Leelanau Net – Lodging and Travel – Sleeping Bear Dunes

Welcome To Leelanau County

The Leelanau Peninsula – with its scenic woods, rolling farmland and coastal vistas – attracts millions of visitors each year. Some come to explore the natural wonders of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – to climb to the top of massive dunes of sand and see the glimmering waters of Lake Michigan below. Others come to hike along wooded trails to secluded overlooks and then wind past historic homesteads where farmers who settled this corner of Michigan made a life for their families.

A tour along roads of Leelanau County is also a great way to spend the day. Follow M22 around the periphery of the peninsula and stop and shop in any of the charming small towns scattered throughout the county – Suttons Bay, Northport, Leland, Glen Arbor and more. Or grab a wine tour map and find your way to the tasting rooms the award-winning wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail.

Looking for a round of golf? Try the Manitou Passage, an Arnold Palmer Signature Course which winds along the lower slopes of Sugar Loaf Mountain offering a challenging round of golf with stunning views of a serenely beautiful landscape.

Leelanau Peninsula News And Special Events

Hillside Homestead – Photos
Experience how life was lived over a century ago with a visit to the authentic 1910 farmhouse. Unique accommodations and a delicious home-cooked farm breakfast await you at the historic Suttons Bay lodging with proprietress and food historian Susan Odom. Earlier in June, we dropped by the Hillside Homestead. Here our some photos from our visit [...] more...

City of Riesling – July 26 – 27, 2015
[ July 26, 2015 to July 27, 2015. ] Raise a glass to Riesling in Traverse City, Michigan at the second annual City of Riesling on Sunday, July 26th and Monday, July 27th. On Sunday night, join us at the Night of 100 Rieslings where you will enjoy tasting from the Bar of 100 Rieslings, a popup wine bar featuring one hundred different wines representing [...] more...

Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 28, 2015
[ July 28, 2015; 8:00 pm; ] Enjoy this popular variety show created and hosted by Garrison Keillor, now on its 41st anniversary tour. About the Show The America the Beautiful Tour 2015 will feature 2½ hours of Sweet Harmony & Garrison Keillor with Piano Master Richard Dworsky and Fred Newman World's Greatest SFX Man & The Radio Rhubarb Band with Fiddling Richard Kriehn [...] more...

The Homestead – Music on the Mountain – Blackthorn – August 6, 2015
[ August 6, 2015; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Blackthorn welcomes you to the rich tapestry of Celtic music. Traditional songs of emigration, sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and ancient airs combine with some of Ireland’s best contemporary songs for a musical experience that captures the history and legend of Ireland and its people. What makes a Blackthorn show unique is the variety of tunes, [...] more...

Northport Wine Festival – August 8, 2015
[ August 8, 2015; 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Plan now to join the fun in Northport on August 8. The wine festival follows the dog parade and is both dog and kid friendly -- dogs and children five and under get in free, children over the age of six are $5. We open at 1 p.m. and will run until 7 p.m. accompanied [...] more...

Lake Leelanau Street Fair – August 15, 2015
[ August 15, 2015; 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] The first annual Lake Leelanau Street Fair takes place on August 15, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. You don't want to miss this fun filled event which will feature food, wine, music, authors, crafts booths and an area just for kids! Music will be provided by Soul Patch, The Windy Ridge Boys, and Johnny Rutherford. Several [...] more...

Manitou Passage Golf Club – A Northern Michigan Adventure
By Jim Barnes It may seem unthinkable, even sacrilegious, to make any changes to a course designed by the great Arnold Palmer. Originally opened in 1998 as King’s Challenge, the course languished a bit when Sugar Loaf Mountain Ski Resort closed (the course is built alongside the ski hill), so it needed some rejuvenating and updating. [...] more...

Dunes Golf Club: Finding Your “Zen” Zone in Sleeping Bear Country
Dunes Golf Club – Hole #18 – A great finishing hole with a dramatic approach shot over the water. By Jim Barnes The Dunes Golf Club is one of the hidden gems of northern Michigan golf. Lying just a few miles east of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore visitor center in Empire, the course is carved [...] more...

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