Arcadia is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan in Northwest Michigan. It is one of Michigan’s oldest port towns and boasts unbeatable views of the lake from Inspiration Point, the highest point on the west shore of Lake Michigan. Even getting to Arcadia is a beautiful experience, for M-22 has been called Michigan’s most scenic drive.
Once there, guests of Arcadia’s bed and breakfasts may never want to leave. Miles of sandy beaches invite long walks. Open waters call to anglers and boaters. Numerous golf courses tempt golfers spring through fall and cross-country skiers in the winter. Drive north to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for a day of hiking, or just cruise along the scenic coast of Lake Michigan in search of the more than twenty Michigan lighthouses dotting the shores.
Northwest Michigan is wine country. Hop on the wine trail near Arcadia and head south to wineries near Onekama, or north to numerous wineries on the Leelanau Peninsula and around Traverse City. Be sure to ask the innkeepers about their favorite local wines and wine tasting destinations.
The Arcadia Area Historical Museum is a great place to delve into the history of the region. Visitors may experience the old streets of Arcadia thanks to a number of old photographs. Secrets under the waters of Lake Michigan are revealed, such as the wreck of the Minnehaha, one of the largest sailing ships to ever grace the waters of the Great Lakes. If this is a particular interest, look into shipwreck tours – they are a fascinating way to combine history with a day out on Lake Michigan.
Of course, there are many ways to experience the nearby waters. Fishing and boating charters abound on Lake Michigan and Arcadia Lake. Ice fishing is popular on nearby Bear Lake. If you have any questions, ask your local innkeepers.