Once you’ve booked your Paddling Michigan trip, you should stay a night or two in a yurt to experience the rest of the Munising area. It’s easy to plan a trip to Grand Island or a long hike through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and you’ll need a place to sleep between adventures.
But what, in fact, is a yurt? Yurts originated in Central Asia as portable, round tents covered with felt lining or skins. The Native Americans who first canoed the waterways of the Great Lakes, to fish and trade, built similar structures called wigwams along the shores. Wigwams were also circular in construction, which aided in defense of the worst weather but were not portable.
The popularity of the yurt has made its way across the U.S. In their evolution, yurts have been adapted to withstand extreme climate conditions, with heavy duty and high tech materials, making them ideal for modern adventurers of northern Michigan. Here are a few reasons you should consider staying in a yurt while you visit:
Go (a little) Off the Grid. Paddler’s Village is a bit more modern than you might think. While you will be sleeping close to Lake Superior in a tent-like setting, you will also have some amenities not found in many yurt experiences. The yurts in Paddler’s Village are outfitted with a small fridge, tables and chairs, electricity, WiFi, electric lighting, and screens. They are situated on a platform and have lockable doors. (Community bathrooms and showers are available onsite.)
Save Money. The yurts at Paddler’s Village have double bunks and futons. The 16’ yurts can sleep up to five people, and the 20’ yurts can sleep up to eight. You can bring your family and some friends and save money by staying together in a yurt. For even more savings, try one of the platform tents available.
Experience the Tiny House Alternative. The tiny house movement has really taken off here in the US. If you’ve been thinking about giving the tiny house lifestyle a try, staying in a yurt in Paddler’s Village for a couple of nights will give you a good taste of what it might be like to live in a tiny house.
Try Winter Camping. Have you ever considered camping in the winter? Does the thought of being too cold hold you back? Well, a yurt at Paddler’s Village might be the solution for you! The yurts and cabins at Paddler’s Village have electric heaters and an additional propane Mr. Heater. Keep in mind though, this is still winter camping and is not recommended for families with very young children.
Have the Best Social Media Photos. Let’s face it, when the pictures of you staying in a yurt in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula hit social media, they’ll get attention! And don’t forget to hashtag us at #paddlersvillage
If you are intrigued enough to consider staying in a yurt while vacationing in Michigan this summer, click here to check dates and rates, and book your yurt experience now.