Leland is a picturesque little village snuggled between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau. The downtown offers unique stores, galleries, and restaurants.
Leland’s historic district, known as “Fishtown,” was a fishing village in the early 1900s. Now these shanties have been converted into unique shops and the adjacent full service marina is the perfect place for launching and mooring boats.
If you’re looking for a great place to get on the water, Leland offers easy access to public beaches. There are also boat launches on both Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau. You can even kayak or canoe on the Leland river.
In 2013, Leland, MI was voted the #2 best spot in all of the United States to watch sunsets by USA TODAY Travel‘s 10 best Readers’ Choice Awards.
The sandy beach of Lake Michigan is just steps from the Lodge. You can watch the sunset from the deck of the Lodge, or stroll down to the beach and watch the last beams of sunlight dance on the waves before it sinks out of sight.
The beach is also a wonderful place to do some star gazing. Count how many constellations and shooting stars you can spot. It’s even possible to see the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights, in Leland.
Leland is a great place to spot wildlife. The Lodge is home to a couple of river otters that often make an appearance around breakfast time. In the autumn, the salmon swim upstream on the Leland River. You can watch from the deck or the bridge at Falling Waters Lodge and applaud as the salmon try to jump over the dam.