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Popular amenities for Gaylord vacation rentals

Stay near Gaylord's top sights

Walmart Supercenter18 locals recommend
Meijer39 locals recommend
Jay's Sporting Goods7 locals recommend
ALPINE TAVERN & EATERY27 locals recommend
Applebee's Grill + Bar4 locals recommend
Call of the Wild Museum39 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Gaylord

  • Total rentals

    40 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    10 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    10 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    20 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    2K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $30 before taxes and fees

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.

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.

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.

Elk Viewing

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.

Irontone Springs

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Gaylord?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 20 vacation rentals in Gaylord featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Gaylord?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Gaylord. Choose from more than 10 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • How much does it cost to stay in condo rentals in Gaylord?

    Experience the best of Gaylord with our condo rentals, starting at about $70 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Do condo rentals in Gaylord have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 condo rentals with wifi in Gaylord. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Gaylord have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with a bbq area in Gaylord. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Gaylord have self check-in?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with self check-in in Gaylord. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly house rentals in Gaylord?

    Gaylord has more than 10 family-friendly house rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Are there Gaylord vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 10 vacation homes with pools in Gaylord, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

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