Lake Leelanau, MI, USA

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Lake Leelanau vacation rentals

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.

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.

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 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.

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.