The “Glen Lake Area” refers to the greater area that includes: Glen Arbor, Burdickville, Maple City and parts of Empire. It is located about 30 minutes west of Traverse City, almost at the southern border of Leelanau County.
The closest commercial airline airport is Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), located in Traverse City, MI.
Although traffic is quieter than summer, and some businesses are only open seasonally, many local businesses and restaurants remain open during the winter months. During winter, the area becomes a beautiful winter spectacle and an outdoor winter playground for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and downhill skiing, shopping, dining and exploring.
The closest hospital is Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. The Glen Lake Fire Department, with locations in downtown Glen Arbor and Empire, are equipped to handle medical emergencies on land and water. There is a Munson Clinic located in Empire with a Doctor on staff.
“Summertime weather” begins in early June with mild temps (60s and 70s) and spans through Labor Day. Average temps in July and August are usually in the 70s and 80s. While the visiting season winds down here in September, temps often still remain in the 60s and 70s until October.
Glen Lake is anything you’d like it to be! A quiet, relaxing time in a lakeside cabin or a busy time filled with events, dining, and mingling with locals and visitors in busy Glen Arbor. Visit our Itineraries page for some day trip ideas and activities.
Of course! The area is literally nature’s playground with endless options for kids and families including: dune climbs, hikes, swimming, beach play and more. Glen Arbor has a beautiful playground located just off State Street (across from Cherry Republic), and there are more playgrounds dotted throughout the area. From shopping to dining options, activities and down-time, this area will leave a wonderful impression on your children for years to come.
Absolutely. There are endless options for couples or singles traveling to the area, looking for a quiet escape. Explore quiet beaches, trails, upscale dining options and more during your stay. Glen Lake is the perfect place to recreate, relax and reconnect.
Yes! Look for pet-friendly options when reserving your vacation rental. Or, if you’re just in town for a day, feel free to bring Fido! We only ask that you pick up after your pet and remember that the sidewalks are busy with lots of people (and other pets), so please be courteous of others.
There is a parking lot behind the Town Hall that is available for this a vehicle and boat trailer. The hall is located at 6394 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI 49636 | 231-334-3539