Suttons Bay

Shop till you drop. You'll find holiday gifts for everyone on your list at local art hotspots like The Painted Bird (216 N. St. Joseph, 231-271-3050), Michigan Artists (309 N. St. Joseph, 231-271-4922) and Treeline Galleries (103 Jefferson, 231-271-5363). Feeling saucy? Hit the Happy Woman (309 St. Joseph, 231-271-0094) and find grin-worthy goodies for chicks of all ages. Finally, poke around Bahle's Department Store (210 St Joseph, 231-271-3841), a local landmark that's been outfitting locals since 1876.

When you're whooped, stroll down to Marina Park, the best spot to watch clouds roll and roil over the bay. Enerdyne (223 St Joseph, 231-271-6033) will outfit you with an all-weather notebook to sketch the scene.

At day's end, warm up with a beer and burger at Boone's Prime Time Pub (102 N. St. Joseph, 231-271-6688). Your fingers should have warmed by now, but if they haven't, stick them in a classic red-and-white-striped box of hot, fresh-popped popcorn at The Bay Theatre (241 St. Joseph, 231-271-3772), a single-screen, Victorian-style movie house that – even with its up to-the-minute movies and documentaries – raises the curtains on a classic theater experience.

Stay the Night

Black Star Farms Inn, luxe rooms with vineyards, wine tasting, barns, pastures, on-site cheese making, 231-271-4970, blackstarfarms.com

Korner Kottage B&B, cozy rooms in historical Craftsman-style cottage, 231-271-2711. kornerkottage.com

The Vineyard Inn, only inn on the water in Suttons Bay. 231-271-8463. vininn.com

Lynda Twardowski is travel editor at Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine. [email protected]

Note: This article was first published in November 2006 and was updated for the web February 2008.

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