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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?!
The 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!
I’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!
I 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!
This 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!
Can 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!
How adorable is my Mom trying to get the perfect shot?
Guys, 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?