The 7 best compression socks of 2021 for runners, seniors, and anyone looking to improve circulation

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  • Compression socks help speed muscle recovery and potentially improve athletic performance.
  • They also improve blood flow for venous or lymphatic issues for pregnant women or the elderly.
  • Our top pick, CEP’s Progressive+ Compression Socks, are incredibly comfortable and won’t sag throughout the day.

Compression socks are one of those garments that seem gimmicky but science actually backs up their biggest claimed benefit: Improving your circulation.

“Compression socks help the vascular system move blood and other fluids, which can help manage swelling and inflammation,” Jenelle Deatherage, a physical therapist at the UW Health Sports Rehabilitation Clinic, told Insider.

At their foundation, compression socks work by squeezing the walls of the veins and leg tissues to help blood work its way against gravity to the heart. The compression also improves the flow of lymph fluid, which helps remove cellular waste and circulates bacteria-fighting white blood cells throughout your body.

Deatherage added that several categories of people may benefit from wearing compression socks, including athletes who could look to enhance their workouts. This is especially true for runners.

“There’s not great research on performance, which is what a lot of patients look for, but the good news is that there is some research that shows [compression socks] might help with muscle fatigue and reduce soreness if you wear them during a workout,” she explained.

Because of those benefits, compression socks have become quite popular recently – and that popularity brought with it a surplus of options. To help narrow down what’s available, we tested dozens of styles across brands like Swiftwick, CEP, and Sockwell. Our guide features socks that provide great comfort, are relatively durable, and are fit to wear in a variety of situations.

At the end of this guide, we’ve also included some insight into who Detherage says may benefit most from compression socks, tips on how to shop for them, and the best methods for how to use and wear them.

Here are the best compression socks:

How we test compression socks

The compression socks featured in this guide each went through a series of on-foot tests to see how well they compared across these four categories: Fit, function, durability, and value. Here’s how each category specifically factored into how we tested each pair of compression socks and how it influenced which made this guide:

Fit: A compression sock is far more able to perform its primary function if it fits the wearer properly, both in terms of the actual size as well as how well it stays fitted throughout the day. To test for this, we judged how true-to-size the socks were and also looked at if they avoided sagging when worn for anywhere multiple hours in a row to a full day. 

Function: Most compression socks feature a compression rating that indicates how tight (or loose) they are, and their function is tied entirely to these ratings. A wearer’s needs may fluctuate wildly (and are certainly different from person-to-person), so to test this, we looked at how many size options and ratings each brand offered and if they catered to a wide range of needs. 

Durability: Compression socks aren’t often cheap per single pair, so it’s important that they’ll last – and for multiple months, at that. This meant stress testing the socks in environments they wouldn’t typically be worn to see how well they held up. If some faltered by sagging easily or tearing, then we knew they’d likely break down far quicker in the long run than we’d like.

Value: Testing the value of a compression sock takes more than just looking at its sticker price. Rather, true value is a combination of the above three categories plus how much it costs. We often think it’s better to spend more on a quality product that lasts as opposed to spending less more often. 

The best compression socks overall

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Whether you are a runner or just someone who wants to relieve lower leg ailments, the CEP Progressive+ Compression Run Socks 2.0 provides all-day comfort.

Pros: Incredibly comfortable, thinner, won’t sag over the course of the day

Cons: Expensive, sizing can be tricky so be sure to measure before ordering

The CEP Progressive+ Compression Run Socks 2.0 (available in men’s and women’s sizes) stand out from the other socks on our list due in large part to the fact they offer unparalleled comfort — and should be considered by anyone, despite a steep price tag. 

The brand’s parent company, Medi, has been producing medical compression products for over 70 years. The founder of CEP, who is an Ironman competitor, leveraged Medi’s technical knowledge and designs for athletes.

Made of polyamide and nylon (60%), elastane (25%), and polypropylene (15%), CEP’s socks offer precise 20-30mmHg graduated and consistent compression so they won’t sag as the day goes on.

The Progressive+ 2.0 Socks also feature a halo top band that lands right below the knee. This keeps your socks in place and the front ribbing allows air to flow through to cool your skin’s surface. Per CEP’s website, the company offers a six-month guarantee that covers wearing the socks up to 150 times before the compression lessens. 

These socks are recommended for anyone who suffers from shin splints, Achilles issues, or plantar fasciitis. They’re also great for runners looking to rehab their leg after a long run or workout. 

The best budget compression socks

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The SB Sox Lite Compression Socks are the least expensive pair in our guide, yet they stay up and provide reliable comfort.

Pros: Inexpensive, relatively durable, snug fit

Cons: Available in just two sizes

Though the SB Sox Lite Compression Socks are about one-fifth the price of our top pick, they rival it in performance. These socks have a graduated compression rating of 15-20mmHg, which is slightly less than the CEP socks but still supplies sufficient compression for blood circulation.

The socks are made of breathable and lightweight spandex and nylon, which helps to wick away sweat and moisture from your feet. SB Sox come in 11 different colors and two sizes: S/M and L/XL.

Though they seem thinner and lighter than other picks on this list, SB Sox socks hold up well through numerous wears and washes. Plus, they provide a snug fit that doesn’t feel too constricting. More sizing options would be welcome, though.

The best compression socks for circulation

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If you experience circulation problems due to chronic health issues, the Sockwell Elevation Graduated Compression Socks may be your best bet for achieving leg comfort.

Pros: Lightweight, maintain their snugness all day long

Cons: The top of the sock might warp over time, only comes in two sizes

For people with venous or lymphatic issues in their legs, compression therapy can help move blood through the veins and tissue better, which in turn promotes healing and prevents ulcers and other issues. Compression stockings are one of the easier options to put on and less cumbersome than medical bandages, says a 2014 study in CMAJ.

The Sockwell Elevation Graduated Compression Socks (available in men’s and women’s sizes) are made in the United States using bamboo rayon (31%), merino wool (31%), stretch nylon (30%), and spandex (8%). This combination helps with moisture management, thermoregulation, and odor control.

What’s more, these are one of the firmer pairs from Sockwell offering compression of 20-30mmHg. A 2019 study analysis in BMC Geriatrics found elderly folks with chronic blood flow issues (venous insufficiency) and swollen legs who wore class 2 compression stockings (pressure between 20 and 30 mmHg) regularly were less likely to have leg ulcers come back compared to wearing lower compression class 1 stockings (pressure below 20 mmHg).

These Sockwell socks have four zones of graduated compression beginning at the ankles and moving up. Since the compression starts at the ankles, the toes remain comfortable. There are four colors for men to choose from and eight in the women’s style.

The best compression socks for post-workout

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After running countless miles, slipping on a pair of Zensah Tech+ Compression Socks can decrease soreness and help your muscles recover.

Pros: Great for easing muscle soreness, cushioned bottom, durable, 4 sizes, 14 colors

Cons: Might not be tight enough for everyone’s needs, long drying time

The Zensah Tech+ Compression Socks come in four sizes, which is helpful for ensuring you get the right fit — the appropriate sock size gives you the appropriate level of pressure. Constructed of 82% polyamide and 18% elastane, these socks feature ultra-zone ribbing which targets ankle and arch stabilization, which is ideal for runners with weaknesses in these areas.

The 200 needle count construction is designed to make the socks denser, durable, and reduce stretching over time. They’re sweat-wicking, too, but don’t tend to dry out very quicky, so are best worn in cooler weather. Zensah offers the socks in 14 colors, including Black, Heather Grey, and Neon Pink. 

The best compression socks for runners

Aspire Socks

Swiftwick’s Aspire Twelve help relieve muscle soreness and prevent or relieve shin splints — something any runner can appreciate.

Pros: Offers comfortable compression for runners, promotes blood flow, helps relieve shin splints, and wicks away moisture

Cons: Can be difficult to put on

Swiftwick’s compression socks run the gamut of everything from knee-high versions for those looking for full leg relief to no-show options for golfers. For runners, its Aspire Twelve socks are an excellent option to help relieve muscle soreness, prevent or care for shin splints, and provide stability and comfort. 

Comprised of a blend of 43% nylon, 11% spandex, and 46% olefin, the Aspire Twelves don’t just offer the benefits of compression but also help wick away moisture to keep your feet dry. They work well to keep on even after your run as you’ll continue to reap the benefits of compression as you recover. 

The best compression socks for standing all-day

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If your job requires you to be on your feet for most of the day, give your lower legs a break with Sockwell’s Circulator Graduated Compression Socks.

Pros: Good for reducing foot and ankle swelling, incredibly comfortable, inexpensive

Cons: Concerns about durability, socks may only come up to mid-calf in taller people

The Sockwell Circulator Graduated Compression Socks have a lot of the same features as our pick for best circulation, the Sockwell Elevation socks. They both have four zones of graduated compression from the ankle on up, which keeps the toes feeling comfortable, and each is made of a combination of spandex, bamboo rayon, stretch nylon, and merino wool.

But the main differences are that the Circulator socks have moderate compression (15-20mmHg) and cost a bit less ($30 per pair).

The Circulator socks only come in two sizes. but there are nine colors to choose from, including Black Stripe, Charcoal, Black Solid, and Port. Regardless of the size, the socks aren’t very long, so they’re best used for people with shorter builds. 

The best patterned compression socks

Vim Vigr socks

Vim & Vigr combines form and function with its fashion-forward compression socks that you’ll just love to be seen in.

Pros: Stylish, comfortable, available for both men and women

Cons: Can get expensive

First and foremost, Vim & Vigr compression socks work. After all, no amount of aesthetic creativity would be able to make up for compression socks that don’t do much by way of compressing. Luckily, that’s not the case with these.

I’m particularly fond of Vim & Vigr’s medical-grade compression level, which are designed with a Gradient Knitting Technology to help promote circulation in your calves. The socks feature a structured leg but a flexible toe and heel so that you’re supported where you need it but still able to move. These socks offer moderate to firm compression, with somewhere between 20 and 30 mmHg depending on the style.

Regardless of your selection, however, you’ll find that Vim & Vigr helps to prevent swelling in your legs, and alleviates pain and achiness. I found that these socks were just as helpful during runs as they were during HIIT workouts — especially as the weather gets colder and circulation becomes increasingly important.

What sets Vim & Vigr apart are its fun, unique designs. Not only is there a wide range of colors to choose from but the brand also offers several interesting patterns. I’m a fan of the color block options, as well as a Rugby Stripe pattern for men.

Vim & Vigr offers wide calf versions of all their socks for both men and women, so you don’t have to be uncomfortable even when donning a tight pair of socks. If you don’t need medical-grade compression, you can always opt for the brand’s moisture-wicking nylon material, or the remarkably warm merino wool composition. You could also check out Vim & Vigr sleeves, which compress your calves without encasing your feet.

Who should wear compression socks?

Anyone can wear compression socks but they do figure to benefit some groups more than others. This predominantly includes athletes, pregnant women, and elderly people, though anyone who sits or stands for long periods of time at work should consider them as well.

Deatherage suggested that if you work out in the morning before sitting at a desk or standing all day, where your calves and ankles stay at the bottom of the gravity chain, it’s smart to wear compression socks post-workout. This helps with swelling and gets blood back to the heart.

Conversely, if you sit all day and prefer to work out at night, wearing compression socks while exercising after work may allow for less fatigue in the lower legs and can help enhance circulation.

Athletes

Concerning the exact impact of compression socks on athletes, Deatherage told Insider that their effectiveness is still somewhat undecided. There is some research that confirms that wearing compression garments helps improve running endurance or cycling sprints, while others say it doesn’t change a thing.

A recently-published analysis in the Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine looked at 21 studies and found that a small number do show that wearing compression socks during exercise improved performance. Mostly, though, the studies showed wearing the special socks during a grueling workout helped fit folks feel like their leg muscles were firing better, fatiguing less, and, after the workout, less sore.

Even if it’s just a placebo effect, those training hard, particularly for long endurance events like a marathon, wearing compression socks during workouts and after for recovery may help make training easier.

“When looking at the cost-benefit ratio and considering what research is out there, it’s not a bad idea,” Deatherage said. “And it’s an easy thing to do.”

Pregnant women

Besides runners, Deatherage says pregnant women may benefit from compression socks, as they’re more prone to swelling. Venous issues are also particularly high for pregnant women as they have a larger volume of blood pumping through their bodies. 

