Great Lakes State of Mind // Michigan

Hidden in the pinky of Michigan are some of the most gorgeous beaches with the bluest water you’ll ever see. On one hand, I don’t want to share the locations because I want them to stay hidden gems for as long as possible from all the fudgies (aka tourists. Because they come to Michigan for fudge so we’ve nicknamed them appropriately). But then again, how could you not share something so beautiful?!

Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerThe day started out a bit overcast although the water was still a beautiful teal shade. This beach is located in Leland, Michigan, only a few blocks away from Fishtown in Leland, Michigan. My mom is partial to this beach because she loves rock hunting (cue to laugh) and this beach has some great ones!

Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerGreat Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With Wagner
Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With Wagner
Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerI’ve been amazed at how warm the water has been this year in Lake Michigan! Usually the water is still freezing come July and August but it has been so insanely warm this year!

Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With Wagner
Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With Wagner
Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerGreat Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerI know I say this again and again but look at how blue the water is! And how clear it is! And all the different color shades! Ahhh, I really do love this slice of paradise in Northern Michigan.

After Leland, my mom and I headed to Glen Arbor, a town about 10-15 minutes away from Leland. Glen Arbor suffered a devastating tornado a few weeks ago. The town relies solely on tourism to survive so to have a tornado hit during peak tourist season is going to severely affect their economy. I just love this adorable town so if you’re in the area anytime soon, head over there and give them some business!

Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With Wagner
Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With Wagner
Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerGreat Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerThis is my favorite store in all of Northern Michigan! Traverse City is the Cherry Capital of the World and we produce the most tart cherries. Cherry Republic, which sells anything and everything with cherries, has its original location in Glen Arbor (store above) and now has a huge location also in Traverse City. My sister worked at the Traverse City location this summer and I go there at least once a week for “quality control testing…aka sampling every single product. I love the sour patch cherries, white chocolate covered cherries, and the cherry chocolate covered pretzels. They also do free wine tasting, which I highly recommend!

Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With Wagner
Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerGreat Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerAfter our cloudy, overcast morning, the sky opened up and we had glorious weather as we explored a beach in Glen Arbor, Michigan. I mean, seriously, could it get any better than this?!

Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With Wagner
Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerGreat Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With Wagner
Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerGreat Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerCan someone please explain the appeal of oceans to me when you can have sand and surfing (yes, the waves on Lake Michigan can be great surfing conditions!) with clear FRESHWATER?! Yuck, I can’t stand saltwater!

Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerGreat Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerHow adorable is my Mom trying to get the perfect shot?

Great Lakes State of Mind via Wayfaring With WagnerGuys, when I’m up in Northern Michigan, I’m in a total Great Lakes State of Mind and can’t get enough of Lake Michigan! Enjoy these last few weeks of summer before the snow begins again :)

Question: Are you a beach (saltwater) or lake (freshwater) person? Do you have a favorite water location?

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    • haha isn’t my Mom the cutest? She loved my camera so much that my Dad ended up getting it for her for Mother’s Day :) So now we go on photography dates together!

  • Can you be homesick for a place that is not ,nor ever has been your home? Well, when it comes to Grand Traverse, MI, I think so. My son moved to TC about 5 years ago, and we have visited him twice now. I never want to leave. (Although, in the interest of full disclosure, we have never been during the winter, and live in Tucson, AZ, so….) My favorite out of town beach town is Empire. Sweet little local stores,and, in my opinion, the most beautiful beach in all of northern Michigan. I can’t wait to get back there. Thank you for your beautiful pictures. You brought me a little piece of “home-away-from-home.”

    • I absolutely love Empire’s beach…the best place to watch the sunset! My family moved to TC 12 years ago after being born and raised in Washington, D.C. We figured if we could survive one winter, we would be able to survive them all (and we have so far!). Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hi! Now come back up and visit again :)

  • Looks like another motorcycle trip to northern Michigan is in order. Enjoying the blog that dad forwards to me.

    • Awwww, I’m so glad your Dad forwards it to you! My sister, Loren, and I enjoy emailing him :) We would love to have you come visit!!! xoxoxo

  • I moved from Michigan 3 1/2 years ago & I miss it soooooo much. All u said about the lakes, their color, the beauty of it all is so very true. Thank u for sharing????

  • I’m not much of a beach person of any kind, because I can’t swim, but because I’m not a swimmer, I’m a salt-water beach person all the way. Then I can float! The first time I ever successfully back-floated (as opposed to lying on my back with arms and legs moving furiously so as not to drowned) was on the beach in Nafplio, Greece, so I’ll always have fond memories of that!

    • My Grandma can’t swim either…she can only float! So now she and my Grandpa live on the Atlantic Ocean :) too funny!!! I am actually a horrible swimmer but love trying :)