Planning a trip to the state of Michigan? Glamping is a great way to enjoy it on a natural level, and these Michigan glamping destinations are the cream of the crop…
Michigan is a state in the midwest that borders four of the five Great Lakes. It has a long freshwater coastline, acres of forests, and a wonderful four-season allure. Outdoor activities abound all year long, which makes this mitten-shaped state perfect for glamping.
Michigan offers all different sorts of accommodation for a Great Lakes getaway, but glamping has got to be one of the most fun and unique options. Experience the joys of a camping getaway in comfort. Everything is set up for you, so you can camp without the setup and takedown.
It’s the perfect choice for anyone wanting to get away from conventional hotels and realign with nature. This guide includes all the best glamping sites, from large tents to cabins to RVs and yurts in Michigan.
Quick Breakdown of Michigan Glamping Spots
Michigan offers a fantastic mix of glamping spots suitable for all travelers. Here is a quick list of some spots you can expect on this list. To see all the other cool sites, keep reading.
- Best Camping Cabin in Michigan – Waterfront Cedar Cabin Complete with Sauna
- Best Luxury Glamping in Michigan – Social Distancing Up North – Rippling Bluff
- Best Yurt Rental in Michigan – Simple Lyfe Yurt
- Best Treehouse Retreat in Michigan – Outpost Treehouse
- Best Self-Catering Michigan Glamping – Grace’s Glade
Glamping in Michigan: The Best Areas to Stay in the State
Before we jump into the list, let’s take a quick look at the different areas of the state. This way, you can better decide where to base your glam camping in Michigan.
- The Upper Peninsula: Also referred to as “the UP”, this is the forested rural region of the state. It borders three of the Great Lakes and provides for an outdoorsy, nature-focused vacation. In some areas, you can even see the Northern Lights.
- Northern Michigan: This is the upper section of Michigan’s lower peninsula. It’s bordered by Lake Michigan and full of scenic spots, including Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. It’s also home to Traverse City, which is Michigan’s famed wine region and the Cherry Capital of the World.
- West Michigan: This area is great if you want to glamp in peace, but have the option of easy travel to the bigger cities, like Grand Rapids, Saugatuck, and Holland. The beautiful Silver Lake, with its many sand dunes and water activities, is also in this region.
- Southwest Michigan: Spanning Lake Michigan’s beautiful coastline, this is a great place to go for a lakeside vacation. And, it’s just across the border from Chicago, Illinois. For glamping, the Warren Dunes State Park cabins are a popular option for travelers.
Top 19 Locations for Glamping Michigan
And now the moment you’ve been waiting for. From oversized tents to treehouses, to yurts and Michigan campgrounds with cabins, here are the 19 top spots to go glamping – Midwest style.
1) Social Distancing Up North – Rippling Bluff
Best Luxury Glamping in Michigan
Price: $135 avg./night
Sleeps: 2 (1 bed/1 BR/shared bathroom)
Enjoy your own private slice of heaven in northern Michigan. Perched along Big Cannon Creek, this is glamping at its absolute best. Hammocks are strung near the river and outdoor activities, like fishing, hiking, and canoeing, are always available. You’ll have access to camping comforts, like a regular size bed, a gas grill, a cooler, and indoor/outdoor seating. All of your cooking essentials will also be supplied, including cast iron skillets, plates, silverware, and a wash bin. An outside shower and port-a-john are just steps from your main tent.
Guest Review: “Our glamping experience was the perfect way to begin our vacation! Everything you could think of and more was supplied. Cleanliness was excellent! You could definitely see the work that was put into this site. All the little trails and sitting areas were awesome! We had kayaks so to be right on the river was perfect. We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be recommending!”
