Glamping & Unique Stays in Michigan

Glamping MI

I’m dreaming of summer! Most of these places have been on my radar for a few years now. I thought it was about time to put a list together and share!

A lot of research went into this one. Some places didn’t make the list. I only wanted to include the best of the best!

 

Tiki RV Park (St. Ignace)

2 Great Options Here!

TIKI HUT YURTS

Celebrate the outdoors while enjoying the comforts of an indoor environment. This yurt is perfectly suited to offer a “glamping” experience while appreciating all that our beautiful woods have to offer. These canvas bell tents are fully fitted with everything you would need to have your perfect getaway! Situated nearby downtown St Ignace, this yurt is as serene as it gets. Located in a separate part of Tiki RV Park & Campground, you have full access to the camp’s restrooms and showers, as well as shared yurt only restrooms (inside the 24/7 laundry room!).

  • Queen bed with full linens (Additional guest beds available for additional charge.)

  • Private restrooms within the campground just for yurt guests!

  • Power strip + heater/fan included

  • Fire pit with a free bundle of wood (per day!)

  • 2 Adirondack chairs with a picnic table at each yurt  

  • 2 bottles of water for guests

TIKI TENTS

This paired down alternative to our other accommodations are perfect for those more seasoned campers who are looking for a more rustic getaway into the peaceful serenity of nature. These simple tents feature all you would need to enjoy camping without the hassle of setting it up yourself! Situated nearby downtown St Ignace, this tent sits among the other tent sites within Tiki RV Park & Campground but you have full access to the camp’s restrooms and showers, as well as the 24/7 laundry.

  • Queen bed- NO LINENS (Additional guest beds available for additional charge.)

  • Fire pit with a free bundle of wood (per day!)

  • 2 Adirondack chairs with a picnic table at each yurt

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Fields of Michigan (South Haven)

The Fields offers so much more than just a glamping tent! You really need to explore their website.

Wine Tasting, Charcuterie, Chef’s Dinners in the Field, a Spa…there is so much to do here!

The main things…

Pets are allowed, but it is $25 per night. Also, please do not leave your pet alone in the tent!

Strict No Smoking Policy ($500 fine)

Each tent has plumbing and electricity too! (Heaters & AC)

There are no refrigerators in the tents.

No wifi either. (You’re supposed to be unplugged!)

Definitely explore their website, but I put some direct links below for you too!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Off Map Glamping (South Haven)

Tents can fit a max of 3 people

Bathrooms: Shared bathroom and shower facility, located a quick walk from all of the suites. 

From their site:

This is the outdoors how it was meant to be experienced. Have an outdoor adventure without sacrificing the luxuries of home. Experience starry night skies and cook s’mores around the bonfire. Fall asleep in front of your wood-burning stove in a luxury tent.

Off Map is located in Southwest Michigan, near some of the area’s most popular coastal resort towns. Enjoy dining, shopping, and beaches all within a 10 minute drive.  Not to mention wineries, breweries, hiking, boating, orchards, and more.

Our 75 acre property affords you plenty of room to explore, whether you choose to pick wild blackberries in the sun or relax in the shade of your tent. Leave your camping supplies at home – with our furnished, luxury safari tents, simply show up and begin enjoying your trip.  No setup required.  

We can’t wait to share our slice of paradise with you. Adventure is just around the corner.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Simple Lyfe Yurt (Baldwin)

This place takes yurts to a whole other level!!! You have to go check out the photos! We’re talking TVs and stuff…so definitely not as “unplugged” as some of the others, but everyone has different preferences 🙂

From their site:

Simple Lyfe Yurt is a 30′ modern yurt with 2 bedrooms, full kitchen and living room. Separate heated bathhouse with custom shower. The yurt has a rustic feel but with all the modern conveniences including a stove/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave and two coffee pots. Very close to ORV trails. Dog fee is $40 per dog (2 dog maximum).
 
The yurt is an open concept with curtains that can be closed to petition off the 2 bedroom areas. There is a full kitchen with refrigerator, stove with oven, microwave and dishwasher. The living area has a couch and love seat with power recliners and USB ports for charging your phone. There is an Xbox with games and numerous DVD movies for those rainy days.
 
