Photo: Briana Paige, Photographer at Northern Way of Life

Splashing in the water, relaxing on the beach, and watching a sunset. These are the moments when you find your happy place. We've rounded up a selection of quotes and photos from travel writers and photographers who have shared their special places in the area.

Read on for inspiration, and when the time is right to plan your trip, here are ideas for lodging

My happy place is…

“Anywhere along the Leelanau Peninsula lakeshore. Strolling along at my own pace, enjoying the sound of the waves lapping (or crashing!) into shore, my only company being a skittering piping plover or a bald eagle soaring overhead. It’s pure bliss and a re-charge for the soul.”
—Briana Paige, Photographer at Northern Way of Life 

My happy place is…

“A silent sail into Suttons Bay and beyond. Passing patchworks of vineyards and orchards on the shore creates an instant vacation.”
—Kim Schneider, Travel Writer

Sailing on the Bay

My happy place is…

“Listening to a concert at the Kresge Auditorium while watching the pine trees tremble and the lake in the distance…it’s the very definition of bliss.”
—Pauline Frommer, the Frommer Travel Show

My happy place is…

“West Bay! Whether we’re going to the beach, to swim and hang out, boating, fishing, or even just running by it on the TART Trail, it’s one of those places that just puts you in a good mood.”
—Alli Sobolewski, Photographer/Videographer at To The Wolves Co.

Swimming in West Bay

My happy place is…

“Taking in majestic views and spending time with my family in Empire at Sleeping Bear Dunes.”
—Brandy Gleason, Gleason Family Adventure

My happy place is…

“Hop Lot Brewing in Suttons Bay for their amazing beer and what surely is the coolest outdoor patio in all of Michigan.”
—Amy Sherman, MLive

Beer at HopLot

My happy place is…

“A warm summer day with the sun shining through the sails on the Tall Ship Manitou.”
—Amy Piper, Follow the Piper

My happy place is…

"My happy place is nights spent under the stars, sitting around a campfire listening to the sound of the waves crash against the shoreline. It's watching the summer sun set with good friends. Always remembering that it's not just the pretty views that make this place so special, but the people that we share those views with." 
—Liam Kaiser Photography

Beach Bonfire

My happy place is…

“East Bay at sunset…it’s unforgettable.”
—Kim Reiner, Oh My Omaha

My happy place is…

“Anywhere on Old Mission Peninsula. Preferably an uninhabited beach.”
—Bill Bradley, Co-founder of Three Point Four Media

Old Mission Peninsula

 

My happy place is…

“In Traverse City with all my favorite things: Lake Michigan, outdoor recreation, exceptional dining, craft beer and spirits, and laid-back charm.”
—Francesca Mazurkiewicz, The Working Mom’s Travels
 

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