Sleeping Bear DunesSleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the top summer attractions in the Heartland and around the Great Lakes. About 2 million visitors came to climb the dunes and enjoy this pristine environment last summer.

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, "America's freshwater resort,” is 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 and enjoy beautiful sunsets over Lake Michigan. 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.

Lodging packages, available through October, start from $70 per person, per night, and includes breakfast each morning and a Sleeping Bear Dunes pass to visit the park. Couple’s packages start from $135 per person, per night, and include breakfast each morning, one dinner at Noona’s, the resort’s gourmet restaurant, and a one-hour Swedish massage for each guest. Golf packages start from $181 per person, per night, and include breakfast, dinner at Noona’s, a round on the par-3 course, and two rounds at Manitou Passage.

Photos: Top -- Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore; Bottom -- The Homestead Resort

The Homestead Resort