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Incredible Airbnb Traverse City rentals for weekend getaway from Chicago

Hop in the car and take a hard-earned vacation in Northern Michigan, where these Traverse City Airbnb rentals are calling your name

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Grace Perry
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Like many Chicagoans, we absolutely love vacationing in Southwest Michigan—Harbor Country and Saugatuck are some of our favorite spots in the Midwest. But to truly escape the Illinois crowds, you've got to keep driving (and driving...and driving...) north. Traverse City encapsulates what we love so much about Midwest vacations. From breweries to magical beaches to skiing, this northern Michigan enclave will make you forget about Chicago altogether. These rental cabins, apartments and renovated farmhouses are the perfect home base for your Leelenau County exploration. 

Escape to these Airbnb Traverse City retreats

Point 5
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Point 5

Though it’s in Northport, Michigan—a 45-minute drive north of Traverse City itself—this apartment is one of the most inviting downtown options out there. It’s situated above Tribune Ice Cream and Eatery, and just steps from the shops and restaurants in this quaint northern vacation town. The flat comes equipped with a cache of books, board games, kitchen essentials, modern appliances, a washer/dryer and more. While it does feature four beds, one’s a couch, and two of them are nestled in nooks, making them more ideal for kids than adults. And what kid wouldn’t want to stay above an ice cream shop?

The Martin House

The Martin House

Initially built as a farmhouse in the early 1900s, this gorgeous, renovated pad boasts proximity to all the best things about the Traverse City region. It’s a 10-minute drive from the city itself, five minutes from public boat launches, and features a private entrance to the 17-mile Leelenau Trail. With two stories, three bedrooms, five beds (which includes a daybed and a trundle) and one-and-a-half bathrooms, the Martin House comfortably sleeps six guests. To make the most of every square inch, the home features a tiny cottage that now functions as a bar/game room.

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Renovated Warehouse District loft

Renovated Warehouse District loft

Renovated warehouses aren’t just a West Loop thing, Chicagoans. Take a long weekend in what was once the North Peak Brewery/Big Daylight Candy Factory in Traverse City. The loft-style apartment sleeps four people comfortably, and includes a full-size modular couch to sleep an additional pair. The stylish flat is right in Traverse City’s Warehouse District, which features an array of trendy boutiques, restaurants, breweries and more. Plus, it’s just under two blocks from the shore of Grand Traverse Bay.

Chic remodeled farmhouse
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Chic remodeled farmhouse

This elegant refurbished farmhouse just might make you forget about city life altogether. Fixed on a 135-acre farm in Leelanau County, this six-guest sleeper once functioned as a grain storehouse—and even still features a cargo elevator. While it retains old-school charm, this home is far from Jurassic: Wi-Fi, a television, a washer/dryer and modern kitchen appliances are all included. Cook a big meal with friends in the airy, sun-soaked kitchen, and curl up in the elegant A-frame master suite on the second floor.

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Grown-up summer camp cabin
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Grown-up summer camp cabin

If you and your pals are jonesing for an adult summer camp experience, consider escaping to this quaint cottage right in the middle of Leelanau County. About 30 minutes from Traverse City, this spot is just a short drive from all those camp-tastic activities: swimming, kayaking, fishing, golfing, biking, and hiking are all right at your fingertips. It’s right near Cedar, Michigan, a small town with necessities like gas, groceries, ice cream and meats (yes, necessities). The cottage sleeps seven, so pack all your buddies in at once.

The Sweetbriar
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The Sweetbriar

Just a short walk from Lake Leelanau, this elegant home boasts both rural solitude and the comforts of modern living. Equipped with Wi-Fi and smart TVs, contemporary decor, a walk-in shower and a stunning wooden kitchen island, the Sweetbriar is nothing short of chic. We’re most enamored by the screened-in porch—equally ideal for curling up with a book on a rainy day and for cocktail hour with friends. The Sweetbriar comfortably sleeps five guests (with two queen beds and an additional twin top bunk).

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Wayfarer treehouse

Wayfarer treehouse

Channel Nordic vibes in this Scandanavian-style home tucked away in the woods north of Traverse City. This three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home features sleek wooden cabinetry, a soaking tub and modern appliances. Visitors can hike through cherry orchards behind the home, or hop in the car to take in local wineries, distilleries and markets. It comfortably sleeps six people, and is equal parts cozy winter escape and summertime vacation destination.

Bayshore & Eagle on the Peninsula
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Bayshore & Eagle on the Peninsula

Traveling with a bigger group? Consider this late-1950s cottage just outside Traverse City, which comfortably sleeps eight. For summertime fun, the house rental includes a private beach on the eastern side of the peninsula. To get your blood pumping, hiking trails are accessible from the backyard of the home, and offer incredible views of the bay and Power Island. Though it features heated floors (in the mudroom), a 50" TV with Apple TV and modern appliances, keep in mind this rental doesn’t have AC.

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Cozy Traverse City suite
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Cozy Traverse City suite

If you’re looking to vacation close to Traverse City but still want that turn-of-the-century charm, this private suite is for you. With two bedrooms and one bath, four guests can sleep comfortably in this 1911 Modern Victorian cottage’s upstairs unit. The pad is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and theaters in downtown Traverse City. Keep in mind that the bathroom is quite small, and that the suite does not include a full kitchen—no problem if you’re planning to dine in town, anyway.

Bayfront family home
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Bayfront family home

With five beds, a huge screened-in porch, an outdoor fire pit, bikes, kayaks and—oh, yeah—200 feet of private beach property, this spot is a dream for any family vacation. Pack the kids into the bunk bed room (and the trundle/sofa beds if there’s overflow) while the parents can stay sane in their own master suite. This home is a waterfront wonderland in the summer, but it ain’t too shabby in the winter, either. Go snowshoeing and sledding in the woods out back, then come inside and light up the wood stove to heat up.

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