Stay in a viking-style, super HYGGE cabin right next to Lake Superior! 8 miles east of Marquette, and 28-miles west of Munising, this 12x12 foot cabin with loft is perfectly located for all-season adventures for two. The cabin is located right next to a wooded campground that is open from May through October, so depending on the time of year, t
Stay in a viking-style, super HYGGE cabin right next to Lake Superior! 8 miles east of Marquette, and 28-miles west of Munising, this 12x12 foot cabin with loft is perfectly located for all-season adventures for two. The cabin is located right next to a wooded campground that is open from May through October, so depending on the time of year, there is more or less action around the cabin.
There is a loft with a full-sized bed that comfortably sleeps two, and is perfect for anyone, from the mellow to the adventurous, all four seasons. The cabin is equipped with air-conditioning and a wood stove, which we provide plenty of wood for. Come for all that Marquette and Munising have to offer: Pictured Rocks, waterfalls, hiking, kayaking, skiing, mountain/snow biking, snowshoeing, fall colors, & Northern Lights.
During the campground's open season, you have access to the restrooms and showers which are right near the cabin (about 50 steps), for NO additional fees at all. The other, year-round option is using the heated bathroom (with toilet, shower, and sauna)of a large lodge that you can walk or drive or snowshoe or ski to (about 300 steps away). Note that is a chance you MIGHT be sharing that bathroom with a couple of other guests, if our school bus rental is booked and IF they are opting to use it.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
There is a paddle boat and two kayaks available for your use in the pond, and we are also very close to boat launches for the ...Read more
There is a pond towards the back of the property that you can fish in, and Lake LeVasseur is very close by, too.
The North County Trial is literally right in the back of the property, and Marquette has tons of beautiful trails and waterfall...Read more
We have two kayaks you can use (just let us know ahead time, to reserve them), either in our pond or one of the many other plac...Read more
A Lake Superior beach is right across the street from the property, and there are two very popular places in Marquette where pe...Read more
Fat-tire/snow biking is HUGE in Marquette, so there are designated trails for it. Also, there are groomed xc-ski trails right n...Read more
Beautiful public, sand beach of Lake Superior right across the street that's perfect for swimming (if you can handle Yooper tem...Read more
Everything from birds of all kinds (especially pileated woodpeckers and sandhill cranes) to frogs of all kinds (they sound AMA...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Viking Cabin at Dragonfly Dunes in Michigan.
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Review of the good, bad, and ugly.
Review of the good, bad, and ugly.
Good: The owner, Jamie, was amazing to work with. She sent all sorts of information before we showed up and lots of good suggestions on things to do. The bed was really comfortable and the cabin was comfortable the whole time without AC and 85degree days. It is really easy to get to and not far from the beach (5 minute walk). The porch is perfect for the morning cup of coffee or a rainy night. Marquette is close and gas stations are a few miles down the road. It’s a trek to Munising but not bad if you plan to spend the whole day there.
Bad: The sink wasn’t working. I am unsure if this was a normal thing or if it never works. We were not told this in advance. The “cooler sized refrigerator” is actually a cooler.. with a fan on the lid. Don’t think camper size or hotel sized refrigerator... no, it’s a cooler that you can’t put ice in and barely stays cold and drips condensation into the bottom. And the “small convection oven” is a toaster oven. Garbage bags, paper towels, paper plates, disposable silverware, or cups were not provided. I understand that using the “rustic” items may be part of the appeal for some, but its just not practical. I don’t expect it to be provided (well, maybe garbage bags) but a heads up would be good. We bought (and left) a metal spatula and tongs because all that was provided was wooden items that wouldn’t have worked too well on the charcoal grill—so hopefully someone else can get some use out of them.
Ugly: extension cord plugged into power strip, plugged into extension cord, plugged into another cord is a major fire hazard- especially given one of the prongs on the lights was broken. You have to find interesting ways to plug in the coffee pot, toaster oven, or electric cooktop. The cabin is IN a campground—not just near or across the street. The campground bathrooms were definitely ugly, but they were cleaner than some campground bathrooms I’ve been to and most of the issues were because of the iron rich water (think mouth full of pennies when starting the shower and inhaling steam). The campground trash was overflowing. People speed pretty badly through the campground, as well. Anything to do with the campground is beyond the cabin owner’s reach but you should be aware because you do still have to deal with it unless you’d like to walk to the other cabin or use the bucket in the woods.
All in all—I think some things need to be updated in the description because while I don’t feel like I was outright lied to, I feel I was misled a bit to make everything sound better. You’re not on Lake Superior, you’re across the street (a 65mph two lane highway), there is a steep trek to the beach, and you’re definitely IN a campground. I probably would stay there again but would caution anyone who is not used to camping to prepare yourself. This is not like getting a hotel room or Airbnb. There is a roof, a bed, electricity, and its clean, but that’s where the luxury ends. I am a pretty go with the flow kind of person but I now a lot of people would have not been happy about a lot of these things, so I just want to give fair warning.
A++++ for the owner communication though!
Beautiful winter glamping!
