It has to be said: There is no better swim in the world than the crystal-blue freshwater of Lake Michigan in the summertime. Welcome to the land of endless beaches— perfect for sunbathing, stargazing, sandcastles, campfires, and simply walking miles and miles of natural shoreline.

Between Lake Michigan and the impressive collection of interior lakes (Torch, Higgins, Walloon, and on and on), our waters play host to every activity you can imagine: kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and yes, even surfing on occasion.

The season for long drives, leaf-gazing, the Tunnel of Trees, chilly hikes, cider mills, corn mazes, wine tastings, fall festivals, and stopping in your tracks to appreciate the color-popping beauty of the changing seasons against the deep blue of Lake Michigan.

Our best-kept secret is the winter wonderland situation of Northern Michigan: Blankets of snow, winter hikes, cross country/downhill skiing, ice skating, ice fishing, sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snowman-building, and cozy times in front of fieldstone fireplaces.

Some Our Very Favorite Places

Beaches and trails at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve – 1 mins
Driving the Tunnel of Trees Trail – 4 mins
Biking and cross country skiing the trails at Pond Hill – 7 mins
Sand dunes and beaches at Petoskey State Park – 15 mins
Skiing at Nubs Nob - 16 mins
Kayaking Bear River - 25 mins
Bliss Polo Field - 32 mins
Stargazing at Headlands International Dark Sky Park - 45 mins

Make sure to ask at the front desk for a custom list of recommendations for the best local food and shops.