2) Newly Built Cabin in the Woods “Camp Garno”
Location: Manton, Michigan
Price: $145 avg. USD per night
Sleeps: 4 people (2 beds/1 BR/1 bath)
The perfect place to pack a bag, go north, and unplug. Enjoy the space itself my curling up next to the fire or enjoying any number of the activities within reach of the cabin: hunting, fishing, snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, golfing, hiking, or going into town for some lively food, drinks, and various local festivals! The possibilities are truly endless. Complete with comforting touches such as a fully equipped kitchen, modern bathroom, big beds, and heat/AC/washer/dryer, you’ll have a hard time leaving this vacation location behind!
Guest review: “The property managers are excellent! They answered all of my questions beforehand and answered in a very timely manner. Once we got to the property, it was clean and ready to go for our stay. It is a beautiful property and cabin! We plan to book another stay in the summer! :)”
3) Waterfront Cedar Cabin Complete with Sauna
Best Camping Cabin in Michigan
Location: Negaunee, Michigan
Price: $300 avg./night
Sleeps: 10 people (4 beds/3 BR/1 bath)
Spend your day in the canoeing on the lake, getting sun on the private beach, and cap it off with a night next to the fire on the spacious and secluded deck. In the colder months, you can enjoy the sauna (yes, it has a sauna!) which provides floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding nature. This 20-year old cabin has noticeable attention to detail, with quality touches made to last from the fully furnished basement all the way up to the queen bed in the loft. Located right on the water on a piece of private land, you’ll have year-round access to activities like hiking, fishing, skiing, and more.
Guest review: “This was our first time visiting Marquette and it did not disappoint! The property is just a short drive from town but still feels remote. There’s a private beach next to a sauna overlooking the water…what more can you ask for? There are 4 beds in the house and plenty of room for everyone. The property was very clean and well put together…we enjoyed all of the mounted stuffed animals lol! The owner was very informative and responsive to questions. We look forward to staying here again soon!”
4) Simple Lyfe Yurt
“Best Yurt Rental in Michigan”
Price: $138+ USD per night
This secluded yurt rental in Michigan is perfect for an epic camping trip. With two queen-sized beds, two single beds, and a couch, it’s both spacious and comfortable. The floorplan is completely open, but for privacy, each sleeping area has a curtain. The kitchen is stocked with all of your cooking essentials and there’s also an outdoor BBQ grill and a large fire pit with seating. You’ll be cozy and comfortable no matter the season thanks to the indoor fireplace and AC. There is also a separate fully functional bathhouse just steps away from the yurt.
Guest Review: “Great, private location. You really feel secluded in the woods. The nature aspects of camping with the amenities of being at home. Everything felt very high quality and updated; including the bathroom. You can tell they put thought into their guest experience. I will definitely be back again!”
5) Outpost Treehouse
Location: East Leroy
Price: $127+ USD per night
If you’re looking to do some treehouse camping in Michigan, you can’t go wrong with this little gem in East Leroy. Surrounded by a white pine forest, you’ll be in a remote rural setting, but only a short distance to the “city life”. With 15 windows and an elevated wrap-around deck, you’ll be in the perfect setting for relaxation and wildlife viewing. This treehouse retreat in Michigan has everything you need for a glamping escape. With a private bathroom, queen size bed, small refrigerator, seating area, and coffee maker, you’ll feel right at home. Although there are no actual cooking facilities inside, there is a fire pit and a propane gas grill outside. As an added bonus, a light breakfast is provided by your host each morning.
Guest Review: “Loved it. Very peaceful and relaxing. You will feel welcome from the moment you pull in!! Highly recommend if you’re looking for a place to unwind and be with nature! Very clean and well kept!”
6) Dunes Harbor Family Camp
Location: Silver Lake
Price: $60+ USD per night
If you’re looking for campgrounds with cabins in Michigan, it doesn’t get much nicer than the Dunes Harbor Family Camp. Located one mile from the Sand Dune ORV, this site is perfect for exploring the dunes. And, it’s just a five-minute drive from Silver Lake. These Michigan dunes cabins come with two rooms and can sleep 5 to 6 people. One room has a queen-sized bed while the other has two bunk beds – perfect if you’re traveling with kids or a group of friends. There is also a living area and a covered porch. Bathroom facilities can be found close by.
