Discover a selection of 62 vacation rentals in Washington Island, WI that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and kitchens. Prices start at $195 per night, and houses and cabins are popular options for a stay in Washington Island. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

A lush island oasis in a charming island town

Let's get the confusing bit out of the way first: Washington Island is about 30 square miles of scenic landscape surrounded by Lake Michigan and Green Bay. It is also part of a town called – wait for it – Washington Island. The town consists of 6 islands in total, but Washington Island is the only 1 with year-round residents, a whopping 660. The Potawatomi Indians were the island's first known inhabitants, and they greeted immigrants from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and Ireland. Book a Washington Island vacation rental and enjoy some history, relaxation, and outdoor fun.

Things to do

No man is an island if he knows his history

For a little island with a little population, the museums that surround your Washington Island vacation rental are impressive. The Jacobson Museum, on the western edge of the island, has natural and historical artifacts from the area, including ship models carved by Jens Jacobsen himself, the Danish poet who preserved the remains of the Potawatomi village that once occupied the site. Outside is a collection of artifacts salvaged from area shipwrecks. The Washington Island Farm Museum displays farm implements and housewares from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Activities

Views in the great outdoors, concerts in the great indoors

Opportunities to enjoy Washington Island's lush forests, beaches, and rolling hills abound. Percy Johnson County Park has a beach with a view of neighboring Hog Island, plus picnic tables and grills for public use. Gislason Public Beach is great for families, with easy walking trails, a playground, and a picnic area. It's adjacent to Red Barn Park, which offers family events, theatrical productions, and live music. Visitors love kayaking and canoeing around the island, and eco-tours can fill you in on the wonders of the island's rocky coastline.

Weather

Come in summer with the crowds, or sneak in in September

Washington Island has warm summers and cold winters, with summer temperatures hitting highs in the upper 70s. July and August are when the area is most popular among vacationers, but the locals say September is the secret sweet spot. The weather is still great; the autumn colors are inspiring; and you can grab a Washington Island vacation rental within your budget. Rain is common in the area, but not overwhelming, even in the winter season. Just come prepared with warm clothes and a rain slicker.

Natural features

Washington Island's parks will wash away your worries

The island's landscape hosts all kinds of birds, such as herons, pelicans, and swans. If your Washington Island vacation rental is near a meadow, look for grassland-nesting birds. White-cedar wetlands welcome warblers and vireos. Rock Island State Park, Wisconsin's only island state park, is just a ferry ride away and equipped with beautiful nature trails, a white sand beach, and striking dolomite cliffs. With no cars and no permanent residents, the serenity of the park is enhanced by breathtaking views of the Milky Way on clear nights.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Washington

The nearest airport is in Escanaba, MI (ESC-Delta County), located 26.2 mi (42.2 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Washington Island, WI?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 62 vacation rentals around Washington Island. From 35 house rentals to 20 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a lakefront property in Washington Island?

If you could you do with a peaceful pause, spend a few days lakeside. You'll feel like you're at adult summer camp — no collective singing Kumbaya required. Vrbo has 21 getaway properties near lakes available. Open to more suggestions? Vrbo has plenty more property options to check out, including:

  • 17 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 17 lake-view vacation rentals.
  • 9 shore-front vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Washington Island?

Wave goodbye to uninspiring hotel rooms. Our house vacation rentals each have their own unique personalities — and all the space you could possibly need! There are 34 options currently on Vrbo. Prices start from $117 per night. Or maybe you'd rather choose one of the area's other popular lodging types, like:

  • Cottage: 16 vacation homes. Prices start from $160 per night.
  • Cabin: 4 vacation homes. Prices start from $145 per night.
  • Condo: 4 vacation homes. Prices start from $290 per night.

Can I stay in Washington Island in a large group?

The recipe for a wonderful vacation is spending time with close friends and family in an amazing new place. If you're hitting the road with a big group, Vrbo can help. The most popular option for larger groups here are house vacation homes, and there are 9 currently listed. The vacation rentals that are perfect for large numbers in this area include:

  • Are you searching for vacation homes that can sleep 6 guests? We have 16 that will be perfect. Prices begin from just $117 per night.
  • Need a place for 8 guests? We have 13 that will be perfect. You can get one for as little as $176 a night.
  • Traveling with a group of 12? We have 7 vacation homes that will meet your needs. Prices start from $382 a night.

So don't fret! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your uncle, your grandpa and all your buddies to Washington Island.