One of the great features of this yurt is a 3-foot clear dome for star gazing at night right from your bed. Large fire pit and sitting area to enjoy the evening. Edison lights around the firepit area light up the darkest night.

 

Glamping Around Michigan (Servicing SW Michigan)

This company brings the Glamping experience to your backyard!

I wish there was a company around Metro Detroit that did this. If you’re interested in companies that do Luxury Picnic Experiences in Metro Detroit, check this out!

From their site:

Sit back, relax, & let us do the work!

We are a mobile glamping business based in SW Michigan that will deliver a unique experience to your backyard, inside your home, campground, or any other venue.  All rentals include delivery, set-up, styling, & tear down.  From birthday parties, date night, family night, bachelorette parties, family reunions, romantic proposals, showers, or just because…

We can help you create a fun, unique, & memorable experience!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Port Crescent State Park (Port Austin)

They have two “geo domes” here that look pretty cool!

About the domes:

Two accessible geodesic domes, located in the center of the campground, offer an intimate setting with spruce paneling, skylights and views of Lake Huron. Each dome sleeps up to four and offers air conditioning and heat. There is a queen bed, and up to two can sleep in cot-style bunks. In addition, there is a sitting area, coffee maker, microwave and mini fridge.

The grey dome (The Voyager) features modern furnishings, and the gold dome (The Nomad) features traditional furnishings.

There is no running water, but a modern toilet and shower building is located about 300 feet away and a vault toilet is located about 100 feet away.

Guests must provide their own linens and cookware.

There is a two-night minimum stay, and check-out time is 11 a.m.

About the Park:

Port Crescent State Park, located just outside the town of Port Austin at the tip of Michigan’s “thumb,” is set along 3 miles of sandy Lake Huron shoreline. The park boasts a dark sky preserve, a modern campground featuring waterfront views and 10 overnight lodging options, such as geodesic domes, camper cabins and cottages. The park is also home to the Pinnebog River, trails, breathtaking sunsets and opportunities for fishing, canoeing, birding, cross-country skiing, hunting and more.

When the sun sets and the stars come out, visitors can enjoy exceptional stargazing in the park’s dark sky preserve. The best viewing location is located near Parking Lot D, where there is a viewing platform.

The park is located near Turnip Rock. This popular destination rises from the water and is accessible via a 7-mile out-and-back canoe or kayak trip. There are local outfitters that provide rentals.

 

Select Michigan State Parks (All Over The State)

Select State Parks offer “alternative lodging” options such as mini-cabins, yurts, safari tents, and more!

Check out the link above to see all of the different options and locations!

 

Floathaus of Saugatuck (Saugatuck)

A 450 square foot boutique floating tiny cottage!

Come enjoy Saugatuck and Douglas at their finest! Don’t just stay near the water, stay ON the water at “Floathaus of Saugatuck”. Inspired by the floating homes of the Pacific Northwest brought to Michigan’s west coast! Hop in the provided kayaks and explore the area, enjoy all the nearby shops, dining and art. Floathaus is located in Tower Marina (Douglas side) where guests will have access to the waterfront pool and park, laundry, grills, and additional showers.

*Floathaus is not motorized*

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tree Vistas (Ionia)

Michigan’s First Luxury Tree House Resort!

One tree house at this time that can sleep up to 6 people!

No pets allowed.

Available Activities Include:

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Campfires
  • Grilling
  • Washers lawn game
  • Hammock relaxation
  • Swinging under the treehouse
  • Fun animal scavenger hunt
  • Bike rental (coming soon)
  • Kayak/raft rental (coming soon)
  • River charters (coming soon)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Outpost (East Leroy)

From their site:
 
Unique treehouse cabin with all amenities inspired by forest ranger lookout. Though not actually attached to a tree, the outpost treehouse sits in a white pine forest in the middle of a 65 acre active farm. The 15 hand crafted windows allow for great views watching out for Michigan wildlife–White tail deer, turkeys, owls, coyote have all been spotted from the elevated wrap around deck.
 

