At a 30-acre heirloom veggie-herb-blueberry farm is tent lodging with wood stove, king bed, bathroom, and electricity—but no Internet access. That’s intentional: The goal is to unplug without sacrificing lifestyle quality. Here, happy hour includes pie made with locally grown fruit. Rates include a chef-made dinner and breakfast. Bike the area’s trails, book a private sailing charter on Lake Michigan (three miles away), or simply enjoy peaceful surroundings. thefieldsofmichigan.com
Explore lakeside landscapes and towns, especially artsy Saugatuck (20 miles north) and its Oval Beach. Climb the town’s one-mile Mount Baldhead trail; ride the 1838 chain ferry—the only one remaining in the U.S. Thousands visit South Haven for National Blueberry Festival, Aug. 6–9, usually at peak harvest time.
Like camping but just want a real bed with a mattress? The resort’s sole yurt has a queen-size bed, twin-size day bed, dresser, and small dining set. A short walk away is the shower and porta potty. For electricity, head to the clubhouse of the property, which also rents cabins, tent sites, and RV sites with water, sewer, and electricity access. wildcherryresort.com
Two dozen venues on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail are within 10 miles. That includes Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor, whose 200-some cherry products include bakery, candy, salsa, jam, ice cream, and beverages. Sandy beaches extend for miles 25 miles southwest at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which turns 50 this year.
Keep it rustic with an off-the-grid tent or yurt with bed, or go lofty with a two-bedroom treehouse (as in second-story cabin) that sleeps six and comes with a kitchen, radiant heat, private bathroom, and shared hot tub. Nestled within a cherry orchard with a pond and hiking trails is a farm shop that sells products made with cherries and other fruits. Add time for disc golf, yoga with goats, or the farm’s occasional music events. rockytopfarms.com
Golf 10 championship-level courses on three resorts—Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, and Bay Harbor Golf Club—within 30 miles of the farm. The 90th annual Venetian Festival, July 18–25, brings a mix of music and boat and street parades to Charlevoix, 15 miles north.
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