7) Grace’s Glade
Price: $100+ USD per night
This private glamping site is just minutes away from Cadillac. Furnished with a queen bed, a bathroom, a full kitchen, and power plugs, the tent is spacious and comfortable. The covered front and back porch includes a seating area, the perfect place to watch the sunrise or the occasional deer that wanders by. There is also a large fire pit with an abundant supply of firewood. Last but not least, the site is located on a working farm, with pine forests, ponds, pasture fields, and a flowing stream. The whole 150 acres is yours to explore.
Guest Review: “We can’t recommend this place enough! The tent made us feel close to the outdoors, but the kitchen/bathroom set up kept us very comfortable. The shower was especially amazing after a long day of hiking.”
8) Dreamy Secluded Luxury in Traverse City
Location: Traverse City
Price: $389+ USD per night
For luxury camping in Michigan, this artsy cabin checks all the boxes. The property sits on a quiet wooded area above Lake Leelanau. It’s just a short distance from the famous Sleeping Bear Dunes and several charming wineries. Your queen size bed has a skylight over it, so you can gaze at the night sky as you fall asleep. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes staple food items like oats, quinoa, nut milk, condiments, and local coffee beans. There is also a comfortable living area with a couch that unfolds to a queen-size bed. The outdoor seating area is secluded and cozy. It has a fire-ring, a hammock, a picnic table, and grill. The insulate cedar outhouse and outdoor shower are just steps from the front door.
Guest Review: “Beautiful artisan cabin! Peaceful and relaxing. Host was helpful and offered excellent suggestions for local eats! Would definitely stay again!”
9) Creekside Glamp Camp…a Room With a View
Price: $125+ USD per night
This funky vintage-themed glamp camp makes for a one of a kind getaway. With a TV, a microwave, a small refrigerator, and a coffee machine, you won’t miss out on all the comforts of home. There is a separate bathroom and rain shower next to your main bedroom with a flush toilet and running hot water. Located along a creek, large sliding doors open to a picturesque view, which you can enjoy right from your full-size bed. Kayaking and river floating are popular activities and guests are welcome to bring their own fishing gear and fish right from the property.
Guest Review: “This is the most incredibly beautiful space! Stylishly decorated, incredible surroundings and Jeff & Lynn are the most welcoming and kind hosts. We were blown away by the amenities — it is a true GLAMP camp — while still having that closeness to nature that makes for a true camping experience. Thank you for such a great stay, we will definitely be coming back again soon!”
10) Red Arrow Cabins
Price: $109+ USD per night
Set in southwest Michigan, these rustic cabins are perfect for a relaxing getaway in nature. If you’re looking for a Warren Dunes cabin, you’ll be just minutes from the state park, as well as several wineries and beaches. There are several cabins to choose from that can sleep between 4 – 6 guests. They all feature local antique furnishings, bathrooms with a shower, covered porches, and a fire pit and picnic tables, and a kitchenette.
11) Glamping Gateway to the North
Price: $80+ USD per night
Nestled in the middle of a forest, this secluded tent is perfect for a glamping getaway. With a queen bed, outside LED lights, and the screened-in porch, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors in comfort. You’ll also have your own fire pit (stocked with firewood) and chairs. During the colder months (October – April) a small wood stove is installed in the tent to combat the cold. A port-a-potty is located near the tent and shower facilities are available at a campsite 5 miles away. While the glamping spot may be pleasant enough, outdoor activities, like fishing and hiking, are just steps from your door.
Guest Review: “This glamping spot is a gem! The check-in and check out was smooth. The location is walking distance to some beautiful hikes! The site was exactly like the pictures, only better and the extra touches were appreciated. The stars, lovely bird sounds, and campfire were just what we needed. We would definitely recommend!”
