Beach Town Escapes in Northern Michigan

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I keep hearing more and more about Michigan. Getaways to the lake, to the woods, or to cute little towns across the state. With summer approaching, I have been looking into a Michigan getaway and have found that there are numerous beach towns out there with hotels going fast!


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If you are planning a Michigan getaway like I hopefully am, take a look at these three beach towns for consideration:

Traverse City

This is where I want to return! I had a layover here in the winter but it was way too cold for me.

Traverse City is a cute, small town located right on Lake Michigan. Besides escaping for the beach, the town offers so much to do – bars, restaurants, walking and biking paths, and more near all its gorgeous hotels . There are multiple summer events and festivals held in July and August such as the Microbrew, Film or Wine Festivals.

Bonfires on the beach allowed! No sharks accounted for.


Bellaire is located near the North-west coast of Michigan and is situated by Lake Bellaire. This is a smaller lake only 20 minutes away from Lake Michigan and Traverse City. It provides more seclusion if you are looking to go away for a romantic time or want to avoid the crowds.

If you are into mountains (or want to check out an area that you would return to in the winter), Summit Village has two mountains open for both summer and winter!


The neighborhood of Empire and Empire beach offer 35 miles of coastline as well as the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Bike paths, dunes, hiking trails, and plenty of water activities the lake is what you will find in Empire. Renting a vacation condo or house here is more popular. Travel here for “some” crowds but not too many.

Empire is located also on the North-west area of Michigan, about 1 hour and 30 minutes south of Bellaire.

Which Michigan town would you like to visit?

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