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Train wise, the only thing in Suttons Bay to see is the old railroad station.
Otherwise, Suttons Bay is full of eateries and cool little shops to spend your money in.
About 25 miles to the north is the Leelanau State Park, and it has one of the preserved Michigan light houses, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse. It's one of the few structures to be called a lighthouse and actually is! http://leelanaustatepark.com/
The small map of Suttons Bay below is off of my Traverse City PDF, if you need to find it, go to the Traverse City page. Friends of my aunt and uncle live across from the depot at the yellow dot, in case you're wondering :-)
Head north out of Traverse City on M22, when you get into Suttons Bay, you will see it off to your left. It's about an 18 mile trip.
Above from Google maps.
3 The Sutton's Bay Depot
The depot was built by the Leelanau Transit Company in 1920. Tracks going north were removed in the 1960's. Over the years, the railroad was operated by the Leelanau Transit Co, then later leased to the Manistee and Northeastern, the Pere Marquette, and finally the C&O. The last operator was the Leelanau Scenic RR between 1989 and 1995, when an accident caused a lot of local opposition and subsequent closing of the operations. An architect currently uses the building.
Standing in the street to take this picture, if you turn about 90 degrees to your left, you will get the first view below of Main St.
Main street in Suttons Bay with an approaching storm at sunset.
One of the more interesting places to shop in Suttons Bay.
You cross the 45th parallel on the way to Suttons Bay from Traverse City....
I'm always amazed with the size of the trucks Michigan allows on it's highways.
The Grand Traverse Lighthouse.
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Last Modified 16-Jun-2013