The entire southern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is home to some of the finest antique stores, malls and emporiums anywhere. Imagine a road trip that combines the joys of antiquing with the warming weather and its profusion of blossoms, then culminates in an overnight stay at a luxurious, hospitable bed and breakfast inn.
WEST MICHIGAN LAKESHORE
Explore antiquing in West Michigan. Work your way north along the Lake Michigan coast starting at Murphy’s Antique Mall in the quaint harbor town of South Haven. Local Innkeeper Carol Ann Hall just got home from shopping its two brim-full floors and and is pleased with her “new” treasures. Her B&B, Inn at the Park, is a showplace for antiques and features items for sale.
Just a short hop north in Saugatuck/Douglas, you can stay at Sherwood Forest B&B and receive a coupon for 10% off any individual item over $25 at the Blue Star Antique Pavilion. It boasts more than 175 booths of antiques, collectibles and consignments with dealers from Detroit to Chicago.
In Holland, don’t miss the Wooden Shoe Antique Mall with over 70 dealers; and the Harvest Antique Mall with 130 dealers. When you’re plumb tuckered out from all that shopping, rest your head at the lovely Dutch Colonial Inn B&B.
This image suggests the incredible mix of new, used, re-invented and re-purposed furniture and decorative items creatively staged at Colby’s Hokey Pokey. It’s located downtown in Whitehall, just a two-block stroll from the White Swan Inn B&B. Colby’s is open daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
EAST MICHIGAN SHORELINE
The incredible 200-mile-long Annual Antique Yard Sale Trail along the Lake Huron shoreline is set for this August 13 – 15 and starts in Algonac, home of the Algonac Antique Mall. Algonac is also home to Linda’s Lighthouse Inn, overlooking the vividly-blue North Channel of the St. Clair River.
While the Antique Trail ends at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb in Sebewaing, along the way you’ll want to explore the charming lakeshore community of Lexington. A Night to Remember B&B, located right on the main drag as you drive north into town, actually boasts its own antique emporium (not to mention an ice cream shop to die for). Before you leave Lexington, stop by Captain’s Quarters, one of several nearby inns, for a good night’s rest and to pick up Innkeeper Pat Cutler’s personal “Trip Around the Thumb” guide to all places of interest.
Another “don’t miss” antique store is McNally’s, located just four blocks from The State Street Inn (shown to the left) in Harbor Beach. It’s one of four antique shops within seven miles of this lakeside community.
Yes, Virginia! A wonderful world awaits your discovery between the two Great Lakes that hug Michigan’s eastern and western lakeshores.
With the aroma of corndogs and elephant ears spicing the air, the Allegan Antiques Market opened last weekend and continues each Sunday through September. Held at the Allegan County Fairgrounds, it’s just six miles to Castle in the Country B&B. Owner/innkeeper and former antique dealer Ruth Boven promises to share her insider tips as a frequent shopper.
If you’re in the market for antique furnitue, don’t miss The Emporium in downtown Kalamazoo — just a little over a mile from Hall House B&B. In Schoolcarft, just 16 miles south, Norma’s Antiques and Collectibles offers a wide range of general line antiques.
The great little burg of Allen boasts four big antique malls, three smaller ones and a “gaslight village” — over 1000 dealers in all. Among them are Allen Antique Barn and Hog Creek Antiques. All the malls are open daily from 10-5 year-around. Best of all, the Munro House B&B is located just five miles east of Allen on Hwy 12 in downtown Jonesville.
Williamston is another antiquers’ paradise. Sign of the Pineapple, Red Cedar Antiques and Old Planck Road are centered downtown, with the Antiques Market of Williamston just south of the city limites. You can spend a day or more antiquing here, then stay the night at Topliff’s Tara B&B — a working llama farm. (Thanks to innkeeper Sheryl Topliff who provided the photo at the top of the blog.)
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