Homestead Resort, Sleeping Bear Dunes Are Top Midwest Summer Attractions
One of the top summer attractions in the Heartland and around the Great Lakes, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, last summer drew over 1.3 million visitors last summer that came to climb the dunes and enjoy this pristine environment.
It’s been voted as the “Most Beautiful Place in America” by Good Morning America viewers, and is considered to have the “Best Inland Beaches” in the country, according to American Profile magazine. Some of the tallest perched dunes in the world, rising 400 to 500 feet above the lakeshore, offer magnificent sweeping vistas of Lake Michigan, miles of white sand beaches, and forested wilderness islands. Miles of hiking trails lead you to jaw-dropping overlooks and preserved historic homesteads.
The Homestead Resort is perched amidst massive dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline surrounded by the National Lakeshore. The resort offers an array of luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, superb recreational opportunities, and, of course, stunning overlooks of the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. This is dune country, and trails lead right off property into the National Lakeshore. A pass, which you can acquire at the Homestead, is required to enter the national park.
Take a walk on the beach, enjoy sunsets over Lake Michigan or, if you feel more energetic hike, bike, swim, kayak or wind surf. There’s even kite surfing. Manitou Passage Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer golf course that’s part of the resort is just down the road, and the Mountain Flower Par-3 golf course is right on property. Golfing guru Dave Pelz conducts a short game scoring school at the resort during the summer.
The resort is offering Family Fun packages, available through October, that starts from $70 per person, per night, and includes breakfast each morning and a Sleeping Bear Dunes pass to visit the park. Golf packages start from $106 per person, per night, for a two-night getaway that includes breakfast, a round on the par-3 course, two rounds at Manitou Passage, and a Happy Hour appetizer at the resort’s fine dining restaurant Nonna’s. Bed and Breakfast packages start from $67 per person, per night.
Having lived near Sleeping Bear Dunes in Traverse City for the past 35 years, I’ve never tired of hiking in the sand dunes. The views and serene beauty of the area is always a draw year round.
Photo: The Homestead Resort and Sleeping Dunes make a fun summer getaway (The Homestead Resort)