Leelanau, MI, USA

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Leelanau, MI, USA

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Leelanau is a loveable corner of Michigan

Poking out of the very northern end of Michigan State, the Leelanau Peninsula is a chocolate box of treats for any travelers looking to get stuck into small-town America. It's peppered from head to toe with quaint fishing villages and sandy little beach towns, where the locals perpetually smile, skiffs bob on the Great Lakes, and lighthouses look over the sleepy bays. There's plenty to love here, especially with such an enticing line up of Leelanau vacation rentals on the menu, ranging from waterfront shacks to country mansions hidden in the shoreline woods.

Between the beaches and the backcountry in Leelanau

You won't be able to resist the draws of the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay Area for long. Clifftop walking trails weave around the headlands of the coast, dropping down to empty bays of boulder-speckled sand. Others shoot inland to Pyramid Point, or pass hearty apple orchards and wineries where it's possible to kick back with a cloudy grass of the Michigan local. And if you can pull yourself away from the cider tasting sessions, you could head out to explore the waters of the lake with a private charter rental off the east coast of the peninsula.

Wineries and fishing towns in Leelanau

You're sure to enter the historic district of Fishtown with wide eyes and a sense of the old Michigan. Crooked shanty houses and fillet smoking rooms still crowd the harbors here, and aged, fading fishing skiffs bob between the jetties. The whole settlement has been preserved to reflect the character of the old 1900s, and even touts a coveted National Register of Historic Places tag. Wine tasting and cider drinking are also popular pursuits _ be sure to hit the acclaimed Tandem Cider brew center, Leelanau Wine Cellars, or the Northern Latitudes Distillery for some of the best tipples.

Leelanau starts coming to life in May

Wait until the icy Midwestern winters have subsided to plan your trip to this northern corner of Michigan State. You can head up during May if you're eager to see the blooming cherry orchards around Traverse City, or wait until the summer has started in earnest _ typically between June and August _ on the shores around Leelanau itself. Alternatively, searching for Leelanau vacation rentals in the fall can prove easy on the wallet, and means you'll be in town for the wine harvest festivities at the end of the season.

Leelanau is all about the lakeside

No matter where you opt to stay in this corner of northern Michigan, it's likely your Leelanau vacation rentals will never be too far from the famous Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This mosaic of shoreline forests and rugged dunes is topped off by the breathtaking sight of sheer-cut sand cliffs that emerge like walls of white rock from the water. There are campsites hidden within the grounds, too, and hidden flower meadows where white-tailed deer and foxes slink between the trails.