Archive for the ‘Outdoor Adventure’ Category

Dog-friendly Winter Hikes

Posted on by Mae Stier •

Photo by Crow’s Feet Photo & Design As cabin fever sets in with a ferocity, we know the desire to get outside is strong. Spring is so close, yet still so far away. So bundle up, load your dog and their leash into the car, and come visit our favorite dog-friendly winter hiking trails! Winter […]

Hiker’s Guide to Empire

Posted on by Sara •

Empire’s Best Treks, from Easy to Adventurous As the gateway to the Sleeping Bears Dunes, the village of Empire is a hiker’s heaven. With miles of secluded trails winding through forests, over dunes, and along towering bluffs, there’s a reason the park is called “The Most Beautiful Place in America.” Starting in town, you’re just […]

Your Next Stop on M-22

Posted on by Sara •

Centrally located, Empire is the perfect launching pad for every M-22 adventure. Voted the #1 scenic highway in the country by USA Today, M-22 draws travelers from across the globe with promises of sandy, sweeping vistas rivaling America’s oceansides—minus the crowds. Winding around the dune-covered northwest section of Lake Michigan, the landscape boasts towering bluffs, […]

Beaches & Bonfires

Posted on by Sara •

Fun in Sleeping Bear means family, friends, and beach bonfires. That’s right, beach fires are permitted in the park, while following some important guidelines. Grab a stack of firewood and marshmallows for roasting—and maybe a star chart if you’ve got one—and head to one of many spots listed below for a memorable sunset and starlit […]

Rediscover the Outdoors this Spring

Posted on by Sara •

Springtime brings excitement to re-discover the outdoors. From hiking through the Sleeping Bear Dunes to surfing on Lake Michigan, Empire is the destination that has it all. Make a day of it by stopping at one of our local eateries on your way out of town. Crystal River Outfitters (Glen Arbor) | Opening for the […]

Backcountry Biking Guide

Posted on by Sara •

What better way to experience Sleeping Bear Dunes than rolling on two wheels through a forest canopy of hardwoods and scenic lake views? Although bikes aren’t permitted on the park’s popular hiking trails, there are plenty of backcountry cycling options in the Empire area ranging from effortless to extreme. Rent a cargo bike for the […]

7 Ways to Spend a Snow Day in Empire

Posted on by Sara •

Winter in northern Michigan is no time to hibernate. One of its best-kept secrets is the icy beauty—and solitude—of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Headquartered in the village of Empire, the 71,000 acre park is open all year and rewards off-season adventurers with scenic views rarely experienced by the average tourist. As snow builds over […]