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Fishtown, Leland

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  • Several upscale shops to catch one's interest in what used to be a fishing village. For the children, there's the Candy Shop and for others there are shopping boutiques. Plan a short visit one afterno...  more »
  • Several gift stores and Resturants on or near the water. Parking can be a challenge, but you can park along the street. A good place to spend a couple of hours  more »
  • Cute n interesting but easily able to see the town and exited within an hour. Helpful that the town of Leland has good shopping. Wouldn't drive out of my way to go see Fishtown again.  more »
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  • Historic fishing place in downtown Leeland. All original shanties are still standing. Great place for seafood, souvenirs, smoked fish, and seeing the history that built the surrounding community. Highly recommend The Cheese Shop for a great sandwich or The Cove for awesome seafood.
  • A small town of old fishing shanties turned into kitsch tourist shops. To few to make it worth a visit but enough to spend a few minutes wandering as part of doing other things in the area.
  • Beautiful scenery and friendly people. What's not to like
  • Unfortunately, we arrived the day after the legendary Carlson’s Fishery closed for the season, and most of the other shops had followed suit – so we did not get to see the full effect or get to try any of the smoked fish but we had a wonderful time none-the-less. It was quite deserted allowing us to have the place pretty much to ourselves which was pretty nice and a first for me as the boardwalks are usually heavily congested. The Fishtown Preservation Society’s office was still open and offered a museum style history lesson display. A nice woman working inside explained the reason the fishery and everything was closed was because the fishing season itself was done for the year. She gave a great history lesson and explained how very few commercial fishing licenses were left in the state and the several of those are operated out of Historic Fishtown. Carlson’s was breaking down and scrubbing their two smoke houses. Despite their effort, the sweet smoky smell still lingered heavily in the air…taunting us with a deliciousness that was no longer available for sale. The Manitou Transit Authority sits at the end of the boardwalk on Lake Michigan. This adorable shanty provides transportation to North Manitou and South Manitou Islands for day visits and camping trips. It did not appear to be open on our visit but sure looked cute sitting there waiting to take you to the deserted islands Make sure you check out this quaint little spot along Lake Michigan in Leland, Michigan during the Spring, Summer of Fall, you will not regret it. Taylor Schell Martinez of the Traveling Martinezes.
  • Love this small part of history! Great shopping and restaurants.

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