Summer’s Last Gasp: Harbor Springs, MI

Paige, Billy, Libby, and Bo Howenstein enjoying the long summer days in Harbor Point, Michigan.

The places we spend our childhood summers are special to us for our entire lives. For Los Angeles-based Papo d’Anjo trunk show director Angela Howenstein and her family, that place is Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Harbor Springs is a classic midwestern summer retreat. Located only 45 minutes from Mackinac Island (home to the historic Grand Hotel), its a meeting spot for sailors from all over the world who understand the unique challenges and thrills of Lake Michigan regattas.

One of my favorite places in Harbor Springs is an area known as Harbor Point. No cars are allowed–only bikes or horse-drawn carriages. It’s quiet and charming and a safe and easy place for children to explore on their own. Make sure to check out the beaches with their turquoise water and enormous sand dunes. Truly a magical setting.

Harbor Springs is a cottage culture, where families have gathered for generations. But if your family prefers hotels, the place to stay is the Colonial Inn.

I know that this time of year can be hectic and that many moms are busy filling out school forms and buying supplies. I hope you get at least a moment to savor summer’s waning moments.

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