June 3, 2022

Elopements

8 Best Cabins in the Upper Peninsula for an Airbnb Elopement

You might already know that the upper peninsula of Michigan is one of my absolute favorite places to visit, and to photograph couples at. The beauty of the forested land bordering the Great Lakes is truly unbeatable, which makes it an amazing option for couples looking for the perfect place to elope outdoors. And one unique way to take advantage of the UP’s beauty by exploring the stunning landscapes + also relaxing in a cozy cabin: have an Airbnb elopement in an Airbnb in the upper peninsula.

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What is an Airbnb elopement?

Yup, you heard me right: an Airbnb elopement. Did you even know that was a thing?

You can pretty much take that to mean whatever you want it to – you can hold your entire elopement day at a beautiful Airbnb from the beginning of you getting ready to saying your vows all the way to celebrating with your loved ones at night. Or, you can simply find an Airbnb to book to stay at on the days surrounding your elopement, so that you have a great place to come back to at the end of a long day exploring. Sounds pretty great to me!

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Now because there are so many great Airbnb’s out there on Michigan’s U.P., I’ve compiled 8 of the best cabins in the U.P. for your Airbnb elopement, whether you’re looking for a cabin with a large deck where you can say your vows or a cozy place for your head to hit the pillow at the end of the night. All of these cabins provide some amazing opportunities for the R&R you know you deserve (hello, outdoor wooden barrel sauna at Airbnb #7), as well as scenic views of the U.P., gorgeous interior decor, and space for you to celebrate.

For each of these lovely cabins I’ve included the basic info you need to know, logistics-wise: how many guests it sleeps, the number of bedrooms, beds, and baths, and most importantly, whether or not it’s pet-friendly. Because we all know that our four-legged BFF’s can’t be left out of one of the most important days of our lives, right?  

Let’s get right into it!

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8 Best Cabins in the U.P. for an Airbnb Elopement

1. Superior A-Frame | Marquette

First up we’ve got an absolutely stunning A-frame cabin in Marquette that sits right on a bluff overlooking Lake Superior – talk about a dream come true. Whether you want to walk along the beach (just a few steps down a staircase from the cabin), sit in a chair by the campfire and roast marshmallows + sip on a glass of your favorite drinks with your loved ones, cozy up in front of the lake views, or go on an outdoor adventure nearby (we’re talking hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing, & more), this cabin truly has something to offer everyone.

Cost: $325

Guest capacity: 9 guests

Bedrooms: 3

Beds: 5

Baths: 1.5

Pet-friendly? Yes (with additional $75 pet cleaning fee)

Top features:

  • Situated right on a bluff with stunning views of Lake Superior
  • Stylish & unique decorations
  • Cozy campfire space with chairs
  • Staircase down to the beach
  • Spiral staircase
  • Rustic cabin feel with modern amenities
  • Record player for your use
  • Lots of natural light + big windows

2. Storybook Bungalow | Marquette

If you’re a bigger fan of bright colors than warm neutrals then you are going to absolutely love this space! This bungalow in Marquette is one of the most unique Airbnb’s in the area, because it’s so different from the warm-toned, forest-surrounded A-frame cabins I’ve seen that are located near Lake Superior. The bungalow is filled to the brim with vibrant colors, art from around the world, bright decor, unique furnishings, AND don’t forget about the beautiful views overlooking the lake. This place would be an absolute blast to host a few of your closest loved ones for a fun, colorful elopement celebration!

Cost: $313

Guest capacity: 5

Bedrooms: 2

Beds: 3

Baths: 1.5

Pet-friendly? No

Top features:

  • Unique + colorful interior decor
  • Vibrant furniture
  • Tons of natural light
  • Art from around the world
  • Beautiful views of Lake Superior
  • Digital guidebook for guests
  • Porch with a swing chair
  • Spa bathroom with heated floor + deep soaking tub

3. Point of the Point on Lake Superior | Marquette

Next up we’ve got another cabin – not an A-frame this time, but a super unique cabin nestled in the woods of the UP. I’m not sure I’ve seen architecture quite like the one this cabin has to offer, with a unique shape, large windows, gorgeous wood paneling, and, of course, views of Lake Superior. It’s got the rustic charm of a cabin in the forest mixed with modern amenities and even a fun sandstone swimming hole to cool off in on a hot summer day.

Cost: $221

Guest capacity: 6

Bedrooms: 3

Beds: 3

Baths: 2.5

Pet-friendly? Check with host

Top features:

  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Lofted second floor
  • Natural lighting
  • View of Lake Superior
  • Sandstone swimming hole
  • Cast iron wood stove

4. The Superior Life Cottage | Marquette

I have been absolutely dying over this cottage ever since I came across it on the Airbnb website – it’s another pretty dang perfect cabin for any couples who want a place filled with clean + modern decor, colorful accents, unique furniture, white walls, and plenty of natural light. From the boho wicker wall hangings to the bright green kitchen cabinets to the patterned blankets & pillows, every piece of this cottage is adorable, intentional, and full of opportunities for relaxation.

