Everyone knows the magic of summer in Northern Michigan… the days on the beach, the nights around a campfire. What could be better? Believe it or not, for a select few of the most loyal fans of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, the answer just might be winter. The cold weather might seem off-putting, but if you’re willing to bundle up, you’ll discover a whole world of Leelanau County winter activities. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are both great ways to appreciate the area's natural resources when the weather turns cold–– you can rent equipment or sign up for a lesson at The Homestead.
You’ll discover that the views may be even more stunning against an icy backdrop. You’ll also discover that you’ll have many of our most popular trails to yourself. The atmosphere in the area’s many fine restaurants and shops is also more relaxed and intimate in the winter months–– though hours may be limited, so be sure to plan your trip in advance. Finally, though Leelanau County is best known for its natural beauty, we are rich with cultural resources as well. Plan a trip to the State Theater in Traverse City, take in a show at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, or peruse our galleries and museums. Once you’ve discovered winter activities in Leelanau County, you might just see why some of us love the Dunes best under the austere winter skies.