The Best Vacation Rentals to Book in Michigan

Enjoy your the privacy of your own stylish space with a vacation rental in Michigan
Enjoy your the privacy of your own stylish space with a vacation rental in Michigan | Courtesy of Grand Circus Park Flats By Barsala / Expedia
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15 December 2021

Michigan is where cityscapes meet nature with lakeside resorts and sugar-sand beaches, dense forests, charming towns, cherry orchards and dynamic cities. The Great Lakes State is full of surprises with a diverse selection of vacation options, depending on your travel style and budget. There’s a range of accommodation choices in Michigan – with everything from beachfront escapes and boutique apartments to cozy condos. Here’s our selection of vacation rentals to check out in Michigan – bookable on Culture Trip.

Pinestead Reef Resort

Sunbeds on the beach at Pinestead Reef Resort, with a volleyball court next to the lake
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Located in cherry capital Traverse City, these four-star rooms offer access to 250yd (229m) of private and pristine sandy beach along Lake Michigan. This laid-back, beachfront resort includes access to a steamy sauna and relaxing hot tub, as well as BBQ facilities and big lake views – perfect for a lazy day by the water grilling a feast. For active travelers, jet skis and boats are also available to rent to explore the lake in style. The family-friendly rooms feature full kitchens and separate living and bedroom areas, and many also offer balconies – or direct access to the beach. Given the resort’s proximity to nature, it’s also well suited for outdoor enthusiasts looking to enjoy the hikes and nature trails of Traverse City State Park.

Mint House Downtown Detroit

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Located in Downtown Detroit and within walking distance of Fox Theatre and Detroit Opera House, culture is within your reach at these upmarket city apartments. The property is in a well-connected transport spot, just minutes away from Michigan Avenue Station and Times Square Station. Each of the 12 smart apartments has contactless checkin – and feature a fully equipped kitchen packed with amenities and access to an on-site gym. It’s a perfect vacation rental for your Michigan trip.

Mint House New Center Detroit

A stylish sitting area with a couch and armchairs, next to a bedroom, at Mint House New Center Detroit
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These four-star apartments are designed with the modern city traveler in mind – complete with contactless checkin and individually styled rooms. Guests also have access to a fitness center, a shared lounge area and barbecue facilities, providing the perfect setting to mingle with other city explorers. It’s a smart and straightforward city stay that’s conveniently located near many of the city’s notable landmarks – including the Masonic Temple and Greenfield Village. The central location means you can get right into the mix of Detroit’s notable street art and open-air sculptures, unique dining scene, galleries and museums.

Grand Circus Park Flats by Barsala

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The Grand Circus Park Flats are located in a convenient area of Downtown Detroit – within a 10-minute walk of Fox Theatre and Ford Field. Enjoy the sprawling, city skyline on their rooftop terrace with access to BBQ grills, or take a cooling dip in their outdoor pool to escape the heat of the busy metropolis below. Inside, there’s an urban hipster vibe with feature walls, contemporary artworks, driftwood tables and patterned furnishings. The condos are individually styled with upscale decor, kitchen facilities and cityscape views.

Oakwood River Oaks North

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Clean, comfortable and simply styled, these individualized apartments are located near many local attractions and natural features including Bald Mountain State Recreation Area, the Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Michigan Aquarium. Golfing enthusiasts will love the property’s proximity to one of the most prestigious golf courses in the state of Michigan: the Katke-Cousins Golf Course. As well as having a selection of essential amenities, guests will also have access to wellness facilities – including a tennis court, an outdoor pool, tennis court, health club and a sauna.

Two Bedroom West Stadium Bungalow – Unit 522

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A comfortable and homely stay that’s just a six-minute walk from Michigan Stadium, this facility is a cozy condo with kitchen facilities. You’ll also find mildly eclectic design features such as mounted bicycles on the wall and colorful rugs providing a welcoming vibe. The main benefit here is the prime location in the university city of Ann Arbor –plus it’s within a short distance of several city landmarks and attractions. The bungalow is also very close to transport links, and is just a seven-minute drive from Ann Arbor Municipal Airport and a five-minute drive from the Ann Arbor Train Station.

Anchor Place Condo 2

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This luxury condo is perfectly positioned near the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan – and its extensive recreation activities – in Frankfort. Here, you’ll find spacious living quarters, an open concept kitchen and impressive views of Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The central location means guests can easily walk to local restaurants, pubs and shops. Nearby, you’ll also find the beautiful Betsie Valley Trail – which runs all the way from Frankfort to Beulah. Other local activities include biking, fishing, kayaking, hiking and golfing.

Stunning Royal Oak Townhouse

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Located near the popular Detroit Zoo, this smartly styled holiday home is in the Royal Oak area – best known for rather fabulous shopping. Just a six-minute walk from the Royal Oak Music Theatre, this modern-looking accommodation offers free parking, contactless checkout and access to a fully equipped kitchen. It’s a simple and stripped-back stay with sleek wooden flooring, tasteful decor and a range of great amenities – it’s also conveniently located just a 35-minute drive from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

Amazing 5 Bedroom Downtown Ferndale House

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This spacious city property is large enough for a family vacation in Detroit – with five smart and uniquely designed bedrooms. The house has great city views alongside homely vibes and hip touches including a fully equipped kitchen, contemporary art and a solid wooden table for group dining. Nearby, you’ll find Rust Belt Market – an innovative warehouse marketplace with an eclectic mix of independent retailers and crafters. There’s also the Royal Oak Music Theatre and Fox Theatre nearby for a culture fix.

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