The only one of the 5 Great Lakes that lies entirely within the US, Lake Michigan straddles several state lines—Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. There’s a plethora of scenic vacation home rentals all around the lake, which provide access to the endless outdoor fun in a wide array of beaches, parks, and islands. If you’re looking for great getaway cabins on Lake Michigan, you can check out the vacation homes in the Indiana locales along the southern shores, across Wisconsin’s Door County to the west, or around Muskegon, Michigan, on the eastern banks.

Cabin rentals in and around Michigan City

For a mix of outdoor pursuits and cultural attractions, check out the slew of cabins on Lake Michigan’s southern banks. Besides restaurants, shops, and theaters, Indiana Dunes State Park (Michigan City) is home to the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum and the La Porte County Historical Society Museum, where you can acquaint yourself with the area’s history. The Old Lighthouse Museum provides tours of the 1858 Michigan City lighthouse. You can visit the Barker Mansion if you like peeking inside historic homes, or take the kids to meet all kinds of critters at Washington Park Zoo. Just west of Michigan City lies Indiana Dunes State Park, where sand dunes tower up to 200 feet above the shores of Lake Michigan. Cabin rentals in this area allow you to hike, swim, and fish all you want. The state park also has a nature center, picnic areas, and trails for cross-country skiing. On the other side of Michigan City, several vacation homes in the Michiana Shores and Long Beach neighborhoods enjoy quiet locations right along the lake. You can opt for a cabin whose spacious deck offers equally expansive views of the water, or even snag a vacation rental that’s mere steps away from the nearest beach.

Muskegon vacation home rentals

Muskegon is the largest of the cities on Lake Michigan’s eastern shores. It’s a great choice for a fun-filled family vacation, no matter what season you’re visiting. In summer, there’s endless hiking, biking, and golfing to be had, on top of all the beach and water activities you’d expect on the lake. You can climb aboard exhilarating roller coasters and water slides at Michigan’s Adventure amusement and water park, or get a dose of art and history in the city’s museums. Winter getaways call for ice skating, cross-country skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, which also features an 850-foot-long luge track. When you’ve all had your fill of thrills and spills for the day, you can head back to your Muskegon vacation home rental and put your feet up while watching a movie, or enjoy relaxing soak in the hot tub. You can also gather around the fire pit and make some S’mores while recounting the day’s adventures, or play a round of billiards in the game room before calling it a night. Many Muskegon cabins offer private beach access, giving you a front-row seat for the stunning sunsets over the lake.

Cabins for rent in Door County

On the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan, you’ll find a smattering of cabin rentals in Door County, set on a peninsula between the lake and the city of Green Bay. Door County features 300 miles of shoreline, 11 historic lighthouses, and 19 communities where you can settle into a relaxing lakeside vacation. Bed down in Fish Creek for plenty of shopping options, stay in Sturgeon Bay to immerse yourself in its shipbuilding heritage, or book an Ellison Bay cabin to be surrounded by galleries, eclectic boutiques, and public art. Summer is a great time to visit Door County—you can go cherry picking in the many orchards, enjoy live jazz concerts, and explore the county’s handful of state parks. Winter activities include snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. No matter where you stay in Door County, you won’t be far from shopping, dining, and nightlife in downtown Green Bay. While you’re there, you can go on peaceful strolls in Green Bay Botanical Garden or on the boardwalk known as the CityDeck. You can also watch American football matches at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, or just tour the stadium and visit the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.