We had a great time exploring the trails of the UP and seeing tons of winter wildlife. Our host was very quick to answer questions and helpful with our stay. The cabin was very warm and cozy and with the simple cookware and dishes we didn't have to pack any extra camping equipment. There are also plenty of blankets and pillows too. Wood is provided for the stove, a space heater just in case, and more. Bring your own warm clothes, cleats for icy trails, and food. You'll be set for a quiet snuggle.
In the winter it was very quite and the campground the cabin was located next to was closed. No one else around. A few minutes to walk to the bathroom (with bath, shower, and sauna) and a few minute walk to Lake Superior. All-wheel drive is recommended. It was tricky to switch cars, but easier than trying to drive after a surprise 3" snowfall.
Also, BRING SNOW CLEAT / CRAMPONS FOR YOUR SHOES!!! They are not expensive and make the hikes much more safe and enjoyable.
Lastly, we saw 3 different Bald Eagles on our trip in various different locations. Highly recommended.
We highly recommend Dragonfly Dunes. We stayed there for our wedding anniversary, and had as much privacy as we expected. There are few other campers here and there, since it’s in a campgrounds, but you still have plenty of space and privacy. Jamie is super friendly and helpful, and the cabin is very unique. We were comfortable for our 3 nights there and have no complaints whatsoever.
Pros and cons
I will start with the pros!
First of all the host, Jamie, could not have been nicer or more accommodating. She did not bother me, she just checked in to make sure I had what I needed and was aware of where things were. She is definitely an A+ host!
The cabin was spotless and really, there were so many little details to give it its Viking Cabin look. You can tell there was a good amount of effort and care. Directions were so thoughtful and suggestions for things to do were thoughtful as well.
The front porch was really sweet and I would have made more use of it if I had had more privacy.
Pros: great host, cute cabin, very clean, great location in regard to nearness of Presque Isle and Pictured Rocks as well as grocery and gas or whatever you might need.
Cons: This may not be a deal breaker to some but for me, it's HUGE. The description definitely points out iron in the water but I had NO IDEA to what extent. So in case you don't either....DO NOT WASH YOUR HAIR. I have (had) highlights in my hair, an expensive thing to have done. They are ruined. I will end up spending a couple hundred dollars trying to undo my now ORANGE hair. I have tried every home remedy and beauty store shampoo. I will have to have my hairdresser correct. I only washed my hair twice!!!
The "private beach" area across the highway is actually a public roadside pullover park. Which is not that big of a deal but it was fairly busy. As the description states there are no stairs to beach. It is a fairly steep declince and since I have an issue with my achilles tendon I was not willing to risk it. There is also a fence you have to climb over.
Privacy and seclusion: not much of it. My intention for going was to connect with nature and have a silent retreat. Unfortunately you really are smack dab in the middle of an RV camp. On two of the nights I was there I had tent campers fifteen steps from the door of the cabin. So I would have used the front porch more often.....but it was not quite private.
Do not make the same mistake I did by grocery shopping before I went to the cabin. The cooler sized "refrigerator" is truly just a small cooler and with a cooling unit in the lid. It did not work after I plugged it in. I didn't complain because I really just wanted ease and solitude so I went back to grocery and purchased a cooler. Also, the toaster oven is very small. It is mentioned as being so in description, I believe, but I didn't realize they could be so little. So my feedback would be, don't try to actually cook when staying there unless you are a good griller and don't need to keep much cold.
As far as temperature inside the cabin....even on hot days it feels really nice inside. There are windows and the ceiling fan does a great job. There is also a little window unit if it gets crazy hot.
The decor is a little off putting in the summer heat. Lots of fur and dark. It looks cool but it's not a good feel for summer months. Also, in the middle of this pandemic, I was a little concerned about how so much fur was washed as well as the upholstered throw pillows on the bed.
I am not trying to be nit picky, but these are things that affected my stay.
I think it would be a place that I would consider during the colder months when there are no campers and when I might not be desperate to shower.
Again, Jamie is a wonderful host and I am sure she would go out of her way to accommodate requests if you made them. But there's no way around the fact that you are not in a private area, the iron in the water is a big deal, there is no refrigeration, and you have to climb over a fence and slide down a "dune" to get to the beach that is across a highway.
Cozy cabin with amenities
We stayed in the Viking Cabin over Memorial Day weekend. It wasn't crowded and most of the time we felt like we had the entire campground to ourselves. We really appreciated how close the showers (5 private stalls) and flush toilets were in proximity to the cabin. Jamie was very accommodating. We were spoiled, upon receiving a text message she sent someone over to deliver more fire wood within minutes. We rearranged the first floor furniture to fit a twin size blow up mattress. There is a beach across the street. We regret not having a beachside fire. We had planned to do it on the last day but the temperature dropped too low.
We had a wonderful time at the Viking Cabin! Everything about the cabin was ever better than we expected. The cabin was super cozy, warm, and relaxing, and it made it really hard to leave and enjoy all of the fun things that the UP has to offer. Jamie and Ray are great hosts and made our winter getaway to the UP one to remember!