- May 2013
- Northern Michigan Vacations: Leelanau County's Top Beaches
Northern Michigan Vacations: Leelanau County's Top Beaches
Northern Michigan Vacations: Spend all day strolling, splashing, and snacking at these fabulous beaches in Leelanau County
Jun 20, 2013 Angela Brown
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Northern Michigan Vacations: A day at the beach is even sweeter when you're within walking distance of supplies. A great beach read, shovel and pail and ice cream cones are all an easy stroll from these in-town beach beauties.
Those who like to gradually enter the water will love Suttons Bay’s marina beach, a favorite for families and those just looking to float in the particularly warm shallows. A playground, tables and grills make it easy to stay through dinner. Better yet, walk to one of the local pubs noted for gourmet burgers and a casual vibe. 231.271.6703.
Historic Glen Haven offers a full vacation in a single stop, starting with a beach you can’t beat anywhere in the Great Lakes—at least according to Florida professor Stephen Leatherman, a ka “Dr. Beach.” He ranked it at the top for coastal dunes, fine sand and view of the Manitou Islands. On-site museum and old-fashioned general store add to the fun. From Glen Arbor, 2 miles west on M-109.
Enchanting dune bluffs rise to the north and south of this wide swath of sandy beach, making it one of the area’s most popular. The amenities don’t hurt either. A restroom, playground, picnic tables and grills help families out. When the big lake’s too chilly to dive into, cross the parking lot to the small inland (and warmer) South Bar Lake. Follow signs from downtown.
Pick up a take-out picnic at NJ’s Grocery (the fresh-made samosas, perhaps) and head to this road-end local favorite beach. It’s a good spot for dropping in a line or launching a kayak, and then paddling the wildlife-filled channel connecting the north and south branches of Lake Leelanau. Head west from town on M-204 about a mile, right on Popp Rd.