Ever thought of renting a cottage in Michigan? Doesn’t seem like the first place one would think of for a cottage vacation. Indeed, Michigan is an exciting place to go, with its happening big cities (like Detroit and Grand Rapids), RiverWalk, the GM Renaissance Centre, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, the Motown Historical Museum, Opera House, world-renowned festivals and performances, trendy restaurants, retail stores, theatres, Bay City’s Appledore Tall Ships, and Ann Arbor’s annual summer art show – the largest art show in America. Michigan is a tourist hotspot! But cottaging? Yes.
Michigan is a Midwestern state in the US – its name stemming from the Ojibwe word mishigama, which connotes “large lake” or “large water.” The State Nicknames also include “Great Lake State” and “Water Winter Wonderland.” So, if we look at this semantically, cottaging and life on the lake is at the heart of Michigan! Indeed, Michigan contains the longest freshwater shoreline in the US, is surrounded by Lake Saint Clair and four of the five Great Lakes, and contains 11,000 inland lakes and 36,000 miles of streams within its borders. With all these pristine waters, Michigan is a cottager’s dream!
In addition to the exquisite charm of cottages both along the lakes and in the woods, the 800+ pristine golf courses attract summer cottagers from around North America, as do the stunning fall colours of the 19,000,000 acres of forest cover, the fabulous skiing, tobogganing, snow tubing, ice skating, snowboarding or “snurfing,” and other winter activities that Michigan has to offer. The four Great Lakes surrounding Michigan are not only fabulous for summer getaways and recreation, but also create an ideal climate for bumper snowfalls and world-class downhill skiing. The state parks also provide beautiful trails for cross-country skiing beside the ice lakes.
In particular, if you’re looking for a summer cottage, check out the National Historic Site “Fountain Point Resort,” a summer resort featuring 54 acres of woodlands, lawns, and 1/2 mile of stunning shore of South Lake Leelanau, in Leelanau County. They offer classic cottage amenities, and fabulous fishing, waterskiing, tennis, historical sites, and more.
In the winter, check out the cottages at Yatch Haven, located on Drummond Island, and overlooking Harbor Island and Potagannissing Bay. Enjoy the area’s deep snow, long trails, and modern, comfortable lodging – 3 and 4 bedroom cottages where, as they boast, pets are welcome! These are two of many examples, so be sure to go to CottageCountry.com and check out the cottage listings all over Michigan. For, indeed, cottage country in Michigan is as endless as its waters. Enjoy!