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Northern Michigan Vacations: The stretches of lakeshore throughout Northern Michigan summon bare toes for summer strolling. Yet, if you are looking for a more strenuous hike or simply a change of scenery (i.e. thick cedar forests, dried leaves crunching underfoot, sandy hilltops), you can still get the best of both worlds. Take a morning hike through the region’s best trails, then pass the afternoon lounging in a nearby plot of sand and cooling off in the north's chilly water.
This sweet Lake Michigan beach is a bit of a secret, tucked away in a pretty 30-acre preserve near Harbor Springs. It’s just 300 feet of frontage, but on most days you’re likely to have it all to yourself. Bonus: There’s also 1.5 miles of easy hiking trails and boardwalks through dunes and cedar swamps, and an interpretive nature center the kids will adore. On Lower Shore Drive, off M-119 four miles north of Harbor Springs. 231.526.6401, landtrust.org.