It may not officially be autumn yet, but with our calendars now turned to September, our thoughts are turning toward color tours and cozy getaways to revel in Michigan’s stunning fall scenery.
If, like us, you’ve got fall travel on your mind, now’s the time to make a plan. Vacation rentals are already filling up in hot spots around the state, with those few precious weekends in September and October disappearing fast.
To help you in your quest to land a great escape spot — or at least inspire you to get into planning mode — we rounded up a dozen well-reviewed rentals from the vacation rental booking platform Vrbo.
They range from a teensy two-person waterfront cabin to a stunning Victorian in a historic neighborhood, and at the time of publication, all had some dates still open in September and/or October (but no guarantees those will last).
Read on for a selection of fall vacation rentals, including average fees, which can vary based on season and night of the week. Fees and availability are subject to change.
SUTTONS BAY: This modernist cabin’s location on a forested hill gives the feeling of being up in a tree house — yet you’re still just three blocks from the beaches, marina, dining and shopping to be found in the charming village of Suttons Bay. Sleeps four. Average cost: $339/night. Full listing here
TRAVERSE CITY: An adorable, rustic cedar cabin on Ellis Lake, complete with a woodstove to ramp up the cozy vibes on chilly fall nights. Sleeps four adults and two children. Average $145/night. Full listing here
SOUTH HAVEN: Reviewers raved about this bungalow’s location, just one block from South Haven’s sweet downtown. Walk to the farm market, beach, shops and restaurants, and come home for s’mores around the backyard fire pit. Sleeps 10. Average $300/night. Full listing here.
GLADSTONE: The “Little Bay Getaway” sits across the street from Little Bay de Noc, north of Escanaba. Use the darling cottage as your launch pad for exploring local beaches and parks, or embarking on bigger adventures to Kitch-iti-Kipi, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Fayette Historic State Park, and more. Sleeps six. Average $125/night. Full listing here
MOHAWK: This hand-scribed white pine log cabin is nearly at the tip of the U.P.’s remote Keweenaw Peninsula, where it sits on 12 acres on the shores of Gratiot Lake, with views of Mt. Bohemia. From here you can check out all that Copper Country has to offer, including scenic fall drives along U.S. 41 and Brockway Mountain. Sleeps five. Average $225/night. Full listing here
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EMPIRE: If you’re one of the few people who *hasn’t* visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore this year, there’s still time — and some would argue that fall is actually the best season for exploring this year-round paradise. This quaint cabin puts you close to the park, as well as other Leelanau attractions and towns like Glen Arbor and Traverse City. Sleeps four adults. Average $250/night. Full listing here
AU TRAIN: This cozy one-room guest house on Au Train Lake is billed as a sweet couples’ getaway. Guests rate it highly for hospitality, beauty and location, as it’s near scenic destinations like Grand Island and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and towns like Munising and Marquette. Sleeps two adults. Average $140/night. Full listing here
ISHPEMING: Book this “luxury yurt” about a half-hour outside of Marquette, and your vacation will already be off to a unique start. The yurt puts you close to all the outdoor recreation the U.P. has to offer, while giving you a charming place to come home to. One guest wrote of their experience, “We felt we could have stayed forever.” Sleeps six. Average $245/night. Full listing here.
ROGERS CITY: A recently updated mid-century charmer of a cottage just a half-block from the sandy Lake Huron shoreline. Hoeft State Park is nearby, the backyard boasts a fire pit, horseshoe pits, outdoor dining area and more, plus there’s a game room should you encounter a rainy day on your trip. Sleeps six. Average $175/night. Full listing here
MARQUETTE: “Hygge,” the Danish word that loosely translates to “cozy” and “content,” seems a perfect name for this Marquette hideaway. The two-bedroom bungalow gets great reviews for its views, cleanliness, and location close to downtown. Sleeps five. Average $300/night. Full listing here
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PETOSKEY: The 1920-built “North Star” cottage is tucked away in Petoskey’s historic Gaslight District, putting guests close to the town’s shopping, dining and beautiful Little Traverse Bay waterfront. From there it’s just a short drive to M-119, the gorgeous “Tunnel of Trees” roadway that is a can’t-miss destination for fall color tours in Michigan. Sleeps 12. Average $299/night. Full listing here
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NEGAUNEE: This lakefront cabin is close to Marquette, but you might have a tough time tearing yourself away from the serenity here — plus the sauna, which is the most perfect amenity for a fall escape. Sleeps 10. Average $206/night. Full listing here.
For more Michigan vacation rentals, see Vrbo.com.
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