People live in Northern Michigan for all kinds of reasons, but mostly, I think, they appreciate what life means to the people who live here. In Elk Rapids, we live in a summer paradise we share with others from all over the state, the country, and even the world. We spend hot days lounging on the shores of Elk Lake, listening to live bands at the annual Harbor Days celebration, and welcoming new faces with open arms and big smiles.
But, we stay after the leaves turn, and we get to be here for autumn nights spent sitting around campfires with hot cider. We get to stay for deer season, for the first snowfall, for the day we get to drag the ice shanties out on the lake and catch dinner. We get to thaw with spring and smell the first day the apple blossoms open, and we choose to stay because we love it.
When you live in Elk Rapids, your neighbors love it, too. They take pride in the lives they have built here. We fill our days and nights with gardening clubs, trips to the art gallery, Cajun cuisine underscored with Zydeco music, and hours floating on the sandbar. We go to high school football games and cheer on the home team, play in euchre tournaments, and peruse craft shows. If you’re looking to live the Northern Michigan dream, you can’t do better than Elk Rapids.