Michigan Day Trips: Glen Arbor

One of many gems in Leelanau County, Glen Arbor is truly a special place. A quaint beach town, less than thirty miles from downtown Traverse City boasts incredible views, several restaurants, and plenty of little shops and boutiques. Drive up for a day, or spend the weekend, Glen Arbor will keep you entertained and allow you to rest and reset when needed.

Outdoor activities in the Glen Arbor area include hiking, camping, fishing, boating, swimming, and birdwatching. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail offers a scenic route for biking and walking. Additionally, the area is known for its winter sports, including cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. With Big Glen Lake, Little Glen Lake, and Lake Michigan all within the limits of Glen Arbor, there are plenty of opportunities to experience Northern Michigan’s lake life. 

  • Glen Craft Marina
  • On the Narrows Marina
  • Glen Lake Marine
  • Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District 

The Homestead is Glen Arbor’s beachfront resort that offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors or relax by the pool. With a great mix of locals and tourists, you can also find plenty of vacation rentals and bed and breakfasts in the area. 

  • Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast and Cottages
  • Thyme Inn
  • AirBnB, VRBO, and Vacasa are also popular options

Glen Arbor offers many quaint shops and boutiques to keep you busy during your visit. Whether you’re looking for clothes and accessories, local goods, or art from local artists, Glen Arbor has it all. While in the area, be sure to check out these stores:

  • The Totem Shop
  • M-22
  • Coastal Clothing and Accessories
  • Cottonseed Apparel 
  • Cherry Republic
  • Petoskey Pete’s

Glen Arbor is home to a complete range of dining opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a bar setting, a sit-down family meal, or fine dining, this small town has plenty to offer. 

  • Art’s Tavern
  • Good Harbor Grill
  • Cherry Public House 
  • Blu
  • Western Avenue Grill
  • L’Chayim Delicatessen
  • Cafe Manitou 

It’s not a trip to Glen Arbor without visiting the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. With scenic roads, walking trails, and plenty of scenic turnouts, this park will surely keep you entertained all day! 


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