This pawsitively stunning place is tucked into the rolling foothills and cerulean blue waters that border the village of Sutton Bay, Michigan! The village is the "e-pet-imization" of quaint! The small population invites myriad tourists in each season to enjoy the laid-back vibes of the village. Many of the historical buildings are still standing with the original idyllic architecture of a traditional lake town. Suttons Bay is named after the body water that borders the village to the east, which is a tributary of Lake Michigan. There are tons of fun activities for the two- and four-legged to do here -- between the local farmer's market and exploring the beach, you'll never exhaust your options in Suttons Bay!
Dogs owners love living along the beaches of Suttons Bay! Even with such a small population, dog owners will have everything they need for a happy and healthy Fido! There's a veterinarian, pet groomer, and pet shop right within the village borders. The majority of the village events are pet-friendly, like Leelanau Farmers Market and the Wine Trails, where you can check out the grape fields with your dogs! On top of this, there are 3 pet-friendly restaurants in Suttons Bay that overlook the beautiful waves of the water!
Does your dog enjoy a sophisticated diet with plenty of human food as treats? If you're looking for a place to spoil your dog with table scraps, then living off St. Joseph Street is the right place for you two! Here, you can visit Martha's Leelanau Table. This pet-friendly restaurant specializes in the traditional cuisine of a European-style cafe. The best part is that the outside seating area where Fido can sit overlooks a scenic area of Suttons Bay! At Martha's, you can enjoy dishes like Veal Chop Marsala, Venison Osso Bucco, or Vegetarian Back Forty Slab Pie. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so no matter what time of day you decide to visit, you can always get a tail-wagging meal at Martha's Leelanau Table!
Does your dog like to eat at restaurants that are over 100 years old? If you live off Front Street, you and Fido can walk to a restaurant that was established in 1871! If you visit the "old-timey" atmosphere at the Village Inn Grill, you'll be treated to an upscale, but dog-friendly ambiance with flavors that'll have Fido going mutts! Entrees like the Great Lakes Whitefish, Chargrilled Ribeye, and Leelanau Chicken Salad are all great choices! After dinner, you and the doggo can head across the street to Suttons Bay Beach to watch the sunset! Living off Front Street is a walk through human and doggie paradise!
Does your dog enjoy trails where he'll get a "Tail of Two Cities?" If you live in the South of Suttons Bay neighborhood, your Fido can get a tail of three cities on the 17-mile Leelanau Trail that cuts through the neighborhood. Not only can Fido see three different places, but there's a wide variety of sightseeing to do on this trail. Between the sea oats along Suttons Bay and the dilapidated cobblestone buildings further inland, this trek will keep Fido on their paws! If you have a smaller dog that's not up for long hikes, you can also visit Sutton Park in this same neighborhood. This park hugs up against the bay with 300-feet of shoreline to enjoy! This is a perfect place to let the dogs out!
Does your dog think the journey is just as important as the end? Well, at the end of a hike through 45th Parallel Park off of West Bay Shore Drive, you'll find a beautiful beach packed with pearly-white sand that meets translucent blue water! The 45th Parallel Park is 45 acres of preserved land that is open to the public for exploration! Your dog will love hiking through the terrain of White Alder trees that lead up to the beach. Once you get there, you can enjoy the sand and throw a picnic! Please be advised that some of the terrain in the 45th Parallel Park is unmarked and can be "ruff." Bring doggie boots and plenty of water to make this day outing as safe as it is furrific!'
Does your dog like the furrier and finer things in life? If your doggo's hard to please, you can drive south to Black Star Farms. This pet-friendly restaurant is half winery, half restaurant, and all dog-friendly! Black Star Farms has a wine club with tastings almost every day with wines produced by local vineyards. You can grab a bottle, then head to Hearth & Vine, a pet-friendly restaurant located right on-site where you can enjoy some upscale dining. If Fido needs to exercise, you can always take them for a walk around the grounds. Fido can't wait to check out the sights, smells, and tastes at Blackstar Farms!