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Suttons Bay

Suttons Bay is the largest village in Leelanau and is located on the east side of the peninsula on M-22 and M-204 and is just 15 miles north of Traverse City.   This quaint town has two marinas, a wide spectrum of restaurants, shops, galleries, and amenities.  The charming downtown hosts a wealth of artistic and culinary talent.  Browse shops and galleries for exquisite hand-made jewelry, beautiful paintings, or unique home accessories.  Delightfully discover a wide variety of restaurants and outdoor eateries and stay cozy at a Bed & Breakfast, rental, or inn.  The picturesque village is a hub of activity with the Summer Solstice Art Walk in June, The Leelanau Wine on the Water Festival the third Saturday in July, Suttons Bay Art Festival the first weekend in August, and Fall Finale Art Walk in September as well as a few winter events and activities.

For food and wine enthusiasts, Suttons Bay offers an abundance of specialty shops and over a dozen restaurants to satisfy your tastes. Many restaurants feature meals prepared from locally grown fruits and vegetables and wines from Leelanau’s award-winning wineries.

The Suttons Bay Marina is located just east of downtown along Lake Michigan and features Marina Park, a beautiful public beach where residents and visitors can sunbathe, swim and play in the clear waters of Lake Michigan. The water of Suttons Bay is shallow with sugar sand that is easy on little feet making this beach a favorite for families who can spend the day playing volleyball or watching the kids play in the children’s play area. The Marina gives boating visitors a place to moor while they enjoy all that Suttons Bay has to offer. The Inland Seas Education Association, a non-profit organization created to enhance public understanding and stewardship of the Great Lakes is located just south of the Marina. The Inland Seas offers educational cruises on their school ship, a spectacular 77-foot, two-masted schooner designed to accommodate up to 32 students.

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