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Will Faught of Carlson’s Fish Market in Leland delivers fresh  sh  llets to Lisa Schimmel of Leland. Fishtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places — and a fun place to hang out.
F ull of history and character, Leland
captures quaint lakeside charm and turns it into summer memories.
It’s a place to  nd boutiques next to ice cream counters, with beaches just down the road. Local favorites are Van’s Beach and North Beach, which offer promises of body sur ng and sand castle building. But no matter where you  nd your way to the sand and shore of Leland, you’re guaranteed one of the best views in the county for a Michigan sunset.
As a downstater from Homer, Mich., Chad Saxton has visited
Leland many times. Some of his favorite memories include departing from the lakeside town for visits to the the Manitou islands.
“I started coming to Leland 40 years ago on family vacations. What originally brought us to the area was a trip to South Manitou Island. My dad, younger brother and I did some back packing and camping on the island. As I became an adult and got married, one of our stops is always Leland to walk through the really cool unique stores.”
The town’s assets bring Saxton back season after season.
“I think what brings us back to Leland is that it is a really cool harbor town that has a lot of history and character. The people are friendly and the pace is slow. You can really relax even if you are just passing through,” Saxton said.
Leland rolls out its red carpet with a summer full of events, starting with its annual Food & Wine Festival set for Saturday, June 9. Attendees sip Leelanau Peninsula wines while savoring specialty dishes from local restaurants at the Leland Harbor.
A visit to the harbor would not be complete without a stroll through Fishtown, whose
weather-worn pilings can be found on the National Register of Historic Places.
The biggest week of the summer revolves around the Fourth of July, which Leland celebrates in grand ways. A patriotic sing at the Village Green will kick off festivities on July 3, followed by  reworks that town leaders have promised would be ‘bigger and better.” The Fourth of July parade kicks off promptly at 3 p.m. on the big day.
The community values the arts, and visitors can take advantage of local offerings all summer long at The Old Art
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