Cushioned between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, Leland is a striking village located north and west of Traverse City. The charming community is home to unique shops, restaurants, the Leland Marina and historic Fishtown.
Northern Michigan is notorious for its roots in commercial fishing and wildlife. Leland’s Fishtown is rich in the maritime history in Michigan. Fishing shanties, smokehouses, docks, fish tugs and charter boats line the Leland River and were once the heart of commercial fishing in the Great Lakes. The shanties of Fishtown date back to the early 1900s when settlers came to Leland. Prior to their arrival, the Native Americans fished the bountiful waters to sustain their livelihood. The shanties are fruitful with unique shops and exemplify a story of endurance, after surviving more than 150 bitter, windy winters in the north.
Riders of the 23rd Annual Michigander can walk the streets and docks of Fishtown and visit the quaint boutiques, galleries and unique eateries. Sugar-sand beaches can be found on both Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, where Michigander riders can cool off in the lake or just soak in the scenic views.
The Leelanau Historic Society Museum allows visitors to explore the diverse cultures of the Leelanau Peninsula and the surrounding areas.
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