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Super Summer Getaways

(you can still get away to)
By Ross Boissoneau | March 17, 2018

Looking for a summertime sabbatical in northern Michigan? You’re in luck. Even though many Up North cottages are rented out a year in advance, just as many are still available for fun in the sun. 

We checked with local consultants, real estate and rental agents, and the trusty ol’ internet to get leads on little-known but-still available (as of press time) properties across the region — all ripe for an unforgettable summer getaway. The seven they shared represent just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. So whether you’re hoping for a waterfront playground or a woodsy getaway, you are sure to find something just right.

One caveat: We’ve not included pricing because some rental costs differ not only season to season but also week to week; many also change based on the length of stay (i.e., expect a higher nightly fee if you’re staying three days rather than a week) The good news? If you can’t wait until summer to get away, you’ll pay even less during spring. Contact the property owner for specifics and availability. 

Sunshine Inn, Interlochen
Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in. At the Sunshine Inn on Cedar Hedge Lake in Interlochen, the beautiful sunporch and bevy of windows facing the lake will do just that. You can take the family — heck, since the place sleeps 12, you can take two families — and enjoy the sandy bottom lake. After your nighttime swim, stay down by the water and make S’mores at the fire pit and contemplate the star-filled skies. The Sunshine Inn is located minutes away from Interlochen Arts Camp and just 20 minutes from Traverse City, yet it feels like a country getaway. 
(231) 346-4100

Tunnel of Trees Bluff Chalet, Cross Village
This chalet-style cottage sits on a bluff overlooking the Tunnel of Trees and Lake Michigan. Hike through the acre of forest behind the cottage, or cross the street to a private beach. The main level features a full kitchen and dining area, a large living room with a fireplace, and a fully furnished three-season room. The Tunnel of Trees runs from Cross Village, where this cottage is located, to Harbor Springs. This three- bedroom, 2.5 bath home sleeps eight. 
HomeAway Booking (888) 640-7927

Platte Lake Cottage, Honor
Located steps from a public access to Little Platte Lake and across the road from Big Platte, this cozy cottage is a perfect place from which to base your summer adventures. It’s just a short drive to Lake Michigan beaches, Crystal Mountain Resort, Interlochen, wineries and brewpubs — it’s even close to the Cherry Bowl Drive In. The cottage sleeps eight, though between fishing, kayaking and other summertime activities there won’t be a lot of time for sleeping.

The Caboose, Empire (pictured)
Who wouldn’t want to stay in a real railroad caboose? Especially when it’s located at the base of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. It’s built to accommodate two, with a full-size Murphy bed, TV, and Wi-Fi. But really, you’ll be busy exploring the dunes, nearby Glen Lake, the wineries, and Lake Michigan. Outside there’s a gas grill, picnic table, and fire pit. And it’s right next to the Heritage Trail for biking, walking and running.   
(231) 334-6100 

Little Manistee River Cabin, Manistee
This cabin is the perfect spot for rest and relaxation on 40 acres. The Little Manistee River is just steps away, so you can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, fishing or just the sound of the river flowing by. Sip your morning coffee from the front porch with the amazing views that abound. The cabin has been updated but offers guests an "un-plugged" stay. Sleeps up to 6.
(231) 645-7368

Lake Arrowhead Chalet, Gaylord
Kick back and enjoy it all from this three-bedroom, two-bath chalet that sleeps eight on Lake Arrowhead, formerly known as Buhl Lakes. You can kayak on the lake or rent a pontoon. Other water activities include a community pool and a hot tub. Hey, you don’t even need to wait till summer — it’s on the snowmobile trail, and the hot tub is year-round.

Historic Cottage on Lake Bellaire
History with all the amenities. The AhWaGa, noted as the first home built on Lake Bellaire, dates back to the 1890s. It’s only 15 feet from the shoreline and offers magical sunset views. Lake Bellaire is a part of the Antrim County Chain-of-Lakes waterway, connecting Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, Grass River, and Clam River to Torch Lake. The cottage has been completely renovated, though it still features the original maple hardwood floors, milled by the Thomas Forman Lumber Company of Petoskey. Sleeps four in two bedrooms.




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