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Tucked about 25 miles northwest of Traverse City, Michigan, the Fishtown district of Leland, Michigan is a throwback to life 100 years ago. The fish tugs and charter boats still line the docks of this historic neighborhood. While the district is now mainly a tourist attraction, it still serves individuals who want to go fishing. Many of the shanties are now shops, cafes, and restaurants but a few still cater to the fishing industry of Northern Michigan!

I headed here a few weeks ago with my adorable mother and we spent the day eating, shopping, bonding, and photographing this adorable village!

Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerFishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerEven though Fishtown is mostly for show, there are still fishing charters that leave daily from the docks. Lake Michigan is an abundant oasis of fish and other sea life (if only I liked seafood…)

Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerFishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerLook at all these adorable shacks lining the docks! These buildings are everything. Also, I want that boat so someone please buy it for me.

Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerFishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerCurly hair, don’t care! There is just something that I absolutely love about living by the water. I’m totally spoiled but I know wherever I end up, there will definitely be water there. I mean, look at the blue hues!!! How could you not love it?!

Also, see that flash tattoo? I’ve had it for almost 4 weeks. I’m convinced that it isn’t coming off. And yes, I’ve been showering so don’t worry.

Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
This day started out super grey and overcast but by mid-afternoon, the sun was shining and the sky was blue. As they say in Michigan, if you don’t like the weather wait 5 minutes because it is bound to change!

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Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerFishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerIf you head to Fishtown, grab some sandwiches from the Village Cheese Shanty and find a spot along the docks to eat them. Order ahead of time to avoid the lines (and to make sure you get a sandwich before they sell out!). If you want to do a bit of shopping, stop by a few of my favorite stores including Haystacks, Tug Stuff, and Leland Gal!

I’ve now been home for almost a month and can’t wait to share more posts and pictures from my time in Michigan! Because let’s be honest, there really is nothing better than summertime in Northern Michigan.

24 Comments

  1. Hannah @ Traveling Banana Reply

    Pretty pics! Michigan has some really pretty places but we will have to agree to disagree about anything football related as I am from an OSU family ;)

    • Jordan Reply

      Oh Hannah, here I was thinking that I liked you and we were friends ;) hehehe. HAIL TO THE VICTORS (but come visit and I promise not to rub it in too much!!!). Can we both agree that we hate Michigan State?!

    • Jordan Reply

      Thanks so much Daisy! Isn’t it the most unique shade of water?!

  2. this brings me back! we used to stop in Fishtown sometimes when we would visit TC. I haven’t been in a while but I THINK that is the candy shop we used to beg my parents to let us go in.

    • Jordan Reply

      Yes! I bet that it is that candy shop :) There is only one in Fishtown! Did you hear that Glen Arbor just had a horrible tornado go through it?! It is really sad because a lot of the city suffered damage and it is right in the middle of tourist season. My home didn’t have power for 4 days but luckily, we avoided all damage (except to our boat!).

  3. Loved the photos of the village–makes one feel like she is there. I can just smell the fish and salt air. Love, Jo

    • Jordan Reply

      Yessss!!! Come up to Michigan…we would have so much fun :) And of course, we need to have a meet-up in Madrid! xo

  4. Christine | A Keane Sense of Adventure Reply

    What a cute town! Love those shacks on the water, looks like a painting! PS where did you get that adorable dress?!

    • Jordan Reply

      Thanks Christine! I actually got the dress from Haystacks, one of the recommended shopping stores in the post. I had bought it earlier in the year but absolutely love it. They have a website so maybe you can get it online?! xo

  5. How adorable! I love that little village! I’m glad you and your mom are getting to spend some quality time together. I can’t wait to hear more about your time at home this summer!

    • Jordan Reply

      I owe you a much overdue email! It is just the cutest little village :) xo

    • Jordan Reply

      Isn’t it?! And I can’t believe it is less than a 30 minute drive from where my family lives in Michigan :)

    • Jordan Reply

      Fishtown is probably only 10-15 buildings total and just the two sides of the docks! Pretty amazing it was once a vibrant fishing community!

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