Northern Michigan is a beautiful place all year long, but summers are really special.

There is a lot to see and do right near our Mr Chain headquarters in Manistee County, and we are less than an hour away from Sleeping Bear Dunes, along the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan. Below is an excerpt from ABC News about our now, even more famous local attraction,

ABC: Michigan home to 'most beautiful place in America.'

ABC News' Good Morning America has named Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes the Most Beautiful Place in America.

a national contest where Good Morning America asked viewers to help them find America's most beautiful place, this 35 mile stretch of Lake Michigan coastline received tens of thousands of votes – beating out places like Aspen, Colorado; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii; Point Reyes, California and Sedona, Arizona.

In addition to the natural beauty of the area, Good Morning America featured several local businesses, including Hearth and Vine in Sutton's Bay and Cherry Republic and Crystal River Outfitters, both in Glen Arbor.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, also weighed in on the virtues of northern Michigan.

"I spent my entire summer here at Lake Michigan because it's beautiful, because it has farmers, because it has great food artisans, it has great products, it has magnificent fresh water," Batali said in an interview with Good Morning America.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was established for its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena.  The highest dunes spike at 400 feet above the sparkling blue waters of Lake Michigan.  Each year more than 1.2 million people visit this Michigan treasure.

For more information on Sleeping Bear Dunes, click here

In addition, Sleeping Bear Dunes has a sand dune for families to enjoy as some of the dunes next to Lake Michigan are quite steep. Ryan Schultz (company controller) has been known to enjoy the hill as much as his children.

So if you can, visit Sleeping Bear Dunes and feel free to stop by.

Have a great weekend,

Plastic Pete