Beaches Beyond Bay Harbor
Summertime in the Little Traverse Bay area of northern Michigan means it’s time to grab your sunscreen and head to the beach! Beat the heat during your summer visit with a dip at the resort's own shoreline, or venture out to explore the Petoskey region at these top area beaches. We’ve also included drive times to each one from the Inn, so you can plan out your perfect lake day, from sun bathing, to sand castles, to stunning sunsets!
Get ready to dive into the Great Lakes from these sandy beaches in three different locales!
Petoskey State Park – 18 minutes
A large sandy beach at the foot of Little Traverse Bay, with wide open views of the water and beautiful sandy dunes. Complete with a concession stand, restrooms, swing set, a picnic areas, and hiking trails, this park makes for a fun and full day trip for all.
Michigan Beach Park – 20 minutes
Head west to Charlevoix to visit Michigan Beach Park, just past where Little Traverse Bay meets the open waters. This expansive sandy beach is near the Charlevoix Lighthouse, and of course the unique shops and restaurants of downtown.
Zorn Park Beach– 26 minutes
Located in the heart of Harbor Springs, this compact sandy beach is perfect for taking in the beauty of the Bay from the other side! Enjoy the quaint shops and eateries in historic downtown Harbor Springs within walking distance.
Lake Michigan isn’t the only place to swim in our area. Head inland to these two famous Michigan must-see spots to soak up the summer sun.
Young State Park – 16 minutes
Enjoy Lake Charlevoix at its’ finest at Young State Park. With plenty of sandy frontage with facilities for picnics, boating, and more, take a dip in this large inland lake, just a few minutes’ drive from of the community of Boyne City.
The Foot of Walloon Lake – 16 minutes
The smallest on our list of beaches, but likely to be the warmest waters, is the beach at The Foot of Walloon Lake. Park the car across the road at Melrose Township Park, which offers a playground and picnic tables, and enjoy the patch of sand perched right on the edge of the small but memorable Walloon Lake Village.