This Victorian resort in Leelanau, Michigan's most scenic county, was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1863, a French fur trader drilling for oil struck a gusher of water instead; hence the name Fountain Point. Visitors started coming by steamboat and buggy in 1889 to stay at a guesthouse here. By 1934, 19 clapboard cottages had been added. They now have kitchens, but no phones or TV's.
READY, SET, RELAX On 54 acres of lawns and woods, the resort frontsskinny, very swimmable Lake Leelanau. Visitors play shuffleboard and horseshoes; kids can go on guided "critter hunts." Inside the main building there's a grand piano and three parlors with slate fireplaces and overstuffed chairs.
OKAY, IT'S NOT ALL OLD You can rent a Waverunner (like a floating motorcycle, but quieter) to race across the lake. Or get your kids to try a wakeboard (like a floating snowboard, but easier). Next summer, Fountain Point enters a new era when Windows restaurant, a big hit in Traverse City, moves to the resort.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.