12) Glamping on the Farm
Location: Traverse City
Price: $97+ USD per night
This quiet glamping spot is just 10 miles from downtown Traverse City. You’ll be close to all of the excitement and tourist attractions of downtown, but far enough away to have campfires and quiet nights. The camper is great for families. It has one queen-size bed, but can sleep up to four additional guests. Breakfast items are provided by your host. For your other meals, you can use the fully-equipped kitchen. There is also a fire pit outside your RV with wood provided. A public hiking trail is just across the street from the property, and there are four bicycles for guests to use free of charge.
Guest Review: “Christine was the best hostess! We LOVED our stay. She goes out of her way to make you feel comfortable. The pre-stocked treats and breakfast were such a sweet touch. The kids were thrilled being so close to the animals… that was their favorite part!”
13) Glamping Galore
Price: 85+ USD per night
This one-bedroom is in a great location between two wonderful Michigan cities. Petoskey can be reached in 20 minutes by car, and Mackinaw City can be reached in 25 minutes. It includes a fully equipped kitchen. The refrigerator will be stocked with staples when you arrive, like bread, butter, eggs, condiments, coffee, tea, and ice. There is a full bathroom and a living room with a fold-out couch. The outdoor deck is perfect for sunny days and the firepit is ideal for chilly nights.
Guest Review: “This place was in a great location with a beautiful view in the fall. It was centrally located between a few great cities. The place was clean and hospitable and was just perfect for a family of 3.”
14) Yurt at AuTrain Lake. Glamping Pictured Rocks
Location: Au Train
Price: $155+ USD per night
Geographically, this is one of the farthest north yurts in upper Michigan you can find. Located just across the street from Au Train Lake, you’ll enjoy full beach access. Rent a canoe, kayak, or boat for the day and enjoy all the splendor of lake life. The unit has a queen canopy bed and a cot stored underneath for an additional guest. The yurt includes plenty of modern amenities, like a cable TV, small refrigerator, microwave, and Keurig coffee machine. If you want to cook over an open fire, there is a charcoal grill and bonfire pit. The bathroom is just a short walk away.
Guest Review: “This yurt was absolutely perfect for our little getaway to the UP! Had everything you need and more. Also, the bed is super comfy, we slept like logs after our long day of exploring. Definitely recommend!”
15) Woodland North Glamping
Price: $90+ USD per night
If you’re looking to do some glamping in Michigan’s rural northwest, this site is just the ticket. You’ll be surrounded by 60 acres of forest. There are lakes and rivers nearby for water activities and miles of scenic hiking trails. Your small cozy cabin has a queen-sized bed, a small seating area, and plenty of windows to let in sunlight. For the evenings, there’s a fire ring with two comfy chairs, and a table. A bathhouse is just a few steps from your cabin. It has a shower, flushable toilet, and towels.
Guest Review: “A unique and restful place to get some nature.”
16) Nature and the Comfort at the Outpost Tent
Price: $85+ USD per night
Set on a quiet 5-acre property, this glamping site is perfect for nature lovers. It provides no-frills simple living – with a twist. You’ll have some added camping comforts, like a queen-size bed, solar shower, portable outdoor toilet, and a propane grill with basic cooking essentials. You’ll also have your own fire pit where you can cook up some farm-fresh eggs – supplied to you for free when the resident chickens are feeling generous. There are multiple trails you can explore from your tent, and the site is within walking distance to downtown Sawyer – perfect for a night out. The beautiful Lake Michigan and the Warren Dunes are just a 5-minute drive from the site.
Guest Review: Mandi’s place is so cute! We only stayed one night but still thoroughly enjoyed the camp site and small town nearby. This is truly camping without the headache. Highly recommend!
