Vacation! Petoskey: This picturesque vil-
lage overlooking Little Traverse Bay is home to the century-old Gaslight District—named for the historic gas lamps that line its streets—where you’ll find nearly 200 independent shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. petoskeydowntown.COM.
Shopping Districts Bay Harbor: Though many ameni-
ties of this bayfront resort community are exclusive to its residents, the downtown strip—home to boutiques, galleries and restaurants—is always open to the public. villageatbayharbor.com.
SAMPLER Cheek-a-dee Meek-a-dee: Cute shop catering to kids, with clothing, books and games. Galley Gourmet: Foodie favorites like specialty jams, sauces, and fine wines, plus a deli in the back. Mettlers American Mercantile: Timeless, luxurious clothing and homewares, including handtooled leather accessories and smartly curated vintage pieces. b.may bags: Gorgeous, minimalist handbags and accessories handmade by a local designer.
Boyne City: This former logging town on the east end of Lake Charlevoix has a variety of eclectic shops and restaurants. SAMPLER Inspired Living: Books, candles, tea, yoga and meditation tools, and other gear for mindful living.
No Boundaries: Gifts, gear and clothing for outdoor enthusiasts (and anyone who likes to dress like one). The Birds Nest: A sweet children’s boutique, with shoes and clothing for infants, toddlers and older kids. Alpine Chocolate Haus: A dream come true for chocoholics, with chocolate-covered everything, plus gourmet popcorn, candy, and hand-dipped ice cream
Harbor Springs: Postcard-pretty Harbor Springs has an artsy vibe and a ton of great shops, galleries, eateries and antiques shops in its four-block downtown. harborspringschamber.com. SAMPLER L’Esprit: Gorgeous French country antiques from Provence and Burgundy, plus modern home goods like luxurious soaps, glassware and linens. Rocking Horse Toy Company: A sweet toy shop with puzzles, games, books, crafts, dolls, kites, and much more. Spice Harbor: Culinary boutique with locally made Alden Mill House spices, Polish Pottery,
SAMPLER McLean & Eakin: Cozy indie bookseller with great service and a big selection of Michigan reads. Cutler’s: A gourmand’s dream, with kitchenware, culinary accessories, cookbooks and more. Symons General Store: Historic purveyor of specialty foods and wines. Bearcub Outfitters: Outdoorsy clothing and gear for hiking, paddling, and other Northern adventures. Threads: Casual, hip clothing for women— and a warm, helpful staff to help you find just the right thing. Robert Frost Fine Footwear: Irresistible, splurge-worthy designer shoes and accessories.
fine cookware, and other kitchen tools and treats. American Spoon: Locally handcrafted artisanal fruit preserves, condiments and gifts, plus a gelato and sorbetto bar for a tasty post-shopping treat. Christians Greenhouse & Garden Center: A great selection of gifts and wares for home and garden.
Mackinaw City: Home to hundreds
of shops, this bustling downtown is a fun shopping destination in itself, or while you’re waiting to catch the ferry to Mackinac Island. mackinawcity.com. SAMPLER Island Bookstore: Warm and welcoming indie bookshop with local titles and a great selection for kids. Bell’s Fishery: A Mackinaw City fixture with legendary smoked whitefish. Coffman Hardware: Cool historic hardware with an eye-popping collection of Swiss Army knives. Mackinaw Crossings: An outdoor shopping center with 50 Victorian-style retail shops, plus a five-screen cinema, a haunted house, and nightly laser light shows. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 17