Destination guide

A village on the coast

In the northwest tip of Michigan's southern peninsula, the little village of Northport nestles between forested shoreline and Leelanau wine country. This idyllic village on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay offers quiet respite for vacationers. Relax and enjoy the twinkling blue waters of Lake Michigan framed by soft, pale sands and scented forests of fir and red maple, sample a glass of a delicious local vintage and explore a little local history at Grand Traverse Lighthouse. In winter, choose a Northport vacation rental to enjoy wonderful snowy adventures.

Things to do

Culture and heritage near Northport

Northport is home to the Amy Alpaugh Studio, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1947. Unfortunately, this historic home is a private residence so can't be toured, but history buffs can get their fill at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse. Just a few miles north of Northport, the lighthouse dates back to 1852. Today, it is restored as the site of a small museum illuminating the life of a lighthouse keeper in the 1920s. If all that history works up a thirst, stop by one of the many local vineyards, wineries and breweries near your Northport vacation rental to enjoy a tasting of a delicious local vintage.


Fun by Northport's beautiful lakeshore

Keen sailors or anglers can choose a Northport vacation rental on the water's edge to make the most of the boating, sailing, paddling, birdwatching or fishing to be enjoyed here. Head to Northport's pretty little marina to charter a boat for the day, watch the yachts bobbing on the water, or take a stroll along the wooden boardwalk. As well as the local shops, galleries and restaurants, there are miles of trails to be enjoyed. Leelanau State Park has beaches, shaded trails and a historic lighthouse to explore. Or simply take a picnic to the beach and enjoy a family day out on the beautiful golden sands.


Northport through the seasons

With freezing winter temperatures and summer highs into the 70s, Northport enjoys very distinct seasons. Local events and seasonal festivals make the most of these different conditions. Springtime flowers and early sunshine make perfect conditions for walking, biking, fishing and boating. These activities extend into the summer and autumn months, with summer sunshine attracting live music events at local restaurants and wineries. Come winter, the temperatures drop, snow falls and the local trails are popular for skiing and snowshoeing.

Natural features

Northport's natural splendor

From your Northport vacation rental, don't miss a visit to Leelanau State Park at the very tip of Michigan's little finger. With miles of trails and beaches, you can enjoy lake swimming, fishing, nature observation and birding – keep a look out for the piping plovers. You can also stroll along the dunes and shoreline to watch the beautiful sunsets over the water. Nearby Kehl Lake is another tranquil picnicking, birdwatching and hiking destination. Its pristine waters and wetlands are fringed with 100-year-old hemlocks and white pines.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Northport

Fly into Traverse City, MI (TVC-Cherry Capital), the closest airport, located 26.6 mi (42.7 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Northport?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 457 vacation rentals near Northport. From 252 Houses to 137 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Northport for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery: 801 vacation rentals
  • Leelanau State Park: 572 vacation rentals
  • Grand Traverse Lighthouse: 573 vacation rentals
  • Motovino Cellars: 549 vacation rentals
  • Good Neighbor Organic Vineyard and Winery: 580 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Northport 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 Northport?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 252 Houses in Northport. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Northport include:

  • Cottages: 137 rentals available
  • Cabins: 137 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 137 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 Northport?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 10 vacation rentals with pool available in Northport. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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