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We provide curated itineraries filled with recommended experiences, destinations, off-the-beaten-path activities in all of our communities. We know your time is limited so let us help you carve out unique outings so you don’t have to figure out plans and schedule after you arrive.

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Events

Leland Wine & Food Festival

June

Enjoy tasting award-winning wines local wineries & breweries, delicious specialties from local food vendors while soaking up beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands.

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Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

June – August

Six weeks of exciting equestrian competition, featuring jumpers, hunters and equitation with riders from around the country competing for prestige and prize money.

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National Cherry Festival

July

From bringing ‘pure’ local agriculture to hosting guests in one of Pure Michigan’s most beautiful beach towns, the National Cherry Festival is proud be one of Pure Michigan’s brightest gems.

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Traverse City Film Festival

Late July / Early August

The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization that brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Northern Michigan for the annual film festival in late July to early August.

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Leland Heritage Festival

September

Leland Heritage Festival has a classic car show, vintage wooden boats, the 75th anniversary open house for the Leland Library and music all day by The Inland String Band.

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Parks

Leelanau State Park – Northport

Leelanau State Park, located at the tip of the little finger on the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula, has more than 1519 acres waiting for visitors to explore. The park showcases the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, a rustic campground, and 8.5 miles of hiking/skiing trails.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes

Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake.

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Leelanau Conservancy

The Leelanau Conservancy has been devoted to protecting the land and water and has preserved nearly 14,000 acres and created 26 Natural Areas for public enjoyment with more than 20 miles of hiking trails.

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Fishing Charters from Fishtown

Leland is known as one of the best sport fishing ports in Michigan. Book experienced charter fishing captains who will deliver a great catch and a great time!

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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail winds for 27 miles through the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore—a national park on the shores of Lake Michigan in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

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Leelanau Trail

The 17-mile Leelanau Trail provides a paved off-road connection between Traverse City and Suttons Bay. Running through the last of Leelanau County’s former railroad corridors, the Leelanau Trail features picturesque forests, farms, vineyards, lakes and ponds.

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Culture

The Old Art Building

Leelanau Community Cultural Center promotes cultural enrichment programs and events and provides a gathering place for the community to ensure the preservation of the Old Art Building as a significant part of Leelanau history.

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Leelanau Historical Society Museum

The Leelanau Historical Society Museum educates about Leelanau life and maritime history through exhibits, educational programs and publications. Today, the collections and archives contain more than 20,000 items.

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Historic Fishtown

Along the Leland River, as it feeds into Lake Michigan, is Leland’s Historic Fishtown – one of the last working and thriving fishing districts on the Great Lakes. Don’t miss Leland Gal, Sporck Tile, Tug Stuff, Carlson’s Fresh Fish

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Main Street Gallery

The Main Street Gallery located in downtown Leland, Michigan showcases original art including metal sculpture, oil and acrylic painting, pastels, watercolors, woodcarvings and glass.

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Tamarack Gallery

What began as a small fine crafts gallery featuring ten artists is now a showcase for fine art, crafts, outsider, and folk art. The gallery represents over sixty-five artists from all over the country.

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Shops

Dani Knoph Wildlife Studio

Dani Knoph is an artist, writer, and advocate for wildlife conservation in Michigan. She launched Dani Knoph Wildlife Studio in 2017. Archival prints of her artwork can be found at specialty shops and galleries.

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Cherry Republic

Michigan’s Northwest Lower Peninsula is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States. Cherry Republic use those cherries in over 200 cherry products like Salsas, Chocolate Covered Cherries, Cherry Nut Mixes, and much more.

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U Pick Flowers

Omena Cut Flowers is a U-Pick flower farm located about 7 miles north of Suttons Bay. The farm is beautiful and overlooks the shores of Grand Traverse Bay and offers 23 flower beds to pick from, with over 40 varieties of annuals and perennials.

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9 bean rows bakery

9 bean rows bakery produces delicious artisan breads and pastries in the old Covered Wagon market between Suttons Bay and Lake Leelanau They also have a list of traditional European pastries ranging from buttery flaky croissants to brioche, cakes, pies, napoleons, eclairs, and more.

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Manitou Sports

Gear2Go

Manitou Life will get you and your crew out on the water with Gear2Go! We offer Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs), Kayaks and Surfboards for rent. The all-new Hobie Pedal Kayaks are ideal for fishing, touring, or play. Enjoy by the day or the week. Delivery service is complementary within 10 miles of an ML launch site.

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Everyone has a favorite vacation activity.

Some love the thrill of paddleboarding through the waves. Others prefer the more relaxed dog paddle. No matter what you enjoy, we can make it better.

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