Leelanau County is a premier travel destination for those seeking unmatched natural beauty in a tranquil setting. It is a peninsula blessed with sandy beaches, massive dunes, timbered ridges and pastoral farms surrounded by Lake Michigan’s clear waters.
These unique natural resources and breathtaking views led to the creation of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the National Park that now surrounds The Homestead.
Recently, these unique resources were recognized again as the viewers of ABC’s Good Morning America chose Sleeping Bear Dunes over nine other carefully selected areas as the Most Beautiful Place in America.
In addition to its natural beauty, Leelanau has a long history of agriculture. For generations, its cherry orchards have produced the nation’s largest crops of sweet and tart cherries. Today the orchards have been joined by wineries that grow many varieties of grapes. Together they make Leelanau County the largest producer of wines in the state and an emerging viticulture area for the nation.
But the character of the county hasn’t changed. It is much as it was when the Ojibway named it Leelanau, meaning “Land of Delight.”