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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Sandwich Place
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“You can't visit Fishtown without grabbing a sandwich from the Village Cheese Shanty. Call ahead and order if you can because lines can get crazy in the summer. Cash only. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“Super cool place to go to shop and also enjoy some smaller eateries. Carson's Smoked Fish has some of the best smoked whitefish you can buy anywhere.”
  • 19 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Enduring standby offering an American menu in a casual dining room & tavern with a riverside patio.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Upscale, fine dining restaurant located on the banks of the Leland River. Creative, seasonal menu with a Wine Spectator recognized wine list. Perfect for date night or family dinner.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Take a boat ride out to South Manitou island for the day and see the virgin white pine Forrest...amazing!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Transportation
“Fishtown in Leland is a great place to grab lunch and visit shops. Here you can get a sense for how a Great Lakes commercial fishing wharf looked back in its heyday. You can charter a sport fishing excursion here, and you can get all the fishing tackle you need in this area.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“This is the local grocery store in Leland. Great place to pick up any supplies. They also have a nice selection of gluten-free products. Check out the Third Coast Bakery items (gluten-free), 9 Bean Row items (Croissants and fresh lettuces), and Sissons bakery (Cookies and breads).”
  • 9 locals recommend
Lodging
“#1 WINNER BEST BEACH FOR ROCK HUNTING (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). A GUEST RECOMMENDS THIS - I HAVE NOT YET BEEN HERE PERSONALLY. This beach is in Leland, not Traverse City. Guest said this is their very favorite beach. LOCAL TIPS: 1. Try the whitefish dip from Carlson's Fisheries in Leland. #1 WINNER (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). Made with fresh whitefish caught and smoked outside their door … Lake Michigan on a cracker. 2. Fishtown in Leland voted #3 WINNER FOR PLACE TO TAKE AN INSTAGRAM (Traverse Magazine Red Hot Best Awards). 3. Be sure to enjoy a Village Cheese Shanty sandwich! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“In Leland, 12 miles from Sunset Lodge. On Lake Michigan where Leland River feeds in a rushing stream. Faces west with beautiful lake views and gorgeous sunsets. Known for Lake Michigan whitefish.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“1.5 mile trail system on flat and hilly terrain. There is a viewing platform above the bluffs, with breathtaking views from 200 feet above Lake Michigan. On the trail to the bluff there are views of Lake Leelanau to the East.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Winery
“Stunning views, solid wine, and live, outdoor music during the summer (check for availability). Grab at least one bottle of Ad-lib before you leave!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 2
“If you are an avid road rider that likes hills then you need to check out Leelanau County! If you need ideas for routes to get started, please ask! We’re happy to help direct you to the best rides that us locals love.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bistro
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“ Good breakfast, lunch and pre-made take home dinners. Wonderful food at Trish's.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“The trail system here takes in an easy to challenging 3.3 miles. The 3/4 and 1- 1/2 mile loops can be covered in 2 hours. Moderate hiking includes sandy trails, stairs, and slopes. Info kiosk at trail head, benches at ancient maple. Beautiful octagon-shaped deck and sitting area overlooking Houdek Creek, built and donated by the Houdek Family. Note: there is a significant stand of poison ivy near the entrance. Take care to stay on the wide trail. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Book your ferry ticket to South Manitou Island early and pack a picnic. Pick up sandwiches at the Fishtown Sandwich Shop (they only accept cash) and enjoy your day on the island. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Food
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Sandwich Place
“You can't visit Fishtown without grabbing a sandwich from the Village Cheese Shanty. Call ahead and order if you can because lines can get crazy in the summer. Cash only. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Enduring standby offering an American menu in a casual dining room & tavern with a riverside patio.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Upscale, fine dining restaurant located on the banks of the Leland River. Creative, seasonal menu with a Wine Spectator recognized wine list. Perfect for date night or family dinner.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“In Leland, 12 miles from Sunset Lodge. On Lake Michigan where Leland River feeds in a rushing stream. Faces west with beautiful lake views and gorgeous sunsets. Known for Lake Michigan whitefish.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bistro
“ Good breakfast, lunch and pre-made take home dinners. Wonderful food at Trish's.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great coffee shop—pricey but good! They also offer baked goods from Sissons and sometimes gluten-free treats.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“The breakfast Burrito is my favorite, ask if not on the menu, they can't make it when busy.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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