Welcome to Antrim County
Picturesque small-town lifestyle in one of Lake Michigan’s most stunning areas
Considered one of Northern Michigan’s premier areas, Antrim County is a second homeowner’s paradise. These communities are some of the most diverse and fun in the state, with famous neighbors such as Kid Rock, Eminem, and more taking up residence. These A-list celebrities have fallen in love with the area for its stunning scenery, turquoise blue waters, and small yet friendly communities that offer a sense of security and privacy.
Given the name Antrim County—after the county in Ireland—in 1843 in reverence to the numerous Irish settlers in the area at the time, these communities are now known as a water wonderland, with many people visiting to view the jaw-dropping blue inland lakes that take on an almost aquamarine hue throughout the year, resembling the crisp and clear waters of the Caribbean.
What to Love
- Beautiful, picturesque scenery
- Various outdoor recreational activities
- Small, tight-knit communities
- Friendly and considerate neighbors
People & Lifestyle
One of the most popular places in Northern Michigan to purchase a second home, the majority of the population are part-time residents moving back and forth between their lakefront dream home and their busy city life. However, the communities themselves also have numerous entertainment, shopping, and dining options that give off that ideal small-town feel.
There is a distinct appreciation for the outdoors here, where many residents enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle and make great use of the numerous recreational activities the natural landscape has to offer. The local parks and hiking trails are some of the most popular spots in the county.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Antrim County’s dining scene is unarguably one of the best in Northern Michigan. Dockside
in Torch Lake is a local favorite, with guests gazing out at some of the lake’s most stunning views while they enjoy a range of dishes such as deep-fried pickles, fish taco baskets, and an out-of-this-world Spicy Dare Devil Burger.
Short’s Brewing Company
is another Antrim County staple, with visitors traveling from far and wide to get a taste of their exceptional and eccentric brews. Started in 2002, their brewery has grown to include over 100 distinct brews and a fantastic restaurant with dishes like handcrafted pizza, a corned beef and sauerkraut sandwich, and an array of unique and delectable salads.
If you’re in the mood for something a bit more upscale, Siren Hall
takes an elegant and elevated approach to New American cuisine with dishes such as seared yellowfin tuna, Prince Edward Island mussels, and a mouthwatering cioppino.
In addition to fantastic dining options, the area also has one of the best art scenes around. Antrim County is home to numerous highly regarded art galleries, including Twisted Fish Gallery
, which is widely considered the best fine art gallery in Northern Michigan.
Things to Do
Antrim County is full of fun entertainment and recreational activities for residents to enjoy all year round. The Torch Lake Sandbar
is always a popular area. Not only is it one of the most beautiful spots in the area, but it’s also an excellent place for families to spend the afternoon playing with their kids.
Harbor Days Festival
is a beloved annual event that takes place over four days filled with fun entertainment, games, attractions, fireworks, and more. Families from across Northern Michigan love coming to this exciting festival.
Ski enthusiasts love Antrim County for its fantastic ski trails and courses. Shanty Creek
is one of many favorite spots in the area. This one-of-a-kind mountain is pristinely maintained throughout the year in order to ensure world-class skiing for their guests. They also offer tubing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling for those who would prefer to enjoy the snow in different ways.
Antrim County also has some of the best golf courses in Michigan. Antrim Dells
is one of the most popular courses in the area, with a pristinely maintained 18-hole green, exceptional views, and a stunning rustic clubhouse that any golf lover will enjoy.