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Cedar is a small town located in Leelanau County in the northwestern region of the state, just north of Traverse City near the Grand Traverse Bay. This region is a well-known recreational resort area, home to Lake Leelanau, which is connected to Lower Leelanau Lake by a short stream. The community of Cedar is located just west of the southern tip of Lower Leelanau Lake. "The Good Harbor Area," as it is called, served as an early haven for ships seeking shelter from Lake Michigan during storms. Today the Leelanau area is packed with attractions and recreational opportunities for visitors. There are charter boats for fishing, boating, swimming, sailing, and hiking and biking, wilderness canoe trips and lots of golf. Leelanau County is also home to the Sleeping Bears Dunes National Lakeshore, which encompasses 35 miles of gorgeous rocky coastline, beaches, dunes and ancient glacial formations. Other nearby attractions include Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, the Empire Historical Society Museum, Leland Fishtown and Good Harbor Bay. The village of Cedar is home to an annual National Polka Festival, and its' other claim to fame is for being the hometown of Ray Pleva, the creator of "Plevalean," a delicious combination of sausage and cherries.

Surrounding areas: Maple City, Michigan (3.0 mi), Lake Ann, Michigan (8.9 mi), Long Lake, Michigan (9.5 mi), Lake Leelanau, Michigan (10.0 mi), Duck Lake, Michigan (10.1 mi), Traverse City, Michigan (10.8 mi), Suttons Bay, Michigan (11.3 mi)

Cedar Vacation Rentals

Cedar Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Leelanau Country Inn149 E HBR HwyMaple City, MI3.0 mi.(616) 228-5060
The HomesteadWood RDG RdGlen Arbor, MI9.9 mi.(616) 334-5000
Park Place Hotel300 E State StTraverse City, MI10.3 mi.(231) 946-5000
Americinn Motel & Suites1614 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 938-0288
Baymont Inn & Suites2326 North US 31 SouthTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 933-4454
Econo Lodge1065 M 37 STraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 943-3040
Fairfield Inn By Marriott--Traverse City3701 N County DrTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 922-7900
Grand Beach Resort Hotel1683 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 938-4455
Great Wolf Lodge3575 N Hwy US 31 STraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 941-3600
Hampton Inn - Traverse City100 US 31 NTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 946-8900
Hampton Inn1000 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 946-8900
Knights Inn1941 US 31 NTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 938-1900
Quality Inn1492 US 31 NTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 929-4423
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 938-0100
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 US 31 NTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 938-0100
Super 8 Motel1870 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 938-1887
Traverse Bay Inn2300 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 938-2646
Traverse City Courtyard3615 W S Airport RdTraverse City, MI10.4 mi.(231) 929-1800
Bayshore Resort833 E Front StTraverse City, MI11.1 mi.(231) 935-4400
Best Western Four Seasons305 Munson AveTraverse City, MI11.9 mi.(231) 946-8424
Days Inn And Suites Traverse City420 Munson AveTraverse City, MI12.2 mi.(231) 941-0208
Travelodge & Suites-traverse City460 Munson AveTraverse City, MI12.2 mi.(231) 947-5436
Traverse Victorian Inn461 Munson AveTraverse City, MI12.2 mi.(231) 947-5525
Century Farms2421 N Jacobson RdSuttons Bay, MI13.8 mi.(231) 271-2421
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3536 Mt Hope RdAcme, MI15.3 mi.(231) 938-2600
Sleep Inn And Suites5520 US 31 NAcme, MI15.3 mi.(231) 938-7000
Elk Rapids Beach Resort8975 N Bayshore DrElk Rapids, MI19.4 mi.(231) 264-6400
Best Western - Scenic Hill Resort1400 US 31 HwyBeulah, MI20.8 mi.(231) 882-7754
Crystal Beach Resort222 CTR StBeulah, MI20.8 mi.(231) 882-7229
Crystal Mountain12500 Crystal Mountain DrThompsonville, MI24.7 mi.(800) 968-7686
Torch Timbers Inn9260 Se Torch LK DrAlden, MI25.6 mi.(231) 331-4050
Harbor Lights Motel15 Second StFrankfort, MI26.6 mi.(231) 352-5614
Bed & Breakfast
Cairn House Bed & Breakfast8160 Cairn HwyElk Rapids, MI20.8 mi.(231) 264-8994

Cedar Weather & Climate

The lake effect is quite strong on the northwest area of Lower Michigan near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. This area has a distinct four-season climate, although Lake Michigan helps modify temperatures, keeping them cooler in late spring and early summer, and warmer during late fall and winter. Showers and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer, and precipitation is generally evenly distributed during the crop season of April through September, receiving an average of 17.45 inches of rain during that time. The lake also acts as a giant humidifier, increasing moisture content in the air throughout the year. However, extremely hot and humid summer days are not that common and don't last long in this part of the state. Snowfall varies greatly from season to season.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 15°F 2.80 in. -
February 32°F 15°F 1.80 in. -
March 41°F 22°F 2.14 in. -
April 54°F 31°F 2.51 in. -
May 67°F 41°F 2.63 in. -
June 77°F 51°F 2.95 in. -
July 81°F 57°F 2.91 in. -
August 79°F 56°F 3.37 in. -
September 70°F 49°F 4.22 in. -
October 59°F 40°F 3.36 in. -
November 44°F 30°F 3.21 in. -
December 33°F 21°F 2.84 in. -

Cedar Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located about 12 miles southeast of Cedar in Traverse City, Michigan, the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located approximately 45 miles southwest of Cedar in Manistee, Michigan, the Otsego County airport (GLR) located roughly 54 miles east of Cedar in Gaylord, Michigan, and finally the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located around 69 miles northeast of Cedar in Pellston, Michigan.

Cedar Attractions

Water Parks
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI113.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Cedar Hills Golf CourseTraverse CityMI7.1 mi.
Mistwood Golf CourseLake AnnMI9.1 mi.
Veronica Valley Golf CourseLake LeelanauMI10.1 mi.
Bay Meadows Golf CourseTraverse CityMI10.8 mi.
Crown Golf CourseTraverse CityMI10.8 mi.
Elmbrook Golf CourseTraverse CityMI10.8 mi.
Mitchell Creek Golf CourseTraverse CityMI10.8 mi.
Dunes Golf ClubEmpireMI13.2 mi.
Interlochen Golf ClubInterlochenMI14.5 mi.
Elk Rapids Golf CourseElk RapidsMI19.2 mi.
High Pointe Golf ClubWilliamsburgMI20.1 mi.
Pinecroft Golf PlantationBenzoniaMI20.4 mi.
Champion HillBenzoniaMI21.4 mi.
Crystal Lake Golf ClubBeulahMI25.9 mi.
Frankfort Golf CourseFrankfortMI26.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI 
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI9.9 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI23.8 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI30.0 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI45.5 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI48.3 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI56.2 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI56.2 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI97.0 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI120.0 mi.
State Parks
D H Day State ParkMI11.4 mi. 
Traverse City State ParkMI14.2 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI15.8 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI10.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI111.6 mi.

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