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 of the coziest cabins you can rent on Airbnb that are sure to flood you with all the Up-North-feels you remember from childhood.
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.
Book now: From $200 per night
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.
Book now: From $150 per night
Deep in the Finland State Forest of Northern Minnesota, this modern and industrial take on the cabin is sure to impress. Ideal for small groups looking for seclusion and privacy, Grey Duck Cabin is the perfect weekend getaway. Although tucked away on 40 acres of some of the most beautiful forest Minnesota has to offer, this cabin is also within short distance of the North Shore, Manitou River, and the State Snowmobile trail. Feel free to check out this absolute stunner @GreyDuckCabin on Instagram.
Book now: From $225 per night
Ever wanted to stay in a yurt? Now's your chance! Enjoy all nature has to offer on this 40 acre plot of scenic land with a 17 acre mostly-private lake. Relax at the bonfire, go for a nature hike, or meditate and sink into nature. Located just 20 miles outside of Madison, relax and unwind in one of the more unique Airbnb locations we've found! (In the words of the SuperHots, "It’s a Yurt. On a deck. Overlooking a private lake. Surrounded by woods." Need we say more?)
Book now: From $125 per night
Located on the stunning Suttons Bay of Lake Michigan, this beautiful and spacious log cabin is the ideal destination for your family (fur-babies welcome!). Full of Michigan pride, this classic and dog-friendly cabin is both stylish and sensible at the same time- making it quintessentially Midwestern. Did we mention you can bring your dog?
Book now: From $151 per night
“The Nook” is the perfect lakefront cabin for small groups looking for a stylish cabin experience. If rustic boho meets clean mid-century is your vibe, we’d highly recommend checking out this little gem. Right along the shore of Katchewanooka Lake, you’ll have access to breathtaking sunsets, two paddle-boards and a canoe, along with the high probability of spotting one of several local eagles. Yogis welcome as the host also offers private yoga classes for $20 per person.
Book now: From $133 per night
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.
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.
Book now: From $89 per night
If you are looking for the perfect spot to bring your entire family (cousins, Grandma, and all), then look no further! This stunning (and huge) log cabin has six bedrooms, 21 beds, and an 8-person hot tub. Located in the Brainerd Lakes area of Central Minnesota, The River Lodge is sure to be the perfect getaway for large groups of people. Past guests have raved about the comfortability, unlimited space, and exceptional hospitality of this charming and rustic spot on the Mississippi.
Book now: From $175 per night
Need to unplug? Built in the 1950s and renovated in 2011, consider this Michigan cottage your own private retreat. Located near Van Buren State Park, this stunning, rustic beach-front cabin on Lake Michigan boasts miles of private and sandy beach. With no wifi or cable (and spotty cell reception at best!), this is the perfect spot to unplug and go off the grid. Surround yourself with panoramic views of Lake Michigan on host-provided kayaks and paddle-boards, or simply relax on the deck overlooking the water. However you spend your time, superhost Melody will not disappoint!
Book now: From $335 per night