Michigan Unsalted

If you haven’t been “Up North,” you’ve missed a wonderful a wonderful spot in this great country of ours. Don’t underestimate the “upper lower peninsula” of Michigan as a potential vacation destination. The Great Lakes area prides itself as being the “unsalted” beach alternative.

If you’re from the Midwest, you’re probably familiar with at least one of the many resort towns along the shores of Lake Michigan. We recently vacationed with family for a week in the quaint little town of Harbor Springs. Here’s my take on the Harbor Springs area.

Harbor Springs for the …

Walloon Lake, Michigan
Walloon Lake, Michigan

English Major – visit Walloon Lake. This was the summer home of Ernest Hemingway and is one of the most beautiful lakes in North America.

Farm to Table Foodie – take a trip out to Pond Hill Farm to see their working farm, café and winery.

Adventurer – Try the Boyne Resorts zip-line or Segway tours for an afternoon of fun.

Huzza - Fashion, Home, Beauty and Gifts
Huzza – Fashion, Home, Beauty and Gifts

Shopaholic – You won’t be disappointed with the shopping in Harbor Springs or Petoskey. In Harbor Springs, try Huzza for home décor and clothing or Belle Aquatic for jewelry.

Beach Bum – Sneak through the churchyard and cemetery at the St. Ignatius church in Good Hart for a beautiful sandy beach (good enough for an engagement 25 years ago!!)

Polished Petoskey stones
Polished Petoskey stones

Geologist – Spend a day looking for a Petoskey stone. It will take a little effort to polish but you’ll keep your treasure for a lifetime.

Duffers – You’ll find a lot of great golf courses in this northern clime. Try one of Bay Harbor’s courses or for great views try Little Traverse Bay Golf Club.

Art Collector – The beauty of the area attracts many artists to this area. You’ll enjoy strolling the many galleries in town.

M-119 Tunnel of Trees
M-119 Tunnel of Trees

Day Trippers – Take a drive through the Tunnel of Trees along M-119 for stunning views of Lake Michigan. Or head further north and take a ferry to Mackinac Island.

A Methodist Chautauqua, Bay View
A Methodist Chautauqua, Bay View

Culturally Inclined – Check out the calendar of events at the Chautauqua of Bay View. You’ll find performing arts, education and worship opportunities.

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