The Village of Suttons Bay sits along the east side of the Leelanau Peninsula, north of Traverse City along West Grand Traverse Bay. This unique town is located close to the 45th parallel, the halfway point between the North Pole and the Equator.
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History of Suttons Bay
The community was named after Harry Sutton, one of the first European settlers who arrived in 1854. He and a crew of woodsmen arrived with the intention of supplying passing steamboats with fuel. In 1903, a railway began a line between Traverse City and Northport with a stop in Suttons Bay. The railroad was created to support car ferry service to Manistique on the Upper Peninsula. The line remained active, at least in part, until 1975 when the section from Traverse City to Suttons Bay was abandoned. Today, the old train depot is home to Schaub Team Premier Realty's Suttons Bay office.
Living in Suttons Bay Today
While still heavily dependent on tourism, Suttons Bay has become a thriving year-round community that includes a variety of boutique shops, art galleries, restaurants, wineries, a grocery store and car wash, drug stores, gas stations, a historic community-run movie theatre, marina, Secretary of State and Schaub Team Premier Realty.
The rolling hills, proximity to large bodies of water, and location near the 45th parallel have made this an ideal destination for agriculture and viticulture. Expansive farms surround the village which supports the cherry, wine, and other fruit industries.
Suttons Bay Real Estate
As with other communities throughout Leelanau, real estate in Suttons Bay has proven to be a lucrative investment for many providing the unique opportunity to reside in a small town approximately a 15-minute commute to Traverse City. Real estate in and around the village include single family homes within a neighborhood setting, subdivisions, and multiple-acre homesteads. For low maintenance living, condominiums are also nearby. Stately waterfront homes and property can be found along Grand Traverse Bay.
While many consider the natural wonders of the region to be entertainment for the area, there are also a host of unique opportunities to dining, stay and more!
Residents and visitors enjoy coffee shops, restaurants, wine tasting, shopping, farmsteads, fishing, hiking, biking, casino, and a marina in Suttons Bay. Following are some resources that will provide more information: