Michigan is the place to be all year long. Michigan has some amazing small towns that are worth the trip if you can make time to travel. One city in Michigan is ranked the tenth beautiful small town in America.
Michigan is loaded with awesome small towns and you should go check them out.
Travel & Leisure did a survey of hundreds of cities from coast to coast in the United States. Cities with populations of less than 20,000 were the destinations. Once the survey was completed, Travel & Leisure offered a glimpse into some of the most gorgeous places that they visited. Then they ranked them. The rankings are impressive with this northern Michigan city claiming the #10 spot.
Fishtown/Leland, Michigan is the 10th most beautiful small town in U.S.
How about a toast to Fishtown/Leland, Michigan! Hold up, what is Fishtown?
What is Fishtown?
Fishtown Preservation describes Fishtown as:
Fishtown is a collection of weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, overhanging docks, fish tugs and charter boats along the Leland River in Leland, Michigan. The heart of a commercial fishing village, Fishtown is where we can still see and feel a connection to the long tradition of Great Lakes maritime culture.
Why did Fishtown land tenth place on the list?
Travel & Leisure sums it up:
On the coast of Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula, between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, you’ll find Leland and Fishtown, a tourism dream team composed of a working commercial fishing village and a community of people who love their summer cottages. Leland is a special place virtually untouched by time. For instance, it has no stoplights. And the oft-photographed Leland canal epitomizes Michigan’s lakeside charm.
What kinds of things are there to do in Fishtown/Leland, Michigan?
Carlson’s Fishery - 205 River St, Leland, MI 49654 - 231-256-9801
A Leland tradition for five generations. Providing the finest fresh fish, jerky and smoked fish products.
FishBilly Charters - 195 W River St, Leland, MI 49654 - 208-966-7984
Enjoy world class lake trout and salmon fishing right out of Fishtown with FishBilly Charters! Step aboard the FishBilly II, a 29’ Hewescraft Alaskan equipped with a private bathroom and spacious cabin to keep you comfortable and dry. This vessel is loaded with premium electronics and top of the line gear to keep you safe and get you on the fish. Full and half day trips are available for up to 6 guests. Call Captain Bill to book your next fishing adventure and make memories to last a lifetime.
Village Cheese Shanty - 199 W River St, Leland, MI 49654 - 231-256-9141
A never trendy, tourist friendly, palate teasing, neighborhood store offering fresh, made to order sandwiches, imported cheeses, beer, wine and more!
Dam Candy Store - 197 River St, Leland, MI 49654 - 231-256-7766
Classic, cheerful, and always delicious – the Dam Candy Store is Fishtown’s most favorite sweet spot. Our wide variety of candies, ice creams, and chocolates are sure to bring out the kid in you!
I haven't been to Fishtown, I plan on visiting. There's a lot of history in the community and I'm sure there's plenty of stories that you can hear from locals.