The holiday season on Leelanau Peninsula just got a whole lot easier! Explore our 2021 holiday and gift guide for the best gifts, tips and tricks, holiday events and must-stop spots during your holiday shopping or exploring in Suttons Bay, Glen Arbor and Leland.

Suttons Bay Holiday Guide

Decked with tinsel and lights, the boutiques and restaurants tucked along either side of M-22 are brimming with gifts and goodies.

Shop Local in Suttons Bay

On St. Joseph Street, The Front Porch is your stop for housewares and gifts for cooks and the cottage. Find high-quality apparel at Bahle’s and Haystacks, and visit Enerdyne for science and nature toy kits, books and more.

Suttons Bay’s Merriest Sips

Beer lovers, reserve an igloo or gather ’round a toasty fire at Hop Lot Brewing Co. & Beer Garden. Wine lovers, you’ll have a holly jolly time on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail during its annual Toast the Season events (Nov. 5–7 and Nov. 12–14). Spend a weekend sipping local wines paired with local bites and buy a bottle to gift.

Santa’s Secret Suttons Bay Gift

Grand Traverse Bike Tours offers six winter micro-adventures, each paired with a winery or brewery. Snowshoe through a vineyard, fat tire bike on the Leelanau Trail … it’s the perfect experiential gift.

Explore Suttons Bay’s Winter Wonderland

Less than a mile from downtown, Stites Natural Area has glacier-carved valleys and ridges that offer spectacular views when the leaves have fallen. The trail is a .65-mile out-and-back hike or snowshoe.

Suttons Bay Holiday Events

Visit the MyNorth events page and the Suttons Bay website for Santa sightings, tree lightings and more. Find everything you need for a Suttons Bay outing on our Suttons Bay town page.

2021 Suttons Bay Gift Guide

In this year’s 2021 Suttons Bay Gift guide, we’re featuring three local shops: The Front Porch, Enerdyne and Brain Storm. From home and kitchen goods to games and science projects, there is sure to be something for everyone during your holiday shopping session in Suttons Bay!
The Front Porch in Suttons Bay

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The Front Porch is located at 207 N. St. Joseph St. in Suttons Bay and is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This shop features home and kitchen goods, fine foods and gifts for all.

Here are the gifts from The Front Porch featured in our 2021 Suttons Bay gift guide:

  • Joy & Acorn Cutlery Coture Silverware Pouches, $29.99
  • Leelanau Vintage Map Oven Mitt, $19.99
  • Leelanau Vintage Map Pot Holder, $16.99
  • Michigan Mitten Great Lakes Map Baby Swaddle Blanket, $39.99
  • Great Lakes Map Michigan Mittens Baby Swaddle Blanket, $39.99
  • Ceramic Grating Plate, The Grate Plate, $29.99
  • Coast & Cotton Petoskey Stone Dish Towel $19.99
Enerdyne in Suttons Bay

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Enerdyne is located at 223 N. St. Joseph St. in Suttons Bay and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. yo 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This science and nature store features everything you will need for the creative minds in your life ranging from astronomy books to weather instruments.

Here are the Enerdyne gifts featured in our 2021 guide:

  • Mega Cyborg Hand STEM Experiment Kit from Thames & Kosmos, $39.99
  • Chemistry Set Oooze Labs Chemistry Station, $39.99
  • Orion ShortTube 80-T Refractor Telescope, $229
  • (Tripod for Telescope) Vanguard Vesta 203AP Tripod, $59.99
Brain Storm in Suttons Bay

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Brain Storm is located at 221 N. St. Joseph St. in Suttons Bay and is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This shop is locally owned and features smart fun and hands-on products for children and adults of all ages.

Here are the items from Brain Storm featured in our 2021 gift guide:

  • Photosynthesis by Blue Orange (Green Strategy Board Game), $39.99
  • BUILDZI by Carma Games (Speed Building Game), $24.99

Glen Arbor Holiday Guide

When holiday shopping is followed up with gleeful sled rides down the Dune Climb and skiing at The Homestead, all will be merry and bright.
Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor

Photo by Angela Brown

Shop Local in Glen Arbor

Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday are wonderful times to support area businesses (Glen Arbor’s annual Bed Parade and PJ Party are an added bonus). Stroll downtown and find local gifts at Cherry Republic, Cottage Book Shop, M22 and more.

Make Merry Memories in Glen Arbor

Let the colorful Christmas light displays on the roof of Art’s Tavern guide you through the front door for a warm bowl of chili, a cold beer and good company.

Santa’s Secret Glen Arbor Gift

How does Santa make it around the world in one night? Coffee. He loves the “Box Full of Potfulls” from Leelanau Coffee Roasting Co., which includes 12 individual packets of popular coffees, so you can try a different one each morning (a great office gift!).

Explore Glen Arbor’s Winter Wonderland

Glide under towering, snow-covered trees along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Volunteers groom sections of it for classic cross-country skiing, skate skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking.

Glen Arbor Holiday Events

Visit the MyNorth events page and Glen Arbor’s official website for Santa sightings, tree lightings and more. And find everything you need for a Glen Arbor outing on our Glen Arbor town page.

