About The Area

Beyond our outstanding business and entrepreneurial advantages, Northern Michigan is a great place to live and play.  Long know for unparalleled natural beauty, our region is abundant with friendly, hometown atmospheres; exceptional schools; outstanding health-care; nationally acclaimed arts, cultural and historic facilities; endless four-season recreational opportunities; and quaint downtowns bursting with renowned shops and award-winning restaurants.  Just a few of the many amenities that attract and retain quality employees and working families, and provide an unequaled standard of living. - NLEA

Counties

Amtrim County

Antrim County is located in the northwestern part of the lower peninsula, east of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay and bordered on the west by the Mackinaw State Forest, also referred to as the Jordan River Valley. The county has a total area of 602 square miles of which 477 square miles of it is land and 125 square miles of it is water. Within Antrim County are he towns of Elk Rapids, Manclona, Helena Eastport and Bellaire.

Benzie County

Benzie County is the smallest county in Michigan at 316 square miles. Located along the shores of Lake Michigan near the northwestern tip of lower Michigan, Benzie is abundantly rich in natural resources with many lakes, rivers, forests, and areas of productive farmland. Over 36% of Benzie County is publicly owned land. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is truly a national treasure.

Benzie County is known for its historical small towns and villages. Each of these entities is unique with a strong sense of identity, yet they all share common visions for the future of the County as a whole. 

Within Benzie County are the villages of Benzonia, Beulah, Honor, Lake Ann and Thompsonville.

Grand Traverse County

Grand Traverse County is located in the northwest part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan on beautiful Grand Traverse Bay. With its numerous lakes and rolling hills, the County is a major tourist destination and known for its peaceful quality of life. Grand Traverse County abounds with cultural and social activities. The Interlochen Center of the Arts attracts students from around the world and provides quality performing arts entertainment. Traverse City is home to Northwestern Michigan College and hosts the University Center of major universities from around the state offering degree completion and advanced degrees in virtually any subject. Residents of the County enjoy high quality medical care and services from Munson Medical Center, which is often named as one of the top hospitals in the country. The county seat, Traverse City, is well known as the Cherry Capital of the World. Traverse City is joined by 13 townships and 2 villages, Kingsley and Fife Lake, within the County. The County covers 466 square miles in size by spanning 24 miles east/west and 26 miles north/south.

Kalkaska County

Kalkaska County is 561 square miles of abundant natural resources with numerous recreational opportunities. There are over 80 inland lakes and 275 miles of streams and rivers, with numerous state and county parks in which to get close to the natural beauty that surrounds you in Kalkaska. The county averages 126 inches of snow each year, perfect for winter weather enthusiasts.


 

Leelanau County

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located on the west side of the county, was voted ‘The Most Beautiful Place in America’ by Good Morning America, in 2011.

 

One of the most beautiful sections of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour is found in Leelanau County, which is actually a peninsula northwest of Traverse City. Home to many fine wineries,.The communities that comprise Leelanau Peninsula each offer something unique and interesting to the visitor.

 

Within Leelanau County are the Villages of Empire, Northport and Suttons Bay.

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