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Lexington: A Lake Huron Summer Getaway

Along the shores of Lake Huron, on the sunrise side of Michigan, lies the charming beach village of Lexington! This coastal retreat in the Thumbcoast region offers the perfect blend of relaxation, delicious cuisine, and entertainment. Situated northeast of Detroit, 80 miles, and east of Lansing, 135 miles, it’s perfect for a quick escape, so pack a bag! Here are my recommendations for a two-day getaway customized for adult travelers seeking beach experiences.

Where to Stay

Lexington offers various accommodations, whether you prefer staying in the village center, at the beach, or somewhere more secluded. You can choose from a historical hotel, luxurious lofts, cozy B&Bs, or a beachfront campground. Six options are available within walking distance and nine more within seven miles. You’ll find the perfect spot to recharge and relax after a day of exploring.

Photo, The Cadillac House Inn & Tavern

What to See

Day 1: Swimming & Entertainment. Start your trip on Michigan’s Thumbcoast by unwinding on the sandy shores of Lake Huron and taking a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear water. After dinner, head to the iconic Lexington Village Theatre with cabaret-style seating and state-of-the-art sound for a concert or comedy show.

Photo, Lexington Village Theatre

Day 2: Golfing & Shopping. Challenge yourself with a round of golf at Lakeview Hills, featuring a 36-hole course designed to see the spectacular views of Lake Huron from several greens. Later, indulge in shopping at the beachy-feel boutiques in the village for souvenirs to remember your trip.

TRAVEL TIP Walk the break wall early to see the picturesque sunrise over Lake Huron.

Photo, Lakeview Hills Country Club & Resort

Savor the Flavors

With so many delicious restaurants to choose from, selecting where to eat can be challenging. My advice is to come hungry, walk everywhere to make room, and try as many as time will allow.

TRAVEL TIP Meander a vineyard at 3 North Vines, just 3 miles from the village in Croswell.

Video, Emilio’s Prime Steakhouse

Summer Events 2024

Lexington hosts astounding events throughout the year, but during the summer, there are a few popular ones listed below including their Free Music in the Park Series. To see a complete list of events happening in the region, you can visit

June 15-16 • Lexington Lakeside Craft Fair

July 5 • Independence Day Fireworks

July 6 • Almost Queen Tribute

Aug. 3-4 • Fine Arts Street Fair

Aug. 31 • Thumbfest

Sept. 12-15 • Bach Festival

Extend Your Stay

If you enjoy spending time near the water, there are many other coastal communities that offer a variety of activities to explore. Consider extending your trip by a few days to fully enjoy your Thumbcoast adventure. You can explore eight picturesque lighthouses, discover secret beaches, and experience a live theater performance. To make navigation more accessible, we’ve created a custom road trip map for you. You can find the map linked below.

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Article by Katie Stepp, Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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