After years of talking about it, we finally vacationed in Michigan. And now I totally get it.
I have a lot I’d like to share this week, as we did more than we anticipated. But before I share those as specific posts (think breweries, wineries, eateries, and dunes), I’m just going to share a kind of overview.
Michigan has tons of perks. Obviously there are the lakes, the massive and beautiful lakes that look and feel like oceans. We stayed in a beautiful house right on Good Harbor Bay, where we essentially had our own private beach. That was one thing that put this kind of vacation a notch above a coastal one, as there was something so nice about being able to take everything you’d need down – chairs, toys, floats – and just leave it. We set up camp at the beginning of the week and ended up spending mornings, noons, and nights right down there by the water’s edge. It was hard to beat.
We also rented a pontoon boat for a day to take out on Lake Leelanau. This was really fun because the water along the lake’s edge was maybe two feet deep. The kids could hop right out and jump around, and the rest of us could lazily float or sit. This too was something that put Michigan up there for me. The ease and crystal-clear clarity of this kind of lake made it all the better.
Leland, one of the main towns we were around, had a charming little village, complete with coffee shops and breakfast spots, and a tiny historic marina town. We drove in there a few different times (once just to take a walk) and it was fun to see. I actually did not go into a single shop or store, but it was obvious that this area is what Leland is known for. I really loved just being there.
In the end, I was pretty impressed with everything Leland, Leelanau, and Good Harbor had to offer. Seeing as this was a family vacation, where the ultimate point was to be together and spend some time, Michigan had everything we could ask for.