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7 Magical Treehouse Rentals in Michigan

by Megan Honan

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Michigan is a can’t-miss destination, lying on the border of four out of the five Great Lakes. With a long coastline, pristine forestland for miles, and ample opportunities for fun on the water, Michigan should be near the top of every traveler’s bucket list.

With something to do every season, there is truly no bad time to visit the mitten-shaped state. Well-known for leaf-peeping opportunities in the fall, summer cabins on the shore during the warmer months, and epic cross-country skiing the winter, there is plenty to keep travelers coming back season after season. Fortunately, many of the best treehouse rentals in Michigan have heating and A/C.

After all, outdoor activities are often best paired with stay that feels tucked away in nature. So why not book a magical treehouse for your next Michigan getaway? Offering all the joys of outdoor camping, without the set up and hassle, treehouse stays bring the best of both worlds: the outdoors and (varying degrees of) luxury.

Ranging from a kid-friendly cabin on a private island to a ranger-outpost-inspired treehouse to an enchanted waterfront cottage overlooking Lake Michigan, the listings below are the cream of the crop when it comes to treehouse rentals in Michigan.

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1. Outpost Treehouse

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Why you should stay: Quirky “lookout” cabin with an extra covered safari tent for bonus guests.

  • Nearest town: East Leroy
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $132/night

Inspired by the design of forest ranger lookouts, this unique treehouse outpost sits surrounded by a white pine forest. It’s on a workin 65-acre farm with frequent wildlife visitors, so little ones and adults will delight in kicking back on the wrap-around porch and keeping eyes peeled for white-tail deer, turkeys, owls, and coyotes.

The small space has most modern amenities you’d want, including air conditioning, which will be a real hit if you stay in July or August. And for $20 extra per night, you can use the safari-style glamping tent next door. With a screened-in porch, it’s great for a second couple or older kids.

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2. Serenity Now Treehouse

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Why you should stay: Child-free love nest overlooking White River.

  • Nearest town: Whitehall
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $225/night

Dreamy Serenity Now treehouse lies just 15-minutes away from the beaches of Lake Michigan and makes for the perfect romantic getaway. Sit out on the private backyard patio to enjoy the peace and quiet, while admiring the White River below.

You won’t have Wi-Fi, but there is a fully stocked games cupboard in the case you find yourself visiting during a rainy day. During the warmer months, head down to the water’s edge to find a rowboat for guests who want to paddle down the creek. To end off the day, fire up the BBQ to whip up a gourmet meal to be enjoyed on the back deck, taking in the incredible views in the process.

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3. Enchanted Treehouse On Lake Michigan

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Why you should stay: Stay on a sand dune with private lakeside access to Lake Michigan.

  • Nearest town: Grand Haven
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $260/night

Settle into the lakefront treehouse to take in breathtaking views of the water, regardless of what room you’re in. Designed by a highly regarded area architect, the cottage was modern in the 1970s but now feels like a cool vintage lake cabin perfectly tucked into its natural surroundings.

Head down the steps and down the dune to reach the private beach. Park blankets and chairs down on the sugar-fine sand and jump into the crystal clear water for a refreshing dip. This Michigan treehouse rental has plenty of space with three bedrooms and an extra sleeping loft, so it’s a good option for large families – especially if the kids like to stay up late watching TV.

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4. AshKay Cottage Treehouse

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Why you should stay: Live out your fantasy of living on a private island for a month.

  • Nearest town: Manchester
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 30 days
  • Rates from: $450/night

Hop on a pontoon boat and set sail towards an epic private island for a month-long sabbatical. Set on multiple acres, this 1700-square-foot home was custom built just for this specific location. The main cabin is the nicest part of this island rental (yes, you get the whole island) though you may still have a bit of an a argument over who gets to stay in the fun freestanding treehouse.

Decked out with rainbow hammocks and an open-air loft, the parents can hang out and chill while any kids go crazy running around the island – there’s no one else around. Spend your days swimming, canoeing, boating, grilling out, swinging, making campfires, and fishing.

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5. Purple Palace Tiny Treehouse

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Why you should stay: A budget friendly Michigan treehouse rental on an former llama farm.

  • Nearest town: Benzonia
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $64/night

Rustic camping at its finest, this tiny treehouse is the perfect escape for a night away. While cozy in size, there is ample to explore on the former farm, since converted into an active campground. The house overlooks the lush, plentiful gardens and guests are welcome to stroll through the property, which includes gardens and a hedge maze

There may not be a kitchen, but the campsite is home to plenty of campfire rings with grill access and large picnic tables for whipping together a spread. After a long, full day of playing outdoors, cool off in the outdoor shower while enjoying the chirps of birds overhead. For safety reasons, guests have to be at least 7 years old.

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6. Tree House Ridge

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Why you should stay: A brand new treehouse resort opening in early summer 2021.

  • Nearest town: Thompsonville
  • Sleeps: 4+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: Not yet announced

Welcome to Michigan’s first treehouse resort set to open soon (as of June 2021.) With 10 self-contained and custom-built treehouses to choose from, families of any size will be able to find the right Michigan treehouse rental – or rentals, depending on the size of your group.

While there are plenty of outdoorsy activities to choose from like fishing, golfing, boating, and skiing, guests looking for a more lux experience will also have access to wine and cider tours. Treehouses also have Wi-Fi, in case you do need to catch up on emails.

The resort will be open year-round so guests can experience the changing seasons. An exact opening date isn’t set, but you can register online to get an email notification when they’re ready to take reservations.

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7. Fernside Aframe

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Why you should stay: Feels like a treehouse, minus the risk of falling.

  • Nearest town: Indian River
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $408/night

In the case there are no treehouses available – or a treehouse rental isn’t for you, for whatever reason – this sprawling A-frame cabin is a fantastic alternative. Resting on the banks of the Sturgeon River, guests wake each morning to the sounds of the babbling water just outside your window. There’s no TV, but you do get heat, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi fast enough for streaming.

But you’ll mostly want to be outside while you’re here. Take time to cool off in the river or hang out on the water tube for max relaxation. When you need a break from the heat, take a nap inside the air conditioned cabin, then enjoy a campfire under a blanket of stars. Keep your eyes peeled: it’s not uncommon to spot a falling star or two here.

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