Northern Michigan has everything you need for nearly any lifestyle. Northern Michigan Escapes vacation rentals can serve as you basecamp as you explore all that our area has to offer.
Local Lakes and Beaches
RELAX ON PRISTINE BEACHES and spend your vacation sunbathing and swimming in Northern Michigan. The best thing about beaches in Michigan is that there are many options to choose from. Whether you’re looking to find a pretty family beach with plenty of facilities or a beach graced with golden sands and ideal conditions for fishing, there is something for everyone.
All over Northern Michigan are incredible beaches, and here are some of the ones we think you should check out. Whether it's swimming in the Great Lakes, enjoying a walk amongst crisp warm sand, sitting back and enjoying sunny breezes or taking that evening stroll along the coast, these are some of the best beaches in Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Boyne City.
Deer Lake at Boyne Mountain
Spend the day down at The Beach at Deer Lake and enjoy a wide variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you stay dry on a paddle board or cool off with a quick dip, a day at the beach is a day well spent.
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Canoe / Kayak Rental
- Small Sailboat Rental
- Lawn Games - Putt Putt, Bean Bag Toss, and more!
Petoskey State Park
In addition to a wonderful sandy beach, the Petoskey State Park offers hiking trails, restrooms, biking on interior roads, picnic facilities, sand volleyball courts and a small playground.
- Lake to Lake Concessions: Carries light concession items, hand dipped ice cream, camp store items, and park/region specific merchandise. Open in the summer from 10:00 - 8:00, 7 days/week.
- Kayaks, paddleboards and bikes are available for rent.
- Cross-country skiing is popular here. Novice skiers who choose to tackle these trails should be prepared for lots of hills. 1 mile of cross-country trails; total of 2.75 miles hiking trails.
- Located between Petoskey and Harbor Springs.
Young State Park
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve
April 15-November 15 – Daily 10 am to sunset
Nature Center Hours
Memorial-Labor Day – 10am-7pm
Labor Day-October 23 – Weekends Only
Jones Landing Township Park & Beach
Magnus Park Beach
IDEALLY LOCATED ON THE 45TH PARALLEL, along with notable other wine regions like the Rhone Valley, Bordeaux, and Piedmont, northern Michigan wine country is in good company. Discover how the fresh lake breezes from Little Traverse Bay create ideal conditions for vineyards to flourish. Wine tours are a fun way to take in the beauty of the area while sampling new, international award-winning wines.
PETOSKEY WINE REGION
BEING IN THE TOP FIVE states for the number of craft breweries, you could say that Michiganders know (and love) good beer. Our area breweries are where you can drink in the best of northern Michigan. Have a glass or two crafted by people who are as passionate about making it as you are about enjoying it.
CALLING ALL CRAFT BEER DRINKERS
Northern Michigan is the perfect place to enjoy the lakes while sipping on a delicious Michigan craft beer. If you're looking for a fun Michigan brew tour, look no further than these local breweries.
Located in downtown Bellaire, Shorts Brewing Company is open all year round. This bustling pub is an eclectic blend of northern Michigan life. Twenty beers on tap, which are all made in house, ranging from Locals Lager to Huma Lupa Licious IPA and beyond. Beer is also available to go in bottles and in growlers, a half gallon sealed jug, which can be refilled when empty. The menu includes snacks, Award winning homemade soups, sandwiches, pizzas and summertime salads. Children are always welcome, highchairs are available as well as kids pizzas and sandwiches. Entertainment is a big part of Shorts life, most summer nights and weekends all year feature the best local performers. The pub is close to Shanty Creek Resort, Torch Lake and a large number of rivers and Lakes.