Leaving the delightful Leelanau Books (see Part II), I set off across the Leelanau Peninsula (see map below) on the third leg of my bookstore discovery trip through "The Most Beautiful Place in America" (see Good Morning America video) and headed toward the small town of Suttons Bay.
305 St. Joseph Street
PO Box 550
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go. OK, so I didn't actually cross a river, and if I were to be really accurate, neither did I go through the woods, but when I arrived at Brilliant Books, I felt for all the world like I was paying a visit to someone's friendly and inviting grandmother. The phrase "warm and cozy" is cliche, I know, but it is nonetheless an appropriate description for this comfy shop, located in what looks to be a converted two-story house with an interior that incorporates wood floors and stained wood shelving with many homey touches like a self-serve coffee pot and a small nook for food, cooking, and wine books, aptly called "The Pantry."