- 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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North Beach is a favorite for those who like to walk for miles, stopping along the soft sand path to collect a Petoskey stone or locally prized Leland Blue. (Stay along the water line to avoid trespassing.) Find books, picnic fare and sand toys in downtown Leland. Take North Street west toward the lake, and then follow a short trail to the beach.
As close as an in-town beach can come to being a secret cove, this hidden gem is found just past where the main road makes a sharp curve. Walk to pick up provisions at the old-timey general store. You feel away from it all, yet you are steps from waterfront dining and wine tasting. Sailboats often dock in the harbor, adding romance to your view. Off M-22 in Omena.
Haserot Park, Northport’s municipal beach, is located right downtown. The grassy park offers room for the kids to run, and it’s also a favorite for festivals celebrating wine or the classic fish boil. Your view is of the sparkling waters of Grand Traverse Bay beyond the marina. Walk the pier and gaze at the boats after a picnic and swim.
The nautical theme of the new play area is fitting on this beach alongside the Elmwood Township Marina. Picnic with the gang under the large shelters while the kids swing, whirl and slide on the creations of TV-show carpenter Carter Oosterhouse, a Traverse City native who has built more than 20 playgrounds through his Carter’s Kids charity. On M-22, just north of the M-72 intersection.