches, swiftly flowing rivers, and the ancient mountain ranges of the Upper Peninsula. Beautiful in every season, it’s no wonder Michigan’s state slogan is “Pure Michigan.”

Whether you’re camping on the Mitten, or on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the summers here can’t be beat. Hot, sunny days and crisp nights make Michigan a enviable summer destination.

 
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Shoulder seasons here, like fall, are rich in color and beg for wood-burning fires. Late spring brings the winter landscape back to life with fresh growth and flowing rivers.

Though winter may seem an intimidating time to be outdoors in the Midwest, you can still get outside and partake in activities like cross-country skiing and ice-fishing. In fact, there’s nothing better than coming back to a toasty cabin after a snowy day hike.

Whether you enjoy forests, prairies, or mountains, Michigan glamping has it all.

Native American Tipi and Vintage Camper Near Michigan’s Beaches

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Photo: Glamping Hub

Why You Should Stay: The best of both glamping worlds, camp out in a tipi, or stay cozy in a vintage camper near Lake Michigan beaches.

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Pets Allowed: Yes

Coloma sits on the shores of South Lake Michigan, making this Glamping Hub offering a beachy getaway for a small family. Parents can find solace in the tipi, while kids can camp out in the camper.

The rustic tipi is outfitted with a bed and sofa, and adorned in woven Native American textiles. The adjacent canned-ham style camper retains its vintage style charm on the interior, with warm wooden walls and the amenities of any modern kitchen.

Rinse off a long, sandy day at the beach beneath the heated outdoor shower, then cook up some grub while overlooking five acres of Michigan countryside.

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Off-Grid Tiny Home On A Bluff Over Lake Superior

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Photo: Airbnb

Why You Should Stay: This glassed-in shack unites guests with nature, offering views of epic sunset and star-filled skies.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: None
  • Pets Allowed: Unknown

Head over the Mackinac Bridge to the wild terrain of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s in these woodsy parts you’ll find the Love Shack just begging for a romantic getaway or a week of peaceful novel-writing.

This cozy cabin is built for two people looking to enjoy the best the UP has to offer: astounding sunsets and peaceful views of Lake Superior. A Finnish-built private sauna comes with this rental, a welcome option for warming up after dipping your toes in Lake Superior’s chilly water.

With little cell service, this cabin is ideal for a digital detox and getting back to nature.

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Farm Life In a Vintage Airstream

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Photo: Hipcamp

Why You Should Stay: Immerse yourself in homestead life at this working farm while resting your head in a cozy and retro vintage Airstream travel trailer.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Pets Allowed: No

Glamping and agri-tourism combine impeccably at the RGarges Farm in Southern Michigan. They offer a vintage airstream camper for guests here, renovated and clean while still holding on to that throwback charm.

The Airstream is your home base for a weekend of activities on the farm. Watch a movie on the big screen in the barn, pluck fresh blue eggs from the chickens in the morning, or gaze at the alpacas lazily roaming the property.

Nearby the recreation at Diamond Lake beckons. Or for a more leisurely vacation, venture down the Michigan Wine Trail, just a forty-minute drive.

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Ranger-Style Treehouse with Wrap Around Porch

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Photo: Airbnb

Why You Should Stay: A private pine woodland hugs a part-cabin, part-treehouse. Modern amenities and privacy make this a true a glamp.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: None
  • Pets Allowed: No

Live the Midwestern life on this rural, bucolic Outpost Treehouse in Southern Michigan. This tiny house in the trees, inspired by a forest ranger lookout, is encased in a white pine forest on a 65-acre farm.

Visitors enjoy modern amenities and tastefully decorated interiors while enjoying this quiet escape on the prairie. Relax by the private fire pit, or watch Michigan wildlife from the wrap-around deck at this unique country property.

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Rustic Chinked Log Cabin On Private Lake

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Photo: Glamping Hub

Why You Should Stay: They don’t make cabins like these anymore. Rustic Western-style interiors make this ideally located cabin a perfect vacation hub.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Pets Allowed: No

This quintessential log cabin offered through Glamping Hub is a 2,700 square-foot cozy respite for up to three couples, or a large family. Located only one mile from the shores of Lake Michigan, the cabin is just far enough away from the hum of tourists to be a peaceful escape.

Adorned in a classic cabin style, the warm interior has a corner for everybody. Kids will love the basement with its air hockey table. Mom will find a quiet corner on the upstairs porch overlooking 15 acres of Michigan countryside and Harris Lake, a recreational spot for fishing.

The nearby towns of South Haven and St. Joseph offer activities like antiquing, art festivals, and fine dining.

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Teeny-Tiny Living in Northern Michigan

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Why You Should Stay: Live tiny, live minimal at this snug accommodation in quiet woodland.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: None
  • Pets Allowed: No

Go minimal at this 200 square-foot tiny home Airbnb tucked away in the Northern Michigan woodland. Close to the lakefront town of Charlevoix, a stay at this cabin offers the relief in off-grid minimalism, with the comforts and attractions of a nearby town.

A ladder to cozy sleeping lofts ignites a child-like spirit as you climb around this fort. In-wall heaters keep this cozy abode warm in colder months. Hiking trails wind through the property and a bike path beckons under a mile away.

The intimate nature of this wooded property and humble home remind residents to disconnect from the buzz of everyday life and enjoy the presence of each other.

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Refurbished Barn On A Private Lake

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Photo: Glamping Hub

Why You Should Stay: Modern amenities and endless recreation are on offer at this tastefully redesigned, spacious barn.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Pets Allowed: No

Pack the kids in the car and head north to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where this renovated barn beckons a large family. Everyone will have room to spread out in this modern and inviting Glamping Hub getaway on the Keweenaw Peninsula.

An elevated deck looks out on trees dotting the landscape around the private lake used for recreational fishing or paddleboarding. Still, close to Lake Superior, guests can venture out during the day and explore the nearby Baraga State Forest, Portage Lake, and the Ottawa National Forest.

Don’t neglect this property in the Winter, ideal for adventuring outdoors in activities like cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or ice fishing. Groceries for grilling can be picked up in the town of Houghton, just 15 minutes away.

Glamp More, Worry Less

From cabins to treehouses to tents and beyond, there’s no shortage of awesome glamping destinations across the U.S. We’ve done the dirty work and tracked down the most unique, must-stay spots.

Check out our fan-favorite guides like the top treehouse rentals in the nation or our collection of fire lookout rentals. Create memories of a lifetime when you stay at a place that’s one-of-a-kind.

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