Our Favorite Family Getaways
The pleasures of beach life in Michigan
A century ago, the first steamships full of vacationers docked along the northwest corner of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The lands along Grand and Little Traverse bays have been entertaining summer visitors ever since.
The region has accumulated a stellar selection of resorts, golf courses, chef-owned restaurants, shopping districts, artists' enclaves and other diversions. But the biggest draw remains the pure pleasures of beach life and the water. Miles of sand rim the blue water of Lake Michigan. The southern anchor is Traverse City, at the foot of Grand Traverse Bay. The beaches run all the way to Petoskey, 60 miles north on Little Traverse Bay.
The next three slides have information on what to do, where to eat and where to stay in the Traverse bays area.