Glen Arbor Gift Guide

Along the shore of Lake Michigan and next to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Arbor makes the holidays even more festive! In this year’s gift guide, we’re featuring Glen Arbor Wines, Cherry Republic and Costal. From all things cherry to wine gift boxes, you’re not going to want to miss holiday shopping in Glen Arbor.
Costal in Glen Arbor

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Coastal Clothing And Accessories is located at 6324 W. Western Ave. in Glen Arbor and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. This shop features upscale clothing, footwear and home goods with a fresh, lake-inspired style.

Here are the Costal items featured in our 2021 gift guide:

  • Candylab Toys Longhorn Blue Truck, $30
  • Smartwool Kid’s Ski Racer Socks, $17
  • Lotus & Luna Bracelets, $17
  • Vineyard Vines Custom Glen Arbor Keychain, $25
  • City Bonfire S’More Kit Fire Starter, $26.95
  • Solo Stove Sticks, $64.99
  • Solo Stove Starters, $14.99
Glen Arbor Wines in Glen Arbor

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Glen Arbor Wines is located. at5873 S. Lake St. in Glen Arbor and is open from noon to 7 p.m. daily. At this shop, you can find white wine, red wine, ciders, growlers, candles gifts and more.

Here are the items from Glen Arbor Wines featured in our 2021 gift guide:

  • Glen Arbor Wines Rose, $20
  • Glen Arbor Wines Kerner, $30
  • Glen Arbor Wines Farmstead Red, $20
  • Sleeping Bear Dunesmobile Print by Grace Dickinson, $35
  • Holiday Gift Box | Wine, wine glasses, candle | $63.20
Cherry Republic is located at 6026 A, 5109, S. Lake St. in Glen Arbor and is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. This shop features more than 200 cherry-based products including chocolate-covered cherries, BBQ sauces, jams, jellies, salsas, nut mixes, ice cream toppings, baked goods, condiments, soda pop, cherry wine and cherry beer.

Here are the items from Cherry Republic in our 2021 gift guide:

  • Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries, $19.95
  • Liberty Sparkling Wine, $20
  • Bounty of the County Gift Box, $85
  • Cherry Republic Ornament with Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries, $9.95
  • Cherry Republic Puzzle, $35

Leland Holiday Guide

Small-town charm and holiday cheer abound in this village aglow with cozy shops and eateries. Stop to see historic Fishtown and its shanties dusted in snow, with Lake Michigan’s frigid waters just beyond.
Molly's shop in Leland, MI

Photo by Anglea Brown

Shop Local in Leland

On Main Street, Molly’s has beautiful sweaters and women’s apparel, and Tampico is known for sterling silver jewelry, pottery and antique treasures from the Southwest. Three blocks down at Becky Thatcher, browse exquisite handmade jewelry.

Merry Sips in Fishtown

Visit Verterra Winery’s downtown tasting room to find a bottle for your holiday gatherings, and ask about the “Celebrate the Seasons” wine club, which includes a shipment in December.

Santa’s Secret Leland Gift

Have a friend who loves Fishtown? Higher Grounds Coffee makes a Fishtown Blend with hints of dark chocolate and caramel, and $5 from each bag goes directly to the preservation nonprofit. Two gifts in one!

Explore Leland’s Winter Wonderland

Watch for animal tracks in the snow as you explore 3.3 miles of trails at Houdek Dunes Natural Area by snowshoe or cross-country ski. Enjoy a peaceful moment at the deck overlooking Houdek Creek.

Leland Holiday Events

Visit and for Santa sightings, tree lightings and more. Find everything you need for a Leland outing on our Leland town page.

2021 Leland Gift Guide

From Fishtown to downtown, Leland has the perfect shops to make your holiday shopping a breeze. You can find everything from gorgeously designed paper products at Compass Paper Co. to imported and authentic items from Mexico at Tampico Imports in Leland, perfect for every member of the family!
Tampico Imports in Leland

Photo by Dave Weidner

Tampico Imports is located at 112 N. Main St. in Leland and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This shop features collector-quality Mexican folk art, handmade pottery and planters, blown glass, bonfire forged copper, antique treasures from Michigan, Mexico and the Southwest.

Here are the items from Tampico featured in our 2021 gift guide:

  • Leland Blue & Petoskey Stone Pendant, $128
  • Adjustable Sterling Chain (for pendant), $38
  • Wine Glasses | Recycled Glassware from Mexico, $12
  • Rock Glasses | Recycled Glassware from Mexico, $8
  • Shot Glasses | Recycled Glassware from Mexico, $6
  • Locking Treasure Box Made from Mexican Reclaimed Beams, $38
Compass Paper Co. in Leland

Photo by Dave Weidner

Compass Paper Co. has a seasonal pop-up inside the shops at Fishtown, you can also shop them online. This shop features cute accessories, cards for every holiday, occasion and birthday, bags mugs and more.

Here are the Compass Paper Co. items featured in our 2021 gift guide:

  • 10 oz. Camp Mug, $32
  • Leelanau Trails Camp Towel, $48
  • Petoskey Keychain, $18
  • Sunset Notepad, $6
  • Sunset Tube by Sugarsky, $22

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Photo(s) by Dave Weidner