Some 40% of pregnant women develop varicose veins, while the risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) is four- to five-fold higher for moms-to-be compared to non-pregnant women. Wearing compression socks or stockings during pregnancy can potentially help reduce swelling and discomfort, improve circulation, and minimize varicose veins.

Seniors

Elderly people with deep vein thrombosis, those who just had surgery on their legs, or anyone trying to minimize varicose veins or blood clot concerns, might also benefit from compression socks. The catch is here is that these more serious vascular issues, including varicose veins, would benefit more from medical grade compression socks, Deatherage added, which requires a doctor prescription and are often more expensive.

How to shop for compression socks

If you’re simply looking for workout recovery or want relief from more minor issues of swelling or soreness, say on long flights or during long work shifts on your feet (like nurses), you may see advantages from more moderate compression socks, Deatherage said. This includes socks with ratings of about 10-20mmHg, which stands for millimeters of mercury (a measurement of pressure).

When shopping around for compression socks, Deatherage said that besides a sock’s mmHg rating, the most important thing to look for is comfort, saying that “compression socks only work if you wear them.”

Look for a pair in which the material feels comfortable against your skin, and a set that feels snug but not too tight — you don’t want to restrict your movement. If you can find a pair that offers customization for your size, that’s even better.

Compression sock ratings

As noted above, the compression in the stockings is measured in mm Hg. Specifically, compression socks are rated based on blood pressure. The majority of compression socks either have a moderate pressure rating of 10 to 20 mmHg or a firm rating of 20 to 30 mmHg.

None of the socks we reviewed have a rating above 30 mm Hg, but there are specialty shops where you can find these if needed. Graduated compression socks, the most common type, are tighter near the ankle than at the calf to avoid cutting off circulation.

Fabrics used

Most compression socks are made from a blend of synthetic fabrics that provide a snug and stretchy fit. In the reviews that follow, we let you know what materials are used in the construction of the socks but unless you have an issue with a specific material, you should let performance be your main guide in choosing the best compression socks.

How best to use compression socks

There is a bit of a paradox associated with wearing compression socks. You may have purchased them to deal with leg swelling. Yet, this same swelling makes it hard for you to put them on. So, what can you do? There are countless resources on the web to help you out, plus we’ve compiled a few tips here, as well: 

  • Apply talcum powder or cornstarch to your feet before putting your socks on.
  • Wear dishwashing gloves to get a better grip.
  • Roll the socks before you put them on so you can just roll them up your legs.
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Pretty much everyone has dreamed of having their own private island. And you don’t have to be Richard Branson-level rich to make it happen thanks to vacation rental sites like Airbnb.

From Stockholm to Michigan, there are hundreds of scintillating private island listings, offering everything from a white-sand tropical getaway in Belize to a rustic retreat in Minnesota.

With so much choice, we combed all of Airbnb to find the best private island homes for $1,000 per night or less (split the cost with friends and you’ll only pay a fraction of that). The only thing left to do is pack your bags and get ready to savor solitude.

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These are the best private island Airbnbs, sorted by price from low to high.

Rural island just outside Venice, Italy

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Located in the Venetian lagoon, this private island is home to a salmon-colored villa that’s full of Italian character. Enjoy all of the beauty of the natural surroundings of the area without the throngs of crowds that jam up the Venice city center.

Your host will take you from Cavallino – Treporti Church on an eight-minute boat trip to this island where the interiors are traditional and stunningly gorgeous, with dark beamed ceilings and carved wooden chairs. Simply furnished bedrooms have white walls, wicker furnishings, and solid-colored bedding in rich blue and white. Despite its old-fashioned charm, there are also modern conveniences like a dishwasher and washing machine. 

It’s easy to bop between the island and the shore, with the hosts accommodating enough to transport guests to and from when needed. Due to a lack of Wi-Fi though, it’s not ideal for remote workers. 

Historic Irish island cottage near Galway

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Not everyone fancies jetting off to a tropical island, and for those who like a wooded setting, this rustic island in County Galway, Ireland, is a luxe lodge that’s just a five-minute lake boat trip provided by the hosts from Kenny’s Bay, near Lough Corrib. 

The house is full of history, and looks the part, with a green roof that stretches to cover a gorgeous veranda where you can unwind after a day by the water. The kitchen is wood-paneled and cozy, with a stone fireplace and modern cooking appliances. Bedrooms are simple, but a claw-foot bathtub adds charm. 

The spot is especially ideal if you want to fish as it sits directly on a lake and a professional ghillie service and catering are available if you just want to focus on the water. 

A 40-acre private island with loads of free activities in Honduras

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This expansive 40 acre private island off the coast of Roatan, Honduras, is part of the country’s Bay Islands. And if you’re a beach-lover, consider this paradise. There is a sweeping white sand beach, a waterside dining terrace, and private guest rooms with touches like hammock-bedecked front porches.

The property and Cay are reserved solely for your group, and you also will receive three meals and appetizers catered daily with your reservation. So, there’s truly nothing to worry about during your stay. The hosts can also help arrange pick-up from the airport and for boat transfer between the town of Roatan and the Cay.

Both the interior and exterior are modern but luxurious, with carved wooden touches, elegant white bedding, and indoor-outdoor common areas under high wooden ceilings. 

The well-designed Airbnb also comes with plenty of features and activities built into the cost. Take advantage of any of the following free activities during the stay: beach chairs, a paddleboard, two single kayaks, snorkel gear and a boat trip to nearby sides, a 14-foot catamaran, volleyball, and yoga classes for up to 12.  

A tree-studded, woodsy Washington island

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What looks like a cluster of pine trees is actually a private island in Washington (Poulsbo, to be exact), with a private tethered ferry to reach the mainland.  

The place is a delight from the moment you pull up with a peaked roof and beautiful wide windows that let in loads of light. The living area is spacious with sailing flags adorning the walls. Bedrooms are comfortable and simple, with white blinds, solid duvets, and plush carpet underfoot. 

The house comes with two kayaks and life jackets, which you can take down to the floating dock. Or admire the water from afar from the Adirondack chairs and fire pit that preside over the lake below. 

An all-inclusive lush tropical island in Belize

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For a romantic, remote private getaway for two, this private island makes for a dreamy tropical escape. It isn’t luxurious — more back-to-nature — but if you want a tropical hideaway with a bit of adventure, this home is a solid choice. 

The mangrove-covered landmass is located in the center of one of the Caribbean’s least-touched reefs, and the home is a cross between a bungalow, a treehouse, and an island cabana. Furnishings are simple with mahogany accents and a hammock swaying in the breeze.

The island has one other facility on it, which is a bar and restaurant that prepares your dinner and lunch each day as meals are included in your stay. The cooks will even clean and cook any fish or lobster you catch for yourself (you may book fishing excursions through the host). Transport between the island and the mainland marina is included as well. 

A tropical island house with a white sand beach in the Philippines

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A white sand beach flanked by a verdant forest of tropical foliage and flora surrounds this ancestral house, which pops out from all the surrounding greenery thanks to its chartreuse and sea-green exterior.

Inside is just as citrine, with minimalist dark wood furniture and tropical beams throughout. 

The property (and the island it’s on) rents to groups of four and up, making it a great choice for families or groups looking for a spot to reunite. No other tourists stay here and the island is booked only for your group, but it’ll feel like a luxe resort with a Filipino breakfast, lunch, and dinner included daily, as well as a coffee and tea bar, daily housekeeping, and even drinking water on the list of provided amenities. 

Kayaks and snorkeling are available for free as well (you can get around the whole island in 30 minutes), and if you want to pay a bit more, you can arrange for day trips, beach massages, and booze during your stay.

Old-growth island on a lake in Minnesota

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Minnesota is known for its 10,000 lakes (though in truth it’s closer to 12,000) and this island retreat in the middle of Juggler Lake, is less than four hours from Minneapolis.

It’s a charming place to hole up for a nature break, and has enough room for the family with three bedrooms. Hosts will transport you between the mainland and island (there’s a private parking spot for you at the dock) where you’ll find this traditional A-frame cabin.

Inside, 20-foot ceilings house two refrigerators, two freezers, a Weber grill to throw some fish on, and a stone fireplace when the evening breeze has a chill. 

Three decks overlook the waters of the expansive Juggler Lake, and the island offers nature-lovers 18 acres of old-growth forest that’s full of wildlife for hiking and nature-spotting, and there are bountiful waters off the shores with clean water for taking a dip.

Low country house with three private islands near Hilton Head

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Hilton Head Island is a hotspot for beach seekers, families, and couples, but just 10 minutes away from the tourist hordes, get away from the crowds on your very own private island. Better yet, claim three of them with this off-the-grid home accessible only by boat, and the transfer is included.

The interior looks straight out of a magazine, with an open floor plan giving way to white cabinets in the kitchen, wicker chairs in a great room, a plush sofa, and green pillars.

Outside, a veranda comes with fans, a barbecue, and a table to take meals al fresco. 

Dreamlike private house on a beautiful island in Brazil

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This private island connects to the island of Ilha Grande by a bridge, so you may come and go with ease at this home and enjoy two islands during your stay.

Your host will pick you up from Angra dos Reis, about 93 miles from Rio de Janeiro’s international airport, for a 20-minute boat trip to the property (if you stay more than 15 days, transfer to and from the airport itself is included). Furniture comes in in sunset hues of marigold, sun-drenched red, and vivid orange alongside all-white decor and stone floors. Balconies off some of the bedrooms open out onto postcard-perfect views of the water and tree-studded hills.

Spread out on wooden decks for sunbathing, swing in a Brazilian hammock with a Caipirinhas, or take the kayak out on the water. Staff is on hand to bartend or cook for an additional fee.

The large island has plenty of activities, too. It’s a big spot for birdwatchers, snorkelers, and eco-tourists looking to soak up the natural beauty of the islands. 

A private hideaway on Bird Island in Belize

Private island in Stann Creek District, Belize

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Ideal for a couple’s getaway or a family gathering, this private island rents out its charming tropical housing to up to eight guests.

The overwater construction is beautifully designed outdoor areas that include a bar and swings that dangle directly over the ocean. You may also stretch out on individually sized solariums over the water, and dine on a terrace overlooking the water. A beach and loungers in the backyard round out the offerings.

Inside is all island vibes, with brightly colored and white wood paneling, crisp white sheets, and wood floors. Furnishings are homey and simple and the home is also sustainable. The island runs on solar power and a wind generator, and while there’s purified bottled water for drinking, a filtered rainwater system is used for pretty much everything else. 

You won’t be cut off from the world entirely as there is a local phone as well as unlimited high-speed internet. The hosts can also pick you up from the airport and go food shopping en route back to the island, which we’d recommend since the home is self-catering and well, a private island, so you’ll want to be stocked with all the fresh food and drink you’ll need.

Nature-lovers’ paradise in the Outer Banks’ Roanoke Sound

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Located in the scenic Outer Banks area of North Carolina, this three-bedroom house is accessible only by boat, just a short ride from the Nags Head Causeway or the waterfront in Manteo.

And it has everything nature-lovers could want with 18 small islands to explore, a wildlife reserve, waterways and mashers, birdwatching, stargazing, and fishing. 

Eat on the covered veranda with a large dining table or hang inside where wood-paneled and -beamed interiors give the house a cabin-like feel. Rattan-backed sofas, plush rugs, and milk-glass-like light fixtures give it some stylish vintage appeal. Kids will love the second sleeping area, which has four-foot ceilings and a little cove as if they’re tucked away in a little fort.

Drinking water is supplied, though some elements lean rustic such as the dishes washed under saltwater taps or the outdoor shower.

The house is dog friendly and the transfer to and from the island is included in the rental price. 

A 1,700-square-foot cottage in Michigan hardwood forest

Private Island with Treehouse and Pontoon Boat Manchester, Michigan

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With a large patio overlooking the lake (complete with fire pit) and a pontoon boat available for use, this 1,700-square-foot cottage on a private island was built for a relaxing, get-away-from-it-all escape on a 156-acre private lake.

Post-and-beam construction defines the structure, and it’s elevated up in the trees like a tree house for a beautiful view over the forest floor.

Inside is simple but welcoming with turquoise trim on the windows, white beams, and cozy beds crafted from hardwood. 

Explore the eight-acre island on foot or coordinate with the hosts to arrange fishing and tubing. It’s pet-friendly too.

