Harbor Springs At A Glance

Posted by Kyle Lieberman on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 6:02pm.

Harbor Springs at a Glance:

  • Prior to the late 17th century, the area was settled by Odawa tribes that would spend the spring and summer months farming, fishing, and collecting maple syrup. The Odawa tribes called the area Waganikisi.
  • The French were the first Europeans to come to the area in the late 1600’s who called the area “L’Arbre Croche” which means The Crooked Tree.
  • Eventually, the French developed a fur trade which included a small village in what is now Harbor Springs.
  • In the mid 1800’s, the French renamed the area Petite Traverse, meaning Little Traverse.
  • The town of Harbor Springs was incorporated in 1880.
  • The main industries at the time were logging and farming.
  • Year-round Population: 1206
  • Summer Population: over 20,000
  • In modern day the main industry in the area is tourism.
  • Harbor Springs Public Schools

Signature Features and Events:

Shopping and Dining:

  • Polish Kitchen: 8418 M-119, Harbor Springs.  Restaurant specializing in Polish food.  
  • Tom’s Mom’s Cookies: 267 S. Spring Street, Harbor Springs. Shop in downtown Harbor Springs that specializes in cookies. 
  • Teddy Griffin’s Roadhouse: 50 Highland Pike Dr, Harbor Springs. American style bar and grill.
  • Gurney’s Harbor Bottle Shop: 215 E Main Street, Harbor Springs. Delicatessen.  
  • Stafford’s Pier Restaurant: 102 E Bay Street, Harbor Springs. American/Seafood options.
  • Vernales: 3018 M-119 Harbor Springs. Italian/American style chop house. 
  • Piper’s Mighty Good Pizza: 974 W Conway Road, Harbor Springs. Pizza restaurant. 
  • American Spoon: 245 E Main Street, Harbor Springs. Artisanal Fruit Preserves and Condiments.  
  • Bella Regalo Gift Shop: 397 E Main Street, Harbor Springs. Boutique/Gift Shop.
  • Craig Ryan Fine Menswear: 228 E Main Street, Harbor Springs. Men’s Clothing Store. 
  • The Outfitter of Harbor Springs: 153 E Main St, Harbor Springs. Sports/Clothing store.
  • Dressed L’Esprit: 109 E Main Street, Harbor Springs. Women’s Clothing.
  • Hilda of Harbor: 107 W Main St, Harbor Springs. Clothing Store.
  • Harbor Wear: 161 State St, Harbor Springs. Clothing Store.
  • Barbara Boz Boutique: 139 State St, Harbor Springs. Boutique shop.
  • Journey North: 141 State St, Harbor Springs. Clothing Store.


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