Cool a fellow Michigander. I've spent a lot of time up your way. Mesick, Empire, Glen Arbor, TC.
Northern Michigan is absolutely amazing! Mid Michigan is so/so and southern Michigan may as well be Ohio
. But our entire west coast
is filled with some of the best beaches on earth, hands down. It's a 2 hour drive to Muskegon from here but we choose that over any of the local beaches every time; well worth the drive. When I get a boat, Muskegon is going to be my home port.
Enjoy the lakes!