Turn-of-the-century villa on a Swedish island

kitchen in Gustavsberg, Sweden private island

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This storybook turn-of-the-century villa is just a 20-minute drive from Stockholm, and a three-minute boat trip brings you to this cheerful yellow house.

Tasteful Scandinavian country decor mixed with an emerald-green backsplash and matte black accents in the kitchen, offset by white wood ceilings, walls, and floors. Carved white wood chairs, antique chandeliers, and floral textiles in the living areas add a design-forward touch,

And even if this is a get-away-from-it-all vacation, you won’t be bored. There’s a sprawling veranda, a beach for sunbathing, and a wood fired sauna.

A second house on the island hosts the shower room, and you’ll have to pop out to use the WC outside, but no other people will be on the island with you.

FAQ: Private island homes on Airbnb

What’s a good time of year to visit a private island? 

It depends on where you want to go and the vibe you want. Cozy cabins in Minnesota are appealing year-round. For more of a beach getaway, like in Belize or Colombia, be sure to check with the local weather conditions to be sure it lines up with your stay. 

How do I find private island vacation rentals on Airbnb? 

When you search on Airbnb, you can select “go anywhere” from the location dropdown and then pull up a list of results. From there, filter using the drop-down navigation above the search results to select “islands,” then refine further by price, number of guests, and location. 

What should I bring to a private island Airbnb? 

It depends on how your accommodation is stocked before your arrival. It’s a good idea to chat with your host about that before arriving so you know exactly what to bring and leave at home,

Sometimes, hosts will offer to stop at the grocery as part of their transport service, others might provide catering as part of the rental cost or for a separate fee. 

How much does renting a private island on Airbnb cost? 

There’s truly a range of prices possible, depending on where you want to go and the kind of Airbnb you want to rent. Are you looking for a backcountry getaway? Those often come cheap. If you want a luxurious, designer home, however, prepare to pay much more. We found prices that start close to $100 and go up to $1,000. Though, to be sure, there are far more expensive ones available, too.

How do I get to a private island?

The vast majority of hosts will provide details about how to transfer from the mainland or a larger island, if that’s the closest transportation hub. Read the listing carefully to see whether it’s included in the rental price or if transport to and from your private island will incur extra fees. If anything is unclear, message your hosts before you book.

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The 8 best cheap hotels in San Francisco that cost less than $200 a night

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The best cheap hotels in San Francisco
  • San Francisco is an expensive city – but it has a surprisingly wide range of affordable hotels.
  • The city’s budget-friendly hotels have central locations, desirable amenities, and rates under $200.
  • We found the best places you can stay when budget is your most important factor.

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San Francisco is home to a world-famous skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, stunning parks, an exciting food and arts scene, and is a major seat of tech. It also happens to be one of the most expensive cities in America.

As such, San Francisco is also, unsurprisingly, home to many expensive hotels. Though don’t let that deter you from visiting. There is an enticing array of cheap properties too. You just need to know where to look.

Some of our top hotel picks in the city effortlessly merge convenience with comfort, clever design details, high-tech touches, and affordable prices.

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These are the best cheap hotels in San Francisco, sorted by price from low to high.

Yotel San Francisco

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Yotel is located in San Francisco’s historic Grant Building.

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Yotel has 203 rooms known as “cabins” with a substantial range of options to suit various budgets. Located on Market Street, the location is fantastic to explore the city.

Located within San Francisco’s famous Grant Building (which survived both the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes), the hotel design takes its cues from air travel, with the idea to keep everything close and convenient, such as airline-style self-service check-in kiosks. All cabins (the guest rooms) have smart TVs so you can connect your own devices and stream content, plus there is ample place for charging devices. We like the ability to customize rooms as guests can create their personal vibe through tailored mood lighting and adjustable memory foam beds. The rainfall showers are also a luxe touch.

The hotel is also home to Yotel’s signature Komyuniti Lounge concept, designed with spaces to co-work and socialize.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Cow Hollow Inn and Suites

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Cow Hollow Inn and Suites is a walkable location.

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Cow Hollow Inn and Suites is a centrally located hotel near San Francisco’s quaint Cow Hollow district, which is just over a mile to Fisherman’s Wharf and only slightly farther to Pier 39.

Comfortable and clean, rooms have a well-lit seating and work area with free internet, both wired and wireless. Covered parking is also complimentary, which is a rarity for this city and packs significant added value.

Travelers love the well-maintained and noticeably large (even surprisingly so) rooms here, with coffee and tea-making facilities and large TVs. The location is also a prime one. Walk to the Palace of Fine Arts in 15 minutes, and easily reach many bars, restaurants, and other tourist-friendly attractions in a short walk.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Inn at Union Square

The Inn at Union Square

The Inn at Union Square

This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Union Square, situated perfectly for sightseeing and business travel alike, with a highly walkable location. All stays are contactless, with a virtual check-in process and a keyless entry system. 

The Inn at Union Square San Francisco has 30 hotel rooms and suites, all with high-quality bedding, comfortable pillow-top mattresses, and dark wood furnishings. The decor is sophisticated, with framed wall hangings and elegantly striped wallpaper. Here, you’ll also get high-speed wireless internet, flat screen TVs, and spa-like robes. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Zeppelin

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Bold art and design features heavily at Hotel Zeppelin.

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Hotel Zeppelin is a Union Square property that serves as a nod to the city’s spirit of rebellion and counterculture and the whole place embraces an avant-garde look and feel. 

Starting at about 200 square feet, standard guest rooms have sleek black headboards, John Boos 36-inch work desks, blackout shades, luxurious bath amenities from ROIL, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Suites include vinyl on vintage turntables for an atmospheric touch.

Dining and drinking options include Rambler restaurant, offering California fare made with locally sourced ingredients, which is located in the space formerly occupied by Wolfgang Puck’s city institution, Postrio. The Mantel Bar is an intimate lounge near the lobby’s fireplace, just right for gathering with groups or a date. An array of formal meeting spaces are also available, ranging up to 4,000 square feet.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Del Sol

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Hotel Del Sol is a cheerfully decorated hotel in the Marina District.

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Hotel Del Sol is a member of Joie de Vivre, the boutique line from World of Hyatt. It’s a charming, well-appointed stay from a trusted brand with the chance to earn loyalty points, too, and an easy walk to the buzzy bars, shops, and restaurants of the tourist-friendly Marina District.

Once a midcentury modern motor lodge, this hotel has been transformed to offer boutique amenities and service. Guest rooms are spacious, bright, and airy with orange-painted walls that feel like a California beach house, plush beds, and cheerful decor.

Indeed, we’re a fan of the bright and whimsical, modern concept decor such as palm trees, hammocks, and the colorful lounge furnishings that dot the pool area in the courtyard. The affordable price point also includes Wi-Fi, daily breakfast, and fun guest perks such as milk and cookies that are served each afternoon in the lobby.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Stanford Court

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Stanford Court is a tech-forward San Francisco hotel.

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The 400-room Stanford Court hotel is meant to meet the needs of the digital-age traveler in a city known for tech innovation. A recent multi-million dollar renovation revamped the lobby, cafe, bar, porte-cochere, and fitness center. Look for a new modern color scheme and cool graphics, with design nods to the building’s history.

There’s a high-tech fitness center with Peloton bikes, Hydrow rowing machines, virtual personal training, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the only intersection of San Francisco’s famous cable car lines.

Other amenities include a tech loaner program, digital art installations featuring artwork by local artists, a Nod Hill sleep menu, a lobby lending library stocked with books on California and San Francisco, and a music room with vinyl from local bands and artists. 

Entry-level rooms begin at 220 square feet and have 49-inch HD televisions with HDMI and USB Ports, USB outlets, and a mini-fridge.

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Orchard Garden

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Orchard Garden is an affordable, eco-friendly hotel in San Francisco.

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The Orchard Garden Hotel is an eco-friendly hotel with LEED and Green Seal certifications for environmentally conscious — and budget-minded — travelers.

Located near the Financial District, Union Square shops, and many museums and attractions, Orchard Garden is well-loved for its central location and reasonable pricing that includes breakfast with all room rates. Service feels personalized, offering friendly details such as flexible check-in times, pending availability. Standard rooms start around 230 square feet, and junior suites have about 374 square feet with a separate sofa.

Roots Restaurant is open for breakfast daily, and also hosts meetings and events. Or hit the hotel’s rooftop terrace for views of the famed San Francisco skyline.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Phoenix Hotel

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The Phoenix San Francisco is known for a rock-and-roll crowd and a pool scene.

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Located in the Tenderloin District, the Phoenix is known for being a fun, lively destination especially popular among creatives. It’s a 10 minutes walk from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and caters to a musical crowd with a distinctly rock-n-roll atmosphere. 

There are only 44 rooms so there is also a strong boutique feel with rooms exuding vintage details like retro phones, midcentury modern furniture, and vibrant graphic artworks. Updated modern conveniences also include 42-inch flat-screen TVs with DirecTV and film channels.

Mostly, Phoenix Hotel is known for its pool scene (when San Francisco’s notoriously chilly weather permits), which I’ve frequented many times with friends. There’s even a mural from a local artist in the pool.

Guests also receive complimentary passes to the Kabuki Springs & Spa on weekdays, which is a San Francisco institution and offers an additional boon in value on top of the already cheap price. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Cheap San Francisco hotels

Are hotels open in San Francisco?

Yes, the state of California fully reopened on June 15, 2021. 

Where should I stay when visiting San Francisco?

San Francisco is a seven-by-seven-mile region, so you’ll never be too far from any attraction as the crow flies. Sightseers might want to stay around the Embarcadero, Union Square, or along Market Street, highly walkable locations where public transportation is also abundant and frequent.

Areas like Hayes Valley and North Beach are popular for shops and dining. The Castro is especially desirable for LBGTQ travelers, with a historic, trend-setting, and lively gay community and event calendar.

What should I avoid in San Francisco?

San Francisco has a substantial homelessness problem; there are currently about 8,000 unhoused people living in the small geographic area. Some of the associated issues — drug addiction, and yes excrement on the streets — are well known to locals, but may surprise visitors to a city with so much wealth.

Traffic is also a major problem throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and locals take pains to avoid rush-hour traffic patterns and event traffic such as related to ballgames and parades.

How much does it cost to stay at a hotel in San Francisco?

As the seat of much of the country’s tech money, the San Francisco Bay Area and its environs are notoriously expensive across the board, from the cost of living to hotel stays. While there are many pricey hotels in the city — ranging upwards of $1,000 and more — there are plenty of appealing, budget-friendly options on our list in the range of $200 and under.

When’s the best time to visit San Francisco? 

Maybe you’ve heard the quote attributed to Mark Twain: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” That is to say, it’s often cool and breezy in San Francisco at any time of year. Be prepared and always bring layers. It may surprise some visitors that the fall months offer some of the warmest temperatures in the city, and crowds are thinner, too.

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

The CDC’s current guidance advises that fully vaccinated people can safely travel domestically. Hotels by their very nature provide opportunities for face-to-face encounters with staff and other guests in common spaces like check-in desks, lobbies, and dining venues. Still, experts say guests who exercise proper precautions can stay safely in hotels. Of course, no travel is completely without risk and we recommend following CDC guidelines as well as all applicable local protocols. 

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There’s still time to summer on the Cape – these are the top hotels in Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard

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  • With shingled cottages and miles of beaches, Cape Cod is a quintessential New England getaway.
  • We rounded up the best hotels across the Cape, including Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
  • From quaint inns and motels to family resorts, our picks have pools, beaches, and ocean views.

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Long a favorite summer retreat for the New England set, Cape Cod attracts millions of visitors to its golden beaches, historic villages, and rolling dunes dotted with gray-shingled cottages.

A great Cape Cod hotel makes it easy to take advantage of all such offerings. Stay in a quaint cottage where you can have toes in the sand next to your front door, or opt for a lavish resort with glittering pools and sprawling lawns sprinkled with hydrangeas.

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Seaside Cottages

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With 46 nautically-themed cottages overlooking Nantucket Sound in the Cape Cod town of Yarmouth, accommodations are located around a village green and set just off the beach. Room types include studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom private cottages.

Book by the day or the week for rooms that include Queen-sized beds, TVs, free Wi-Fi, kitchens or small kitchenettes with a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee ​pot, and a toaster. New linens are available upon request and pets are not allowed. 

