Point Betsie Lighthouse and Inn is one of the most beautiful and best preserved classic lighthouses in the United States. Visitors can explore the history of the lighthouse and the keepers who were responsible for ensuring that cargo ships full of timber, iron and copper ore, and wheat reached major cities like Chicago and Detroit, and stay in their former quarters with unmatched views of breathtaking Lake Michigan. Step back in time, enjoy a private beach, and complete privacy at this one-of-a-kind inn located near Sleeping Bear Dunes and not too far from Traverse City.
I have written about Grand Hotel, and Mackinac Island on which it has stood for 133 years, more than perhaps anywhere else in the world, because my husband and I spend so much time there each year. What keeps us coming back year after year to “America’s Summer Place” as its known, is its flair for the extravagant, attention to detail, and innovation. Read on to see why we keep coming back, season after season.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore contains 72,000 acres of massive, sweeping sand dunes, some as high as 40 a story building, winding sand hiking paths, rivers, streams, gorgeous beaches on Lake Michigan, and unbelievable views. Voted the “Most Beautiful Place in the United States”, this Northern Michigan gem is an iconic nature preserve that reminds visitors how powerful and impressive the transformative powers of nature truly are. We had an exceptional time hiking, swimming, and exploring this beautiful nature preserve, and I’m sharing with you my tips for having a fun and safe time at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
When on Mackinac Island recently, we enjoyed the most gorgeous sunset sail around the Straits of Mackinac, and saw incredibly vibrant colors like oranges, yellows, pinks, and briefly purples. It had been raining almost all day, so we were a bit worried that the sunset wouldn’t be very visible, but our good luck held out and we were shown the most magnificent sunset I’ve seen all year, which allowed me to take some of my favorite sunset photographs to date! I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them and getting splashed by the choppy waves!