Harbor Springs is a small town on Little Traverse Bay. It's quaint and charming.
You don't visit Harbor without going to American Spoon Foods, even if it's just to sample!
The park on the water always hase people who have stopped for a little break from shopping to enjoy the view.
Beautiful boats! What's not to love?
I was there in early July -- it was still decked for the Fourth.
Lots of flowers -- in hanging baskets, in pots and in small street gardens.
And lots of fun shops!
And when you leave? Follow the road along the water and enjoy some beautiful homes.
This is where the "old money" summers -- a quick hop across the street to the water.
And beautiful, old trees shading the way.
Definitely a spot worth stopping!
PetoskeyI won't go into all of Petoskey here -- too big! Just a couple of views from my favorite store (which you saw in an earlier postcard, Joie de Vie!
Definitely French themed!
It's an antique shop but they also have new home decorator items. No deals here. But lots of eye candy!
Vive la France!
Horton Bay really has only two shops. But both are connected with Ernest Hemingway's time in Michigan.
The General Store was closed when I visited, but it was decked out for political season!
Next door is the Red Fox Inn. Now a bookstore (with a bit of museum character), it is still the home of the descendants of the Fox Family. The shop started as a restaurant for summer resorters and hosted Clarance Darrow along with a young Ernest Hemingway, who was taught to fish by Vollie Fox. The site is mentioned in the 1923 Paris version of "Up In Michigan."
I was most captivated by the wonderful signs.
And the old books. If this stack is for sale, I suspect you have to ask!
They had many Hemingway-related books and memorabilia but unfortunately, no "Moveable Feast" which I had hoped would replace my missing copy of this favorite book.
To be honest, I'm not a huge Hemingway fan but "A Moveable Feast" is a favorite.
Around Torch Lake/Alden
I had to drive around the very-long Torch Lake while at Minisa. And that included a stop at King's Orchards. They had cherries without end during the season, but other tasty things, too.
And outside? Cute as could be!
In Elk Rapids I fell in love with a wonderful antique shop -- and ended up with a bit of Delft!
And in Alden, the Mill House kitchen store had my heart, both inside and out with its wonderful and whimsical garden!
So there you have several of my road trips! All recommended! Bring your VISA card!