Rooms are cozy and welcoming, with a homey feel, though, the unbeatable location is the real star. There are five acres on property that include two picnicking areas, and although there’s no restaurant, there are several eateries across the street. 

COVID-19 procedures are not available online but include: Deep disinfection performed prior to every arrival, limited housekeeping, wristbands on the beach.

Summercamp Hotel, Oak Bluffs

The lobby at Summercamp, Oak Bluffs.

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Set among the candy-colored gingerbread houses of Oak Bluffs, this boutique property stands out for its size, housed in a grand 19th-century former hotel overlooking the harbor. It’s also the largest hotel on the island with 95 rooms. True to its name, the interiors are playful, with contemporary furnishings in bold colors and whimsical hanging chairs in the sprawling, open-plan lobby. 

There are plenty of nostalgic touches, too, like wood tennis rackets as artwork and a game room off the lobby stocked with vintage board games. Grab a snack from the Camp Canteen and relax on the expansive porch with soothing views of the sailboat-dotted harbor. 

While on the small side, rooms are bright and cheerful, with punchy geometric-patterned fabrics in shades of blue, green, and yellow. They feature high-tech amenities such as USB ports, Tivoli Bluetooth radios, and smart TVs. Entry-level Queen rooms measure less than 200 square feet; you’ll need to upgrade for those offering partial water views from the veranda, and rooms with full water views come at a premium. 

The hotel is open seasonally, from May through October.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa

The Deluxe Room at Dan'l Webster Inn.

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Set in the heart of the oldest town on the Cape, this quaint inn harkens back to its original history as the Patriot headquarters during the Revolutionary War, and later, a tavern and inn that hosted notables such as Henry David Thoreau. Though the historic structure was destroyed by a fire, the current building certainly looks the part with gracious interiors inspired by traditional colonial-style design. 

The inn has multiple dining rooms, with the glass-enclosed Conservancy being the loveliest, and the fireside Music room being the coziest, while the Tavern at the Inn is ideal for a drink or casual meal. The property, which includes the main house and several wings, is nestled among beautifully manicured grounds that include a seasonal heated outdoor pool and patio. The hotel also features the Beach Plum Spa, and guests have free access to a state-of-the-art fitness center in town.

Individually decorated rooms are big on colonial charm with canopy and four-poster beds, fireplaces, and balconies. Entry-level Traditional rooms are on the first floor of the Jarvis Wing, adjacent to the main building. For better views and more space, trade up to a Superior room on the second floor of the main inn. A $15 breakfast voucher is included in the rate.

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Jared Coffin House

A guest room at Jared Coffin House.

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The hotel’s namesake was a wealthy shipowner, who built this three-story red-brick mansion in 1845 in the heart of the island’s whaling town. Today it’s home to this elegant, year-round inn, whose beautifully refurbished interiors — gleaming wood floors, crown molding, marble fireplaces in the lobby/library — are complemented by period-style furnishings and antiques.

The property also includes the white-shingled Daniel Webster House next door, where 13 guest rooms are located, in addition to a flower-filled garden. The hotel’s Nantucket Prime steakhouse features a formal dining room, as well as a more casual bar and patio dining.

Along with a continental breakfast, guests can take advantage of free afternoon coffee and snacks, beach chairs and umbrellas, bicycles, on-site parking, courtesy town car service, as well as access to the spa at the White Elephant, the hotel’s sister property.

Rooms are individually decorated in a traditional style that can mean floral wallpaper, spindle beds, wood floors, and chandeliers. Entry-level rooms include those with double beds in the main house and Queen beds in the Daniel Webster House; both are snug, measuring around 200 square feet. The main house’s King Corner rooms are particularly light and bright.

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Ship’s Knees Inn

The pool at Ship's Knees Inn.

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Surrounded by 1.5 acres of rolling lawns and flowering gardens, this charming 1820 gray-shingled inn is a five-minute walk to Nauset, one of the Cape’s best Atlantic beaches. While the common areas are pleasant, the highlight is its outdoor space, which includes a seasonal pool with a tree-lined deck, a sprawling courtyard patio with a fire pit, and green lawns dotted with hammocks and Adirondack chairs. A buffet-style continental breakfast is included.

Rooms are scattered throughout several buildings and each is uniquely decorated in Cape Cod style with nautical motifs and local art. Some rooms have working fireplaces, private entrances, and distant views of the ocean. Entry-level Petite Queens are indeed petite, measuring 120 to 150 square feet, and are located on the first floor of the North wing with views of the pool or backyard. Slightly larger Deluxe Queens are set in the historic main house and some offer ocean views. 

The inn is open seasonally, from mid-April through October.

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AWOL Hotel

A guest room at AWOL in Provincetown.

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Departing from the traditional nautical-themed decor found in many a P-town bed and breakfast, this boutique hotel sports a refreshingly modern, bohemian-chic vibe. Bright common areas highlight natural materials with light-wood floors, straw light fixtures, and macramé-style pillows scattered atop bentwood chairs. Big picture windows frame the verdant tidal marshes just across the street.

Rooms are similarly chic with polished concrete floors, straw lighting, platform beds, comfy built-in sofas, and minimalist black-and-white photos. They are all on the small side with entry-level King and double Queen rooms measuring 235 square feet, but they do feature spacious patios or balconies. Deluxe rooms offer a bit more space at 322 square feet, while the 1,200-square-foot, top-floor Lark Suite has its own rooftop deck, a fireplace, and a full kitchen.

Outdoors, there is a seasonally heated pool, three fire pits, and a sprawling waterfront bar reserved for guests with communal picnic tables atop the sand. While there’s no restaurant, the hotel partnered with local favorite, The Beach Market, to deliver sandwiches and salads.

Note that the hotel is open seasonally, from May through October.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Gabriel’s, A Provincetown Hotel

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This charming bed and breakfast has an unbeatable location in central P-town’s bustling commercial district, adjacent to the iconic Pilgrim Monument Memorial.

The inn is comprised of four historic buildings dating from the 1800s, surrounded by flower gardens, and threaded with pathways and stone bridges. Multiple sun decks, garden seating, and an outdoor fire pit offer areas to relax. The made-to-order breakfast changes with the seasons and is served either outside on the deck next to the goldfish pond, or in the Great Room with a cozy gas fireplace. 

Rooms, named after famous personalities like Jane Goodall, Julia Child, and Virginia Woolf, are scattered throughout four buildings and arranged around a tranquil courtyard. Individually designed, mostly in a classic style, they feature gas fireplaces, kitchenettes, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses.

Layouts vary, with rooms ranging from entry-level Value Rooms (the smallest measures just 163 square feet with a Queen-sized bed) up to an 838-square-foot, top-floor one-bedroom apartment with a King-sized bed, a living room lit by skylights, a full kitchen, a private deck, and a sauna. Many rooms have balconies or decks, and some have spectacular views of the towering Pilgrim Monument.

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Hob Knob Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa

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The very definition of a romantic New England retreat, this 19th-century white-clapboard inn is tucked along the tree-lined brick sidewalks of Edgartown, a former whaling town turned celebrity retreat.

The Gothic Revival building is beautifully appointed with antiques and fine art, and the fireside drawing room is perfectly inviting. But the large wraparound porch and garden-facing sun room are the best spots to relax and enjoy the complimentary afternoon tea with fresh scones. Guests have access to the spa, which includes a fitness center, steam shower, and sauna. A full breakfast is included as well.  

The 17 individually designed rooms and suites come in a variety of layouts and sizes. All have a colonial theme with patterned wallpaper, antique furnishings, coastal artwork, and floral headboards on King-sized beds. Entry-level standard rooms are located on the first and second floors, while top-floor Deluxe rooms feature skylights and kitchenettes and look out over the property’s garden. The hotel is open seasonally, from May through October.

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The Wauwinet

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Nantucket is famous for its postcard-perfect downtown comprised of historic cobblestone streets, 19th-century shingled buildings, and steepled churches. A more rugged kind of beauty can be found on its less-developed northeast coast where the five-star Wauwinet sits on a quiet stretch of Nantucket Bay beach.

The Relais & Chateaux property is the definition of classic New England refinement with its stately gray-shingled exterior, broad porches, and pristine green lawn with white wicker chaise lounges. Topper’s restaurant, which specializes in seafood, is a local mainstay and its breezy waterfront terrace is especially popular for lunch.

The original 1875 inn is where most rooms are located. There are also four cottages across from the main house with larger suites. Each is uniquely designed but all feature classic decor in soothing blue, gray, and cream tones. Entry-level rooms come with garden views and are a bit on the cozy side at around 200 square feet. Upgrade to a Superior for more space and a seating area, and know that rooms with bay views come at a premium.

The hotel is open from April to October.

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Chatham Bars Inn

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With a magnificent oceanfront location, a quarter-mile of private beach, four restaurants, and a vast array of amenities, this luxurious resort is a top summer destination for well-heeled families. 

Built as a hunting lodge in 1914, the main house commands beautiful ocean views from its expansive veranda. There is a huge heated waterfront pool, kiddie pool, and hot tub, plus Har-Tru tennis courts, croquet, and volleyball areas. A seasonal complimentary daily boat shuttle offers access to the Cape Cod National Seashore’s North Beach Island just across the cove. Or for a fee, you can charter a boat from the hotel’s fleet. Save time for a round on the adjacent nine-hole golf course, or use the spa’s seasonal outdoor pool, hot tub, steam rooms, and saunas.

Complementing the main inn’s original wood-beamed ceilings and hardwood floors are traditional antiques, period-style furnishings, and handcrafted ship models. Relax in the expansive lobby or fireside lounge, and when the weather is fine, head to the sprawling patios at The Veranda or the oceanfront Beach House Grill for a cocktail or casual meal. The signature Stars restaurant is an upscale affair, serving farm-to-table dishes in a formal dining room with panoramic water views. 

Main house guest room have their own balcony or deck. Entry-level Deluxe rooms, with Queen-sized beds and neutral-toned modern furnishings, overlook the back of the inn, while pricier Ocean View rooms offer water views. There are also cottages, some with gas fireplaces, as well as adults-only spa suites with hydrotherapy tubs, steam showers, and fireplaces. 

Open year-round, the property is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, which means members can receive exclusive discounts and upgrades. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club

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Nestled on the “elbow” of the Cape, this five-star oceanfront property attracts an upscale crowd and is particularly popular with families thanks to spacious accommodations and an abundance of amenities.

Some 22 historic buildings make up the 27-acre resort, which counts two beaches — including the particularly lovely Pleasant Bay beach — two outdoor pools (one an adults-only lap pool), a fitness center, and Har-Tru tennis courts. Guests have access to the adjacent members-only Cape Cod National Golf Club and the nearby Cape Cod Rail Trail offers 36 miles of flat paved bike paths.

Five restaurants and bars include a refined spot for seafood; a clubby, tavern-style fireside restaurant; and a seasonal beachfront bar.

Rooms are done up in soft blue and taupe hues that reflect the surrounding water and feature a blend of modern and traditional furnishings. All offer a private deck or patio and most have water views. Entry-level Garden View rooms measure 360 square feet with patios facing the gardens. There are also Cape Cod-style cottages scattered throughout the property, and family-sized rooms, range from 400 to 505 square feet with seating areas, fireplaces, and large decks directly overlooking the water.

The resort, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is open seasonally, from April to mid-December. 

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FAQ: Cape Cod hotels

Where is Cape Cod?

Cape Cod is a roughly 70-mile-long, crescent-shaped peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic in Massachusetts. It includes two islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and is divided into four regions, each with its own distinct personality and rich history. 

What is the best area to stay in Cape Cod?

Closest to the mainland, the Upper Cape is home to some of the oldest towns in America including Sandwich, which dates back to 1639. Mid Cape is considered the urban hub with the biggest population and largest city, Hyannis; this is also where most people catch ferries to the islands.    

Once you reach the “elbow,” or the Lower Cape, you’ve entered quaint towns such as Chatham, Orleans, Harwich, which are home to some of the region’s finest beaches, including Nauset Beach. 

The Outer Cape also includes miles of pristine beaches, seagrasses, and sand dunes, plus the 43,000-acre Cape Cod National Seashore, and has a wilder, more remote feel. That is, until you reach the easternmost tip and Provincetown (commonly referred to as P-town), which is a bustling LGBTQ enclave known for its artsy vibe and eclectic nightlife.

