Photographer: Angela Brown
In the catalog of favorite Northern beach towns, teeny Omena is often overshadowed by its Leelanau County brethren: Suttons Bay, Leland, and Glen Arbor. But this picturesque village on meandering M-22 offers a quiet counterpoint to the summertime bustle of bigger burgs. Our picks for a lazy afternoon: Follow Omena Point Road around the arc of Omena Bay to find the pretty public beach; peruse fine works by regional artists at Tamarack Gallery (231.386.5529, tamarackartgallery.com); sip wine in Leelanau Cellars’ laid-back tasting room (231.386.5201, leelanaucellars.com); head inland to spy historic barns and cruise the ubiquitous fruit stands alongside the bucolic county roads. EAT: The bay-front patio at Knot Just a Bar is a fine spot to indulge in cocktails and regionally inspired fare (231.386.7393, knotjustabar.com). STAY: Just up the hill from town, Sunset Lodge B&B offers well-appointed rooms, fantastic breakfasts and captivating views over the bay (231.386.9080, omenasunsetlodge.com).