Home to Fishtown Ranked Top 20 Most Beautiful Small Towns in U.S.
It may be small, but it’s powerful. This charming northern Michigan town, which has earned a reputation as one of America’s prettiest small towns, is as unique as it gets.
Leland, Michigan has just been named one of the “20 Best Small Towns in the United States” by Travel + Leisure. The home of legendary Fishtown not only made the list, but it landed in the top 10, and we’re not surprised.
Located between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau on the Leelanau Peninsula, Leland has always been a popular summer vacation destination. From the downtown area with shops and restaurants to the beautiful views and of course the iconic Fishtown, what Leland lacks in space at about 1 square mile it makes up for in charm.
Settled in 1853, the historic city caught the eye of Travel + Leisure for its timeless appeal and beauty.
“On the coast of Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula, between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, you’ll find Leland and Fishtown, a tourism dream team made up of a working commercial fishing village and a community of people who love their summer homes. Leland is a special place that has been virtually untouched by time. For example, he has no traffic lights. And the much-photographed Leland Canal epitomizes Michigan’s lakefront charm.”
Visitors immediately fall in love with the cluster of cute, weathered fisherman’s cottages, smokehouses, overhanging docks, and charter boats along the Leland River that make up the area known as Fishtown. You’ll also find fish tugboats Joy and Janice Sue there for the perfect photo op. A personal favorite is the Village Cheese Shanty. Owned by a Grand Blanc High alum, David Kareck, you’ll find lines stretching out the door and up the hill to snag one of their amazing sandwiches. Trust me, it’s worth the wait.
Check out the full list of the “20 Most Beautiful Small Towns in the United States” here.
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