WHAT CAN WE SAY? It’s home to the most beautiful place in the world, as voted by Good Morning America in 2011; and while the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers scenic vistas, many will agree it’s the humming businesses and amiable folks of its villages that make County one of the best places to live, work and play...and here they are as voted by Express readers.HANGING OUT
All-round hangout: Art’s Tavern
20-something hangout: Village Inn S.B.
Live music: Boondocks G.A.
Happy hour: Village Inn S.B.
Hair Salon: Bayside Salon
Window displays: Lima Bean
Place to pamper your pet: SunDog Boarding Kennel
Art gallery: Michigan Artist Gallery
Stylish resale shop: Jaffes
Store staff: Lima Bean
Independent apparel: Lima Bean;Cotton
Men’s store: Bahle’s
Place for chocolate: Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate
Jewelry store: Becky Thatcher Designs
Eclectic Gifts store: Enerdyne
Restaurant staff: Bluebird;Riverside Inn TIE
Healthiest restaurant: Martha’s Table
Wine tasting destination: Black Star Farms
Lunch: Martha’s Table/Sissons
Bar food: Bluebird
Breakfast: Pegtown Station
Family restaurant: Bluebird
Gourmet restaurant: Blu
Pasta: Trattoria Funistrada
Mexican: Sugarfoot Saloon
Appetizers/small plates: Riverside Inn
Salads: Village Inn S.B.
Pizza: Village Inn S.B.
Coffee Hangout: Pedaling Beans
Burger: Boone’s Prime Time Pub
Seafood: Riverside Inn
Desserts: Village Inn S.B.
Outdoor deck scene: Boonedock’s