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- Entire guest suite
Walk out of your private entrance to beautiful views of Lake Two. Your suite includes a bedroom with king bed, living room with gas fireplace, and bath with shower. Only a few miles from downtown Gaylord but feels like you're in the middle of nowhere. Enjoy the gardens, and view of the lake. Mini frig, microwave, and keurig coffee maker with coffee included. The suite is in a walkout basement with plenty of natural light and is 100% private.
- Entire home
Accross the street is deeded access to all sports Otsego Lake . You can bring your boat and dock in the canal or just fish. Home is cute and close to all Gaylord has to offer. There are two bedrooms and a comfy pull out in the living room. High speed internet and a full kitchen make this a great home away from home. There also is a supersized garage that is a sportsman's dream. Lots of room for snowmobiles. Dogs are welcome for a one time fee of 35.00. There is no fence.
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Your guide to Gaylord
Welcome to Gaylord
Gaylord is a charming alpine village in northern Michigan with kitschy chalet-style architecture and a generously long winter sports season. Located on the 45th parallel north, where a snow belt microclimate delivers both early- and late-season flurries, the small city is a magnet for fans of winter recreation. Downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are all popular, but Gaylord is just as renowned for its network of well-maintained cross-country ski trails.
Not far from town are Hartwick Pines State Park and Mason Tract Pathway, both of which feature top-rated cross-country skiing; a local rails-to-trails effort saw a retired line of the Michigan Central Railroad converted to skiing-friendly trails, too. Gaylord is just as popular a holiday destination in the warmer months, when all those trails are open to hikers and bikers. Bordering the southern edge of downtown is Otsego Lake, which comes alive with water skiers, wakeboarders, and jet skis during the summer, while the downtown rows of shops and restaurants delight visitors with Swiss-style storefronts.
How do I get around Gaylord?
Gaylord is located in far northern Michigan in Otsego County. Most visitors arrive via car, whether they’re from downstate or the Upper Peninsula, which is just an hour north by ferry. The city has its own regional airport (GLR), located five minutes from downtown; alternatively, Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport (LAN) and Flint’s Bishop International Airport (FNT) are each less than 2.5 hours from town. Most visitors use cars to get around Gaylord, though in the summer, bikes work for exploring the small downtown area. For regional transportation, the Indian Trails bus line offers daily service between St. Ignace and East Lansing.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Gaylord?
Given its Swiss chalet winter wonderland vibe, Gaylord is especially fun to visit during its snowy season, which typically starts in late October. Peak snowfall hits in January, with an average of 95 inches, and usually tapers off by the end of March, though it’s not unheard of for the area to get another foot or so in April. Come summertime, Otsego Lake draws water-sports enthusiasts to its shores, and the charming village buzzes under just-hot-enough temperatures. If you’re planning a visit in July, don’t miss Alpenfest: a Swiss-inspired festival complete with traditional dress, a pageant, and a parade.
What are the top things to do in Gaylord?
Hartwick Pines State Park
About 90 minutes south of Gaylord is this 49-acre old-growth pine grove — a fair representation of what the region looked like before the logging boom of the late 19th century. In fact, it’s one of the last Eastern white pine forests in the United States. Learn about the massive industry and its impact on the area at the Hartwick Pines Logging Museum, or pick a path from among the 21 miles of trails across the park.
Due to its northerly location surrounded by pines, Gaylord and its outskirts are known for elk viewing, best done from the safety of your car. One of the country’s largest free-roaming herds lives in the wilds of the massive 107,600-acre Pigeon River Country State Forest, which butts up against Gaylord’s eastern boundary. For guaranteed viewing any time of year, make a stop at Gaylord’s City Elk Park, a 108-acre property where the city has protected a growing herd.
For a quiet respite just north of town, head to Frank Wilkinson Park, whose primary feature is a picturesque stream rich with iron deposits, lending its rocks a rusty hue. Pack a picnic to enjoy by the pavilion, and be sure to fill up your drinking bottle at the park’s water fountain, fueled by irontone water.