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If you’re planning to take a vacation to northern Michigan there are a lot of decisions to make. One of the first questions any traveler asks is, “Where do I stay?” Often, the privacy and quality of your lodging accommodations can make or break any dream getaway. In northern Michigan, this decision usually comes down to one question: Do I stay in a hotel or do I get a home or condo rental?

Many times, the added benefit of renting can far outweigh the cost. And, frugal travelers will tell you that you can save big money if they know a few tricks of the trade. So this week, we are taking a closer look at the advantages of staying in a northern Michigan rental vs. a traditional hotel. Why a rental?


There are several condominiums, townhouses, and private homes available for all across northern Michigan from downtowns, to lakefront, and ski-in/ski-out. Northern Michigan Escapes alone manages more than 150 individually-owned condominiums in Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, and Traverse City.

Northern Michigan Escapes represents all types of lodging, ranging from affordable standard condominiums to luxury lakefront homes. With so many options readily available, our reservations team can present many options to potential guests.


The condominiums we manage are mostly individually owned, meaning that each property has its own unique character and decor. Properties range from the traditional mountain lodge look to more contemporary accommodations. Many of our properties feature modern appliances and many amenities. Guests who book with Northern Michigan Escapes appreciate the variety and flexibility to choose what amenities are important to them.

A Home Away From Home

Condominiums, townhouses, and private homes typically come fully equipped with a complete kitchen, everything from pots and pans to wine glasses. Northern Michigan Escapes works closely with each owner to ensure that the property is stocked with all the basic kitchen items and utensils that a guest might use. Many units come with microwaves, coffee makers, toaster or toaster oven, full silverware, and drinking glasses, and pots and pans, just to name a few items.

Being able to eat breakfast or lunch at your residence can help save money for that fancy dinner after a night on the slopes. Guests who stay at a Northern Michigan Escapes rental like the Disciples Village can ski down Boyne Mountain and walk to their unit! Guests love the easy in, easy out convenience and savings of avoiding the pricy slope-side restaurants.


If you want privacy, there’s nothing better than a private home. Our condominiums are a great option, too, as guests only have a couple attached units, in many instances. Condotels are still a step up in privacy from a traditional hotel.

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