Gold Coast attractions

Island in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Manitou Islands

The forest-cloaked Manitou Islands provide an off-the-beaten-path adventure. They’re part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, hence the entrance fee. North Manitou is known for star-speckled backcountry campi…
State Park in Muskegon & Ludington

Ludington State Park

The lakeside park is one of Michigan's largest and most popular playlots. It has a top-notch trail system, a renovated lighthouse to visit (or live in, as a volunteer lighthouse keeper) and miles of beach.
Winery in Traverse City

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery

Michigan's excellent wines taste even better on Brys Estate's sprawling deck, which provides stunning vineyard and bay views. Tastings from $7; cheese and charcuterie plates available.
Farm in Gold Coast

Tandem Ciders

Near Suttons Bay, Tandem Ciders pours delicious hard ciders in its small tasting room on the family farm. Tastings cost $2 for three 2oz pours.
Winery in Harbor Country

Round Barn Winery

Round Barn goes beyond vino with its grapes – it also uses the fruit to make DiVine Vodka, a smoother elixir than the kind made with grains or potatoes. Try it in the tasting room. During the week, you're welcome to…
Notable Building in Charlevoix & Petoskey

Horton Bay General Store

Fans of Ernest Hemingway will recall the store, with its 'high false front,' from his short story 'Up in Michigan.' As a youth Hemingway used to hang out here. His family had a cottage on nearby Walloon Lake. The re…
Island in Charlevoix & Petoskey

Beaver Island

For an alternative to Mackinac Island's fudge-y hullabaloo, sail to quieter Beaver Island, an Irish-influenced enclave that is home to 600 people. It offers hiking, fishing, kayaking and snorkeling to shipwrecked sc…
Historic Site in Leland


In the early 1900s, tiny commercial fishing villages dotted the shorelines of the Great Lakes. Fishtown is one of the few that has been preserved. Wander among the shanties and see fish being cleaned and smoked, and…
Notable Building in Charlevoix & Petoskey

Red Fox Inn

Vollie Fox, Hemingway's fishing buddy, lived in this building next door to Horton Bay General Store. Young Ernie would stay at the inn, which now is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fox's family s…
Gardens in Holland

Veldheer Tulip Gardens

A popular place to immerse in all things Dutch. When the gardens bloom in spring, Veldheer charges a fee (adult/child $10/5). Otherwise it's free to check out the wooden-shoe factory, traditional blue-and-white pott…