Recent and Featured Empire Articles

  • pierce stocking drive, sleeping bear dunes Video: Don’t Miss Sleeping Bear Dune’s Pierce Stocking Drive

    This 7.4 mile scenic drive within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore combines history, enchanting forests and spectacular overlooks of the Glen Lakes, the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan.

  • Grab Some Time at a Leelanau Beach

    Five Lake Michigan beaches just a step away from the downtowns of Northport, Leland, Suttons Bay and Empire.

  • Paddleboard Race in Sleeping Bear!

    Join the fun at Northern Michigan’s first-ever stand-up paddleboard race sponsored, by Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak in Empire.

  • 3 Beautiful Drives in Leelanau County

    Point your car and go and you’re sure to find winding roads, art, restaurants, wine, shopping and spectacular vistas from Suttons Bay to Northport, from Leland to Glen Arbor.

  • Foodie Road Trip #3: The Leelanau and Benzie Coast

    Wind your way from breakfast at Martha’s Leelanau Table in Suttons Bay to dinner at Comida Mexicana in Frankfort with stops for chocolates, chili and ice cream all along the way.

  • Concert at the Sleeping Bear Dunes!

    Shout Sister Shout: Steppin’ In It to Perform at the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb,7 p.m. Sunday, July 12.

  • The Leelanau County “Don’t Miss” List

    Great restaurants, bike rides, Lake Michigan cruises and cherries are just some of the “must do’s” for fun in Leelanau County, including Glen Arbor, Leland, Suttons Bay and the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

  • Leelanau Vacation Guide: Sleeping Bear Dunes, Fishtown, Restaurants

    Your guide to Leelanau County restaurants, events, beaches, shopping, lodging with a directory, interactive map, articles and a digital, clickable Leelanau Vacation Guide.

  • Relighting the Historic South Manitou Island Lighthouse

    One of Lake Michigan’s most famous lighthouses to shine again.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes

    Video of a beautiful early summer day at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore including the Dune Climb, Pierce Stocking Drive, Glen Haven and the Visitor Center.

  • Stalking Local Asparagus in Empire

    The coastal town of Empire is sprouting some of the finest spears in the land.

  • Get Up and Paddleboard

    The stand-up paddleboard craze has come ashore in the Great Lakes, beach boys and girls.

  • Thumbnail portrait: Empire

    Headquarters of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and a friendly, Big Lake vibe.

  • Spring Daytrip: Empire

    Tips for visiting Empire in the Leelanau Peninsula including ways to play outdoors, and places to shop and eat.

  • ski sleeping bear Three Trails for Cross Country Skiing in Sleeping Bear Dunes

    Snowshoe and cross-country ski the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

  • scenic drive Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in the Sleeping Bear Dunes

    The Pierce Stocking Drive, located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, provides a gorgeous scenic drive, beautiful lookouts over Lake Michigan and North Bar Lake and a lovely, short hike on the Cottonwood Trail.

  • Dune Wonder

    Varied dune ecology can be found in Grand Sable Dunes, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Nordhouse Dunes, including pitcher’s thistle, piping plover and wolf spider.

  • Traverse Classics: Lessons in Beekeeping

    Traverse Classics: Heartache. Stings. Who knew that beekeeping would be so emotional?