Top 3 Michigan Lakes for the Perfect Weekend Away (Maybe it’s time to invest there too)

Yet another snowy day in West Michigan has us of dreaming of long summer days gathered around a fire pit with gorgeous views of water in the background. Michigan is the perfect spot for memory-making days out on an all-sports lake or lounging on the beach with a cocktail in hand. But where should you go? There’s almost too many choices! I’ve gathered the top towns and lakes to check out this summer, so go ahead, add this to your summer calendar and explore Michigan!

Don’t want to drive far, yet want to still feel like you are away from it all?  Check out Gun Lake in Middleville.  Definitely the biggest inland lake within a 45-minute radius of Grand Rapids, Gun Lake offers all the recreational opportunities (on and off the water) that you can imagine. From fishing, swimming, boating and watersports to hiking, biking, and camping, Gun Lake has you covered. Encompassing almost 10 square miles, Yankee Springs Recreation Area is an extremely popular recreation destination for those from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. There is plenty of room to spread out on this nearly four-square-mile lake.

The bustling vacation town of Empire located along Lake Michigan has made the list of most popular vacation spots in the country. People who want to vacation here tend to gravitate toward vacation home rentals, so there is the possibility of income for a vacation home owner who plans to only use the property for short spurts throughout the year.

Another spot to consider is Hamlin Lake, located at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River and Lake Michigan. Ludington is the county seat of Mason County. A bustling calendar of events and several outdoor activities keep people in this area busy. The S.S. Badger Car Ferry offers an experience that many people don’t ever get to enjoy. Disc golf and golf courses, sandy beaches, and historic lighthouse tours provide entertainment for visitors and residents alike.People who are searching for a vacation home on Hamlin Lake will get to enjoy a wide range of pricing. The offerings range from single-family homes to townhouses and condominiums. Inland homes tend to sell at a lower price point than beachfront homes, but even the inland homes are close to the fun of the lake.

Thinking about buying and not just visiting for the weekend?

Michigan is a phenomenal location to own a vacation home, and renting out your home while you’re not using it with friends and family can be a great way to offset the costs of homeownership. But there are many challenges to buying, owning, and renting a vacation home. You need to know the area and what you want in a home for your own use and enjoyment, plus what your home should have to attract renters. You’ll need to be familiar with local tourism, real estate trends, and the state and local regulatory environment.  In addition, you will need to plan how you will maintain your home and manage your rental property from a distance without diverting too much of your personal time and energy away from your other priorities in life.

Curious about lake homes? Visit GRDreamHomes.com to start your search!

Top 3 Outdoor Activities You Must Do in West Michigan

While it’s certainly delightful to curl up with a cozy blanket and a mug of tea when temperatures drop, the cold doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying the benefits of time outside, which are important all year round.  The outdoors not only improve your mood and allow your body to absorb much needed Vitamin D, it also improves your memory and boosts the immune system!

Here are some of the coolest outdoor activities to do in Michigan! Whether you are looking for something for the whole family or just want to get out on your own, there’s bound to be one activity that peaks your interest.

Timberlee Hills is the largest snow tubing hill without dedicated lanes in the state of Michigan. Located just minutes from downtown Traverse City, this is a day you just have to experience and feel like a kid again! Need to warm up after? They have a lodge furnished with tables, TVs, a full service kitchen and a bar. You can enjoy pizza, nachos, cheesy bread, cinnamon sugar bread nuggets, artichoke dip with pita, hot chocolate or an adult beverage while you warm up!  www.timberleehills.com

Make a visit to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, which not only offers a family sledding area, but is also one of only four publically accessible luge tracks in the nation. Get your workout with over 2 acres of outdoor skating! Still can’t find something you love? The snowshoe trails offer the most beautiful scenery in the region! Hike the Woods Loop for a quick jaunt around Muskegon State Park or the Lake Michigan Loop and Lost Lake Trails for a more aggressive terrain and spectacular views of the lake shore. www.msports.org

When cross-country skiing in Michigan in the Great Lakes Bay, winter white trails and tunnels of trees dripping in ice are the backdrop to your Pure Michigan snow day! Explore almost 100 miles of Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail, rent skis on-site for the 11k stretch inside Midland’s City Forest, see 2,000+ acres of frozen wetlands and woods at Bay City State Recreation Area, or adventure through almost 20 miles of trails at Chippewa Nature Center. All within just a few hours of Grand Rapids! www.gogreat.com