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Leland is a picturesque little village located on a sliver of land between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, on beautiful Leelanau Peninsula, a 25 minute drive north and west of Traverse City. This uncommon and charming village will mesmerize you with its beauty and amenities. Guests arrive by car, boat and bicycle. Once here, Leland is a great “walking around” town. All of the shops, restaurants, galleries and museums are located within a short distance. There is easy access to public beaches, boat launches on each lake and a river connecting the two.
Shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, the diverse terrain and ecology of the dune environment is alive with opportunity for observing and learning about the natural world and what we can do to protect it. National Park Service uniformed employees, or one of the many volunteers that work in the park are always available to answer questions or to help should you need assistance.
With over public 100,000 votes, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was named the "Most Beautiful Place in America" on ABC's Good Morning America. Watch as the winner was announced live on television in, "Most Beautiful Place in America Revealed!" After Sleeping Bear Dunes was nominated, ABC News narrowed down the vast number of nominations to ten and announced them, two-by-two each morning on the show. Watch as Michigan's hidden gem is introduced in, "Most Beautiful Places: Point Reyes, Sleeping Bear Dunes." Watch nationally-recognized American chef, Mario Batali, praise Sleeping Bear Dunes and the surrounding area in the ABC segment, "Mario Batali on Wonders of Sleeping Bear Dunes."
A free 24-page booklet filled with information about Sleeping Bear Dunes including detailed information and photographs of area resorts and inns may be downloaded here.
THE DUNE CLIMB
The Dune Climb offers plenty of pure, wind-blown sand for your climbing pleasure. There is a picnic area at the bottom and you can climb up the dunes for a view of Glen Lake. While the climb can be strenuous, the run back down to the picnic area is a blast! The Dune Center, located at the base of the Dune Climb, offers modern restrooms and a bookstore and we will have a SAG stop near the restrooms.For those who have extra time and a lot of energy, take a hike through the dunes all the way to Lake Michigan. This may take as long as 3-4 hours, so plan ahead, take lots of water and remember you'll be walking up and down the dunes in loose sand all the way.
SLEEPING BEAR HERITAGE TRAIL
One of the highlights of the Michigander will be riding on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, a hard-surfaced, non-motorized, multi-use trail planned to span 27 miles from the northern end of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at County Road 651 to the Leelanau/Benzie County line at Manning Road south of Empire. Currently the trail runs almost 22 miles between Empire and Bohemia Road, connecting to park attractions and the town of Glen Arbor along the way. Most of the trail is asphalt, but a 3-mile section which goes through the Port Oneida Rural Historic District north of Glen Arbor is crushed stone. The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes manage and maintain the bike trail. They have over 40 Trail Ambassadors who ride or walk the trail on a regular basis. If you see one of these folks wearing a bright orange vest, feel free to ask them questions about the trail or the Park. They’ll be happy to assist you.
Trailheads are at Bar Lake Road, Pierce Stocking, Dune Climb, Glen Haven, Alligator Hill, Crystal River, Bay View, and Port Oneida.
A visit to Glen Haven, the small village on the Lake Michigan shoreline, is a step back to a time when small villages and docks supplied fuel to steamers along the Great Lakes. Glen Haven is the best preserved cord wood station on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan and perhaps the entire Great Lakes. Glen Haven was a company town and eventually diversified into farming, canning of fruit, and tourism. The beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan are right there, so take time for a swim or walk along the beach.
GLEN LAKE REGION
The Glen Lake area is the perfect place to grab lunch on the ride. It is home to a variety of restaurants, whether you want to order out for a beachside picnic or experience fine dining with a view of the Sleeping Bear Bay. Towns around Glen Lake include Empire (Dune Climb), Maple City, Burdickville and Glen Arbor (the stop after riding the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail).
The strong community of artists in the Glen Lake area showcase their work year-round at a variety of local venues. Most galleries are open to the public on a walk-in basis during normal hours of operation. Some of the best local artists, regional and nationally acclaimed artists works can be found in Glen Arbor. Special events include the Manitou Music Festival series and the Plein Air Paint Out.
GLEN ARBOR ART ASSOCIATION
It is conveniently located in the heart of the village, but is tucked away on a quiet drive behind Lake Street Studios on Lake Street and Leelanau Coffee Roasting Company on Pine Street. This building and natural setting provide just the right “home” for many activities. Besides being THE administrative center and providing artist-in-residence accommodation, it has become a focal point for onurturing and encouraging interest in art in its many forms. A variety of art classes, reader’s theater, artists’ presentations, after school art, gallery shows, concerts, and community meetings make our art center hum with year-round enrichment.
Leland offers exceptional hiking, biking, skiing and running on scenic trails, beaches and roads. Head to the beach to take in the amazing natural beauty. Visit the Historical Museum to learn about Leland's vibrant and interesting history. Take a ferry trip to North and/or South Manitou Islands, go shopping downtown, and be sure to head into Fishtown.