The lookout inspired outpost has all the modern amenities–Air conditioning, furnace, private bath with shower, hot and cold running water. Solar power is used for interior lights. The 14×14 room has a queen size bed, a comfy chair, small table with 2 chairs, buffet cabinet with bar sink, small refrigerator for drinks and coffee maker. The refrigerator is quite small so bring a cooler and ice if you bring perishable food. There are no cooking facilities in the treehouse but there is a propane gas grill outside. There is also a fire pit. Bring wood so you can enjoy an evening by the fire.

NEW IN SPRING OF 2021!!!
We have added a “glamping” tent which is considered the 2nd bedroom. If you have more than 2 guests the tent will be automatically added. It is a 12×14 platform tent that has windows on 3 sides, a front door with screen, 2 beds (30×78). This is designed to accommodate another couple or older children who can sleep alone. There is a $25/night cost for each person. There is an electric heater for the cool nights but we don’t recommend using the tent in March, November or December . There is a portable air conditioner for your comfort during the warm summer. The tent is always in addition to the treehouse. You cannot rent just the tent.

The ground level is the “mechanical “ room and the bathroom. MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE AND DOWN THE STAIRS TO GO TO THE BATHROOM…we do provide an umbrella in case it’s raining. We consider it part of the adventure!

 

Honorable Mentions:

Mai Tiki Resort Cottages (Oscoda)

“The Caribbean of Northern Michigan”

This place really does look fun. It looks like more of a party vibe than peaceful glamping, but (like I said before) everyone has their own style and preferences!

From their site:

Mai Tiki Resort is a beach front family fun resort on the shores of Lake Huron.  Enjoy grilling, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, yoga, games, roasting smores at the nightly bonfires, movies on the beach and all that Oscoda has to offer!

Oscoda, Michigan has a beautiful fresh water coast and one of the world most premiere rivers, the mighty Au Sable River!  This dynamic duo offers days filled with, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and fishing.  Oscoda 
also offers 35,000 acres of unique trails for hiking, birding, walking, running, off road recreation and biking. The trails traverse from coastal sand dunes to towering pines and hardwoods; it’s a naturalist’s dream.  Golf lovers will appreciate the many course options ranging from the award winning Scottish style links to challenging championship golf to picturesque courses by the water; the area has golf to suit every taste and level of play.

Mai Tiki Resort offers 12 colorful tiki themed cottages ranging from 1-4 bedrooms accommodating 1-10 guests.  All cottages have full kitchens with both major and minor appliances directly facing the water on the beach.  Each cottage comes with their own deck, 2 exterior chairs, 
picnic table and charcoal grill.

A vacation at Mai Tiki Resort will be a vacation filled with wonderful memories of the beautiful white sand beaches and gorgeous sunrises for years to come.

 

Wanderhut (Newaygo)

From their site:

Your Glamping Gateway to the North.
Nestled in Michigan forest, our Wanderhut is a short 8-minute drive to Newaygo, 45 from Grand Rapids. Experience the joys of a camping getaway in comfort.
Fishing, hiking, biking are only steps outside your door. Fall asleep with a campfire and a chorus of crickets; wake up with the sun and the chirping of birds.
 

Our 3-season wall tent is the perfect camping getaway for those who want a few of the comforts of home.

Furnished with a queen bed, the tent itself is spacious and comfortable. LED lights set a festive scene, and the screened in porch protects you from summer insects. While the tent does not have a bathroom or running water or electricity, a port-a-potty has been installed nearby.

Shower/bath facilities are available at Henning Park Campgound (May 1st- October 1st)which is 5miles from the tent. A $6 vehicle day pass can be purchased at the main office to use the facilities. (Bath house, tennis/pickle ball courts, swimming pond, and Muskegon River access and boat launch).

During the colder months (October -April) we install a small wood stove in
the tent to help take the chill off. This stove will need tending to through out the night so it is still recommended that you plan accordingly for the weather (winter sleeping bags and proper attire).

