Destination guide

The easygoing life in Lake Leelanau

Everything's easy on the eye around Lake Leelanau. Soft hills rise and fall like natural sculptures on the horizon. The water laps softly against the pebble-padded shores. Bay trees cluster along the grassy banks. It's the sort of pastoral paradise you've been dreaming of, and Lake Leelanau vacation rentals offer a pad in the middle of it all. And that's not even mentioning the hearty Midwestern welcome you're bound to get, whether in the local pint-sloshing cider orchards or the in the rustic Michigan vineyards.

Things to do

Lake Leelanau means beaches and ciders and wines

Why not slosh the ciders and wines of the Midwest with trips out to the 45 North Vineyard and the family-owned Tandem Ciders farm? Or, stroll just 10 meters from the doorstep of any waterfront Lake Leelanau vacation rentals to swim in the refreshing shore waters – spots like Schneider Beach or Van's Beach are some of the best. Then you can hit the iconic Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. That's overlooked by the handsome South Manitou Island Lighthouse, and boasts Glen Haven, a picture of rural Midwestern life, as well as the panoramic lookouts of the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.


Loving the outdoors in Lake Leelanau

Up here in the far-flung northern reaches of Michigan State, the lifestyle's laid-back and easy. Summertime pulls in the visitors, which is when Lake Leelanau becomes a place of bobbing pontoon boats and drifting kayaks. Fishing expeditions can be organized all around the banks, while simply walking the wooded trails is enough exertion for others. And to take the relaxation to even taller heights, you can opt for yoga sessions with local practitioners, or just spend your whole trip lazing on the sandy beaches that abound.


Loving the warmth of Lake Leelanau

With ice sheets freezing atop Lake Leelanau throughout the shivering Midwestern winter, it should hardly come as a surprise that summer is the top season in these parts. Search to book your Lake Leelanau vacation rentals between the months of June and September to be in with the best weather, when temperatures linger between the 60s and 70s. That's also when you'll catch the popular harvest season carrying on in the local vineyards and apple orchards – the perfect time to sample those Midwestern tipples.

Natural features

Lake Leelanau has its own peninsula

Lake Leelanau wiggles its way through the heart of the Leelanau Peninsula, which can be found jutting out of the extreme north-western edge of Michigan State. Lake Michigan proper is always just a stone's throw from here, whether it comes with the sand beaches of West Arm Grand Traverse Bay or the dramatic banks in the west, where the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore makes its home. The latter is a must, to glimpse soaring sand mountains, or to cruise around the bends of the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, stopping at lookouts to admire breathtaking sunsets.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Lake Leelanau

Fly into Traverse City, MI (TVC-Cherry Capital), the closest airport, located 18.2 mi (29.2 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lake Leelanau?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,030 vacation rentals near Lake Leelanau. From 470 Houses to 259 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Leelanau for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lake Leelanau?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lake Leelanau. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes: 1,469 vacation rentals
  • Clinch Park Beach: 1,254 vacation rentals
  • Grand Traverse Resort Golf Course: 202 vacation rentals
  • Traverse City State Park: 1,178 vacation rentals
  • Historic Fishtown: 841 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Leelanau listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Lake Leelanau?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 470 Houses in Lake Leelanau. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lake Leelanau include:

  • Cabins: 259 rentals available
  • Cottages: 259 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 259 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lake Leelanau?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 19 vacation rentals with pool available in Lake Leelanau. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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