Some of Our Favorite Leland & Fishtown Bike Stops
At the Leland Lodge, we a have a fleet of Beach Cruiser bicycles and a brand new tandem that we encourage our guests to use to tour Leland and Fishtown whenever it strikes their fancy. They are the perfect mode of transportation, especially during the busy times in Leland when parking is impossible and it’s just plain fun! Below is a list of some of our favorite Leland and Fishtown spots to visit on a bicycle. This list doesn’t include all of the amazing stops in our area, but it’s a start. The next time you stay with us we hope you’ll jump on one of our bikes and do some exploring of your own.
Enjoy the (Manitou) Island life by taking the Mishe Mokwa out to North or South Manitou. The boat runs twice a day which makes it perfect for a day trip for any individual, couple, family, or group looking to explore all the beauty the islands have to offer. There are many hiking trails trails and you can even camp overnight if you’re looking for a more rugged, off the grid experience. Once you return to the mainland remember a few nights of pampering at the Leland Lodge is a great way to treat yourself after “roughing it.”
If you’re visiting in the summer months, Manitou Transit also offers a sunset cocktail cruise that tours the coastline between North and South Manitou each evening weather permitted. It’s an absolutely lovely way to take in the sights and we highly recommend it.
It doesn’t get any fresher than this! Bill Wright runs the Cutter Fishing Charter which is one of many incredible charter fishing companies located in Fishtown that take fishing enthusiasts and novices alike out on Lake Michigan in search of trout and salmon. Once you’ve caught your fill aboard any of these worthy vessels bring it up to Bogey’s 19th Hole where we’ll put our chefs to work to create an outstanding fish dinner with all the fixins’. Just give us a call ahead of time to schedule your “You Catch It, We Cook It” dinner.
Leland Gal is by far one of the brightest and most colorful shops you can find in Fishtown. Owner/artist Maggie Revel Mielczarek designs every print you see and has everything ranging from stickers to pillows, dishware, sweatshirts and more. You may even recognize some of the prints and patterns found in the shop from around the Lodge. Our designer worked closely with Maggie and many other local artists and artisans during our renovation to fill the Lodge with as local works as possible. If you can’t tell already, Maggie LOVES color and her personality is as bright as her wares. Stop by and support one of our favorite local artists and represent Leland and Fishtown in a bold and beautiful way while you’re at it.
Located at the entrance to Fishtown, Two Fish Gallery and Two Fish 2 are sister stores located right next door to one another on River Street. Two Fish Gallery carries photography from Ken Scott Photography, mixed media work by Char Bickel, pottery from Bechler Pottery and Bill Campbell Porcelain, jewelry, blown glass and many more predominantly Michigan artists. Two Fish 2 is a “ridiculously friendly” boutique that feels homey and familiar as soon as you walk through the front door and offers fun gifts and home goods for the whole family. In both locations, staff is warm and knowledgeable and their inventory vast. Whether you’re looking for a gift for yourself, family, or friends, you can find it at Two Fish. Visit their mini shop at the Leland Lodge gift shop as well.
Fun bit of trivia – Leland’s only wine tasting room is located in a building that used to be both a barber shop and a pool hall! Verterra Winery Tasting Room is a fun bike stop and a great place to sample some of Northern Michigan’s award-winning wines. Verterra offers two varieties of late harvest Riesling, a varietal that grows extremely well in Northern Michigan’s climate as well as other white, red, and sparkling wines ranging from Pinot Noir to Gewurztraminer. Their grapes are grown in three vineyards spanning Leland and Northport so mere miles separate grape to glass.
This little coffee shop is tucked in the Leland Courtyard on Main Street in Leland. Though small in size, it packs a big punch with amazing pour over coffee, lattes, mochas, and pastries such as muffins, and croissants from 9 Bean Rows Bakery and gluten-free goods from Third Coast Bakery. They use MADCAP coffee from Grand Rapids and locally made syrups for those days when you need a little extra sweetness in your life. Whether you begin your day at Blue Boat with a strong cup of the good stuff or swing in for an afternoon tea, you’ll leave happily clutching a bright blue cup of deliciousness.
If you’re looking to venture beyond the casual cuisine of Bogey’s 19th Hole, The Riverside Inn gets our vote! As the name suggests, the Riverside Inn is located on the banks of the Leland River making it an ideal stop for cocktails on the dock or dinner with a view. This fine dining restaurant offers New American Cuisine featuring local producers whenever possible and an extensive, award-winning wine list. Reservations are highly recommended so call 231-256-9971 or toll-free 888-257-0102 in advance.
The last stop on our tour is the Old Art Building which is home to the Leelanau Community Cultural Center. The LCCC is an organization that was established in 1992 with the aim to restore the nearly century-old historical building and create a space for classes and performances for the Leland Community to enjoy.
In the 25 years of its existence, the LCCC has expanded to offer art classes for all ages, exercise classes, concerts, dance recitals, dance classes, special events like the Stage Turner dramatic readings, various exhibitions and more all offered by local artists, and is home to an Artist in Residence every summer. This years Artist in Residence features Megan Hildebrandt’s course focused on bringing your physical art pieces to life through animation. Noteworthy events of the season include a performance of The Lion King and Kid Creator Camp with weekly themes the kids will love, Open Ceramics Studio for teens, and a 5-day indoor/outdoor painting workshop with Albert Handell in September.
Throughout the year the Old Art Building is host to many fairs and festivals and has really become a hub of cultural activity in our area. A benefit, Art Leelanau, showcases more than a hundred local artists and is held every year to aide in the LCCC’s operations costs. Other events throughout the year include the student art exhibit held in the spring, Exposures, along with the Artists’ Market held in summer, followed by the Fiber Festival in autumn. Stop by anytime to wander the riverside gardens and to see what’s happening next.
Well, that’s it! We hope you enjoyed our stops and we look forward to hearing all about your two-wheeled Leland and Fishtown adventures the next time you stay with us at the Leland Lodge.