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Old 03-19-2018, 03:03 PM
 
Location: I is where I is
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Possibly planning a little getaway and an idea was to go visit the Great Lakes and maybe do some kayaking, paddle boarding, etc...but Iíve never been to the lakes around this time.

Not sure which lake/area as far as Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, etc...but would like some recommendations for a nice cute town, with some good local restaurants, shops, etc...and obviously good water access. I hear the dunes in Indiana are neat, any input for that? Also, we will have a rental vehicle, so transportation isnít an issue. Would prefer to either stay in a nice hotel, or VRBO type rental.

Also, how is the weather typically around Mid-September? Any and all suggestions appreciated!
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:13 PM
 
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Possibly planning a little getaway and an idea was to go visit the Great Lakes and maybe do some kayaking, paddle boarding, etc...but Iíve never been to the lakes around this time.

Not sure which lake/area as far as Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, etc...but would like some recommendations for a nice cute town, with some good local restaurants, shops, etc...and obviously good water access. I hear the dunes in Indiana are neat, any input for that? Also, we will have a rental vehicle, so transportation isnít an issue. Would prefer to either stay in a nice hotel, or VRBO type rental.

Also, how is the weather typically around Mid-September? Any and all suggestions appreciated!
I would suggest Lake Michigan on the Michigan side. There are a lot of charming towns on the coast. St. Joseph's, New Buffalo, Holland will be nice and you can do those water activities too. Sleeping Bear is awesome as well, but a little further north.


I would skip the Indiana Dunes, while they are cool, it's kind eh because of the views. The park is surrounded by industrial buildings, so a lot of smokestacks and what not, that kind of kill the experience IMO.


Are you flying into a specific city? Where are you coming from?


Mid-September weather is good, but can be either hot, cool, or just prefect. But either way September is a solid month.


If I were you I would do Holland, New Buffalo, St. Joseph's, and if you have time make it up to Sleeping Bear and Traverse City.
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:50 PM
 
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I would suggest Lake Michigan on the Michigan side. There are a lot of charming towns on the coast. St. Joseph's, New Buffalo, Holland will be nice and you can do those water activities too. Sleeping Bear is awesome as well, but a little further north.


I would skip the Indiana Dunes, while they are cool, it's kind eh because of the views. The park is surrounded by industrial buildings, so a lot of smokestacks and what not, that kind of kill the experience IMO.


Are you flying into a specific city? Where are you coming from?


Mid-September weather is good, but can be either hot, cool, or just prefect. But either way September is a solid month.


If I were you I would do Holland, New Buffalo, St. Joseph's, and if you have time make it up to Sleeping Bear and Traverse City.
We will by flying out of St Louis into whatever city with the closest major airport, and then driving from there.

Thanks for the info
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:53 PM
 
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We will by flying out of St Louis into whatever city with the closest major airport, and then driving from there.

Thanks for the info
Fly into Chicago I would say and then do the west coast of Michigan. Or Grand Rapids if there is a flight from St. Louis (which I highly doubt).
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:56 PM
 
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Fly into Chicago I would say and then do the west coast of Michigan. Or Grand Rapids if there is a flight from St. Louis (which I highly doubt).
There are actually many flights from STL to Grand Rapids. Delta, United and American all have flights.
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Old 03-19-2018, 04:03 PM
 
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There are actually many flights from STL to Grand Rapids. Delta, United and American all have flights.
Oh then fly there! Will save you time. Driving from Chicago to those parts of Michigan can be cumbersome due to traffic, especially through Indiana. You'll save more time. Plus GR is a great city too!
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Old 03-19-2018, 07:32 PM
 
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If you are open to Lake Ontario, I’d say to consider Sackets Harbor for small, quaint and historical or Fair Haven, which has a beach and Chimney Bluffs nearby. Oswego may be an option if you want a small city on the lake.

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Syracuse’s Hancock International or Rochester International would be the best options in terms of airports. Maybe Watertown International if you go with Sackets Harbor, but it is very small. Syracuse is 45 minutes SE of Oswego, an hour and 15 from Sackets Harbor and Rochester is about an hour west of Fair Haven. Fair Haven is about the same from Syracuse.

If you want to go to both, Oswego may be a happy medium. It is closer to Fair Haven, but is still a reasonable drive to Sackets Harbor as well. You can take Route 104 west to Fair Haven and take 104 east to either I-81 north to Route 3 west to Sackets Harbor or take a scenic route by taking Route 3 off of Route 104. You be interested in this too: Seaway Trail

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Old 03-19-2018, 07:56 PM
 
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The UP of Michigan.
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:41 PM
 
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Would love to visit.
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Old 03-20-2018, 08:36 AM
 
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Fly into either Grand Rapids or better yet, Traverse City. Everything around Traverse City is wonderful in September. We rented a house on a little lake in Interlochen, MI a few Septembers ago. The weather was perfect.
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