Finally, there are the islands: Nantucket, with its picture-perfect cobblestoned historic district, and the showier Martha’s Vineyard, which regularly lures celebrities, former presidents, and royalty. 

When is the best time to visit Cape Cod?

There’s nothing quite like summer on Cape Cod. Long sunny days spent at the beach followed by grilling out with fresh seafood as warm evening breezes lap by. There’s fresh seafood and ice cream to eat, and when the tide slinks out far on the bay, there’s nothing quite like walking out as far as the eye can see.

But while the warmer months are certainly a draw, the shoulder and off-season periods present a rare opportunity to savor the Cape too, sans crowds, with cheaper hotel prices, to boot. The beaches are still lovely to stroll and there’s a calmer, more local vibe to savor. Just know that many businesses shutter in winter, so some dining and shopping may be limited.

What kind of hotels are on Cape Cod?

On Cape Cod, you’ll find hotels of all sorts, from beachy motels and cottages to luxe five-star hotels with chic spas and a posh crowd.

For this list in particular, we also included several B&Bs or inns, as we believe they offer strong value in terms of price, location, and room type. Many hotels in Cape Cod are expensive, and these alternate lodgings offer an accessible way to visit that won’t cost a fortune. They also tend to be more personable and exude character. However, because most inns are located in smaller, historic properties, they may seem dated or show signs of wear and tear.

Additionally, many properties are seasonal and close for the winter.

What is there to do in Cape Cod?

The beach, of course. The Atlantic side of the cape enjoys wide stretches of beach framed by dramatic cliffs with large rolling waves. Keep your eyes peeled for passing friendly seals, as well as sharks.

On the bay side, the calm still waters are great for families with small children, and at low tide, the water draws back for miles, leaving the sandy bay floor to explore and take long walks.

Rustic seafood shacks serve local catches, while the signature Cape Codder, a mix of vodka and cranberry juice, is ubiquitous in local bars and taverns.

There are also many great trails for running, walking, biking, and beautiful state parks for exploring or camping.

Is Cape Cod safe to visit?

The CDC says it is safe to travel domestically if you are fully vaccinated, and we also talked to experts to identify the best ways to keep yourself and others safe during travel, as well as potential risk factors surrounding flying and renting a car. They say that in most cases, hotels are safe.

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10 of the best hotels in Lake Tahoe for outdoors enthusiasts, travelers with pets, and large families

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The best hotels in Lake Tahoe
  • Lake Tahoe mixes year-round outdoor activities with lively casinos and dining.
  • Boutique lodges and full-service hotels attract families, couples, and adventurers.
  • Hotels start in price from $100 to $399 per night, depending on the time of year.

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The largest Alpine Lake in the United States, Lake Tahoe defers only to the five Great Lakes in terms of size. This scenic, enduring spot located on the border of California and Nevada has been popular since the turn of the 20th century, with a global reputation sealed when nearby Squaw Valley staged the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Since then, this natural wonder has evolved as a tourist hotspot. It is most well known today for its ski resorts, crystal clear lake waters, and hiking trails, but motorcycling, golfing, hunting, and gambling also make up a sizable chunk of its allure.

I’ve been visiting the region for many years and have witnessed the development of the region as a tourist destination, and with it, some of the best hotels in the country, whether you seek a rustic base to hit trails or a luxury lodge to indulge in pampering spa treatments.

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These are the best hotels in Lake Tahoe, sorted by price from low to high.

River Ranch Lodge

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This unpretentious, family-friendly lodge has a sense of the old-fashioned about it, but in this case, that feeling adds to the appeal rather than making it feel dated. The entry-level rooms are atmospheric and chalet-like. With two Queen beds and plenty of room for a small family to spread out, there’s great value to be found here.

Set just outside Tahoe City, the location is tranquil and scenic. Easy access to the nearby ski slopes and the lake itself is a particular selling point. The on-site, riverside restaurant has become a destination in itself, and apres-ski lovers and fans of New American fine dining flock here year-round.

Basecamp Tahoe South

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Arguably the best value hotel in the region, this affordable property veers towards a hipper, younger crowd. The ironic modern art of kitsch woodland scenes evokes a trendy city hotel, while the comforts of plump leather sofas and fire pits mean that you’ll feel at home in the mountains.

The in-room decor is whimsical, with camping lanterns and railroad ties for clothing racks that are all part of a playful approach to ski resort life. The location is central and the property is just a short walk from Lakeside beach.

For visitors on a budget, it’s a stylish, well-loved property with more than a little character. The hotel also offers a solid range of amenities (ski kit storage, restaurant, picnic area, and small private beach) for a budget-conscious hotel.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe

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The thoughtful interior design helps this larger chain property retain a sense of place with stone fireplaces and wooden beams that conjure up a classic alpine ambiance.

The modern units are well-suited to couples and families that prefer a more residential style of stay, with living spaces and handy kitchenettes.

The real draw here, though, is the facilities and location. A large spa and heated outdoor pool make for a blissful retreat and the hotel is conveniently situated next to the Heavenly Gondola, with the peaks of the Heavenly Mountain Resort within easy striking distance.

Complete your stay by taking part in the numerous activities offered such as hikes, yoga, and kids’ camps.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly

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This bijoux, 22-room lodge has been a popular fixture for over 50 years, and it takes great care to maintain its original high standards and levels of comfort. Overlooking the south shore of the lake on Ski Run Boulevard, the lodge is just a hop and a step from the Heavenly ski resort and the dining options of South Lake Tahoe.

Stylish contemporary interiors in brown and cream earth tones are complemented by stone fireplaces and evocative wooden exteriors. The guest suites come with kitchenettes for easy self-catering for those who prefer to dine in. It’s the ease of access to the skiing, though, that most guests return for, and slope aficionados can be at Monument Peak or East Peak within minutes by shuttle.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Cedar House Sport Hotel

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This eco-conscious modern lodge has been constructed with an impressive amount of reclaimed or recycled materials, resulting in a high-end, European-style alpine hotel. Chic minimalism is the order of the day in the rooms, with luxury details such as leather-framed platform beds and heated floors in the bathrooms — a real boon in winter.

The property is well-placed for downtown Truckee but surrounded by some of the lake’s best scenery and outdoor pursuits. Activities like skiing and cycling can be arranged with the in-house concierge.

The healthy on-site dining at Stella, with its menu of farm-to-table veggie dishes and more, is an equally exquisite experience. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino

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A private beach area on the north shore of the lake awaits at this elegant outpost of the Hyatt Regency brand. The location, in Incline Village, neighbors the Diamond Peak Ski Resort, giving the hotel some seriously attractive outdoor options year-round. And with a casino attached, there’s also a fair amount of choice for fans of the indoors.

Mountain views abound from the contemporary chalet-style rooms that deliver impressively luxurious accommodations even at entry-level. Guests with a special occasion or looking for standalone accommodations may want to splurge for the lakeside cottages that come with kitchenettes and unbeatable scenery.

The hotel also just announced a new menu of outdoor activities ranging from morning meditation sessions to guided hikes, plus a ‘dry land boot camp’ to help guests prepare for the winter sports season. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn

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This cute boutique property dates back to 1960 when the Winter Olympics were held at Squaw Valley and around North Lake Tahoe. Thanks to its high levels of design, the hotel has a timeless and elegant aesthetic, allowing the hotel to easily compete with luxe newcomers.

The rooms are inarguably contemporary, with iPod docks, Keurig coffee machines, and anti-allergen room filtration elevating them beyond the rustic. The hotel itself basks in lovely mountain views and offers a cozy, pampering apres-ski scene with its fireplaces and fire pits.

The location is as central as it gets, with very easy access to all those world-class ski slopes.

Black Bear Lodge

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Technically, this wonderful property is a bed and breakfast as opposed to a full-service hotel, but its standards and standing are so high that it’s a natural fit for the best places to stay in the Lake Tahoe region.

The interiors are evocative, beginning with a three-story stone fireplace replete with mounted elk’s head lording over the striking lobby space. Nine units are split between lodge rooms in the main building and four cabins spread across the scenic grounds. Couples seeking a romantic retreat may want to consider their more luxurious cabins, decked out with leather armchairs and roaring fireplaces.

All of the accommodations present an elevated rustic-chic vibe and the location in South Lake Tahoe is an alluring one that’s just a short drive to the lake itself.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Cottage Inn

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There’s been a hospitality industry here for over a century, and this Tahoe City inn is a chance to experience some authentic old-school charm without sacrificing comfort. The cottages date back to 1938, and the pine walls and stone fireplaces retain that timeless sense of style.

The amenities, including the bathrooms, are modern, though, and there’s fast Wi-Fi. Guests can also enjoy the property’s private beach after a complimentary country breakfast. There are even Adirondack chairs for relaxing beneath the canopy of pine trees, and Squaw Peak and Twin Peaks ski resorts are close by for a more active day out.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe

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Regular guests of the Ritz-Carlton brand know that there’s a reliable consistency to the level of service and comfort. This gorgeous, tree-framed property in Truckee is no exception.

The hotel comes with its own mountain concierge and offers the only ski-in, ski-out access in Lake Tahoe, which some will find well worth the higher price. The indulgent slopeside spa and exceptional dining options are among the most sophisticated in the region, and with lake access and two outdoor pools, it’s a property that scales the heights of relaxation. In-room gas fireplaces and marble bathrooms complete the posh picture.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Lake Tahoe hotels

When is the best time to visit Lake Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe is especially popular in the prime summer and winter months. Late November through early May especially sees an uptick in visitors as skiers and snowboarders of all levels flock to the region.

For the cheapest prices, look in shoulder seasons like fall.

What is the best place to stay in Lake Tahoe?

Given its size, there are a number of choices in terms of towns to stay in. South Lake Tahoe (the largest town) and Tahoe City top the list, with historic Truckee, Tahoe Vista, Homewood, and Incline Village also offering a number of accommodation options. 

Is it safe to travel?

Of course, during these times of COVID-19, Lake Tahoe is subject to the same potential restrictions and safety precautions as the rest of the country and you should check for any local changes in regard to mandatory policies or quarantine periods.

And if you’re wondering if travel is safe right now, we talked to medical experts on how to mitigate risks with hotel stays, as well as flights, rental cars, trains, and more. Many hotels are also implementing new guidelines for both staff and guests. We also asked experts how safe skiing is right now, and the good news is that it’s a relatively low-risk activity.

However, the CDC has said that travel is safe for fully vaccinated individuals.

More of the best mountain resorts and vacation rentals

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I went to American Dream, the behemoth New Jersey mall with 2 theme parks and ski slope, and saw the devastating effects of the pandemic on retail

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • American Dream opened in October 2019 after more than 20 years of planning and development.
  • Just after it opened, however, the pandemic hit, and the mall was forced to close.
  • I visited American Dream and saw how badly retail has been hit during the pandemic with the rise of e-commerce and the fall of in-person shopping.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.
In the shadow of New York City is American Dream, a 3-million-square-foot mall and one of the largest in North America.

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Read More: The American Dream megamall is finally opened after more than 2 decades. Here’s how the 3 million-square-foot complex went from an idea to a reality.

