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Everything is right at your fingertips on a visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore: 400 foot dunes in colors of pink, beige and burnt umber to marvel at; rivers for swimming, kayaking and canoeing; nature trails for hiking and walking; beaches for lounging on sugary sand to gaze out across Lake Michigan. Winter months bring snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing and nature walks to view wildlife.

All this is located on Leelanau Peninsula, a spit of land that snakes out into Lake Michigan. Small hamlets brim with B&Bs, shops, galleries and restaurants. The one official town, Fishtown, is the base for commercial ...

Everything is right at your fingertips on a visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore: 400 foot dunes in colors of pink, beige and burnt umber to marvel at; rivers for swimming, kayaking and canoeing; nature trails for hiking and walking; beaches for lounging on sugary sand to gaze out across Lake Michigan. Winter months bring snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing and nature walks to view wildlife.

All this is located on Leelanau Peninsula, a spit of land that snakes out into Lake Michigan. Small hamlets brim with B&Bs, shops, galleries and restaurants. The one official town, Fishtown, is the base for commercial and charter fishing and ferries to the two outer islands, South and North Manitou, excellent for a day trip of "gently" walking on these fragile ecosystem islands.

Three historic Lake Michigan lighthouses are open for touring daily in summer and fall: South Manitou, built in 1839, is the oldest lighthouse; Grand Travers Light was built in 1850 and is the only one with an original Fresnel light; and Point Betsie Light, which was built in 1858.

The Sandy soil here is good for growing grapes, and seventeen wineries rim the Lake Michigan shoreline. Pick up a Wine Trail map and visit a few.

Frances Folsom
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Frances Folsom is the author of CitySpot Palermo, a contributor to the Reiskits guides to Milan and Italy's Lakes Region, and Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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