Girlfriend Getaway: Glen Arbor/Empire
Glen Arbor’s Homestead Resort topped the list for best view from a ski run; fortuitously, you can score that same panoramic Lake Michigan view from your roomy condo or the bluff-top spa that offers a sunset happy hour. Sign up for endurance event favorite, the M-22 Challenge, or leisurely bike the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail connecting Glen Arbor to the Glen Haven beach and popular Dune Climb. Beach hopping’s a must: all three reader-favorite stretches of sand are within a short drive. Beach-winner Empire (readers say) is where you’ll want to try a stand-up paddleboard, available for rent at Sleeping Bear Surf and Kayak. Catch up on each other’s lives on a sunset stroll to best-view favorites Pyramid Point and Sleeping Bear Dunes, or en route to the “best place to find a handbag”—Haystacks, in Glen Arbor. Hungry? Try the chart-topping chicken jalapeno soup at Glen Arbor’s Art’s Tavern, also a finalist for best neighborhood bar.