While there is nothing that you have to do,
there is plenty that you could do.
Activities abound in this natural wonderland, no matter what season you plan on visiting. Some find that an afternoon of hiking amidst the breathtaking colors and whispering leaves is just the thing. For others, a leisurely paddle in a kayak or just sitting in the long shadows of the sun with a good book can provide the sense of relaxation that many crave. For adventurers, there are opportunities for wine tasting at area vineyards and perusing local art galleries. Local shops also provide hours of browsing for treasure hunters and antique fanciers.
Labrys is located in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and is only 40 minutes from the heart of Traverse City. The National Lakeshore offers great hiking and skiing trails which bring you to breathtaking spots along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is a seven-mile, one way loop motorcar road that provides access to the high dune plateau, affording spectacular views of the Manitou Islands, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and the Lake Michigan shoreline. The park’s visitor center is less than 15 minutes away in Empire via M-22. M-22 is part of Michigan’s Circle Tour and a beautiful drive in any season.
Benzie County is a wonderful, four season vacation spot. There are three small towns within eight miles of Labrys. Benzonia is home to Gwen Frostic Prints where presses make prints from original blocks specializing in simple designs celebrating nature. Frankfort’s natural harbor is one of the busiest ports in northwest Michigan. North of the city is the Point Betsie Lighthouse. From this historic lighthouse, you can see majestic views of Lake Michigan. Beulah, on Crystal Lake, has antique stores, art galleries, fine baked goods, and fudge.
Only two miles from Labrys, Crystal Lake is considered one of the best swimming and boating lakes in the state. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking are popular on the Platte and Betsie rivers. Crystal Mountain is close by for downhill and cross-country skiing or golf. Traverse City, an easy day trip from Labrys, is serviced by the Cherry Capital Airport. Noted for its Cherry Festival, Traverse City also has wine-tasting and tours at area vineyards.
Let Labrys be your “home base” while you explore the wonders of northern Michigan.