17) Tiki Hut Yurt – Bula
Location: St. Ignace
Price: $80+ USD per night
This yurt in Michigan is in a great location on the Upper Peninsula. It’s in a wooden area, near a trail that’s just ¼ mile from downtown St. Ignace. It’s also close to the Mackinac Island ferry terminal. The yurts are part of a campground, and you’ll have full access to the restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities on the campsite. Your private space has a simple set up, with a queen-sized bed, a fan and heater, and lights. There is also a fire pit and chairs outside your door – perfect for listening to the nighttime wildlife. This yurt makes camping in Michigan easy.
Guest Review: “The Yurt was perfect after a day of exploring Northern Michigan. It was perfectly clean with touches that made us feel at home. Sandra was a wonderful host. Thanks! We had a great time staying at the Yurt. The location was fantastic for biking to the Mackinac Island ferries and all the St. Ignace attractions. The Yurt was clean and the campsite was nice.”
18) Wild Cherry RV Resort
Location: Lake Leelanau
Price: $99+ USD per night
Campgrounds in Michigan with cabins offer the best of both worlds for glampers. Enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep in a cozy cabin, complete with a queen-sized bed, a set of bunk beds, and a dining room table. If you want to cook ‘camp style’ you’ll have a gas grill and a personal fire pit to do so. Relax and take in the beauty of the wooden surroundings from the comfort of your front porch, or your hammock. These camping cabins in Michigan also offer campsite amenities, like portable bathrooms, tent showers, running water, and WiFi.
19) Lulabelle Glamor Tent
Price: 120+ USD per night
Nestled in an orchard field next to a lush forest, this glamping site is off the grid. But don’t worry, it’s still close to the nearby cities of Saugatuck and Holland, as well as the gorgeous beaches of Lake Michigan. Inside the tent, you can relax on your double bed while peering out onto the night sky through the stargazer roof. There is also a seating area and a small wood stove that can be used to heat the tent, and boil water. A separate, open-sided shade tent is just steps from the main tent. It has a simple kitchen setup. You’ll also have your own private compostable toilet – located in a small privacy tent. The solar shower is shared with other campers.
Guest Review: “The tent is a fantastic place to hang out and unwind. The firefly display is off the charts, the space is incredibly comfortable, the hosts are the best hosts you can find, and there’s even a solar shower now! Absolutely recommend to anyone”
Best Day Tours From Michigan
While you’re visiting Michigan, why not take a day tour and explore other areas and aspects of the midwest? The state’s largest city, Detroit, is full of culture and history; it’s definitely a must-see.
Chicago is just over the border from west Michigan. It’s the third most populated city in the US and will supply you with endless activities. Here are the top tours of these two cities.
Detroit: The Rise, Fall & Renewal Walking Tour
“Explore the social and economic upheavals of Detroit through its architectural landmarks. Learn about the boom years at the Guardian Building and Penobscot Building, and the bust years that have left many abandoned skyscrapers.”
Price: From $29 USD
Chicago River Architecture Cruise
“Cruise along the Chicago River on a 75-minute tour, and discover hidden architectural gems among the city’s renowned landmarks. Led by a docent providing live narration, the tour passes more than 40 structures and sails under historic bridges.”
Price: From $36.30 USD
Am I Missing Any Glamping Sites for Camping in Michigan?
Michigan is all about immersing yourself in nature. The Great Lakes wrap around the state’s exterior, while forests and woodlands fill the interior. It’s the perfect landscape for glamping. There are quite a few spots, and it’s possible that I might have missed some. If there are any that you’d recommend, make sure to reach out to me and I’ll see what I can do about updating this article.
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Glamping in Michigan: Final Thoughts
These glamping sites in Michigan are all about convenience and comfort. Whether you’re traveling for a family vacation, a couples retreat, or to check out one of Michigan’s awesome music festivals, these sites will add an extra element of fun to your trip. I’ve made sure to include all different types of glamping styles – from luxury to simple. There are also prices that can accommodate all budgets. There’s truly something for everyone. For outdoor living made easy, glamping is the way to go!