There’s something wonderful about spending time in the big city. Towering buildings, bright lights, and a constant bustle of activity make city life an exciting experience. But Michiganders also understand the appeal of small town relaxation, and we’re lucky to have access to some of the loveliest small towns in the country. Here are 10 destinations in the Great Lakes State where you’re sure to be rejuvenated.
This small city along Michigan’s “Sunrise Coast” is a favorite spot for nature-lovers looking for a laid-back getaway. Relax next to a lighthouse at Tawas Point State Park, where you might just spot a few unique migratory birds.
2. Harbor Springs
This charming resort community on Little Traverse Bay comprises just over one square mile of land, making it a true small town. Relax at a downtown coffee shop, spend a few hours golfing, or simply chat with loved ones on the porch of a cozy cottage. A stay in Harbor Springs offers visitors a one-of-a-kind escape from real life.
This quaint village near the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan is tiny, but it offers plenty of interesting attractions. Peruse one of its beautiful local art galleries, stroll downtown for a bite to eat, or simply relax at the nearby beach.
4. Mackinac Island
There’s no denying that Mackinac Island is one of the most peaceful places in the Great Lakes State. You’ll notice a sense of calm that can’t be found anywhere else — this is because there are no cars on the island. What could be more relaxing than a quiet day on a bicycle, taking in the stunning views of Mackinac?
This suburb of Detroit is home to a lovely downtown area and a slew of buildings created with Victorian architecture. Throughout the year, Northville is home to several family-friendly festivals — but this doesn’t make it any less suited for calm and relaxation.
Venture north for a visit to Marquette, where you’ll be stunned by views of Lake Superior. Get blissfully lost on one of the town’s nature trails or watch the world go by from along the harbor. No matter how you spend your time in Marquette, you’ll leave feeling more relaxed than you were when you arrived.
7. Suttons Bay
Tucked away in Leelanau County, this quaint village boasts a relaxing vibe that can rarely be found elsewhere. Suttons Bay has a population of under 700 people, so you’ll truly feel like you’ve stepped into a traditional village. While you’re in the area, peruse the town’s shops — you’ll find everything from handmade fudge to spices.
If you’re looking for a genuinely tiny town in the Mitten State, Caseville is the place to be. Its charming downtown area houses a few restaurants, coffee shops, and bars, but most of its neighborhoods are made up of small homes and quaint cottages. Grab a book and spend the day reading on the beach at nearby Sleeper State Park.
Located along the Bay de Noc in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Escanaba has a little something for everyone. Chill out on the shores of the bay or marvel at a nearby lighthouse. If natural relaxation is more your style, there are plenty of hiking trails in the area just waiting to be explored.
Charlevoix is renowned for its gorgeous natural scenery, but it’s also an ideal place to enjoy some peace and quiet. Watch sailboats float by on the banks of Lake Michigan or Lake Charlevoix, or take a boat ride yourself and let the waves soothe you. If you’re looking for an educational experience, visit one of the town’s multiple historical sites.
This is just a short compilation of Michigan’s beautiful small towns. Where’s your favorite destination for peaceful relaxation in the Great Lakes State? Tell us all about it in the comments below!