Suttons Bay trip planner
Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free
day by day itinerary for free
Suttons Bay is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 618 at the 2010 census. The village was incorporated in 1898 and is located within Suttons Bay Township.HistoryThe community is named for one of the first settlers of European descent, Harry C. Sutton, who arrived in 1854. He arrived with a crew of woodsmen to supply fuel for passing wood steamboats.In 1903 the Traverse City, Leelanau, and Manistique Railroad began a route between Traverse City to the South and Northport to the North, stopping at Suttons Bay, as well as Hatch's Crossing, Fountain Point, Bingham, Keswick, and Omena.Before the turn of the 20th century, four churches had been established—two Lutheran, one Roman Catholic, and one Congregational.In 1920, Leelanau County voters approved moving the county seat to Suttons Bay, but the move never took place.Suttons Bay has a school; the sports mascot is a Viking, hence the nickname "Suttons Bay Norsemen."The town is home to the county's only movie theater, opened in 1946. It is now owned by Bob Bahle, and was renovated in 1977. Its fare consists of unique art house films, and occasionally the theater hosts plays and concerts.The town has a clothing store that has been owned by one family over four generations called "Bahles." The original store started as a "dry-goods" business in 1876 by Lars Bahle, an immigrant from Norway.A unique shopping experience can be had in Suttons Bay. From fudge shops, to an upscale kitchen store, to a spice shop and fun science store. It also is home to the largest greenhouse and garden center north of Grand Rapids. (Plant Masters of Suttons Bay)Plan your tour of Suttons Bay and United States travel itinerary using our United States trip planner.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Suttons Bay
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Suttons Bay
Side trips from Suttons Bay
Hidden gems in Suttons Bay
Wineries in Suttons Bay
Breweries & Distilleries in Suttons Bay
Shopping in Suttons Bay
Places to visit with Suttons Bay
HollandTrip planner BEST FOR: Park, Beach, Theme Park DetroitTrip planner BEST FOR: Art Museum, Historic Site, Pier / Boardwalk Grand RapidsTrip planner BEST FOR: Garden, Room Escape Game, Specialty Museum DearbornTrip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, History Museum, Garden Mackinac IslandTrip planner BEST FOR: Geologic Formation, Military Museum, State Park
Recently planned trips to Suttons Bay
4 days in Suttons Bay BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Walk of Art Black Star Farms MAWBY Sparkling Wine 5 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Traverse City Suttons Bay Leland 14 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Lake Geneva Wisconsin Dells Munising 2 days in Suttons Bay BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Carlson's Fishery Northern Latitudes Distillery Tandem Cider 1 day in Leelanau County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Suttons Bay 16 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Port Huron Grand Rapids Traverse City