More than 20 years in the making, the mall opened in October 2019 only to come to grips with a worldwide pandemic that would accelerate the decline of in-person shopping while boosting e-commerce to unforeseen heights.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

But with COVID-19 on the ropes, American Dream is once again a reality and its doors are open to shoppers, adventure-seekers, and the host of other visitors to whom the infamous mall caters.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

I stopped by American Dream, conveniently located off the New Jersey Turnpike right next to MetLife Stadium, on my way to Newark airport. Here’s what I found.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

I entered the mail from the retail parking lot on the south side. At first, the three-level structure seemed deserted despite a crowded parking lot on the weekday of my visit.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

But it wasn’t that the mall was empty. American Dream is so massive that it just seemed empty by comparison. There are around 100 stores and retailers at present, around a third of the mall’s capacity.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Besides its size, though, there was nothing special about the mall part of American Dream. There wasn’t much here that I couldn’t find in my local mall, for example, and it lacked a lot of the high-end retailers found in nearby malls like The Mall at Short Hills.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

That may change, however, in September when more than 20 luxury retailers are slated to open.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Source: WWD

Many of the stores that were open – like Primark, Best Buy, and Zara – were cavernous in size. Some were even two levels.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

I was truly impressed with how deep some of them were, including Urban Planet. It’s a testament to the mall’s size.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The lack of patronage, however, has forced some of the larger stores to scale back. It’Sugar, for example, is scaled down to one floor.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Speaking of the confectionary, this was the first time I’d been in a self-serve candy store since the pandemic. Patrons are required to wear gloves when making their selections.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

It’s a fair COVID compromise that lets customers experience the joy of scooping up their own candy.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Despite the mall’s size, however, it doesn’t have that Mall of America feel. I attribute that closed-in feeling to the lack of natural light in the mall.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

There are not a lot of windows or skylights in the main shopping areas or even the atriums.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The best parts of the mall, I found, were the spaces with skylights so that natural light could come in.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

This luscious gnome garden, for example, was my favorite part of the mall and a natural attraction.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

This was also the only spot in the mall that had the true communal feeling of a mall. The only problem was that it was flanked by bare walls.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Some of the areas of the malls that hadn’t been filled were walled out from public access completely.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The food court featured many mall favorites and eateries like Kelly’s Cajun Grill, Wendy’s, and Taco Bell.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

There were some higher-end food options, like Grisini, but they hadn’t yet opened for business during my visit.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Being an amateur mall food enthusiast, I had to try the staple of any mall food court: bourbon chicken, from Kelly’s Cajun Grill. And to American Dream’s credit, it was spot on.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

I continued my journey and found the main atrium, another centerpiece where the mall’s size truly shows.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

But once more, I didn’t find it to be too welcoming. A few couches were laid out in lieu of a grand centerpiece in the way other malls have.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

In addition to good food court food, American Dream also featured the other two staples of a mall: a Hot Topic…

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

And Spencer’s.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Some stores that I’ve never seen in my local malls can be found in American Dream include the Beef Jerky Experience…

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

And a Korean-themed store, which proved to be one of my favorites.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Masks aren’t required for vaccinated shoppers but each store can have its own rules, as this one did.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

BTS was a major theme, unsurprisingly, and I couldn’t help but hear the song “Dynamite” in my head while browsing.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Kakao Friends, pointed out to me by former Seoul resident and Insider’s own Rachel Premack, was another big theme on display.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

I also got a glimpse at Korean apparel, a style that I never really had seen promoted in my local malls in the past.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Another mall staple that American Dream can boast is animal rides. I fondly remember riding on these in my youth.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Attractions are truly where the mall shines and there’s no shortage of them. Big Snow is the massive indoor ski slope that offers year-round snowboarding.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Two hours on the artificial slope, with rentals included, starts at $69.99. Without rentals, it can be as cheap as $34.99.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Attractions for children are the bulk of the offering, however, and include Legoland…

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Sea Life Aquarium…

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Angry Birds-themed miniature golf…

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

And Out of This World miniature golfing.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

There’s even an ice skating rink that doubles as a hockey rink. Prices start at $25 for those ages 10 and up.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

For more thrill-seeking kids, Nickelodeon Universe and DreamWorks Water Park are the two main amusement parks in the mall.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Nickelodeon Universe offers roller coasters and standard theme park attractions while DreamWorks Water Park offers water slides, wave pools, and tube rides.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Masks are similarly not required in DreamWorks Water Park as “there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas,” American Dream claims.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

It’s no secret that mall patronage is in decline following the rise of internet shopping, as Taylor Swift notes in her song “Coney Island,” and these attractions give consumers a reason to come to the mall that isn’t shopping.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Read More: Taylor Swift threads one of the biggest business stories in 2020 into her music, as the retail apocalypse emerges as a crucial theme through ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’

But these attractions aren’t cheap. A standard adult ticket for Nickelodeon Universe is $75.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

DreamWorks Water Park is a more expensive $99 per adult.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

So far, the inner 1980s teenager in me wasn’t overly impressed. Unless you’re willing to pay up, there’s not much that this mall has to offer after visitors get bored marveling at its size.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

But American Dream definitely does try to tap into that 1980s-era nostalgia.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

There’s even a DeLorean replica a la “Back to the Future.” Marty McFly, however, would quickly note this isn’t the average Twin Pines Mall.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

In some areas, American Dream does a great job of papering over the cracks – in this case, its lack of stores – but other places seem bare.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

American Dream hasn’t yet reached its full potential and one can hardly blame it as the pandemic accelerated the downfall of malls and the continued rise of the e-commerce giants that are making malls obsolete.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Once more stores line its hallways, American Dream may very well be the premier shopping destination that it has always wanted to be.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Until then, at the very least, there’s Cinnabon.

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Inside the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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An Italian luxury RV maker is launching a camper van to the US – see inside the ‘innovative’ van that already has a 500-order waitlist

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The Oasi 540.

  • European RV and camper van maker Wingamm is bringing one of its popular compact models to the US.
  • The Oasi 540 camper van’s price will range between $135,000 to $145,000 upon its official US debut in 2022.
  • Last month, its distributor was receiving an email or call inquiry from a customer every minute.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.
RV and camper van makers have seen extraordinary sales during the COVID-19 pandemic as other travel options were seen as unsafe.

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The Oasi 540.

Now, Wingamm, an Italian luxury RV maker, is looking to capitalize on this trend by bringing its camper van model to the US …

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The Oasi 540.

… and the compact motorhome is already booming in popularity ahead of its debut.

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The Oasi 540’s storage unit.

Meet Wingamm’s Oasi 540, one of “Europe’s most sought after motorhomes,” according to the press release.

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The Wingamm Oasi 540.

“It has taken persistence and innovation from our team of engineers and consultants in both Italy and the US to create a Wingamm Oasi 540 for the US market,” Lorena Turri, CEO of Wingamm, said in the press release.

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The Oasi 540’s kitchen.

The Oasi 540’s popularity isn’t just a European trend.

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One of the storage units in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

For the past three or four years. Wingamm has been receiving inquiries from US-based customers interested in the compact RV, Turri told Insider.

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The Oasi 540’s bathroom

Wingamm’s RVs are currently available in 15 European and Asian countries, but the US market has always been a goal for the company.

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The Wingamm Oasi 540.

Upon its arrival to the states, the camper van will be distributed by TM Motorhome Sales.

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The bed in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

Sales will begin in Los Angeles and New Jersey in 2022 before a full nationwide rollout in 2023, Tony Diamond, co-owner of TM Motorhome Sales, told Insider.

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The Wingamm Oasi 540’s bathroom

Luckily for the two companies, demand is already high ahead of its debut, in part because of media coverage in early June, Diamond said, citing Gear Patrol’s article about the camper van.

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The exterior of the Wingamm Oasi 540.

After the Gear Patrol article was published on June 3, the company began receiving “nonstop” calls and emails about the van (we’re talking an inquiry every minute).

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The swivel table in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” Diamond said. “There was a stream of emails coming in and we were like, ‘Oh my god, what’s going on here?’ The phone was just ringing, ringing, ringing, and it was a magical moment because we’ve believed in this.”

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One of the storage units in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

Demand has since tapered off a bit, but Diamond says the team is still receiving an email or call about the van every roughly 20 minutes.

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The exterior of the Wingamm Oasi 540.

And all of this happened despite not having any marketing campaigns in the US yet, according to Turri.

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A storage unit in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

“[The US] is a huge market that could be immediately bigger than our European market because we are receiving many inquiries,” Turri said.

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The Oasi 540’s pull down bed.

The company now has a waitlist of over 550 customers, according to the press release.

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The kitchen in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

Over 30 RV dealers, including “some of the biggest dealers around the country,” have also contacted TM Motorhome Sales about becoming a dealer, according to Diamond.

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Pulling down the bed of the Wingamm Oasi 540.

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the features that have made the Oasi 540 so successful.

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The overhead cabinets in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

The camper van is based on a Promaster, but it has its own custom one-piece monocoque fiberglass shell.

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The Wingamm Oasi 540.

This shell prevents leaks, improves sound insulation, and allows for a customizable floor plan.

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A cross section of the monocoque shell used in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

RV makers like Thor, Winnebago, and Airstream often build camper vans and floor plans within existing Ford Transit, Ram Promaster, and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. But according to Diamond, this method is “very limited.”

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The Oasi 540’s exterior storage unit.

“Because of the custom fiberglass monocoque shell, Wingamm is basically able to design whatever floor plan it wants,” Diamond said.

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The living room in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

The camper is 17 feet, 9 inches long, which should fit in most standard US parking spots.

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The exterior of the Wingamm Oasi 540.

This size means the van can operate in both national parks and cities.

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The Wingamm Oasi 540.

Diamond calls the camper van an “alternative to an apartment,” and it’s easy to see why given all of its home-like amenities.

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One of the exterior storage units in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

Despite being pint-sized, the tiny home on wheels still has several key rooms, including a bedroom, bathroom, closets, and kitchen.

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The toilet and sink in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

The kitchen and living room are towards the front of the van, while the bathroom and additional closet storage fall towards the back.

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The Oasi 540’s kitchen.

If you’re wondering where the bedroom is, well, it’s in the ceiling.

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The Oasi 540’s pull down bed.

Unlike most camper vans that have a pop-top bed or a dedicated bedroom space, Oasi 540’s bed is stored in the ceiling.

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The bed pulled down in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

The memory foam bed can then be pulled down over the driver’s area, living room, and kitchen when it’s time for a cat nap or a night’s sleep.

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The Oasi 540’s kitchen and living room.

Hiding the bed in the wall makes space for a larger kitchen, bathroom, and living room.

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The kitchen in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

The living and dining room is equipped with an L-shaped seating system and a movable oval-shaped table, perfect for dining or remote work.

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The Oasi 540’s kitchen and living room.

These seats, plus the swivel driver and passenger seats, can accommodate up to six guests, according to a YouTube video tour of the Oasi 540.

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The Oasi 540’s kitchen and living room.

Source: YouTube

The seating bench can also be used as an additional sleeping space to accompany the pull-down bed.

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The Wingamm Oasi 540’s storage unit.

This, plus the bed, can sleep three, or possibly four people.

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An outlet in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

Source: Wingamm

Now, onto the kitchen, which is right across from the living room.

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The stovetop in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

The kitchen has a two-burner gas stove, a countertop, several soft-close cabinets …

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The Oasi 540’s kitchen.

… a sink with a cutting board cover, and a refrigerator-freezer.

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The refrigerator freezer in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

If you think the kitchen seems home-like, wait until you see the bathroom. Diamond compares the van’s bathroom to that of a hotel room bathroom (but smaller, of course).

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The Oasi 540’s bathroom

There’s a shower, sink, ceramic toilet, vanity, and cabinets, all within the compact space.

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The bathroom vanity in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

The van also uses a cassette sewage structure that breaks down all of the unwanted sewage. The suitcase-like cassette can then be removed from the van and emptied into a toilet at any rest stop or establishment.

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The cassette.

Worried about wintertime? The heated floors will help keep the already insulated camper even warmer.

One of the exterior storage units in the Wingamm Oasi 540
One of the storage units in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

Besides the closet and cabinets, there are also storage spaces hidden around the exterior of the van, including a storage unit that’s accessible from the inside of the van, according to the YouTube video tour.

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One of the storage units in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

Source: YouTube

When you need to brighten up the tiny home on wheels during a remote workday, just use the overhead LED lights, which are both dimmable and color-changing.

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The overhead lights in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

“We look at the Wingamm Oasi 540 as being to other Class B motorhomes as what the iPhone was to the flip phone, or what Peloton was to Nordic track, or what Tesla is to other electric vehicles,” Diamond said. “This is truly an innovative motorhome in so many ways … from its size to the sewage system, to the bathroom, to the bed.”

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The shower head in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

Wingamm plans to produce about 150 to 200 camper vans for its debut US season. This number of builds will grow to about 500 vehicles per season in the future, according to Turri.

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The closet in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

“I suppose we’ll have more demand than products for the first season,” Turri said.

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The sink in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

To address this, the company is already looking to grow production by investing in a new manufacturing plant.

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The swivel table in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

The vans are currently being built in Italy, but Wingamm’s next steps could include moving production to the US depending on the success of the camper van’s overseas introduction.

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The Oasi 540’s kitchen.

