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Discover Leelanau County when you stay at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

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  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall

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Winter Activities

  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog Sled Rides
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice Skating
  • Skiing & Snowboarding
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Winter Wow!Fest
  • Indoor Water Playground
  • Winter Microbrew Festival
  • Indoor Golf

Spring Activities

  • Sunday Brunch in Aerie Restaurant
  • Traverse City Hunting & Fishing Expo
  • Spring Sip 'n Savor Wine Event
  • Bayshore Marathon
  • Old Mission Blossom Days Wine Event
  • Traverse City Shopping Spree
  • Self-Guided Foodie Tour
  • Dennos Museum Center
  • Indoor Tennis
  • Gaming at Turtle Creek Casino

Summer Activities

  • Swimming at the Beach Club
  • Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • Elk Rapids Harbor Days
  • Watersport Rentals at the Beach Club
  • 54-Holes of Championship Golf
  • Ice cream at Dylan's Candy Bar
  • Summer Microbrew Festival
  • Fishing
  • National Cherry Festival
  • Traverse City Film Festival

Fall Activities

  • Scenic Fall Golf
  • Detroit Red Wings Training Camp
  • Fall Tennis
  • Bike the TART Trail
  • Take a Spa-cation
  • Microbrew Tour
  • Group Wine Tour
  • Iceman Cometh Mountain Bike Race
  • Fall Color Tour
  • Sunset Dining in Aerie

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Leelanau County

Embracing 64 miles of scenic Great Lakes beaches as well as two unspoiled islands, 26 inland lakes, more than 50,000 acres of terrain and those monumental dunes of legend, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was crowned “Good Morning America’s Most Beautiful Place in America” 2011

Northern Michigan’s famed M-22 skirts the shoreline perimeter of Leelanau County. The scenic route passes through Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and the colorful communities of Suttons Bay, Leland, Glen Arbor and Empire. Void of any fast food franchises, stoplights or parking meters, each town offers its own, unique allure, filled with must-do daytrips, scenic tours, art galleries, shopping, restaurants and beaches.

Suttons Bay

Colorful and timeless, stocked with quaint boutique shops, vintage antiques, an eclectic mix of art and inviting eateries, this popular harbor town can be found tucked up along West Bay. The historic village and classic cinema - the county’s only cinema - lend to its by-gone charm.

Leland

Photo by Rick Lahmann

Characterized by its weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, fish tugs and charter boats, “Fishtown” tells its 150 year-old story along the mouth of the Leland River. Sugar-sand beaches and pristine waters lead out to the glacier-carved North and South Manitou Islands, host to ghost towns, historic lighthouses, ancient cedar stands and dunes. Be sure to stop by the Village Cheese Shanty for the acclaimed North Shore sandwich on pretzel bread.

Glen Arbor

Journey south of Leland, on M-22 and you’ll reach Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the arty town of Glen Arbor. The small town rests on a sliver of land between Sleeping Bear Bay and the Glen Lakes, supplying some of the most awe-inspiring views of the region, including Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and Pyramid Point.

Empire

While you won’t find a surplus of boutiques, galleries or eateries in this petite village of 400, you will find two of the most diverse nature escapes and trails in the Midwest, the Dunes Trail and Empire Bluff Trail. You’ll also find North Bar Lake, “America’s hidden Riviera.”

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