Leland is in Leelanau County (of which it is the county seat), and in the Northern Region. You can find Leland north of Traverse City along Highway 22 near Leelanau State Park and Lake Michigan.
Leland was named from an old nautical term "lee land", referring to north winds on stormy seas, which this town is exposed to. It was first settled by Antoine Manseau in 1853, who moved to the town from Manistee. The town grew due to the lumbering industry and eventually became the county seat in 1882.
Today, this picturesque village is a popular tourist spot, bringing in visitors to its waterfront-like atmosphere along the channel between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, ( a historical landmark known as "fishtown"), along with its well-preserved Victorian architecture, as evidenced in its homes and unique shops downtown.
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08/12 Coming to The area
MorelFest Boyne City MI May16-19 Each May, Boyne City fills with hundreds of mushroom lovers from around the country who come seeking that elusive delicacy-the marvelous morel.
National Cherry Festival Traverse City MI June29-July6 The Grand Traverse region, known for its world-record tart cherry harvest, bursts with visitors eager to savor the flavor of cherries tucked into everything imaginable.
Charlevoix Venetian Festival Charlevoix MI July20-27 What began as a simple candle-lit boat parade has grown into a week-long flurry of color and pageantry that highlights the summer season and attracts tens of thousands of visitors.
Ishpeming's Italian Fest Ishpeming MI July27 Visitors can once again enjoy homemade Italian food cooked by the Valela sisters (Teresa Bertucci, Catherine Carlson, Clara Joseph and Mary Jacobson). In addition, various vendors will be serving cudighis, Italian sandwiches, hot dogs, sno cones, ice cream novelties and much more.
Brat Days Sheboygan WI August1-3 Sheboygan Jaycees present the 60th annual Johnsonville Brat Days. All shows will be free this year.
Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse Mackinac Island MI August8-11 Mackinac Island Carriage and Saddle Horse Parade, the Breeds of Mackinac presentation, musical kurs featuring the beautiful Friesians, lectures on the role of the horse in Mackinac's history.