You know you’re from the Great Lakes region of the country when your go-to plans for the weekend involve some variation of going “Up North.” Whether it’s the boathouse on Lake Bemidji or the family cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, we all have that special spot with the well-worn dock and wood-burning stove that hold our dearest memories. In the spirit of Midwest nostalgia, below are 10 cozy cabins you can rent on Airbnb that are sure to flood you with all the Up-North-feels you remember from childhood.
1. Lilla Norr // An A-Frame in the Woods
Lilla Norr, which translates to “Little North” in Swedish, is a clever minimalist take on the A-Frame Cabin. This place looks straight out of a Scandanavian interior design magazine yet retains the cozy and familiar cabin charm we all know and love. Located in the Central/East region of Minnesota and restored from an old A-frame, this cabin was built with sustainability in mind.
2. Agua Norte Cabin: Lake Superior View with Sauna
Located right on the shore of Lake Superior, this quaint and cozy micro-cabin is the perfect weekend getaway for two. Agua Norte is built with stunning White Pine timbers sawed and treated by the owners themselves (who also live on the property). Some notable features include a sauna (available November-March), a skylight over the master bed for stargazing, and a view of Five Mile Rock. Best of all, you’ll likely be greeted by Lua, the resident Cattle Dog.
3. Atlas A-Frame
Atlas is a beautiful, private cabin located on Adney Lake. There is a living room, fire place, kitchen and bathroom located on the main level. On the lower level, there is spacious bedroom with a queen and a bunkbed. Lastly, upstairs, there is a loft bedroom with a king bed (and a stunning view).
4. Mokki: Hovland Hut
About 30 minutes North of Grand Marais, MN, you can find this adorable Mokki-style cabin in the woods. Although bare bones in terms of plumbing (there’s an outhouse), this tiny cabin is rich with character, has a cozy sauna, and is surrounded by giant windows that bring in tons of natural light and a stunning view of the trees (especially in the fall). Past guests recommend nearby hiking spots such as Grand Portage State Park as well as Mt. Josephine and rave about the local trout-fishing.
5. True North Cabin on Lake Superior
True North Cabin on Lake Superior in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula is a two-acre private retreat. At the end of a small circle driveway nestled into the forest, you'll be welcomed by the sound of waves as you arrive at our renovated cabin. You'll have all the amenities for a memorable vacation stay. Explore the rocky conglomerate shore and be inspired by freighters, local wildlife, and starry skies with the perfect vantage point to see the northern lights.
6. Pere Marquette Riverfront Cabin
If you're looking for a cozy, wifi-free spot tucked away in the woods, check out this craftsman style cabin. With beautiful glass windows overlooking the Pere Marquette river, you can enjoy watching an early morning sunrise from the comfort of your own home. Make use of the cabin's kayak, canoe and fishing poles during your stay, or simply disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city. No matter your preference, consider this your own quiet retreat.
7. Up North Couple's Getaway
This cozy cabin is just what you need to unwind. Located in a private setting yet within minutes of several towns. The cabin is located close to 3 lakes, including Torch Lake. A 5 minute walk to Grass River which is perfect for canoeing and kayaking.
8. New Cozy Cabin on a Lake
Just 10 miles from Hayward, this Devil’s Lake cabin is peaceful with 6 acres of hardwood forest and great views of a 40 acre private lake. This New Cabin is perfect for a getaway that is quiet but close to town. There is a Wood burning stove with wood provided. It is in a peaceful location with a fire pit for campfires and a beautiful view of the lake.
9. The Water Villa
Overlooking a small pond and Mill Creek in the valley below, The Water Villa offers guests beautiful views of the countryside.
10. 1969 Waterfront A-Frame
Enjoy your morning cup of coffee as you stare off into a breathtaking Lake Michigan sunrise. Relax by a fire on the beach, swim in the warm waters of Rowley’s Bay, kayak the sandy shore, and wake to the sounds of seagulls and waves. This unique cabin is located on the shores of Lake Michigan in a wooded setting just a short drive to Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Great off-the-beaten-path bike routes, restaurants, hiking, and all the fun of Door County is conveniently located near the property.
11. Hilhaus Aframe
Welcome to Hilhaus! Hilhaus is an Aframe cabin on a one acre lot, feels like an 'in the woods getaway' but close enough to town that you get all the amenities you could be looking for. Enjoy your morning on the back deck, cozy up in the swinging hanging chair, or unwind around the fire pit out back. Perfect for a couples weekend, family getaway, or mountain biking retreat!
12. Haven on Ida
Welcome to Haven on Ida - with stunning views of Lake Ida, and perfectly cozy accommodations. Built in 2017, our cabin has everything you'll need for a relaxing vacation, from a fully equipped kitchen, a large screened in porch, two cozy bedrooms, free parking, fast WiFi and gorgeous views of the lake! Walk down the steps to the private sand beach, swimming area, and dock. Our cabin is perfect for long summer days, fall bonfires, and winter getaways!
13. Sagamore Reserve
Enjoy a serene forest experience within the heart of Cuyuna country at our spacious and stylish cabin, Sagamore Reserve. Built in 2021, this property features 2.5 acres of dense, old-growth forest while offering guests direct access to the area’s award-winning mountain bike trails. Inside the cabin, guests will enjoy our spacious living area, modern kitchen, large walk-in showers, and cozy bedrooms. Enjoy your morning coffee on the patio, then unwind with a campfire under the stars.