Van’s Beach

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Etta read me the story of a visitor to the Leelanau Peninsula who found the beauty of the setting sun over Lake Michigan so overwhelming they broke down in tears.

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I have seen a lot of beautiful sunsets over the lake in my days as a visitor, but I think they may be on to something. Of all the photos of Michigan sunsets, I took my favorite ones at Van’s Beach on the autumnal equinox.

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This public beach is located at the end of Cedar St., just off the main drag. Van’s Autobody is where you make the turn, but if you are parked in town, it is close enough to walk.

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There water is shallow and the sand is soft and fine. In one direction lies the natural vista of sand and water, and in other, Fishtown’s pier.

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