Cost: $282

Guest capacity: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Beds: 3

Baths: 1

Pet-friendly? No

Top features:

  • Rustic cabin vibes 
  • Unique architecture
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Lofted second floor
  • Plenty of natural light
  • Sandstone swimming hole
  • Cast iron wood stove
  • Private Lake Superior access 

5. True North Cabin on Lake Superior | Eagle Harbor

The True North Cabin is a freaking glorious cabin overlooking Lake Superior, with massive windows bringing in endless natural light, modern decor, beautiful wooden walls, bar seating in the kitchen, a huge deck overlooking the water, and so much more. Bring a couple of your closest friends along and sit out on the deck by the firepit, watching the sun set over the water and then head in for the night to cozy up in one of the gorgeously-furnished bedrooms.

Cost: $571

Guest capacity: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Beds: 2

Baths: 1

Pet-friendly? No

Top features:

  • Two acres of private land
  • Nestled right in the forest
  • Rustic vibes with modern appliances + decor
  • Large deck with chairs, firepit, & amazing west-facing views
  • Beautiful natural light
  • Open floor plan
  • Lofted ceilings
  • Close to spots for mountain biking & skiing
  • Away from Wifi & cell service
Photo by Airbnb

6. Valo House | Marquette

The word “valo” means “light” in Finnish – and as soon as you take one look at this Airbnb you’ll understand why they named it that. This insanely cool house is located just 5 minutes from downtown Marquette + overlooking gorgeous views of Lake Superior, and is one of the most uniquely-designed Airbnb’s I’ve come across in the area. With massive windows that provide plentiful natural light, super unique architecture, clean white walls, minimalistic decor, a wooden spiral staircase, and even a beautiful piano, this place will blow your mind! It seriously looks like some sort of church right in the middle of the trees, not some Airbnb that you can rent out & relax at.

Cost: $337

Guest capacity: 4

Bedrooms: 1

Beds: 2

Baths: 2

Pet-friendly? Yes

Top features:

  • Tons of natural light
  • Unique upper loft space
  • Hidden spiral staircase
  • Clean + minimal interior decor
  • Large bathtub
  • Views of Lake Superior
Photo by Airbnb

7. The Outpost in Big Bay | Marquette

This Airbnb is probably one of the most unique places I’ve seen so far, simply because it is actually a renovated general store/deli/gas station – how freaking cool is that? It’s located right across from Lake Independence and Perkins Park, and is nearby a couple local bars + eateries. It’s decorated with minimal yet adorable + rustic pieces, features gorgeous wood paneling, and overall just has that cozy cabin vibe you’re probably looking for. Enjoy the porch and the firepit with seating and tables, and there’s even a place to store any outdoor gear you bring – plus they have some equipment available for you to use such as snowshoes and beach toys!

Cost: $120

Guest capacity: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Beds: 2

Baths: 1

Pet-friendly? No

Top features:

  • Modern decor
  • Right next to trail to Lake Independence
  • Near awesome mountain biking trails
  • Front porch with seating
  • Mud room for storing outdoor gear
  • Firepit and outdoor chairs
  • Minimalistic + rustic vibes
  • Beautiful wood-paneled walls
Photo by Airbnb

8. Modern Log Home | Marquette

Finally, we’ve got a beautiful Modern Log Home in Marquette, with scenic views of Lake Superior across from the front yard, where you can relax on the porch, enjoy the firepit, and take in the beautiful surroundings. This is a perfect home if you want to host your guests and relax in the little window nook, take a walk through the trail, or head out on your snowmobiles (which you can store in the driveway). This stunning, spacious home makes you feel like you’re staying in a house built out of lincoln logs (remember those?), but with modern decor, cozy furniture, and even a relaxing bathtub to enjoy.

Cost: $284

Guest capacity: 8

Bedrooms: 4

Beds: 5

Baths: 2

Pet-friendly? No

Top features:

  • Views of Lake Superior
  • Close proximity to downtown
  • Cozy window nook to relax at
  • Fenced backyard with trail access
  • Large deck and firepit
Photo by Airbnb

Airbnb Elopement Inspiration

Now that you’ve been introduced to some of the best Airbnb’s in the upper peninsula of Michigan, you might be looking for some real-life Airbnb elopement inspiration to get your ideas flowin’. This Stunning Mt. Rainier Elopement may not have taken place in Michigan, but it sure will give you all the dreamy A-frame cabin elopement inspo that you could ever dream of. Take a look and start envisioning your own cozy cabin elopement!

And when you are starting your journey to find your perfect Michigan elopement photographer for your cabin elopement, I may be a perfect fit. If you’re feeling the vibes and think we’d be good match, you can learn more about me + what it’s like to work with me here, and then contact me here so we can start planning your perfect cabin celebration!

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