Northern Michigan's commercial fishing heritage remains alive today in Leland's Fishtown. Walk along the docks, amongst the weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, racks of drying fishing nets, and fish tugs on the Leland River, and you can imagine what it would have been like in the early 1900s to live and work in this small fishing village, nestled along the shore of Lake Michigan. Fishtown still operates as one of the only working commercial fishing villages in the state of Michigan.
Many of the shanties now house delightful gift and clothing boutiques, art galleries and specialty food shops. Summer bustles with activity, and during colder seasons the docks become quiet and tranquil. Fishtown was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1973 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and is just a short walk from camp.
LEELANAU HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
Operated by the Leelanau Historical Society, the museum's intention is to inspire all to explore the past, understand the present, and envision the future of the diverse cultures in the Leelanau Peninsula and its islands. The ongoing exhibition, Shipwrecks of the Manitou Passage: Loss and Legacy, brings the stories of several major shipwrecks to life and links events and circumstances that surround them to modern times. Viewers go beneath the waves to see the work of divers and archeaologists, and to share in many secrets of the past. Also visit the permanent Anishnabek Basket and Quillwork Room, featuring the Society's signature collection of black ash baskets and quillwork on birch bark, primarily the work of Leelanau Peninsula's Odawa artists. Located at 203 East Cedar Street in Leland, on the banks of the Leland River, just two blocks from historic Fishtown.
The largest and most iconic of Manitou Island Transit’s two vessels is the 65 foot-long passenger ferry Mishe Mokwa, which offers a unique way to experience the beauty of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on their Shoreline Cruise. Depart at 6:30 PM from historic Leland harbor in Fishtown. As the sun slowly sinks behind the Manitou Islands, cruise along the Manitou Passage through scenic Good Harbor Bay, passing near such landmarks as Pyramid Point and the North Manitou Shoal Light. There is a full bar with beer, wine, mixed drinks, pop, water, and packaged snacks available. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. The cruise lasts about 1 1/2 hours and reservations are highly recommended. While they do not take online reservations, you may call 231-256-9061 to book your tour.
VERTERRA WINERY TASTING ROOM
“Six-years, 33 planted acres, a slew of best-in-class awards and Gold medals, Verterra is producing some of Leelanau county’s top bottling’s.” −Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, January 2014. Hand-crafted artisan red and white wines embody Pure Leelanau. In fact 100% Pure Leelanau. The tasting room is located around the block from camp and across from the Bluebird restaurant. Taste 16 artisan wines, an assortment of hard ciders, then head to the beach two-blocks away to watch the sunset. They offer two different tasting options of either 3-1oz pours or 5-1oz pours for $3 and $5 respectively. If you decide to purchase wine, they will deduct one tasting fee from the purchase of three or more bottles of wine.Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy salmon and trout fishing from one of Michigan’s top producing areas with Captain Jack Duffy. The “Whitecap” is a 27-foot Tiara with fully interfaced, state-of-the-art electronics, with satellite and radar designed to get you where the fish are quickly and safe. Full and Half Day Charters are available. If you’re looking for the best freshwater fishing in the world, you’ve found it.
Cold Rolled is a quirky action documentary about development of the Snow Bike Route and the culture of winter riding in Marquette. Michigan's Noquemanon Trails Network has painstakingly perfected equipment and techniques used to launch its Snow Bike Route, a 15-mile winter singletrack developed for fat tire bikes. The fast narrow trail features flowy terrain, steep descents and large bermed turns. It's believed to be the first trail of its kind--but more importantly, it's pretty fun.
Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge is located in Peshawbestown, about a 25-30 minute shuttle van ride from camp. They offer over 450 Slot Machines ranging from penny slots all the way up to $100 denomination, along with state-of-the-art reels, video, keno, video poker and an easy-to-use ticketing system combined with the convenience of handy redemption/change kiosks that make it quick and easy for you to cash out or get change quickly. In addition to gaming, Leelanau Sands offers dining and entertainment. Peshawbestown is located thirteen miles from camp and is part of the tribal land belonging to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
The casino is providing limited shuttle service each evening in Leland. Sign up sheets will be at the Information Hub adjacent to the cafeteria. Each casino shuttle will hold up to 16 adults. Shuttle #1 departs camp at 6:00 p.m. and departs the casino at 7:30 p.m., and Shuttle #2 departs camp at 8:00 p.m. and departs the casino at 10:00 p.m., getting you back to camp at approximately 10:30pm. Those on Shuttle #1 must return on Shuttle #1 and those on Shuttle #2 must return on Shuttle #2. (Otherwise, you will be responsible to get yourself back to camp via a local taxi or Uber, which is limited in this area).Note: it is customary to tip the shuttle driver.