At the very tip of scenic route M-22
, Northport is an historic town known for its fine marina, beautiful parks, friendly downtown shops, scenic beaches, and the annual Northport Dog Parade and Wine Festival. Northport is less than a 20 minute drive north of Leland
, or Suttons Bay
...so if you're visiting one of those towns, it's definitely worth the small drive to explore another town rich with history and full of fun activities.
Northport Marina at sunset
There are many friendly places to stop in and look around in downtown Northport.
Located right on the water of Northport Bay, the Northport Marina is a beautiful place to visit and take in the gorgeous vies of the bay. Northport is also a great place to fish, lay on the beach or explore the waters on a sailboat, kayak or canoe.
Northport offers a variety of shops including Joppich’s Bay Street Gallery, Peninsula North Gallery, Wright Gallery, Barb's Bakery, several different restaurants, wine tasting stores, antique shops, a grocery store and farmer's market during the summer months. There's even a community Arts Center, and in the summer you can enjoy music in the park on Fridays.
GRAND TRAVERSE LIGHTHOUSE & MUSEUM
Grand Traverse Lighthouse--Photo by Ken Scott
Less than 15 minutes north of Northport, you'll find the Grand Traverse Lighthouse located in the Leelanau State Park, at the very tip of Leelanau County. The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is just outside of the Grand Traverse Bay, where it meets Lake Michigan. A recreation sticker is required to pass through the Leelanau State Park, to get to the lighthouse. The Leelanau State Park includes over 1,300 acres of land for visitors to enjoy. The park has a rustic campground, two mini cabins, 8.5 miles of hiking/skiing trails and a picnic area, as well as the 47-foot Grand Traverse Lighthouse. At the lighthouse, visitors can take a look in the museum and tour the historic restored lighthouse resembling a keeper's home of the 1920's and 30's. Visitors even have an opportunity to stay at the lighthouse for a week and be the lighthouse keeper.
NORTHPORT OUTDOOR RECREATION
No matter what the season, there's always something to do in Northport! The summer months are usually the busiest season in most Michigan communities, and in Northport, there is plenty of shopping opportunities, farmer's markets, beaches to play on, water to explore, campsites to stay at, trails to hike and so much more. In the spring, after the long Michigan winter, it's a beautiful time to hike the woods, enjoy spring flowers, and hunt mushrooms. Fall is also a gorgeous season, with the changing colors of the leaves, you can take the scenic M-22 color tour
, which Northport is at the very tip of! It's also a great time to grab a coffee or cider and enjoy some shopping, or visit a local pumpkin patch. In the winter months, stay active by sledding or skiing the many ski trails in the area, or explore the land on a snowmobile. Try ice fishing on the Northport Bay. Grab a hot cocoa with your friends and shop the downtown stores. No matter the season, Northport always offers something fun!
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