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Glen-Arbor is located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline, between Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear Bay on Lake Michigan. This beautiful town is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon, exploring the village shops and art galleries and restaurants. The quaint Lake Street Studios of Glen Arbor are located on the Leelanau Peninsula and feature a different artist each week at their Gallery Center. For more action, head out to the beach and the massive sand dunes and bluffs along the Lake Michigan shoreline for a brisk afternoon of hiking and climbing. Just south of town is Glen Haven which has one of the most picturesque beaches in Michigan, and smaller sand dunes for children and those not up to the challenging dunes at Glen Arbor. Over 50,000 acres of forests, small lakes and rivers, beach and sand dunes, as well as North and South Manitou Islands make up the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline. This means unlimited possibilities for outdoors recreation, including swimming, boating, fishing, backpacking, camping, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, nature walks and bike and auto tours. The old Coast Guard Lifesaving Station in Glen Arbor is now a Maritime Museum and is well worth the visit, especially for children. Other interesting sites near Glen Arbor include a lighthouse built in 1871 and a very extensive, historic farm district. And, the Sleeping Bear Dunegrass & Blues Festival, one of Northern Michigan's largest and liveliest festivals, is held in August in the nearby town of Empire.

Surrounding areas: Empire, Michigan (2.5 mi), Maple City, Michigan (8.8 mi), Cedar, Michigan (11.8 mi), Lake Ann, Michigan (12.5 mi), Beulah, Michigan (14.8 mi), Duck Lake, Michigan (16.5 mi), Long Lake, Michigan (16.6 mi)

Glen Arbor Vacation Rentals

Glen Arbor Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
The HomesteadWood RDG RdGlen Arbor, MI (616) 334-5000
Leelanau Country Inn149 E HBR HwyMaple City, MI8.8 mi.(616) 228-5060
Best Western - Scenic Hill Resort1400 US 31 HwyBeulah, MI14.8 mi.(231) 882-7754
Crystal Beach Resort222 CTR StBeulah, MI14.8 mi.(231) 882-7229
Harbor Lights Motel15 Second StFrankfort, MI17.9 mi.(231) 352-5614
Park Place Hotel300 E State StTraverse City, MI20.9 mi.(231) 946-5000
Americinn Motel & Suites1614 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 938-0288
Baymont Inn & Suites2326 North US 31 SouthTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 933-4454
Econo Lodge1065 M 37 STraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 943-3040
Fairfield Inn By Marriott--Traverse City3701 N County DrTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 922-7900
Grand Beach Resort Hotel1683 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 938-4455
Great Wolf Lodge3575 N Hwy US 31 STraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 941-3600
Hampton Inn - Traverse City100 US 31 NTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 946-8900
Hampton Inn1000 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 946-8900
Knights Inn1941 US 31 NTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 938-1900
Quality Inn1492 US 31 NTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 929-4423
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 938-0100
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 US 31 NTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 938-0100
Super 8 Motel1870 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 938-1887
Traverse Bay Inn2300 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 938-2646
Traverse City Courtyard3615 W S Airport RdTraverse City, MI21.1 mi.(231) 929-1800
Bayshore Resort833 E Front StTraverse City, MI21.9 mi.(231) 935-4400
Crystal Mountain12500 Crystal Mountain DrThompsonville, MI22.5 mi.(800) 968-7686
Century Farms2421 N Jacobson RdSuttons Bay, MI22.6 mi.(231) 271-2421
Best Western Four Seasons305 Munson AveTraverse City, MI22.8 mi.(231) 946-8424
Days Inn And Suites Traverse City420 Munson AveTraverse City, MI23.0 mi.(231) 941-0208
Travelodge & Suites-traverse City460 Munson AveTraverse City, MI23.1 mi.(231) 947-5436
Traverse Victorian Inn461 Munson AveTraverse City, MI23.1 mi.(231) 947-5525
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3536 Mt Hope RdAcme, MI26.6 mi.(231) 938-2600
Sleep Inn And Suites5520 US 31 NAcme, MI26.6 mi.(231) 938-7000

Glen Arbor Weather & Climate

The lake effect is quite strong on the northwest area of Lower Michigan near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. This area has a distinct four-season climate, although Lake Michigan helps modify temperatures, keeping them cooler in late spring and early summer, and warmer during late fall and winter. Showers and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer, and precipitation is generally evenly distributed during the crop season of April through September, receiving an average of 17.45 inches of rain during that time. The lake also acts as a giant humidifier, increasing moisture content in the air throughout the year. However, extremely hot and humid summer days are not that common and don't last long in this part of the state. Snowfall varies greatly from season to season.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 15°F 2.80 in. -
February 32°F 15°F 1.80 in. -
March 41°F 22°F 2.14 in. -
April 54°F 31°F 2.51 in. -
May 67°F 41°F 2.63 in. -
June 77°F 51°F 2.95 in. -
July 81°F 57°F 2.91 in. -
August 79°F 56°F 3.37 in. -
September 70°F 49°F 4.22 in. -
October 59°F 40°F 3.36 in. -
November 44°F 30°F 3.21 in. -
December 33°F 21°F 2.84 in. -

Glen Arbor Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located about 23 miles southeast of Glen Arbor in Traverse City, Michigan, the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located approximately 40 miles southwest of Glen Arbor in Manistee, Michigan, the Antrim County airport (ACB) located roughly 42 miles east of Glen Arbor in Bellaire, Michigan, the Wexford County airport (CAD) located around 49 miles southeast of Glen Arbor in Cadillac, Michigan, the Mason County airport (LDM) located about 63 miles southwest of Glen Arbor in Ludington, Michigan, and finally the Otsego County airport (GLR) located approximately 66 miles east of Glen Arbor in Gaylord, Michigan.

Glen Arbor Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI87.0 mi.
Water Parks
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI111.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Dunes Golf ClubEmpireMI2.5 mi.
Mistwood Golf CourseLake AnnMI12.8 mi.
Pinecroft Golf PlantationBenzoniaMI14.8 mi.
Champion HillBenzoniaMI15.6 mi.
Cedar Hills Golf CourseTraverse CityMI16.2 mi.
Crystal Lake Golf ClubBeulahMI16.5 mi.
Frankfort Golf CourseFrankfortMI17.5 mi.
Veronica Valley Golf CourseLake LeelanauMI18.5 mi.
Interlochen Golf ClubInterlochenMI19.5 mi.
Bay Meadows Golf CourseTraverse CityMI21.5 mi.
Crown Golf CourseTraverse CityMI21.5 mi.
Elmbrook Golf CourseTraverse CityMI21.5 mi.
Mitchell Creek Golf CourseTraverse CityMI21.5 mi.
Arcadia Bluffs Golf CourseArcadiaMI23.6 mi.
Chestnut Hills Golf CourseBear LakeMI29.6 mi.
County Highlands Golf CourseBear LakeMI29.6 mi.
Ski Areas
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI 
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI11.8 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI22.7 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI41.4 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI51.4 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI59.1 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI65.1 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI67.8 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI98.2 mi.
Pine MountainIron MountainMI119.5 mi.
State Parks
D H Day State ParkMI3.3 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI20.5 mi. 
Traverse City State ParkMI24.8 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI21.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI100.0 mi.

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