What spectacular experiences. Find four lighthouses, and view a fifth one, all within forty-five miles of the Glen Arbor Bed and Breakfast. And lots to see while driving towards them. Whether headed north to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, south to the Pointe Betsie Lighthouse, crossing from Fishtown in Leland on the Manitou Transit line to South Manitou, or east to Traverse City and north on the Old Mission Peninsula to the Mission Point Lighthouse.
Wineries, farmers markets, beach towns, cozy restaurants and stunning scenery can be found on every road along the way. Make multiple day trips out of it – or choose the one that looks most intriguing – and discover these great lighthouses on Michigan’s waterfront.
Grand Traverse Lighthouse
Located just under 40 miles north of Glen Arbor Bed and Breakfast, Grand Traverse Lighthouse is a lovely sight to behold. Inside the historic building, you will find a museum with exhibits such as an old shipwreck of the Tug Albatross. See where the keepers lived, and, June through August, hear the old fog horn. Experience how it used to be. On your way back to Glen Arbor, wander the shops and marinas of Northport and Leland, stop at the Good Harbor Vineyards to sip award-winning wines, and savor an unforgettable drive down scenic M22.
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Twenty-five miles south on M22 from Glen Arbor is Point Betsie Lighthouse. Still an active lighthouse, Point Betsie offers a museum and amazing views of Lake Michigan. Inside the lighthouse, you will find rooms and a kitchen from when it was a lived-in keeper’s home. An authentic U.S. Coast Guard boat is on display as well, along with other life-saving tools.
After you’ve toured the lighthouse, on the way back make sure to check out The Dune Climb. With large sand dunes and views of Lake Michigan, it would be a treat to adventure through the dunes to complete your day. Head a little farther south on M22 into Frankfort, for lunch or dinner at your choice of several great restaurants along their riverfront.
South Manitou Lighthouse
After driving 18 miles north to Leland, board a ferry and cruise to South Manitou Island, where it’s just a short walk to the lighthouse. The lighthouse stands at 100 feet, and was operational from 1871 to 1958. Tour this magnificent structure and take the 117 steps to the top, where you can take pictures of the mesmerizing views of the lake.
Take a small detour to Good Harbor Beach, where clear water and a pristine sandy beach make for a great summer day. And don’t forget your picnic lunch. What a perfect spot!
Mission Point Lighthouse
Travel 45 miles east into Traverse City from Glen Arbor, and then north on the Old Mission Peninsula to Mission Point Lighthouse. The light was officially lit on September 10, 1870 and remained in operation until 1933, when it was replaced with a buoy light offshore. The lighthouse still stands at the 45th Parallel, and gives visitors a chance to tour and see the great history of what once was. Visitors can enjoy a nice picnic lunch – but be sure to bring it with you, as there is only a gift shop at the lighthouse – and admire the beauty of the beach surrounding the lighthouse. On your way back, there are plenty of wineries to stop and savor, and some classic roadside stands with fresh everything. Try Bowers Harbor Vineyard, Chateau Grand Traverse or Chateau Chantal to complete your perfect day.
Ready to experience all of these great lighthouses in Northern Michigan? Book a stay at Glen Arbor Bed and Breakfast to have a charming place to come back to. Experience delicious breakfast, outstanding accommodations and unparalleled guest service when you choose to stay at Glen Arbor Bed and Breakfast.