7 Unique Rental Homes in the Midwest

If you’re looking to take a trip you might want your lodging to be part of the experience. While staying in a hotel has its benefits, like a person working at the front desk 24/7 and free breakfast, it can feel like it lacks warmth and personality. If you’re interested in unique lodging options, like a luxury treehouse with a storied past that includes a visit from gangster Machine Gun Kelly, a tiny home surrounded by acres of secluded land, a shipping container nestled in the woods, or geodomes with views of Lake Superior, you’re in the right place!

Nordlys Wisconsin
Nordlys Wisconsin
Nordlys Wisconsin

1. Nordlys Lodging, Frederic, Wisconsin

I’ve wanted to visit Nordlys Lodging for years, and I finally got the chance during a recent getaway. Tucked away on 140 acres in Frederic, Wisconsin this unique home combines modern Scandinavian simplicity with upscale luxury. The main floor has a giant king bed, surrounded by windows and a cozy fireplace. Upstairs you’ll find a spacious kitchen, movie projector, and an inviting living room. My favorite parts of the property included the private sauna and all the birds we saw and heard, including pheasants, trumpet swans, and ducks. Above all, I most enjoyed the walkout deck where we sipped morning coffee, ate dinner at sunset, and practiced yoga overlooking the private pond.

Ham's Haus North Shore Lutsen, Minnesota Airbnb 1
Ham's Haus North Shore Lutsen, Minnesota Airbnb 1
Ham's Haus North Shore Lutsen, Minnesota Airbnb 1

2. Ham’s Haus, Lutsen, Minnesota

Ham’s Haus is a spacious, and modern home made from shipping containers that allow natural light to pour in. With giant windows overlooking Lake Superior, a cozy gas fireplace, and a spacious and modern kitchen, it’s a great place for a quiet trip to Northern Minnesota. It’s also a very dog-friendly space with a dog bed, dog bowls, a fenced in section attached to the primary bedroom, and it’s even named after the owners’ French bulldog, Ham.

Cottage Grove Glen Hope Tree House Minnesota Airbnb

3. Luxury Treehouse, Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Hope Glen Farm’s Luxury Treehouse in Cottage Grove is unlike anywhere I’ve ever stayed. It’s perched around the arms of a 150-year-old oak tree. With heated floors, two fireplaces, a giant bathtub, and multiple decks, this luxury treehouse is a very special place. There’s even a hidden room for those looking for an adventure! Be sure to ask the owners about the time gangster Machine Gun Kelly stopped by for an unexpected visit.

Beehive, Excelsior, Minnesota
Beehive, Excelsior, Minnesota
Beehive, Excelsior, Minnesota
Beehive, Excelsior, Minnesota

4. The Beehive, Excelsior, Minnesota

The Beehive is a new and upscale rental property in the heart of downtown Excelsior, Minnesota! This 1857 historical landmark is an upscale and spacious apartment with tons of natural sunlight pouring into the large living room and dining room. The best part about the Beehive is that it’s just one block away from downtown Excelsior. You can easily walk to the lake, plenty of dinner spots and shops, the local brewery, and coffee shops. It’s such a beautiful space for a weekend getaway.

North Shore Lake Superior Minnesota Dog-Friendly 35
North Shore Lake Superior Minnesota Dog-Friendly 35
North Shore Lake Superior Minnesota Dog-Friendly 35

5. Tofte Trails, Lutsen, Minnesota

My husband and I, along with our Newfoundland pup recently stayed at Tofte Trails, located in Tofte, Minnesota. You’ll find five cabins on the property, each with its private deck, kitchen, king-sized bed, and large bathroom. There are also views of Lake Superior and a large community fire pit on the property. The windows are massive, allowing natural light to pour in. We chose to leave the blinds open at night so we could see the stars as we fell asleep and the colorful sunrise each morning. Tofte Trails is just minutes away from some of the best spots along the North Shore including Oberg Mountain, The North Shore Winery, and Lutsen Mountains.

Reasons to Travel Solo
Reasons to Travel Solo
Reasons to Travel Solo
Reasons to Travel Solo

6. The Havens, Grantsburg, Wisconsin

The Havens, a tiny cabin in Grantsburg, Wisconsin is a great place for a solo trip. It does sleep four because of a small loft with a second bed, you could bring another adult or children, especially if the weather allowed you to enjoy the spacious property. I love how private and quiet the location is, and there is even a tiny sauna just outside the front door for those looking to sweat their stress away.

7. Live Klarhet, Lutsen, Minnesota

I knew I would enjoy my stay at the Live Klarhet domes, but I underestimated just how much I would enjoy it. And I’ve now returned three times. Nestled in the woods on a hill in Lutsen, Minnesota, these four domes feel so private and peaceful. There’s a full bathroom in each dome with a toilet, a large shower, and a sink with running water. There’s also a tiny kitchen with a small stove, mini-fridge, and sink. There is no WiFi on the property so be sure to bring a good book or your crafts and leave the laptop at home. And don’t forget to say hello to the friendly goats!

Where Will You Go Next?

The lodging you choose can make all the different and can set the tone for you entire vacation. Hopefully these seven lodging options give you some ideas and inspiration as you plan your next getaway! Looking for more ideas? Read my blog posts on Wild Rice Retreat in Bayfield, Wisconsin, Top 5 Airbnbs in Lutsen, Minnesota and 15 Best Things to do in Minneapolis.

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