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Suttons Bay Area Attractions
If you're considering building a home at Thorntree, this list will help give a sense of the wealth of amenities that Suttons Bay and the Leelanau Peninsula have to offer.
The home of Thorntree Commons, Suttons Bay boasts art galleries, a movie theater, weekly farm market, marina, walking trails, antiques, dining and shopping, and annual film, art and jazz festivals. The Chamber Of Commerce web site features a directory of shops and services in and around Suttons Bay.
Suttons Bay is linked to Traverse City via the TART Trail System, an interconnected network of pedestrian trails for walking, biking, running, cross-country skiing, inline skating and nature study.
Suttons Bay Farmers Market
Suttons Bay holds a seasonal weekly farm market overseen by Leelanau Farmers Markets, a non-profit organization started with the goal of providing locally produced farm and food products for the benefit of the Leelanau Community, improving the marketing of local farm products and preserving county farmland.
Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA), established in 1989, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a floating classroom where people of all ages can gain first-hand training and experience in the Great Lakes ecosystem.
100 Dame Street, Suttons Bay, MI
Suttons Bay is home to an Elementary, Middle and High School as well as a Montessori School.
310 Elm Street, Suttons Bay, MI
Each year these twelve area wineries (six of which are located right in Suttons Bay) offer four unique wine trail events, allowing participants in the community to try their wines paired with gourmet food.
The Old Mission Peninsula, just east of Suttons Bay, projects about 18 miles up the middle of Grand Traverse Bay. In addition to the wineries featured on the Wine Trail, Old Mission Peninsula is home to several of its own.
Located five miles north of downtown Suttons Bay and owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Peshawbestown casino offers slots, Black Jack, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Roulette, Texas Hold'em Poker and Craps. Also included are a restaurant, lounge and bingo hall.
2521 Northwest Bayshore Drive (M 22), Suttons Bay, MI
A Leelanau Community site with more information about the Leelanau Peninsula.
Just 16 miles south of Thorntree Commons and Suttons Bay, Traverse City is a popular yet cozy vacation and resort destination featuring waterfronts, boating, a public zoo, children's museum, historical sites, galleries, vineyards, shopping, and fine dining.
Located in Traverse City, Northwestern Michigan College offers associates degrees and professional certificates, while also offering baccalaureate and graduate degrees from 10 partner universities. NMC is the country's only college to have a Maritime academy, The Great Lakes Maritime Academy, on fresh water. The Great Lakes Campus also houses the only culinary school in Northern Michigan, while NMC's Michigan Technical Education Center operates one of the few community college Aviation programs in the country.
1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI
Since 1926, Traverse City has hosted the annual National Cherry Festival.
109 Sixth Street, Traverse City, MI
About 20 miles north of Suttons Bay, Leelanau State Park offers the Grand Traverse Lighthouse & Museum, a rustic campground, two mini cabins, 8.5 miles of hiking and skiing trails and a picnic area. Petoskey stones can be found along the shoreline.
15310 N. Lighthouse Point Road, Northport, MI
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, encompassing not only the Dunes but some ancient glacial phenomena, an 1871 lighthouse, a Maritime Museum, and North and South Manitou Islands, begins just 20 miles west of Suttons Bay. The Dunes themselves are only 30 miles from Thorntree Commons.
15310 N. Lighthouse Point Road, Northport, MI
9922 Front Street, Empire, MI
Enjoy golf, tennis and swimming in the sring, summer and fall or skiing and snowboarding in the winter at this lakeside resort, just 30 minutes from Suttons Bay.
Woodridge Road, Glen Arbor, MI
From Suttons Bay, a fifteen minute drive will get you to Leland, a fishing village with its own fine restaurants, shopping, and other attractions. Fishing trips and excursions to the Manitou Islands are available from Leland Harbor.
The Manitou Islands, part of The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, feature nature preserves, hiking, camping, and guided tours.
Leelanau Historical Museum exhibits reflect the cultural history of the Leelanau Peninsula and its islands from the time of first human habitation. The Museum's extensive archive includes photographs, letters, manuscripts, government documents, and newspapers. The Museum also has significant collections of objects that represent the diverse cultures of Leelanau, including a comprehensive collection of Anishnabek traditional arts. The Society is a private, nonprofit organization.
203 East Cedar Street, Leland, MI
30 miles southwest of Suttons Bay lies Interlochen Center For The Arts, a fine arts boarding high school and summer camp. The school offers courses for all ages in creative writing, dance, motion picture arts, music, theatre, visual arts and academics. Alumni include actor Felicity Huffman, dancer Peter Sparling, musicians Bruce Johnston and Jessye Norman and broadcaster Mike Wallace.
4000 Highway M-137, Interlochen, MI