The Leelanau Peninsula is unlike any other area of Michigan. Unique in natural beauty and refined in culture and class, the Leelanau lifestyle is celebrated by both the residents of the Leelanau peninsula and the many thousands of annual visitors. Dramatic natural beauty combined with diverse activities galore make Leelanau the choice destination for vacationers.
Small towns dot the Leelanau Peninsula including Suttons Bay, Northport and Glen Arbor. The peninsula towns are quaint and filled with charm. In Leelanau’s towns you will find shopping, dining and recreation opportunities. Most are situated on the west or east coasts of the peninsula and boast direct water frontage, marinas and public beaches.
Natural beauty abounds with the westside of the county being bordered by Lake Michigan and the awe-inspiring Sleeping Bear Dunes. Many areas of the dunes are protected National Lakeshore areas. The Leelanau Peninsula features multiple inland waterways as well. Lake Leelanau is the county’s largest inland lake covering over 8,600 acre. Glen Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
Recreation abounds on the Leelanau Peninsula. Whether an individual prefers to shop at quaint village stores, shoot a round of golf or hike up an eighty foot dune, Leelanau is the source for them. Water activities are also numerous including fishing, boating and kayaking. Many people prefer to just beach themselves along one of the many beautiful sandy shores. Leelanau State Park in Northport is a camper’s dream where you can camp in shadow of a lighthouse with many campsites having direct access to Lake Michigan.
But it seems the favorite recreational activity of many visitors is wine tasting. There are eighteen wineries that call the Leelanau Peninsula home. With the 45th Parallel running through the peninsula, Leelanau is ideally situated for the home of the Michigan wine industry. Leelanau is known for growing white grapes and producing excellent riesling wine. Most of the wineries have local tasting rooms and welcome visitors. These environments range from casual to upscale and provide an opportunity for a guest to refine their pallet and engage their knowledge of wine. The Leelanau wineries also offer bottles (or cases) of your favorite wines to take home.
The Leelanau Peninsula has so much to offer. Shopping, dining and recreation abound. Spectacular natural beauty encompasses the almost unlimited recreational activities. The peninsula offers an unparalleled opportunity to relax, learn and enjoy in an environment that is like no other. Many find a visit to Leelanau the start of a new lifestyle.