Am I Blue?

The straight back and stately deep-blue hue will suit your Navy man’s nautical style, but the sassy mix of lines straight and ornate are all you, lady. Claim it and a floral-and-gingham-print pillow for your own. Chair, $535 (other colors available); pillow, $36, Anchor Cottge, Suttons Bay, 231-271-6614,

Think Inside the Box

Colorful and easy to clean, these poly-woven, water-resistant bins give each kid in the cottage a place to keep his own flip-flops, mask and snorkel, beach toys and towel. You can keep the peace, and the children can heft their own load to and from the beach. $14.95+ (Variety of sizes and patterns available). The Front Porch, Suttons Bay, 231-271-6895,

Petal Power

On the exerior, flower petal shapes in sunlight white. On the inside, a surprise pop of summer’s freshest green. With a pot so pretty, dirt just doesn’t seem right. Instead? Plunk this vessel by the front door, and use it as a handy holder for summer’s grab-and-go yard essentials: scissors for cutting flowers from the garden, sunscreen, bug spray, shades or a hat. $24.95. The Pennington Collection, Northport. 231-386-9890,

Hot on the Grill

As long as summer’s cookin’, you don’t need to. But should you decide to slice watermelon, scoop ice cream or steal a burger from your husband’s grill, this punchy print apron by Vera Bradley has you covered. $28. The Front Portch, Suttons Bay, 231-271-6895,

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Make Your Shopping Day an Experience with these Quick Links to Fun in Leelanau County

  • The Leelanau Vacation Directory: Listings to lodging, galleries, restaurants and more along with an interactive map.
  • Leelanau Digital Vacation Guide: Browse beautiful pages connecting you to wine tours, great drives, historic Glen Haven, lighthouse tours, canoeing and click to hundreds of websites.
  • The Complete Restaurant Guide for Leelanau County: Just type in any Leelanau County town and browse the wonderful array of restaurant options.
  • The Leelanau County "Don’t Miss" List
  • Video: Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • Check out all the music, festivals, arts and events of all kinds happening in Leelanau County: Just pop in the name of the Leelanau County town you’d like to play in and choose amongst hundreds of things to do!
  • Plot your day in Leelanau County using this Interactive Map: Choose an activity in "I’d like to find" and choose a Leelanau town for "in a town near." Then click away!
  • Rent a cottage in Leelanau County: There are hundreds of cottages to rent in Northern Michigan. Type the town you’re interested in into the Search box and plan your getaway Up North!

Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski