Northern Michigan Attractions: November’s here, and that means deer camp … and other possibilities. For the huntress and not, we recommend this dark month of change for getting away with the gal pals—pre-season shopping, spa session and excellent dinners.
Shopping the village of Glen Arbor? Stick to your budget and still live the luxe life by staying at The Homestead resort, where a warm bamboo massage, sugar scrub, wine and lodging is $186 when you’re bringing a friend to do the same (231.334.5100, thehomesteadresort.com). Bundle up and walk the beaches of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to Glen Arbor for Leelanau Coffee Roasting Company’s special brew (800.424.JAVA, leelanaucoffee.com) and a spin through the village’s tiny but intriguing downtown.
Shop, Get Centered
After wandering the shops in Petoskey, fall into comfort at downtown’s Talulu Beauty Lounge. With coffee, cocoa or tea in hand, get a Bliss tingling facial, hot scrub mani and pedi, and hot towel treatment to soothe the chill of a Northern November. Follow up with Too-Faced or Smashbox makeover (entire service $100, find it on Facebook, 231.347.5858). For inner rejuvenation, relax into a Spa Yoga Weekend at the Inn at Bay Harbor. Three sessions, walking meditation and spa service, vegetarian dinner and wine tasting soothe the spirit. Lodge at the inn and breakfast is included, too (Workshop Nov. 18–20, $225; lodging from $144; 231.439.4046, boyne.com). Warm your tuned-up core with comfort foods at nearby Galley Gourmet, like sourdough thin crust pizza with prosciutto, pancetta, roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic and olives (231.439.2665, galleygourmet.com).