To market the vehicle upon its US debut, Wingamm and TM Motorhome Sales will display the Oasi 540 at malls across the US, which could help attract customers that are new to the RV world.

a rendering of the Oasi 540 at a mall.
A rendering of the Oasi 540 at a mall.

The final price isn’t set yet, but Turri estimates the camper van – with all of its sleek luxuries, multipurpose spaces, and compact size – could range between $135,000 to $145,000

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Wingamm’s fabrics.

Turri and Diamond believe that the rise in big city living costs, #VanLife, remote work, and “experiential living” makes the Oasi 540 “an enticing value proposition,” according to the press release.

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The refrigerator in the Wingamm Oasi 540.

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Tension and violence onboard airplanes is soaring, but the CDC still wants flyers to wear masks because the unvaccinated are ‘extremely vulnerable’

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Travelers have been required to wear masks on airplanes for more than one year.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is against lifting the mask mandate on airplanes.
  • The Transportation Security Administration’s current mask mandate expires on September 13 but may be extended.
  • Thousands of travelers have been banned from airlines for not wearing masks.
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Wearing masks onboard airplanes is here to stay.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has come out against lifting the federal mask mandate that requires travelers to don face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when using transportation modes including air, rail, and bus.

“The truth is that the unvaccinated portion that’s out there is extremely vulnerable,” Marty Cetron, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of global migration and quarantine, told Reuters on Thursday.

President Joe Biden first directed agencies to create mask mandates for transportation in January and CDC soon followed up with an order that codified mask mandates on commercial and public transportation into federal law.

The Transportation Security Administration, tasked with protecting the nation’s transportation networks, complemented CDC’s order with its own mandate that covers airports and commercial aircraft, as well as surface transportation networks. Before then, mask mandates were solely a matter of airline policy, and the first airline to require masks for passengers, JetBlue Airways, didn’t do so until late April.

TSA’s mandate took effect on February 2 and has already been extended past its original expiration date of May 11. September 13 is the new scheduled end date but the order can be extended again if the federal government deems it necessary, and Cetron’s comments hint that it might be.

“I get we’re all just over this emotionally but I do think we will succeed together if we realize the virus is the enemy and it’s not your fellow citizen or the person sitting next to you on a plane or a piece of cloth that you have to wear over your face,” Cetron told Reuters, adding that federal agencies are expected to follow CDC’s lead on this issue.

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“It is currently unknown as to whether the mask mandate will be extended or kept in place,” Lisa Farbstein, TSA’s spokesperson, told Insider. “What we do know is that the mandate is currently in place until September 13. That gets us through the traditional summer travel season, just past the Labor Day holiday.”

New variants of the coronavirus may encourage the CDC to keep the order in place past September 13. Dominant in the US is now the delta variant that is highly transmissible and proven to infect vaccinated individuals, though data suggests symptoms are mild among those vaccinated.

CDC is forecasting cases to rise in the next four weeks with Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, expecting a delta variant peak in late September, after the September 13 end date of TSA’s current mask policy.

Defiance to the mask mandate has heightened tensions onboard commercial flights as flight crews have been enforcing the policy. Passengers have hurled verbal abuse at flight attendants and interactions have even turned violent, as Insider’s Allana Akhtar reported.

“I’m sure there are some executives and many employees who personally wish the mask mandate would end today, were it not for the threat of the delta variant of the virus, simply to reduce the tensions that exist on aircraft,” Henry Harteveldt, travel industry analyst and cofounder of Atmosphere Research Group, told Insider.

Thousands of flyers have also been banned by individual airlines for not abiding by mask mandates.

More travelers are flying this summer more than at any point during the pandemic. US airports are regularly seeing more than two million daily passengers, according to TSA statistics.

Do you have a story to share about aviation or mask-related incidents on airplanes chain? Email this reporter at tpallini@insider.com.

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Airlines and regulators turn to eye-poking flight attendants and eye-popping fines amid sharp rise in unruly passenger incidents

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Frontier Airlines flight attendants study self-defense at a training in Denver in 2007.

  • Airlines and federal regulators are scrambling to contain a sudden uptick in unruly passengers on planes.
  • The FAA has received 3,420 “unruly passenger” reports in 2021, and 3,000 weapons have been seized at airports.
  • Under zero-tolerance policy, fines are larger than ever, and some are pushing for federal prosecutions for in-flight assaults.
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In undisclosed locations near airports around the country this month, flight attendants are receiving training in aggressive self defense moves that are specially designed for close-quarters.

Flight attendants learn the double-ear slap, the eye-poke, and the groin-kick. They learn tricks to swiftly disarm passengers with sharp weapons, and how to use items readily available aboard a plane for defense.

The moves are designed to de-escalate and quickly subdue passengers because in the words of former trainer Scott Armstrong, “you don’t want to get into a long, drawn-out fight.”

This is, as they say, not a drill. Just last week, the training was famously put to good use, when a female passenger on an American Airlines flight to North Carolina attacked and bit several flight attendants and tried to open the plane’s door mid-flight.

Resourceful flight attendants grabbed a roll of duct-tape, and the woman arrived at her destination, subdued and bound tightly to her chair. It might not have been standard protocol but it was effective and American Airlines later applauded its crew.

It’s not just your imagination; there really has been an extraordinary amount of mayhem in the skies recently.

Last month, an off-duty attendant on a Delta flight to Los Angeles from Atlanta overpowered flight attendants and took charge of the PA system. Passengers had to step in to help subdue him.

A video of a woman attacking a Southwest flight attendant and knocking out two of her teeth before another passenger stepped in to help recently went viral.

The annual flight attendant training, which the Transportation Security Authority (TSA) started in 2004 and paused due to Covid19, resumes at a time of record-breaking reports of delays due to passenger misbehavior on commercial flights.

Three flight attendants restrain fellow flight attendants in a training drill.
A Korean Air flight crew demonstrates a mock anti-terrorist drill ahead of the 2002 World Cup.

During a year when many travelers stayed home due to Covid-19, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it has received 3,420 reports of “unruly passenger” incidents on planes as of July 13. More than three quarters of those incidents have been related to passengers refusing to abide by the federal mask mandate.

With five months left in the year, the average number of reports has already been surpassed roughly threefold, and the FAA has set up a new special task force to investigate.

There are also more firearms being discovered during routine x-ray screenings of carry-on luggage, according to the TSA. As of mid-July, roughly 3,000 weapons have been intercepted so far in 2021, and 85% of them were loaded, the TSA told Insider in an email.

Over the 4th of July weekend, 70 guns were discovered at airport checkpoints. This month, six firearms were seized at airports in Oregon over a single 10-day period, an “astounding” number, according to the TSA. Nationally, the TSA says we are on-trend to double the yearly average for weapons seizures.

Flight attendants are on the front lines, and say the self-defense training is sorely needed.

Sarah Nelson, the president of the International Association for Flight Attendants (AFA), believes the training should be made mandatory. In a town hall posted on YouTube, she said that flight attendants have become “literal punching bags” for the public and that many had left their jobs.

“This should send a message to the public that these events are serious and flight attendants are there to ensure the safety and security of everyone in the plane,” Nelson told the press.

Nelson’s group says it received over 5,000 responses to its fact-finding survey on unruly passengers. According to an AFA spokesperson, more flight attendants than ever have been requesting support and advice from the union.

What can be done?

And yet, in the face of all of this, the options that are available to airlines are limited.

There are not necessarily enough federal air marshals – officials who dress in civilian clothes and are tasked with protecting against the most extreme in-flight scenarios – to be aboard every flight, and their responsibilities have never covered keeping the peace for fellow travelers. For security reasons, the TSA does not disclose the number of federal air marshals or discuss their specific duties or routes.

Regulations say that cabin safety is the responsibility of flight attendants.

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An American Airlines flight attendant serves drinks to passengers.

Meanwhile, unruly behavior in the skies has traditionally been met with warnings and relatively small federal fines, as well as bans imposed by individual airlines. When an arrest is made, it is generally by state law enforcement.

Nick Calio, the CEO of Airlines for America, an aviation coalition, wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland in May to urge swift action against unruly passengers, and proposed that the FAA refer the most severe cases to the Justice Department for federal criminal prosecution.

Looking for new ways to shame travelers into exhibiting better behavior, the FAA has broken with its usual protocol and began publishing details about the incidents. The FAA has previously kept this information private but, a spokesperson explained, figured the details might make people think twice before acting out on a plane.

Also, the FAA has chosen to get creative.

The agency has tweeted jocular memes, including one featuring Brad Pitt as part of a public awareness campaign.

In another campaign launched in early July, adorable kids starred in a public service announcement that lampooned poorly-behaved adults. A wise, winsome toddler cautions that grown-ups can go to jail if they keep “doing that stuff.”

“They should know better if they’re, like, adults,” another child says – quite reasonably – while swaying past the screen perched in a swing.

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An Air Tran Airlines flight attendant learns how to deal with a knife-wielding attacker in a self-defense course at the company headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.

Since January, the FAA has had in place a zero-tolerance policy, which did away with warnings and made it possible for fines – which accused passengers can contest in court – to be larger than ever.

When FAA’s chief administrator Steve Dickson announced the policy in January he cited the events of Jan. 6, when supporters of President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, but more recently incidents have been tied to the mask mandate. Passengers deciding to bring alcohol aboard flights was another common thread to the incidents.

That policy will be reviewed in September, when the mask mandate is set to expire, and there is some discussion of making it permanent.

As a result, in-flight misbehavior has become increasingly expensive. Under zero-tolerance, the FAA has handed down a whopping $682,000 in fines year-to-date against 84 passengers, many over $10,000.

The steepest fine proposed so far this year was $52,500 for a Delta Airlines passenger who, last December, tried to open the cockpit door, assaulted a flight attendant, and was subdued and cuffed with the help of passengers. The woman, who was flying from Honolulu to Seattle, then freed herself of the cuffs to assault the flight attendant a second time, and was met by law enforcement upon arrival.

Another fine of $21,500 went to a Frontier Airlines passenger who argued about the mask policy, drank alcohol not served by the airline, and argued with a nearby passenger before striking the passenger in the head.

And a woman in Indianapolis was fined $18,500 because she argued with the captain of the plane, and punched a nearby passenger in the back of the head, while the passenger was holding an infant.

Because of the enormous caseload, the task force has not yet processed fines for the incident involving the flight attendant who lost teeth.

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14 gorgeous cabin rentals in Michigan for year-round fun, including summer lake rentals and cozy A-frames

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Catch breathtaking sunsets over Lake Superior’s West Bay on your own private beach.

  • Michigan cabin rentals are popular year-round thanks to 11,000 lakes and miles of forested land.
  • Lounge on beaches in the summer, take in the fall foliage, or enjoy winter sports in colder months.
  • We found the best cabin rentals in Michigan, including lake house rentals and cozy secluded stays.

Surrounded by the five Great Lakes, Michigan is home to 3,200 miles of shoreline, over 11,000 inland lakes, and more lighthouses than any other state. And for those who prefer time away from the water, half of Michigan’s land is forests, ripe for hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.

So it’s no wonder Michigan cabin rentals are so popular. Each season offers a variety of activities from hiking, biking, and fishing in the summer, to wine tasting and color touring in the fall, to snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice fishing in the winter.

Like many growing up in Michigan, I spent every summer and fall going “up north,” staying at lake houses, hiking and biking the thousands of miles of trails, climbing the dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and backpacking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Apart from the outdoor activities, the many small towns and cities that make up the Great Lakes State are home to popular wineries, breweries, and restaurants to satisfy your appetite.

Using my local knowledge, I sorted through the vast array of cabin rentals in Michigan to find top-notch stays whether you want to be right on a lake or prefer to cozy up in a secluded A-frame in the woods.

Browse all of the best Michigan cabin rentals below, or jump to a specific area:

Here are the best Michigan cabin rentals, sorted by price from low to high.

Unique A-frame cabin in the woods

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Enjoy a secluded and cozy stay at this picturesque Michigan A-frame cabin in the woods.

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Just right for solo travelers or a couple, this cozy and relaxing A-frame is tucked away in the woods. The 650-square-foot space has been renovated and has a spiral staircase leading up to the loft where you’ll find a Queen bed with a log frame. There’s also an additional air mattress that can be rolled away for use in the living room.

String lights give it a fairytale feel and the front yard has a fire pit and seating for gathering around a campfire. As an added bonus for those who plan to stay longer, there’s also a washer/dryer.

