Start your breezy-does-it day in downtown Harbor Springs, where freshly planted window boxes make Main Street feel all pretty and pastel. Quiche and a cup of Kenya AA await at Woolly Bugger Roasters (181 E. Main St., 231-242-0592). Sip as you stroll down to Becky Thatcher Designs (117 W. Main St., 231-526-9336, beckythatcherdesigns.com), where you can browse Thatcher’s landscape-inspired designs—some made with Lake Michigan beachstones—or finger through the boulder opal beaded necklaces hung on hooks above the beachy beadboard.
Next up is R Frogs Gallery (241 E. Main St., 888-473-7647, rfrogsgallery.com) to take in the whimsical, exquisite work of artist Tim Cotterill, a k a The Frogman. He’s named all his tiny frog sculptures in enameled silver; we like Dart, crouched coyly on a silver lily-pad pendant, and Stealth, draped dramatically from a banyan-wood bead necklace. Find a stunning beachstone necklace with a single palladium bead set with diamonds a brick-walkway away through the red door to Douglas Allan Bacon Fine Jewelry (249 E. Main St., 231-526-5245).
Ready for a pick-me-up? Find it in a warm Macadamia nut cookie from the ovens at Tom’s Mom’s Cookies (267 S. Spring Street, 231-526-6606, tomsmomscookies.com) or a more grown-up treat down by the harbor at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, known simply as "The Pier" around here (102 E. Bay St., 231-526-6201). Try the chilled cherry soup made with sweet and tart Michigan cherries, yogurt, brandy and rum.
Back to the beauty at Mary Ann Archer Fine Jewelry Design (263 E. Main St., 231-348-6173). Archer’s signature hand-made sterling silver sweetheart charms with names of favorite Up North hamlets or lakes make a classy Up North memento, as do her delicate sterling silver trillium earrings and bracelets.
Dine at The New York (101 State St., 231-526-1904, thenewyork.com), an up-scale historic haunt with impeccably fresh fish. After your whitefish with lemon-dill sauce, take a fresh-air stroll through the harbor, or, if you’re in town in early springtime, head up M-119 to witness artist Mary Ann Archer’s favorite way to see wild trillium: by moonlight, when the trees are still bare and the blossoms create a blanket of white that looks like fresh snow.
Emily Betz Tyra is associate editor at Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.[email protected]
Note: This article was first published in April 2007 and was updated for the web February 2008.