Walk the historic neighborhoods
If you really like the notion of "small-town America" and "America, the way it used to be", then you really do need to walk through the historic neighborhoods of TVC. And although the houses certainly have history, these neighborhoods are living and growing.
It's really satisfying in a generational way to see these beautiful old home so nicely kept up, and then to realize that there are young marrieds, growing families, aging baby boomers and seriously senior citizens all sharing the same basic space.
The perfect word is community. One of the best parts of a visit to Traverse is walking around town and in the neighborhoods. I personally walk for fitness, even to the point of wearing a pedometer and keeping up with my steps.
I can think of no more satisfying way to earn a few thousand steps is to walk these beautiful old neighborhoods on a crisp and cold Michigan morning. It gets your heart pumping. :)
The Village of Suttons Bay
1. Shops along their main street, St. Joseph's Avenue
2. Whimsical store called Michigan Artists Gallery
Both Mickey and I agree of all the towns that we visited on this trip, our favorite was SuttonsBay. It is located midway up the eastern shore of the Leelanau Peninsula.
During the early 19th century [when its harbor was used as a port by schooners transporting lumber from the area to large towns in the Midwest], the population increased, and the town "blossomed."
I love the architecture of Suttons Bay, and most of the shoreline of Suttons Bay is park land for all to enjoy. There are trails to hike at Bahle Park. Nearby are wineries, golf courses, sport fishing, boating, downhill and cross country skiing, casino gambling, and two national parks.
What I loved most is that in this village, there are no fast food franchises, no parking meters, and no stoplights! Suttons Bay is such a charming and historical village. It doesn't hurt that it has such adorable specialty shops either!
A nice getaway all year round
This is a great place to get away no matter what time of year. During the summer, you can go boating, fishing, wine tasting, golfing or sand dune riding; during the winter, it's close to some great skiing and snowmobiling areas. And you have a billion fabulous resorts to choose from!!!