Feel free to bring along to bring along your 4 legged friend! Just be sure to clean up after your dog and keep them to the tent site area. Please do not let your dog run free, we have free range chickens on the property around our house.

 

Grace’s Glade (Cadillac)

From their site:

Glamping: this is the place for someone who wants to go camping without roughing it. Queen size bed, hot shower, stove, refrigerator, electrical outlets and privacy to enjoy the great outdoors. Relax around fire pit and don’t be surprised if a deer wanders in. This is the spot where we take our grandchildren camping because we want to enjoy being outdoors but want comfort while being close to all that Cadillac has to offer. Local lakes nearby, close to bike and ORV trails.
 

While the site is private you are only minutes away from Cadillac. The wall tent is 16×20 with a plywood floor with throw rugs. It has both a front and back covered porch to allow you to enjoy the sunrise and sunset. If it is cool at night there is a propane radiant heater in the tent. The back porch overlooks a deep valley that often serves as a pathway for deer and wild turkeys. The utility area is 15 feet from the tent and contains both a kitchen and bathroom. There is an instant on water heater so you have plenty of hot water. The antique stove is beautiful as well as functional and you have a full refrigerator. Just outside you will find a large grill. If the chickens cooperate you will have some fresh eggs available for breakfast.

There is a large fire pit for your pleasure. We provide fire starters and an ample supply of firewood.

 
You have 150 acres you can explore. This is a working farm with mixed lowlands, pine/hardwood forests, 2 ponds, hay/pasture fields and a flowing stream. Adjoining our property is National Forest. This is glorified camping so there may be bugs (Michigan State bird is the mosquito). Nearby you can access Bike and ORV trails. If you bring an ORV you will need to stay on the dirt roads on our property. Our property is fenced in so you can’t get lost. We would love the opportunity to educate you on raising grass fed cattle. The cattle will be nearby so early summer is special with calves being born.

 

Rippling Bluff (Manistee)

From their site:

Experience glamping at its finest – And experience the True North! If you love to camp but HATE dragging everything with you for a weekend trip to northern Michigan, this is the place where you will find everything you need to #glampcamp. A slice of heaven where fishing, canoeing, kayaking, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing is abundant and relaxation is always available! So enjoy the peace that is waiting for you! This is not a rustic campground, we provide everything you would need and more to enjoy a beautiful and relaxing camping getaway.

Welcome to the peace and the rippling sounds of the North Branch of the Manistee River just outside your decked-out, glamping tent door! This site, the easiest accessible and recommended for those unable to walk up and down a hill to access our other two glamping sites. Equally as charming, but with an extra unique feature, this site offers a stargazer Stout tent, which is highly desirable! With the stargazer tent, the peak is a window where you will experience sleeping under the stars and the ability to see them from your warm and comfy real bed!

The real full bed will be outfitted with warm bedding for cool summer nights. The site includes pots and pans for cooking, paper, and plasticware, cooking utensils, glasses, a percolator, towels, clean, fresh sheets, cleaning supplies, a gas grill, a grill for the campfire, a chiminea seating area, hammocks, and many other essentials! This site offers just about anything you would need for glamping/camping! (Read Reviews)

This unique glamping experience will offer you rest and give you a glimpse of the true-up north. This adventure will provide a fun filled glamping getaway where you can interact with nature up close, kayak the river, fish the stream, or any other outside activity. After all your adventures, you can end your day by sitting by the fire at night and looking at a beautiful star-filled sky from your bed at night!

A shared bathroom/kitchen facility offers a full bathroom for your use, and our kitchen area is finally complete! There is also electricity that guests can use for charging phones and other electronic devices. PLEASE NOTE: There is NO ELECTRICITY at the sites, ONLY at the Common Bath/Kitchen facility (centrally located on our 8-acre paradise). There will be a designated outlet for each site in the facility.

We also offer the opportunity for you to rent kayaks and provide transport service for kayaking trips – please ask! We also provide an Experience that might interest you if you are looking for some adventuring!

Please be advised that we do not allow dogs.

PLEASE NOTE: Cell service is limited – You are glamping outside, in the true-up north…who needs phones?!

 

 

 

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