11 Family-Friendly Vacation Rentals Worth the Drive

Go on a sweet escape!

Looking for a nearby escape to private, super cool accommodations? Check out these awesome Airbnbs and Vrbos where you can soak up nature and enjoy extra outdoor time with your crew.

The Lost Tee Pee, By the Mackinac Bridge, Mich.

Just big enough for a parent-kid adventure or romantic evening with your sweetie, this tee pee is located 30 feet from Lake Michigan, near the Mackinac Bridge. Take in spectacular sunsets, gaze up at twinkly stars, then fall asleep surrounded by natural beauty and the sound of waves lapping the pier. There’s one bed for snuggling inside the tee pee and use of a shared bathroom included.

Heritage Hollow, an Experiential Farm, Stockton

Animal lovers will swoon over a stay at this hobby farm, where you can collect eggs, pet bunnies and ride horses. This recently renovated farmhouse is surrounded by 30 acres of open space in a picturesque valley.

Tiny Private Cottages, Traverse City, Mich.

Talk about a private retreat with your closest friends and family! Your pod can rent out four private tiny cottages on West Bay in Northern Michigan for a vacation all to yourselves. Savor 100 feet of private waterfront right outside your door.

Relaxing 61’ Houseboat Getaway, East Dubuque

The Great White River Yacht is a recently renovated houseboat on the Mississippi River. This floating cabin is slipped at Frentress Lake Marina Resort, where you can enjoy the beach, playground, new pool, basketball court and more. For an additional fee, the owner will provide captain-chartered boat excursions; otherwise, explore the marina via paddleboat.

Airstream Dreams @ Petite Lake Resort, Antioch

This adorable silver camper fits up to four guests with one bedroom and one bath. Permanently located at Petite Lake Resort’s RV Park, it’s a short walk to the beach and docks. Rent a boat or play in the sand all day, then enjoy s’mores around a campfire at night.

Floathaus of Saugatuck, Saugatuck, Mich.

This stylishly decorated floating home is moored in Tower Marina. Up to six guests can comfortably enjoy the quarters that include three beds and a bathroom. Take advantage of the waterfront pool, playground, laundry and grills available at the marina.

Hidden Ridge at Otter Lake, Girard

Just 10 minutes from historic Route 66, you can spend the night in a canvas tent on a wooded retreat at Otter Lake. This off-the-grid getaway is perfect for those looking to fish, toss bean bags, kick back and relax.

The Pullman Train Car, “Constitution”, Plano

Train lovers unite for a trip back in time in a private Pullman train car that served as “Air Force One” for presidents Harding and Wilson. Perched atop a bluff overlooking Big Rock Creek, “Constitution” offers a quiet, country escape. In the summer, cool off with a splash in the pool.

Camper Ready for You, Any Rend Lake, Campground

Want the experience of camping in an RV near water without the stress of setting it up or hauling it? This Airbnb host does all the work, delivering the four-person camper to any slot you book at a Rend Lake area campground, plus hauling it away and dumping the refuse after you’re done. You can even rent kayaks or firewood from the owner, too.

Yurt by Manistee National Forest, Baldwin

A yurt is a large, round semi-permanent tent. This one includes a kitchen, bathroom, couches, TV, beds and more. Roam 20 acres of private forest near the Manistee National Forest, then rest comfortably at night.

Barn House with Sand Beach Room and Slide, Merrimac, Wis.

This super cool barn house would make an awesome escape for you and your 22 closest peeps.  Not only is it huge, modern and located on a beautiful bluff, but it features a beach room with a sandy floor, a slide down from the second floor, and a game room with mini air hockey, mini ping pong, karaoke and more. Located near waterfalls, hiking and golf, your group is sure to have an unforgettable time.


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