The cabin is within driving distance to the Huron-Manistee National Forest and is close to Hartwick Pines, Wakeley Lake, and the Au Sable River, which is known for fly fishing.

Rustic tiny house in Charlevoix

Small cabin in the woods in Charlevoix
Unplug at this remote spots surrounded by gorgeous woods.

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Nestled in a secluded spot in the woods, this 200-foot tiny home is a great place to unplug and get outdoors, with a variety of trails and bike paths nearby. Downtown Charlevoix is about 2.5 miles away, which can be reached by car or along the nearby bike path. The sleeping loft and storage loft can be accessed with the provided ladder and there are in-wall heaters for the colder months.

A rocking chair on the small front porch and green Adirondack chairs around the side make for a nice place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and some fresh air. There are a number of beaches nearby on the coast of Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix and there’s also a municipal airport within easy driving distance.

Large log cabin near Pictured Rocks

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Sitting on 40 acres, this large log cabin offers easy access for exploring the outdoors.

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This log cabin not only sits on 40 acres of private land in the Hiawatha National Forest, but it’s just a short drive to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, where you can hike and backpack along the sandstone cliffs overlooking Lake Superior and kayak through crystal clear water.

There are three bedrooms and a pullout sofa, providing room for up to eight guests, making it a good option for families and groups. Turn on the wood-burning fireplace in the colder months, relax in the sauna, or gather around the campfire. Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting, or driving snowmobiles, there are plenty of outdoor activities to engage in year-round in Michigan’s upper peninsula.

New construction near Boyne Mountain

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This newly constructed cabin has an open floor plan and a large backyard.

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Located just five miles from Boyne Mountain and a short walk to the beach, this is an idyllic stay for those looking to get outside for an adventure no matter the time of year. The home is newly constructed and features an open floor plan.

Enjoy the outdoors in the large backyard complete with a fire pit, Weber grill, and dining area. Or, enjoy a family meal indoors at the long wooden dining table or granite kitchen island. The blue and white color scheme and details like a fish print rug give this spot a coastal feel.

Just a couple blocks from Maine St, you’ll find a variety of restaurants and shops, in addition to a farmer’s market on the weekends. Avalanche Park is within walking distance, which is great for hiking and biking. 

Spacious home for big groups

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The large living space and beautiful vaulted ceilings make this rental great for large groups.

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Sleeping up to 12 guests, this cabin is an ideal vacation spot for big families or a group of friends. The clean, modern interior is outfitted with soothing neutral decor, and the vaulted ceilings make it feel airy. The open floor plan kitchen/living room offers a great space to congregate. Toast at the six-person dining table, cozy up by the wood-burning stove, or lounge on the back deck cooking on the grill. 

This rental is a short drive to downtown Holland, which has several restaurants and shops. Tunnel Park, Riley Beach, and Riley Trails, are about only one to two miles away. Each May, Holland hosts its annual Tulip Time Festival, where millions of tulips blossom and line the streets and visitors can take in the city’s heritage by visiting the Dutch markets and watching Dutch dancers in authentic costumes.

Dreamy and secluded cabin

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This dreamy and secluded cabin has luxurious and unique touches for a relaxing getaway.

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This 650-square-foot handcrafted cabin will appeal to solo travelers, creatives, or couples. Unique touches make this rental stand out, including a skylight over the bed, beautiful artwork, custom-made bookshelves, and a vintage desk. Not to mention upgraded touches like organic bedding.

The large deck features a table and plenty of seating, including a fun swing chair, plus a fire pit, hammock, picnic table, and grill. There’s also an outdoor shower on the back deck and while the toilet is in the insulated outhouse, it’s a state-of-the-art incinerating toilet from Norway.

The cabin is located just six miles to downtown Traverse City, where you can find a variety of restaurants and shops, and is close to the TART trail, beaches, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and five historic lighthouses. Traverse City is a great place for wine and beer tasting, with dozens of wineries and several microbreweries.

Modern home with stunning water views

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Large windows and a wraparound porch provide stunning water views at this cabin rental.

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With large windows and a wraparound porch, guests get a 270-degree view of the Grand Traverse Bay from this sleek, modern home atop a secluded hill. While the views are stunning, be aware it doesn’t have direct lake access.

The home offers three Queen beds and the master includes an indulgent soaking tub, two sinks, and a rain shower. There’s also a fully-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, and wood-burning stove for chillier nights.

Located on the Leelanau Peninsula, the home is a short drive from the village of Northport and two beaches, along with other nearby towns such as Leland, Omena, and Suttons Bay.

Best Michigan cabin rentals on lakes

Cozy cabin on Old Mission Peninsula

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Relax by the fire in this charming cabin that sits on West Grand Traverse Bay with its own beach.

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Sitting atop a wooded bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this cabin is the quintessential Michigan getaway. The home has a large wrap-around deck that looks out onto West Grand Traverse Bay, plus a lower deck accessible via a large staircase, that sits on 100 feet of beach.

The decor is warm and cozy, just like a northern cabin ought to be, with a fireplace and wood paneling throughout. A King bed and two Twin beds, make this a good option for families. Pets are also welcome and there’s a fenced-in dog yard attached to the deck. 

Traverse City is wine country and you’ll be within driving distance to over a dozen wineries and tasting rooms, not to mention several restaurants and breweries. There are also numerous hiking and biking trails, in addition to beautiful public beaches.

Log cabin on Black Lake

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There’s plenty of space to roam outdoors at this rustic log cabin on Black Lake.

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Located in Onaway on Black Lake, this log cabin sits on 40 acres and has over 105 feet of lake frontage. Adding to the charm of the log cabin, you’ll find handcrafted log furniture, in addition to modern amenities like a washer/dryer. Kick back and relax on the large front porch, make s’mores by the fire pit, or grill and dine alfresco among the flower gardens found throughout the property. 

About 10 minutes away is Black Mountain Recreational Area and Mackinaw, Petoskey, and Ocqueoc Falls are great destinations for a day trip, at just 45 minutes away. It’s worth noting that the front of the cabin faces the owner’s home, which is on the same property, but most reviewers said this was not an issue. 

Cozy waterfront cabin on the bay

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Catch breathtaking sunsets over Lake Superior’s West Bay on your own private beach.

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This three-bedroom cabin sits on the West Bay of Lake Superior, with a wrap-around deck and private beach. Kayaks are provided along with beach towels and chairs to fully enjoy the lake setting. After a long day out on the water, spend the evening around the fire pit or lounging on the cream-colored couches in front of the stone fireplace in the living room.

Within walking distance of this rental is Agate Beach, the North Country Trail, and all of the downtown shops and restaurants. In the summer you can take in the nearby Sable Falls or visit the world-renowned Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which is about 12 miles away. There’s also a variety of snowshoeing and snowmobile trails nearby, such as the Crazy 8’s. The host notes that access to the garage can be arranged for ATV/ORV overnight storage.

Beach house on the bay

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Take a swim or lounge on the beach of this East Grand Traverse Bay cabin.

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Sitting on East Grand Traverse Bay, this home boasts its own beach for easy water access and a large yard with a fire pit overlooking the water. Though it feels plenty secluded, you’ll be just 2.5 miles from the downtown area, where you can enjoy the city’s great restaurants or Traverse City State Park.

Enjoy lounging on the blue sofa or in the comfy leather armchairs and taking in the bay view from the oversized windows. Catch a sunset from the deck or the blue Adirondack chairs. Nautical decor touches that play up the location include seashell bedspreads, mini lighthouses on the nightstands, and ships’ wheels adorning the walls.  

The host also owns an additional Vrbo next door if you happen to be traveling with a large group and want to rent both homes.

A-frame on Blue Lake

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Kayak around North Blue Lake while vacationing at this stunning A-frame cabin.

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For a true lakehouse experience, this beautiful window-filled and lofted A-frame sits on a 50-foot stretch of North Blue Lake with its own private dock and brand-new kayaks. The outdoor space includes large decks in addition to a fire pit, grill, and cornhole sets. 

Meanwhile, the interior boasts soaring ceilings, a pot-belly stove with a stone backdrop, stairs with unique tile details, and four cozy bedrooms. 

If you want to journey away from the lake, Blue Bear Trails and the North Country Trail are nearby.

Unique round home near Glen Lake

Unique round home on Glen Lake
Relax in this unique home, just steps away from Glen Lake and a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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If you’re looking to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, this is the home for you. It’s just six miles from the park’s popular Dune Climb, offering a variety of opportunities for hiking and looking out over the fresh blue water from atop sandy bluffs.

The home sits on two wooded acres with an open floor plan and large picture windows. Eco-friendly and newly renovated with reclaimed natural materials, it’s decked out with plenty of plants and organic linens. In the kitchen, you’ll even find all organic herbs and spices for cooking, plus forest green tiling, plant prints lining the walls, and a coffee maker with fresh beans.

The large outdoor space has a fire pit and secluded public access to Glen Lake is just a few hundred feet away.

Riverfront a-frame in the woods

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Dreamy decor and plenty of sunshine fill this riverfront A-frame.

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Sitting on the Sturgeon River and nestled in the woods, this cozy cabin is a dreamy escape into nature. Windows fill the living room, which looks right out onto the river, allowing plenty of sunlight to stream in during the day. A large deck is accessible from the living room, where guests can listen to the river from Adirondack chairs while keeping warm next to the fire pit. While there’s no TV, there is Wi-Fi, along with central heating and air conditioning.

In the summer, you can kayak or tube down the river, visit the nearby Burt Lake and Mullett Lake, and visit Seven Springs Nature Preserve. There’s also a variety of trails for hiking, biking, or snowmobiling, such as the North Central State Trail. 

FAQ: Michigan vacations

When is the best time to visit Michigan? 

Michigan is a great place to vacation year-round. Summer is popular for hiking and biking, in addition to water sports and lounging on the lakefront beaches.

Michigan is also known for its beautiful autumns when the foliage changes to vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds from September through October. This is also a popular season for wine tours, particularly throughout the Traverse Wine Coast, which has about 40 wineries.

In the winter, many enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice fishing, in addition to visiting the many wineries, breweries, and restaurants the state is known for. 

What are the best towns to stay in? 

The optimal town to stay in will depend on your interests and the attractions you’d like to see. If you’re looking for a lake experience, but don’t want to break the bank, renting a cabin on an inland lake is the best option.

If you like the best of what the outdoors and the city have to offer, Traverse City, Leland, and Holland are great places to explore. Glen Arbor, Empire, and Leland are close to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Munising and Grand Marais are great towns to stay in if you’re interested in exploring Pictured Rocks. 

What are the best lake towns in Michigan?

No matter what region of Michigan you plan on visiting, there are plenty of lake towns with top-notch beaches, outdoor activities, and unique attractions, which makes it difficult to choose the best. I always recommend visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks, which have some of the most picturesque beaches and views, along with Traverse City, which has both the beauty and the proximity to wineries, breweries, and excellent restaurants.

These, however, can come with a price tag, which is why I also recommend selecting a small inland lake to stay on, and then taking day trips to other towns.

I grew up going to a cabin on Big Star Lake in Baldwin, and some of my most memorable experiences are being able to enjoy the small-town lakehouses and forests, while also taking day trips further north to hike, swim, and explore the larger cities.

Are there beaches in Michigan?

Home to the five Great Lakes, Michigan has thousands of miles of lakeshore with a variety of sandy beaches on the coast of the mitten-shaped state. Most towns along Lake Michigan Lake Superior have several public beaches with amenities like bathrooms and vendors. From the dunes of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore to Grand Haven State Park and Saugatuck’s Oval Beach, there’s plenty of beaches to explore.

If you prefer a smaller lakehouse experience, there are thousands of small inland lakes across the state, many surrounded by small, private beaches and secluded forests. Many of these also include small sections of public beaches, as well as boat launches.

Is it safe to stay in a vacation rental?

According to the CDC, it’s safe for vaccinated individuals to travel in the US. Experts also say that Airbnbs can be safer than hotels. All of the Airbnbs follow an enhanced cleaning protocol and you can find the cleaning process for each Vrbo rental on its listing page.

Each of these listings is for the entire home, which allows for safe social distancing and limited interactions with others. While any travel can pose a risk, we recommend following CDC guidelines for safety.

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